Julian Assange and the Woeful State of Whistle-Blowers

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News Story Source: https://www.nytimes.com, By Edward Wasserman
To the journalism mainstream, Julian Assange, newly imprisoned founder of WikiLeaks, is less a hero than a conundrum. True, he was midwife to some of the most sensational and genuinely consequential journalistic disclosures of recent years. Yet he's a perplexing figure, among the "righteous scumbags" who often figure in free-speech cases, as a headline on the Columbia Journalism Review website puts it, or maybe just "a solid jerk," as the columnist Kathleen Parker suggests.

The underlying question is whether Mr. Assange is too reckless, undiscerning, unprincipled and morally damaged to merit defending for his work in getting hugely significant information to the public, via some of the same news media that now find him distasteful.

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