The New York Times has published a lengthy report on WikiLeaks claiming that the material disclosed by the site hurts the United States and, in fact, favors Russia. Not only because it is hinted, without evidence, that the recent material published by WikiLeaks during the Democratic convention raising serious doubts about Hillary Clinton has been supplied by Russian intelligence.
Julian Assange, quoted in the Times, via Facebook, said Russia is not a global player like China and the United States, and that in any case corruption of the Kremlin is an old story. “Every man and his dog is criticizing Russia,” he said. “It’s a bit boring, isn’t it?” Meanwhile Clinton and the Democrats were “whipping up a neo-McCarthyist hysteria about Russia,” stressing that WikiLeaks does not target countries and only works to make sure information is available to the public.
On the issue some caveats are necessary. The first two have to do with WikiLeaks’ methods. Certainly the journalists of the Times know well how it works, but in the report they pretend not to: WikiLeaks publishes only material that’s verified and real. No rumors (or lies, such as the false grounds on which the U.S. went to war in Iraq, published in The New York Times) but only true, authentic, complete material. We’re talking about original files.