On This Day: WikiLeaks Release

Is Jullian Assange a traitor—or a proponent of government transparency? An interesting resource explores the WikiLeaks release of government documents, Assange's possible motives for releasing the information, and President Obama's thoughts on government transparency. Scholars also learn information about the Iraq War brought to light by the WikiLeaks release. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare Jullian Assange to Edward Snowden 
  • Guide a group discussion on the the impact of leaking government information to the public 
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource requires a free C-SPAN Classroom account, or use the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM

Pros
  • The resource provides primary footage of Jullian Assange addressing the press 
  • Video clips address the WikiLeaks release from multiple viewpoints 
Cons
  • None