Theater of Cruelty

Daniel Ellsberg

When states crush the truth

ADVERTISING: Leaked classified intelligence documents from the White House revealed in April that Ukraine was soon facing a dramatic defeat – quite different from the propaganda we had all long heard. In this essay, our regular writer, John Y. Jones, looks at the many sides of propaganda – as we are today increasingly surrounded by fake news, unsubstantiated claims and politically biased information.

"I failed to stop the Iraq war"

THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL: Katharine Gun leaked information about the NSA's request to the British intelligence service GCHQ to spy on members of the UN Security Council in connection with the planned invasion of Iraq.

"Stink journalism" against whistleblowers

JOURNALISM: Professor Gisle Selnes writes that Harald Stanghelle's article in Aftenposten on 23 February 2020 "looks like a statement of support, [but] lies as a framework around the aggravated attack on Assange". He is right. But has Aftenposten always had this relationship with whistleblowers, as in the case of Edward Snowden?

Whistleblowers – People's Enemies?

fearless: A vibrant democracy, a vibrant press, and the rule of law are intertwined and depend on whistleblowers being taken seriously. Ny Tid interviewed whistleblower and lawyer Kari Breirem, current with the book Promoting justice and preventing injustice – about corruption, legal security and whistleblowing.

A society in panic of reputation?

"Today, we must acknowledge that the belief that whistleblowers would be appreciated was an illusion," says Harald Stanghelle.