In a sign that not all hope is lost for the far left, Glenn Greenwald has gone on the record as being unequivocally opposed to how Julian Assange and Wikileaks are carrying out their war on Hillary Clinton and American politics.
During an interview with Diana Swain for CBC’s The Investigators, Greenwald contrasted his release of leaked information with Assange’s:
…I think that — not just as a journalist but as a human being — I have the ethical responsibility to avoid actions that can harm innocent people. And if you look at some of things that WikiLeaks has published, even in this latest batch of material from John Podesta’s emails, there are things in there talking about the mental health problems of individuals who have no power in Washington, people whose private lives have been exposed for no reason whatsoever.
In his crusade to punish countries that have offended him, Assange has released the private information of people whose only crime was donating to a political party:
The emails include unencrypted, plain-text listings of donor emails addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, passport numbers, and credit card information. WikiLeaks proudly announced the data dump in a single tweet.
That act of casual cruelty wasn’t even the low point for Wikileaks. They’ve released, more than once, random people’s personal medical information because something something “radical transparency”:
The whistleblowing site WikiLeaks has published the sensitive personal data of hundreds of ordinary people, including sick children, rape victims and people with mental health problems, an investigation has revealed.
In the past year alone, the “radical transparency” organization has published medical files belonging to scores of ordinary citizens. Hundreds more have had sensitive family, financial or identity records posted to the web, according to the Associated Press.
If this sounds like the work of an organization that has zero interest in the harm they inflict on regular people, Greenwald agrees:
DS: And what’s wrong with putting everything out at once?
GG: It’s not a difficult call. You’d have to be a sociopath to think that we ought to just take all of this material and dump it all on the internet without regard to the impact that it will have for innocent people.
Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept is no stranger to utilizing bad journalism to attack the Evil American Empire™ but Assange’s reckless behavior is so far over the line that the label of “sociopath” is almost an understatement from the usually hyperbolic Greenwald.
It’s enough to give one hope that there are real limits to how far the left’s fringe will go in pursuit of overthrowing the system.
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