I swear to god I don’t have some Julian Assange or WikiLeaks “thing,” but for some reason I keep finding interesting reads about the man and his organization. In truth, I’m kind of ambivalent about the whole thing (or maybe whatever Clay Shirky said) despite the fact that that attitude seems flippant or irresponsible to me.
Anyway, I digress. Here’s an utterly fantastic link to Vanity Fair’s telling of how the recent WikiLeak’s dumps happened and how the relationships between WikiLeaks and the mainstream press came to be:
I just finished that. It’s been online for like a month, but I read slowly (interesting handicap for a journalist to have, I know).
I also just found this today:
Dealing With Assange And The Secrets He Spilled (by Bill Keller of The New York Times)
I suspect it’s something of a “sequel” to the Vanity Fair piece. WikiLeaks has read it and doesn’t like it, or at least doesn’t consider it to be accurate.
Read it now before The Times makes you pay for it.