Friday, August 20, 2010

John Pilger defends WikiLeaks

In a New Statesman column John Pilger applauds WikiLeaks for exposing the dirty secrets of the war in Afghanistan.

Pilger describes the attempts by the US, British and Australian Governments to "fatally marginalize" WikiLeaks and its founder Australian citizen Julian Assange. Both the the current Australian Labor Government and the Coalition Opposition have indicated they may act again Assange if he returns to Australia.

John Pilger writes:
"In a nation that claims its constitution protects truth-tellers, the Obama administration is pursuing and prosecuting more whistleblowers than any of its modern predecessors. A Pentagon document states bluntly that US intelligence intends to "fatally marginalise" WikiLeaks. The preferred tactic is smear, with corporate journalists ever ready to play their part".......................

"The WikiLeaks revelations shame the dominant section of journalism, devoted merely to taking down what cynical and malign power tells it. This is state stenography, not journalism. Look on the WikiLeaks site and read a Ministry of Defence document that describes the "threat" of real journalism."

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