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The Guardian has profited a lot from Julian Assange's work, but over the years has become increasingly hostile towards him. Journalist John Pilger writes
The Guardian has exploited the work of Assange and WikiLeaks in what its previous editor called "the greatest scoop of the last 30 years". The paper creamed off WikiLeaks' revelations and claimed the accolades and riches that came with them.
With not a penny going to Julian Assange or to WikiLeaks, a hyped Guardian book led to a lucrative Hollywood movie. The book's authors, Luke Harding and David Leigh, turned on their source, abused him and disclosed the secret password Assange had given the paper in confidence, which was designed to protect a digital file containing leaked US embassy cables.
On 27th November 2018, the Guardian published a story by Luke Harding headlined "Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy". It has since been shared over 162,000 times on Facebook alone. The Guardian has not provided any evidence for it, and has refused to retract it. In an interview with the Observer, journalist Glenn Greenwald, who used to work for the Guardian, said
The Guardian’s happy to be used ...if you publish something like a totally fake story, there are so many benefits to it and almost no consequences. ...If you look at Luke Harding’s traffic metrics, they went through the roof. That’s an incentive scheme to continue to do shitty journalism.
In their excellent alert on the Assange arrest, Media Lens write of the claimed meeting:
No shred of evidence has ever been produced for this claim, which WikiLeaks and Manafort have both vehemently denied, and the story has been widely regarded as fake from virtually the hour of its publication. Luke Harding, the lead journalist on the story, and his editors Paul Johnson and Katharine Viner, have never apologised or retracted the story; nor have they responded to the many challenges about it. As we have previously noted, the Guardian has a disreputable record in publishing nasty, abusive and derogatory pieces about Assange.
More recently Greenwald commented:
...I've come to peace with the fact that this story will never be retracted even though everyone - including at the @Guardian, I am sure - knows it is utter bullshit - a joke - but it's still worth noting because it shows how unmoored the media is to any notions of accountability
Below, we've compiled a list of 44 Guardian articles to show you how the Guardian has treated Julian Assange and Wikileaks. We've also put together suggested actions for you to consider and a list of articles analysing this output.
If you haven't already, it really is time to Dump the Guardian and support independent media instead.