Journalism advocacy organization Reporters Without Borders launched a Wikileaks mirror site today in one of the boldest moves in defense of Wikileaks I’ve seen by a media organization since the cables were originally released. The site was live when I checked it Tuesday evening.
Their support “will be constantly reassessed in the light of WikiLeaks’ activities and the content it offers in the future” –but the mirror site is a good start.
Let’s hope RWB don’t do any business with Amazon, Bank of America, Apple or Paypal — who all dropped Wikileaks in one form or another over the past month…for various reasons…like um…pressure from U.S. politicians and the Justice Department.
The State Department was scrambling to contact foreign governments leading up to the leak and with good reason. A lot of the stuff was embarrassing for the U.S.
Reporters Without Borders said they’re hosting the mirror site in the name of free flow of information. They argue the release of the information serves the general interest and the public right’s to be informed.
Not to mention, the cables reveal some pretty juicy stuff -like how that one time, that one guy SLAPPED Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They’re almost like reading love letters you weren’t supposed to see.
It’s pretty interesting because while the New York Times defends their right to publish stories using the cables, I haven’t seen anything about them defending Wikileaks…
From the Reporters Without Borders statement about the site:
As is often the case with investigative journalism, laws were broken to obtain the documents that were passed to WikiLeaks, and which WikiLeaks has made available to leading news media. In theory, this means that WikiLeaks, and the media that have been cooperating with it, could be regarded as accomplices.
Damn straight some laws were probably broken. But sounds like the government needs to check their own housekeeping rather than going after Julian Assange and Wikileaks so hard. I mean, these cables didn’t leak themselves.