So 2010…

WikiLeaks article
WikiLeaks article


Supporters of WikiLeaks and Assange, alike, should find hope in this article. There is a unnamed Department of Justice official who believes that Julian may get away with his publications to WikiLeaks. There should only be a glimmer of hope, however, because this information is coming from an anonymous source that may or may not have correct statements. Even if this source was correct, this information “only deals with a small part of the grand jury investigation, [which] has been primarily concerned with trying to prove somehow that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks were involved in a conspiracy with their sources”. Still, Assange escaping peril would be a small victory for him and  his supporters.

This type of post, another post like this, or a leak would behave differently today than the Collateral Murder video that Assange unveiled in 2010 did. WikiLeaks hit its prime a few years after it was founded, so in  2010, the information was still relatively fresh and the leaks were still exciting. The government still had hope that they could put an end to Assange’s antics then, but now they are realizing that it might be harder than they originally thought to put an end to it. Also, people are much more involved in sharing information now than they were four years ago. With more and more people taking up social media, links are becoming easier to share and reach more people; consequently, more people are sharing them.

These factors contribute to WikiLeaks not being as effective as it was just a short period ago. The leaks aren’t being challenged as much by the government and they’re in-your-face, which doesn’t create the same impression on a person as it did when they were secretive. The leaks have just become plain and ordinary to people. If the same Collateral Murder video were to leak today, it would not  be as effective. Even with the same message and that message possibly reaching more people, the leaks have become so commonplace that the effect on our culture has been corked.

5 thoughts on “So 2010…”

  1. Posting breaking news articles and information for the public to find is always a big topic but for a short amount of time. I think that although Wikileaks is not as popular as it once was, there are still many videos and information that is “leaked” to the public that still makes big waves in the media. Take for example, the ISIS video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley. This was huge news and spread very quickly after it was posted to YouTube. “Leaks” of information are always big news but usually have ephemeral coverage because we lose interest very quickly.

    1. I think the reason for this is because most people don’t find a direct connection to the leaks themselves. News usually last longer in the public eye when it impacts people on an emotional level. While the some news such as the video of the beheading are shocking a spark a lot of debate and discussion most people have no way to act in response to it, only discuss it.

  2. I can see what you mean, Charlie. The beheading video would draw as much attention today as it would four years ago among the journalists close friends and community.

  3. I’m not sure if it would be any less significant today than 4 years ago. You mentioned that the leaks were being plain and ordinary but I think that more leaks would just reinforce the current distrust against the government because the sharing of leaks is so commonplace nowadays. I believe that if leaks keep surfacing week after week for a long period of time, the general public will eventually have no trust in the government.

    1. Jeff, I can see how you have this opinion. I’ll ask you to think about the campus Clery Acts. They are still as important as they were the first week, but I’m sure the first week almost all of the incoming freshmen read it from start to finish. Now that we are pretty far in the semester, I bet half of those people just skim for the important details. I feel that is how WikiLeaks is losing its effectiveness.

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