The Wikileaks Katamari

The Multiple Meanings of “Wikileaks”

We are living in a profound historical moment. Julian Assange often seems megalomaniacal and millennial, and by now an utterance like “I believe geopolitics will be divided between pre- and post-Cablegate” is easily overlooked. But it is increasingly clear that he is right. The word and the concept Wikileaks have now become overloaded with layers of meaning. “Wikileaks” as a word and a concept can refer to any of the following:

1. the Wikileaks organization itself
2. a release of information from Wikileaks, directly or indirectly
3. the general idea of whistle-blowing through an intermediary like Wikileaks

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