The indispensable Glenn Greenwald lists some of the things that we learned in 2010 from WikiLeaks that we would not have known otherwise. It’s a compelling list.
We learned about 15,000 civilian deaths in Iraq that had been scrubbed from official tallies by the government. The public should know that, don’t you think?
We learned that Sec. of State Clinton had ordered diplomats to illegally spy on U.N. officials. The public should know about that, don’t you think?
We learned that the official government policy was to ignore atrocities committed by our client state in Iraq. The public should know about that, don’t you think?
We learned that President Obama and top Republican leaders in Congress had worked together to prevent investigations by other nations of Bush-era violations of multiple treaties on torture and rendition. The public should know about that, don’t you think?
And much, much more. Julian Assange may well be all kinds of bad things, but Wikileaks has done a huge public service by exposing a great many government lies that needed to be exposed. We need a lot more of this, not less.