The Guardian has been running a live update all day about reaction to the Wikileaks, here. Loads of things to follow up there. Peter Gratton has a link to a post on links here. If you want to know the motivation behind the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, you can find it here.
New York Univ. professor of journalism Jay Rosen has some critical discussion here. He says Wikileaks is the world’s first stateless news organization. Who are the Jay Rosen’s and Glenn Greenwald’s of geography I wonder. Certainly Trevor Paglen comes to mind–see his op ed here which examines how Obama is continuing Bush-era programs of secrecy and surveillance. Derek Gregory. There are a number of political geographers as well. Who else?
Yes, it has been interesting to see people from within geography engage with what’s been going on. But was it political geographers? Derek Gregory’s The Colonial Present was a crucial book, certainly, but Derek (then) was better known as a historical geographer with theoretical interests rather than a ‘political geographer’. And, for me, the most important early books within geography on the ‘war on terror’ were Neil Smith’s American Empire and David Harvey’s The New Imperialism, but they were better known for their writings on the economy and the urban. There is, I think, a difference between political geographers and politicised geographers – one being a topic and approach; and the other a sensibility.