Is WikiLeaks terrorism or journalism?
The debate has raged before over what exactly constitutes journalism today. Satirists like Jon Stewart are often more trusted than the mainstream media. Citizens with a cellphone and WiFi become reporters when they happen to be in the right place at the right time.
But with the WikiLeaks documents that continue to be released this week, the stakes are considerably higher.
U.S. defence officials are considering prosecuting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act for publishing thousands of secret documents, many of them containing sensitive information and candid observations from U.S. ambassadors, according to the Associated Press.
Some politicians have gone so far as to suggest WikiLeaks is a terrorist organization.
For his part, Assange argues he is a “crusading journalist”, according to the same AP article.
“[Assange] told ABC News by e-mail that his latest batch of State Department documents would expose ‘lying, corrupt and murderous leadership from Bahrain to Brazil’. He told Time magazine he targets only ‘organizations that use secrecy to conceal unjust behaviour’.”
So, what is WikiLeaks: Terrorism, espionage, journalism or something in between?