WikiLeaks More Accountable Than Governments: Assange
Why? Because of its supporters
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2011 12:48 PM CDT
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange listens during a public debate hosted by the New Statesman and the Frontline Club at Kensington Town Hall in London, Saturday, April 9, 2011.   (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

(Newser) – How accountable is WikiLeaks? More accountable than any democratically elected government, Julian Assange argues. “We are directly supported on a week-to-week basis by you,” he told the audience at a debate yesterday, his first formal public appearance since his December arrest. “You vote with your wallets every week if you believe that our work is worthwhile or not. If you believe we have erred, you do not support us. … That dynamic feedback, I say, is more responsive than a government that is elected after sourcing money from big business every four years.”

He added that he believes whistleblowing is necessary because “the only way we can know whether information is legitimately kept secret is when it is revealed,” citing both Vietnam and Iraq as examples. Both “bloodbaths” could have been avoided if whistleblowers had spoken up, he said, according to the Guardian.