Daniel Domscheit-Berg's Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website was published February 15th. A number of e-mails have asked me if we had advance access to the book because so many of the points we made February 6th in "Editorial: The short life of WikiLeaks" are backed up by the book?
First off, that editorial was a long time coming. For over four weeks, Trina was trying to get it written. She would advocate for it in every session. Either we wouldn't have time or Ava and C.I. were busy. C.I. gave us a presentation during either the last week of December of the second to the last week on WikiLeaks. We were almost done with the edition of Third and were just talking while some artwork was being finished and a question about WikiLeaks came up and C.I. started responding and stopped after a minute or so and said something like, "Others may feel differently." This was probably the main root of the editorial. (Our response then was, "No continue!") But it is also true that if you go back to WikiLeaks' October docudump, we made very clear in our roundtable and editorial that WikiLeaks had betrayed its own beliefs.
If information needs to be free and if WikiLeaks' role is to get it to the people, then they do not embargo something for months so that this paper or this channel can have first crack at it. They do not, once the stories reported, refuse to put the documents up at their website because the outlets are demanding that all readers should come to them.
That is what WikiLeaks did. And that is not why it was created.
I am reading the book right now and find it fascinating. As so many of you point out in the e-mails, a lot of what we covered in the editorial is in the book. That includes the betrayal, that includes Julian Assange use information provided to WikiLeaks by whistle blowers as extortion for his own protection -- which is not why whistle blowers supplied it to WikiLeaks, that includes so much.
The book backs up what many of us had heard.
Can WikiLeaks survive? It already died.
If it continues in any form, it is not really WikiLeaks because it has betrayed the most basic premise it was set up for.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: