Snowden slaps Assange over tactics

snowden_2912545bWhistleblower Edward Snowden  has slammed Julian Assange’s tactics of releasing emails provided by Russia without checking them out properly.

Assange, desperate to get one over on Hillary Clinton, issued the documents which appear to have been thoughtfully provided by Tsar Putin’s disinformation department. Putin has made it clear he wants Donald Trump elected probably because he and a few of his Oligarchic mates have pile of money invested in Trump businesses.

Snowden said WikiLeaks was mistaken in not at least modestly curating the information it releases. “Democratizing information has never been more vital, and @Wikileaks has helped. But their hostility to even modest curation is a mistake,” Snowden said in a tweet.

Assange snipped back that “opportunism won’t earn you a pardon from Clinton & curation is not censorship of ruling party cash flows.” Sounds a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.  Assange is hoping Trump will be the sort of president who shares his views and tell the Swedes to stop with this rape investigation. He has no chance of that happening with a woman in the White House.

WikiLeaks recently released emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, which suggested that committee officials had favored Clinton over rival Senator Bernie Sanders. There is speculation that the DNC was hacked by Russians aiming to influence the elections. WikiLeaks has refused to disclose its source.

WikiLeaks’ release of the emails, which contained sometimes information such as email ids, phone numbers and passport numbers of DNC donors has been criticized.

WikiLeaks was also criticized after its release of emails said to belong to Turkey’s ruling party, the AKP or Justice and Development Party. WikiLeaks also posted links on social media to databases that were said to contain sensitive and private information of millions of ordinary people, including a special database of almost all adult women in Turkey. It later turned out WikiLeaks had linked to a database uploaded by another person, which was disabled after the controversy.