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However, in following the recent stories of whistleblower revelations exposing the criminality of governments – including that of the United States – in the shadowy field of modern intelligence gathering, one thing has become abundantly clear to me: Government investigative and prosecutorial agencies such as the National Security Agency haven't grasped the elementary lesson of learning from, and therefore not repeating, the errors of the past.Now, with more activism happening online, and an alarming amount of government criminality hidden behind spurious confidential classifications, the intelligence agencies – as well as the governments that back them and the secret courts that protect them – have turned to a new target, namely whistleblowers and journalists.Through WikiLeaks, Assange established a secure method for obtaining information about government and corporate criminality from whistleblowers and other individuals. To governments – particularly the government of the United States – Assange is a high-tech terrorist, WikiLeaks isn't worthy of the name "publisher" and Manning is a traitor.Despite these efforts to intimidate and silence those speaking out against the deepening surveillance state, Assange and WikiLeaks remain undeterred, inspiring, active and relevant. Other whistleblowers, information activists and journalists have continued the WikiLeaks legacy by revealing the truth at great personal sacrifice.
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