PharmGirl wrote:One thing about Wikileaks that my dad pointed out. They haven't had to print one retraction, and has won every court challenge. Name me another news source who can say that?
WikiLeaks has made some irreversible mistakes recently that now makes it it target of worldwide counter intelligence.
When WikiLeaks first decided to focus it's spotlight on political corruption Assange valued and collaborated with trusted reporters from media sources, to help vet the authenticity of documents and verify the contents of publications had not been tampered with, or forged. More importantly these reporters insisted on keeping personal information like phone numbers and credit card information private.
Personal private information was not redacted with the DNC or Erdogan publications. Personal information (phone numbers & credit card info) of donor list of supporters of the US DNC political organization, or Turkey's Presidential Party in power, specifically Erdogan's donors was exposed.
Assange is correct in assuming some media outlets are more politically biased than others, but failing to redact private information has made enemies of the press, at a time when WikiLeaks made itself the target of worldwide counter intelligence agencies.
As Edward Snowden has revealed the USG has extremely sophisticated counterintelligence tools that can verify and expose source information. Many (if not all) Western counterintelligence agencies are similarly sophisticated.
If sophisticated counterintelligence can identify sources, they also have the capability to forge and/or manipulate documents making it impossible for WikiLeaks to authenticate sources.
All it would take to destroy WikiLeaks credibility is for some of the information it receives and publishes to be false, and subsequently proven as such. iMO, Assange cutting himself off from media sources that in the past helped to verify authenticity before WikiLeaks published in the public domain, will likely prove to be the undoing of WikiLeaks credibility in the future.
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