- Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:28 pm
One of the big issues with Wikileaks nearly from the start was that they pretty much dumped otherwise classified files into the open without making any real effort of redacting information that could put innocent third parties mentioned in such documents in danger - the main one of the top of my head concerned a number of Jewish people living in Baghdad where their addresses were available. The excuse often trotted out is that the sheer amount of information available doesn't allow time for redactions to be done. Well don't publish them in the open! The Panama Papers were meticulously gone over for months before they were formally made available, and Edward Snowden at least seems to understand the risks of leaking data that can put innocent people at real risk.
As for Assange, he's always had a narcissistic attitude but if you can keep it under control you have a much better chance of not rubbing people up the wrong way with the God like complex he developed up to the point where he was pretty much telling the Ecuadorians that they should be privileged to have him in their embassy in London. That wasn't ever going to end well for him. I suspect that a combination of ego, a developing list of personal grudges (likely leading him to target the American Democrats) and being compromised by a country's security service or other agent sometime late last decade or early this one has led Assange to where he is now as an unlikeable figure where his former "controllers" no longer feel he's any use to them and will happily leave him stranded - that's assuming of course he has nothing to blackmail them with, but a competent secret service will make sure that doesn't happen.
Admittedly I can't generally be arsed to look at this twitter page, but I wonder if a certain Mr. Farage is now starting to get a little worried?
"F*ck business!" - Boris Johnson, on Brexit (2018)
"£250,000 ...it's chicken feed." - Boris Johnson (2009) & Jacob Rees-Mogg (2014)