Two of the most renowned figures in government security breaches are in disagreement on ways to release classified government documents.
On July 28, Edward Snowden slammed Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks for its stance on Twitter curation.
“Democratizing information has never been more vital, and @Wikileaks has helped. But their hostility to even modest curation is a mistake,” tweeted the former National Security Agency (NSA) infrastructure analyst.
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
The opinion of Snowden wasn’t appreciated by WikiLeaks, and a responding tweet was fired out almost immediately.
“Opportunism won’t earn you a pardon from Clinton & curation is not censorship of ruling party cash flows,” the tweet read.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 28, 2016
The major difference between the two in regards to leaking data is the way in which documents are released.
In 2013, Snowden took a more cautious route by choosing to release documents to certain news organizations, who in turn vetted for sensitive information that could have compromised the national security.
Wikileaks tends to leak classified information that is littered with sensitive files, including personal information such as email addresses, phone numbers, and home addresses—as seen in the recent hacking of the email server of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
The emails showed how the DNC actively strategized against Senator Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton, including exchanges between seven top figures looking to depict Sanders as someone who is religiously fickle.
Snowden recently made headlines when it was learned that he will participate in a Q&A session entitled, “Snowden Live” during the screening of “Snowden,” a film about his life from 2004 to 2013. Snowden—who lives in Moscow, Russia—will appear via satellite on Sept. 14 at select theaters.