The crux of the WikiLeaks debate by Glenn Greenwald

By Glenn Greenwald

WNYC's Brian Lehrer has spent the last week hosting one WikiLeaks critic after the next on his program, and it seems rather clear that he, too, is a fairly emphatic critic of the group and its founder, Julian Assange. I appeared on Lehrer's show this afternoon for what was a rather contentious 25-minute interview that involved obviously adversarial (and perfectly appropriate) questions from him and from a few callers. I've been doing countless radio and TV interviews and debates over the last few days, making it difficult to write as much as I'd like, but this segment, in my view, really highlights the core disputes -- and many of the misconceptions and falsehoods -- at the heart of this controversy, one that I think will be seen as easily one of the most important political developments of the last several years: