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Confirmation bias: I really wanted to believe


The Guardian article about Julian Assange, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin was one I wanted to believe.

I read The Guardian, and rely on this British publication for accurate, wide-ranging reporting on world news, including U.S. news, since we are part of the world. I also read and rely on The Intercept, a publication edited by Glenn Greenwald, Betsy Reed, and Jeremy Scahill, and funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. So when The Intercept said an article in The Guardian was “completely false,” they got my attention. Continue reading

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WikiLeaks, Part I: Journalism and national secrets

In a nutshell: the Pentagon says that 22-year-old Army intelligence specialist, Bradley Manning leaked 260,000 classified cables to WikiLeaks, and it’s worried that WikiLeaks is going to publish them. Manning, who was stationed in Baghdad, was arrested about three weeks ago and is being held in Kuwait, according to The Daily Beast.  The Pentagon is hunting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is staying away from U.S. soil. Since WikiLeaks hasn’t yet published the cables, Assange isn’t a U.S. citizen, and the operation is based outside the United States, the U.S. government has little leverage and “just wants to talk.” Continue reading

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