Edward Snowden, who released classified documents from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013, has criticised Wikileaks for what he describes as their “hostility to modest curation.”
Snowden, who is currently claiming political asylum in Russia, argued that the organisation is failing to to evaluate whether all the documents they release are in the public interest and if they violate some people’s personal privacy.
“Democratizing information has never been more vital, and Wikileaks has helped. But their hostility to even modest curation is a mistake.”
Democratizing information has never been more vital, and @Wikileaks has helped. But their hostility to even modest curation is a mistake.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) July 28, 2016
However a core principle of Wikileaks is that it should publish all information it receives without vetting its suitability.
The organization responded by suggesting that Snowden was trying to woo Hillary Clinton for an official pardon, (meaning he could return to the US,) arguing that “opportunism won’t earn you a pardon from Clinton & curation is not censorship of ruling party clash flows.”
Opportunism won't earn you a pardon from Clinton & curation is not censorship of ruling party cash flows https://t.co/4FeygfPynk
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 28, 2016
The spat comes as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange confirmed that the organisation plans to release “a lot more” on Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party, after 19,000 emails from the DNC were leaked showing their attempts to derail Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.