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The WikiLeaks Worst-Case Scenario, As Floodgates Open To Reveal Informants

Op-Ed: Julian Assange and his former German cohort Daniel Domscheit-Berg blame each other for the circulation on the Internet of the identities of secret informants from diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks. Now, with lives in danger, the organization

Julian Assange (New Media Days)
Julian Assange (New Media Days)
Clemens Wergin

It's the story of two bickering computer nerds vying for a place in history -- of ideologues putting peoples' lives at risk to serve some bizarre notion of "transparency." What critics of WikiLeaks always feared would happen has now happened: the entire batch of 251,000 cables from US embassies around the world has become publicly available -- un-redacted, which means that the names of informants are out there for all to see.

That could not only cost some people their job: in repressive countries and crisis areas, many people could be facing prison -- or death.

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People walk by a mall destroyed by Russian shelling in Irpin, Ukraine. More than 300 civilians died in this city close to Kyiv. A month after the Russian troops’ withdrawal, its inhabitants are gradually returning to their devastated homes.

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