Remember Wikileaks? Neither do we, but evidently it was quite the big deal once upon a time. Like the Lindy or Tom Mix.
You know what they say: sic transit Gloria Grahame:
The whistle-blowing website Wikileaks is suspending its publication of classified files.
Wikileaks said that it would focus instead on raising funds to ensure its future survival.
The announcement came after what the group called a blockade by US-based finance companies.
This followed its disclosure on the internet of hundreds of thousands of secret US government files and diplomatic cables.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said that since last December an “arbitrary and unlawful financial blockade” had been imposed by Bank of America, Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union.
“The attack has destroyed 95% of our revenue,” he said.
The former computer hacker said the organisation had lost “tens of millions of dollars in lost donations at a time of unprecedented operational costs”.
So, are you saying they used computers to secretly undermine you, Julian? How dastardly! Taking something that doesn’t belong to you, even online, ought to be against the law, don’t you think?
Only Julian Assange could make me side with government secrecy and intimidation. But he’s no hero, at least not mine.
PS: Things just keep happening to poor Julian. He’s a bit of a schlamzel:
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s memoirs failed to top the bestsellers’ book chart after shifting just 644 copies in its first three days on sale.
Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography was the 50th best-selling hardback non-fiction book of the week, according to Nielsen BookScan.
Mr Assange has said it is a draft and was published without his approval.
But publishers Canongate Books claim he initially agreed to it and had signed a contract with them.
They insisted the book “explains both the man and his work, underlining his commitment to the truth” and he had already accepted an advance for the book, which has not been paid back.
Mr Assange said earlier this month: “The events surrounding its unauthorised publication by Canongate are not about freedom of information.”
“They are about old-fashioned opportunism and duplicity – screwing people over to make a buck.”
He said Canongate had acted in breach of contract and personal assurances that the draft would not be released without his permission had been given.
So, it was Top Secret, is what you’re saying. They published something that wasn’t meant for public consumption. Wow. Too bad.
PPS: I should be more sympathetic. As we’ve noted repeatedly, Wikileaks has corroborated every Israeli claim of Arab perfidy. If Assange is about only the truth and not some agenda, I’ll try to be less hostile to him. Try.
PPPS: Oh wait, now I remember why I think he’s such a putz:
A report published by a British magazine on Tuesday said the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, suggested that British journalists, including the editor of the newspaper The Guardian, were engaged in a Jewish-led conspiracy to smear his organization.
His remarks appeared in the magazine Private Eye, in an article by its editor, Ian Hislop, who outlined a rambling phone call that Mr. Assange made on Feb. 16 to complain about the coverage of WikiLeaks.
When Mr. Hislop pointed out that Mr. Rusbridger was not Jewish, Mr. Assange countered that The Guardian’s editor was “sort of Jewish” because he and Mr. Leigh, who is Jewish, were brothers-in-law. Later, the article recounted, Mr. Assange asked Mr. Hislop to “forget the Jewish thing,” but he continued to insist there was a conspiracy against WikiLeaks based on the friendship among Mr. Rusbridger, Mr. Leigh and Mr. Kampfner.
After all, you really ought not to be friends with Jews.