These big-package releases. There should be a cute name for them.
Often it’s the case that we have to do a lot of exploration and marketing of the material we publish ourselves to get a big political impact for it.
As we have seen, WikiLeaks is a robust organization. During my time in solitary confinement in the basement of a Victorian prison, we continue to release, our media partners continued to write stories. The important revelations from this material continue to come out. We have approximately 2,000 cables into 250,000.
If journalism is good, it is controversial, by its nature.
To keep a person ignorant is to place them in a cage.
Intelligence agencies keep things secret because they often violate the rule of law or of good behavior.
We don’t have sources who are dissidents on other sources. Should they come forward, that would be a tricky situation for us. But we’re presumably acting in such a way that people feel morally compelled to continue our mission, not to screw it up.
WikiLeaks is designed to make capitalism more free and ethical.
The Iraq War was the biggest issue for people of my generation in the West. It was also the clearest case, in my living memory, of media manipulation and the creation of a war through ignorance.
We get information in the mail, the regular postal mail, encrypted or not, vet it like a regular news organization, format it – which is sometimes something that’s quite hard to do, when you’re talking about giant databases of information – release it to the public and then defend ourselves against the inevitable legal and political attacks.