In the post-Cablegate world, where both the unauthorised discloser and the unauthorised publisher can apparently spread leaked information without consequence, the US is not the only victim. Indeed, it is with some cruel irony that the same papers who received cables from Julian Assange — who has devoted his life to published confidential material — are now publising leaked information regarding the criminal case against him in Sweden.
LAWYERS for Julian Assange have expressed anger about an alleged smear campaign against the Australian WikiLeaks founder. Incriminating police files were published in the British newspaper that has used him as its source for hundreds of leaked US embassy cables.
In a move that surprised many of Mr Assange’s closest supporters on Saturday, The Guardian newspaper published previously unseen police documents that accused Mr Assange in graphic detail of sexually assaulting two Swedish women. One witness is said to have stated: “Not only had it been the world’s worst screw, it had also been violent.”…
I sympathize with Assange, but in promoting the leaking of information with impunity and disregard for its consequences, he has unleashed a monster, that will lash out at everyone and anyone until there is a complete overhaul of the legal regime that draws a line between the preservation of confidentiality and whistle-blowing on improper information.