"I Love WikiLeaks for Restoring Distrust in Our Most Important Institutions"

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Fri, Dec 3rd, 2010 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

You may have heard that WikiLeaks' Julian Assange is now more wanted than Osama Bin Laden. How's that for strange priorities?

And while it's easy to label Assange as "an egomaniac with grandiose tendencies and bad haircuts", Jack Shafer of Slate Magazine argues that "if you want to dismiss him just because he's a seething jerk, there are about 2,000 journalists I'd like you to meet". Instead, Shafer believes that Assange has actually done the public a favour:

The idea of WikiLeaks is scarier than anything the organization has leaked or anything Assange has done because it restores our distrust in the institutions that control our lives. It reminds people that at any given time, a criminal dossier worth exposing is squirreled away in a database someplace in the Pentagon or at Foggy Bottom.

Assange's next stop appears to be Wall Street.

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