Assange deal undermines claims that leaks cause harm

Source: Washington Post
by Erik Wemple

“Following one of WikiLeaks’[s] epic 2010 document dumps, then-Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) struck a tone common in official circles: ‘This is worse even than a physical attack on Americans, it’s worse than a military attack.’ At a plea hearing last week for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the Northern Mariana Islands, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona addressed the implications of those disclosures and many others: ‘The government has indicated there is no personal victim here. That tells me the dissemination of this information did not result in any known physical injury.’ Journalists, take note: For decades, big shots atop U.S. agencies have tried to stifle, delay or reshape certain sensitive stories by telling editors and reporters that their publication will compromise national security. Now, considering the Assange findings, we must apply steroidal skepticism to any such claims.” (07/05/24)