Glenn Greenwald on WikiLeaks’ Syria Files, Julian Assange’s Request to Ecuador For Asylum
WikiLeaks announced today it has begun publishing the Syria Files — more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could not attend today’s press conference announcing the release of the data trove because he is still inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden.
According to WikiLeaks, “The Syria Files shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy, but they also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another.” Longtime WikiLeaks supporter Glenn Greenwald praises the release of the secret files. “[This] simply underscores the reason that WikiLeaks is so valuable. The ability to blow holes in the wall of secrecy, behind which the world’s most powerful actors function, is something newspapers have a great deal of difficulty doing because they’re subject to the laws of their state,” Greenwald said. “They can’t guarantee anonymity because reporters know who their sources are and can ultimately be forced to give them up.”