Naomi Klein and Glenn Greenwald Tackle Ethics of WikiLeaks' Podesta Emails

October 3, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

A discussion between The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald and author and activist Naomi Klein tackled thorny privacy issues surrounding WikiLeaks’ indiscriminate release of John Podesta’s hacked emails in a 30-minute discussion published by The Intercept late Wednesday.

The Intercept has covered the release of thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager in depth, from exploring Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street to examining the Clinton campaign’s inner workings, and Greenwald had previously described the decision to cover the emails as “an easy call.”

“I’m concerned about the subjectivity of who gets defined as sufficiently powerful to lose their privacy.”
—Naomi Klein

But Klein wondered whether The Intercept might be betraying some of its core principals—most prominently, its privacy advocacy—by not taking note of the moral issues raised by such indiscriminate email dumps.

“Personal emails—and there’s all kinds of personal stuff in these emails—this sort of indiscriminate dump is precisely what Snowden was trying to protect us from,” Klein said. “That’s why I wanted to talk with you about it, because I think we need to continuously reassert that principle.”

“Certainly Podesta is a very powerful person, and he will be more powerful after Hillary Clinton is elected, if she’s elected, and it looks like she will be,” Klein added.