Michael Wolff’s new book about Donald Trump’s administration was “defaced” by WikiLeaks, the notorious international non-profit organisation that publishes various things on its platform(s), such as news leaks, secret government intel and classified media, everything provided by its anonymous sources. However, on Sunday, WikiLeaks did something very questionable, as they posted the full text of ‘Fire and Fury’ on Google Drive and tweeted the link for the whole world to see and “enjoy”, as in “free of charge”:
New Trump book “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff. Full PDF: https://t.co/sf7vj4IYAx
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 7, 2018
The book sparked an intense debate last week over the mainstream and alternative media alike, with Trump and his administration describing it to be “fake news”, as in full of lies and disinformation. For example, parsing through the “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”, you will see how the author claims that Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist believed that the meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr. was treasonous and unpatriotic.
All things aside, by publishing the full text online, Wikileaks has undercut the publisher and author, i.e. they are patently guilty of copyright infringement. Why would Wikileaks put their neck on the line with a copyright issue?
The official raison d’etre of WikiLeaks is to make public that information which the government withholds from its people. Releasing the full text of the book exposes Assange as a sham, since the book is readily available. The only motivation to release it is to reduce the number of legal sales and lessen profits from the book.