WikiLeaks' Lawyer

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Mark Stephens, Julian Assange’s attorney, talks about the effects of Wikileaks on transparency and foreign policy. 

Mark Stephens is taking part in a panel discussion this evening at Columbia Journalism School: Life After WikiLeaks: Who Won the Information War?


Mark Stephens

Comments [16]

anna from new york

What Daniel said or didn't about Assange doesn't matter, what he did does.
Someone on the NPR (Abrams?) talked facts and contrasted competent, editorial, limited release of Ellsberg with "release everything (except anything to do with me)" approach of Assange.

May. 04 2011 12:45 PM

I bet Ellsberg is glad the stature of limitations has run out on his release of TOP SECRET material (not all of which was based on his own, personal knowledge, but also that of other reports and analysts). The cables are NOT top secret.

But, let Ellsberg speak for himself, as he has said he thinks WikiLeaks has done what he would do in today's situation.

~~~Ellsberg: “EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.”~~~

May. 04 2011 11:49 AM
richz from Riverdale

I think Assange should be arrested for possession of stolen property. He fully knows he's receiving information from other than its rightful owner.

May. 04 2011 11:38 AM

You know, I didn't feel like chanting USA until listening to this non-US citizen slandering the US in every possible way. Julian Assange is not a journalist and his anti-US bias is well known by his own admission. The dumping of massive amounts of State Department and other secret US documents is not the same as Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, which was targeted and based on his own knowledge. We have a right to know but countries need to operate as necessary to preserve their security. We don't know the long term fallout of this terrorist act against the USA.

May. 04 2011 11:36 AM
anna from new york

"Secrecy and deception has led to very dangerous and continuous wars" People are amusing. The same crowd who suffered and suffered when poor Valerie Plame (doesn't seem poor to me only to them-poverty is relative), now preach an absolute disclosure ... at any REAL cost to individuals, societies and the world.

May. 04 2011 11:36 AM
anna from new york

I am repeating slowly.
Elsberg, was responsible and he didn't release all the documents he had.

May. 04 2011 11:31 AM
Marcos from THE Bronx


May. 04 2011 11:29 AM
anna from new york, ny

And the reason I should be interested in the oldest Institute of Propaganda ... is?

May. 04 2011 11:28 AM

Ellsberg released TOP SECRET material-- the cables are that highly classified.

May. 04 2011 11:28 AM
barbara from NYC

I think Julian is doing the entire world a service.
Secrecy and deception has led to very dangerous and continuous wars.
He is revealing what we should face. The US is an imperial power with huge force and untenable aggression against other nations. We ought to be ashamed of the country not of Julian's courage to reveal all this.

May. 04 2011 11:26 AM
anna from new york, ny

The guy is a lying liar of course.
Daniel Elsberg, for example, didn't release diplomatic documents.
The first caller was correct.

May. 04 2011 11:26 AM

Link for the BBC tidbit below -- lots more to read in continually updated news.

May. 04 2011 11:25 AM
Elizabeth from NY

I have a question: By any chance did Julia Assange leak Osama's whereabouts to get out of hot water with the U.S.?

May. 04 2011 11:22 AM

I'm assuming the lawyer is being kept from being forced to testify about the cables.

Also, is this lawyer acting for Assange on the rape extradition aspect? That is what i think Assange has a lawyer for.

Or, is this guy a lawyer for WikiLeaks itself?

I thought it was for the rape charge issues and just for Assange.

May. 04 2011 11:12 AM
amorris from nyc

just fyi on the bbc website...Abbottabad was a name to watch before this...

1320: Indonesia says its most wanted terrorist suspect was in Pakistan to meet Osama Bin Laden when he was arrested there early this year. Umar Patek was arrested in January in Abbottabad, the garrison town where Bin Laden was killed by US forces this week, AP news agency reports.

May. 04 2011 11:11 AM
art525 from Park Slope

So Assange doesn't share his cables with his lawyers. I guess he has a concern for protecting his privacy.

May. 04 2011 11:10 AM

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