Amid the drama of Julian Assange’s show trial, the media has missed a major story: WikiLeaks.org has not been updated since late 2019.
Their last press release was on 21st October. The last featured leak was about the supposed Syrian gas attack, published 23rd October. The last leak I can find is Part 4 of the same matter, released 27th December, 2019. There were also some leaks about an Icelandic fishing company in November.
Wikileaks’ products are still available, donation buttons operable and the link to submit documents is there.
A search for what the hell happened brings up nothing. Try “what happened to wikileaks’ and you’ll find 2016 MSM FUD attacks. After all WikiLeaks did for them – for about a decade, it was the media’s main source of material and journos no longer needed to leave the office or talk to commoners.
It goes without saying, RationalWiki also sticks the boot into the fallen man. I remember the early days of the internet when bitter spinsters would just post pictures of their cats.
The Wikipedia page for WikiLeaks has been thoroughly bleached, containing mostly Deep State accusations of conspiracy, misinformation and anti-Semitism. Seriously, go have a look. It’s a thing to behold.
The WikiLeaks Twitter account is still active but contains no new leaks, only news on the court case and links to articles about journalistic freedom.
And that’s it.
Oh, there’s one more thing but you’ll struggle to find much about it in the news: in 2018, a WikiLeaks collaborator vanished:
Wikileaks death: Dutch hacking expert ‘had kayaking accident’
Arjen Kamphuis disappeared in mysterious circumstances in the Norwegian Fjords and his body has never been found. Police now say he most likely died in an accident and his remains are lost at sea.
WikiLeaks was an idea. Specifically, crypto-anarchism: Weaken the power of governments and powerful corporations by raising the cost of internal communication. More leaks means tighter information security, which in turn makes it harder for them to share secret information with each other to plot against us.
There were many spin-offs from WikiLeaks and rightfully so, because many wanted only to expose wrongdoing rather than achieve a more anarchic goal.
In any case, the persecution of Julian ought to make no difference. As Smoking Man says, “If you kill Mulder, you’ll turn one man’s obsession into a national crusade.”
But here we are. Assange is being thrown to the wolves, WikiLeaks is dead and there are not really any sites around to continue its work. Sure, there are these sites but none have been able to release big-ticket items on the scale that WikiLeaks did.
It’s too bad. In an age of elite convergence (politicians, MegaCorp, academia, media, judiciary, NGOs etc.) we need whistleblowers and outsider platforms more than ever.
Our rulers pooled their resources to take out WikiLeaks because it was too threatening to their emerging oligarchic powers, or ‘national interests’ as they put it to themselves. The American Empire was the main culprit but WikiLeaks had no great friends among the other powers to defend them, such was their principled history of equal-opportunity leaking.
Julian is a warning to others: dare to oppose the Cathedral and we will destroy you. Look at the lengths they went to – can you even remember the false rape allegations? It seems so long ago.
It will be much harder from now on to establish a WikiLeaks-style site even if someone has the balls. Much more harmless sites and accounts are now scrubbed on a whim. You can’t even mention the Drug That Must Not Be Named or dispute a particular election result, let alone expose CIA operations.
In future, if serious leaking by non-state actors occurs it will be restricted to the Dark Web where converged media outlets can safely ignore it, like they do other inconvenient stories.
It’s sad to think of Julian as a young bloke in the early 90s, excitedly bashing his keyboard about how the Internet can be used to overturn oppression and usher in a new age of freedom.
It took time, but in the end the opposite happened.
Today, 5th August 2021, WikiLeaks publishes “The Intolerance Network” over 17,000 documents from internationally active right wing campaigning organisations HazteOir and CitizenGO. The documents date from 2001 to 2017 and cover the founding of CitizenGO and early activities of both organisations. The documents are from their internal systems and cover things like: spreadsheets of donors and members, strategy and planning documents, letters, financial charts and legal and training documents . . .
WikiLeaks Editor Kristinn Hrafnsson said: “As ultra right wing political groups have gained strength in latter years with increasing attacks on woman’s and LGBTQI+ rights, it is valuable to have access to documents from those who have lobbied for these changes on a global basis. The people have a right to know where political policies are hatched”.
Looks like our rulers have revived WikiLeaks and are wearing it as a skinsuit for their own ends.
Kristinn (it’s a bloke) seems like a legit, long-time WikiLeaks guy but maybe they got to him. HIs last tweets are on 11th August and do not relate to this.
A recent tweet about the right-wing stuff on the official WikiLeaks account receives a baffled response:
Soros contributes to the Open Democracy site WikiLeaks links to and it is probably part of his empire.
If you’re a potential whistleblower, I’d suggest avoiding WikiLeaks from now on.