Why Wikileaks is critical to Democracy

August 6, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More


Well, WikiLeaks has become the rebel library of Alexandria. It is the single most significant collection of information that doesn’t exist elsewhere, in a searchable, accessible, citable form, about how modern institutions actually behave. And it’s gone on to set people free from prison, where documents have been used in their court cases; hold the CIA accountable for renditions programs; feed into election cycles, which have resulted in the termination of, in some case—or contributed to the termination of governments, in some cases, taken the heads of intelligence agencies, ministers of defense and so on. So, you know, our civilizations can only be as good as our knowledge of what our civilisation is. We can’t possibly hope to reform that which we do not understand.


Category: Corporatocracy, Corruption, Politics, populism, Secrecy, Spying, Whistle-blowers

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Ben says:

    Assange’s latest interview… he always releases whatever reliable information he has, and has never been proven to have released any false documents. Additionally, Assange has never outed a single one of his sources. He does say Russia State was not the source, and alludes to a (much?) closer to washington source. Hard to decipher his words but he certainly succeeds in casting doubt on everything.


    In this case — since the leak exposed Democrats’ collusion — the effect on the election was likely negative to Democrats. However, as Assange states clearly, it is not his mission to hold back information, in fact it would invalidate his organization if he did. I see why his power is unnerving to the many powerful States/Countries.

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