August 20, 2012

Assange Redefines What 'Dissident' Means

Kris Kotarski, Calgary Herald

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There is a case to be made that in 2010, WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, redefined the boundaries of journalism by leveraging modern technologies to bring hundreds of thou-sands of secret documents to light. In 2012, Assange and WikiLeaks are attempting to redefine something else, by changing the definition of "political dissident" in our vocabulary to include people persecuted by western governments.

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