wo infamous serial leakers’ paths have just crossed, as new documents from Edward Snowden reveal just how much energy the NSA devoted to spying on Julian Assange and Wikileaks. According to documents from The Intercept, the US and British governments targeted not only the organization itself, but also “the human network that supports WikiLeaks.”
In one instance, Britain’s spying agencies tapped fiber-optic cables and logged IP addresses from every visitor to a certain WikiLeaks site. Another showed that the US government urged its allies to charge Assange criminally over Afghanistan leaks, and considered designating WikiLeaks a “malicious foreign actor” — normally a term used for terrorist organizations. For his part, Assange called the NSA’s actions “unlawful and reckless” and urged an investigation into the activities.