Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Friday, January 06, 2017

WikiLeaks alleges someone in the White House is leaking things, and that’s making them mad

WikiLeaks sent out a tweet on Friday morning angrily claiming, without evidence, that the Obama administration and CIA leaked an intelligence report on Russian hacking to NBC.

They doubled down on their outrage later that same day.

The WikiLeaks account, widely believed to be manned by Julian Assange himself, sounded suspiciously similar to an accusation made against the Obama administration by President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday night.

While it may seem bizarre for an organization ostensibly dedicated to transparency to denounce leaks, this isn’t the first time that Assange has taken that position. When the Panama Papers were leaked in April and embarrassed members of Russia’s political and financial elite, WikiLeaks denounced them as an “attack story on Putin” funded by the United States government and billionaire George Soros — charges that it made without evidence.

Shortly afterward, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin made the same argument in order to discredit the Panama Papers.

UPDATE: It looks like WikiLeaks may have a powerful backer.

Original Article
Author: Matthew Rozsa

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