A reader supports efforts to expose corruption, but objects to WikiLeaks’s methods.
To the Editor:
Re “Britain Arrests Assange, Ending 7-Year Standoff” (front page, April 12):
The arrest of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, should give all of us pause to re-examine our feelings regarding his self-described career as a journalist.
Though I do support most efforts to expose corruption, my concern with Mr. Assange is that he usually fails to use filters, as most respected journalists would. He has always seemed more interested in owning the headlines (as we are only too painfully aware that narcissists like to do) and creating chaos than in righting a wrong or fighting a good fight.
To obtain a story, to expose corruption, to bring a wrong into the light of day, all of these can be done with good, old-fashioned investigative reporting and persistence. Hacking into computers at the Pentagon and certain other nefarious deeds should not be seen as useful tools toward that end, but rather a “look what I can do” moment by a rebellious, criminal eccentric.