It is no secret that Julian Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks, opposes the American-led war efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He is not some dispassionate journalist bringing information to light for its own sake; he has an agenda, and makes no bones about it. “This material shines light on the everyday brutality and squalor of war,” he said before releasing a stash of classified documents related to the Afghan conflict this summer. “The archive will change public opinion and it will change the opinion of people in positions of political and diplomatic influence.”
WikiLeaks will indeed “change” opinions. But they should not alter them in the pacifistic way Assange desires.