Is There a War on Wikileaks?

WikiLeaks.org, which publishes confidential documents online, says that it is being harassed by U.S. military and intelligence agencies because of its disclosures of restricted information, including the forthcoming release of a classified U.S. military video of an air strike in Afghanistan that produced civilian casualties.  But those claims are disputed and can hardly be taken at face value.

“That WikiLeaks is being targeted by the U.S. Government for surveillance and disruption is beyond doubt,” declared Glenn Greenwald in Salon.com.

In support of this conclusion he cited the detention of a minor in Iceland last week who was supposedly questioned about an incriminating WikiLeaks video.  But there is no independent corroboration of this incident.  And WikiLeaks’ account of what transpired, though recounted by Salon as fact, is disputed by Iceland’s police:

“Chief of police in Reykjavik, Fridrik Smari Bjorgvinsson, said the only link he has been able to establish between the allegations and his force was the arrest of a 17 year-old in Kopavogur on Monday for breaking into a business premises. Bjorgvinsson emphasised that Icelandic police have not been working with the American secret services on the matter, as Wikileaks spokesmen allege.”

Perhaps the Reykjavik police chief is also part of a global campaign to destroy WikiLeaks.  Or perhaps the whole story is one of mystification and error.

No Responses to “Is There a War on Wikileaks?”

  1. anonymous March 31, 2010 at 3:28 AM #

    Wow, I can’t believe this. You’re siding with the police, who have a significant interest in stopping Wikileaks, and putting their statement on equal footing at Wikileaks? Just when I thought I’d found an ally.

  2. Sensrnumber1 April 1, 2010 at 3:05 AM #

    This really shows Steven’s position. He is going out of his way to smear a non-profit organization that is exposing government abuses.

  3. Alice June 28, 2010 at 4:11 PM #

    Steven Aftergood, you are starting to look like just another “gate keeper”, a useless detractor. The American people like Wiki Leaks and its founder because the truth is a rare and precious thing in our country’s present condition of malignant deception and greed.