Chris Deliso, journalist, travel writer and author concentrating on the Balkans and Southeast Europe, discusses how WikiLeaks is turning traditional journalism on its head and making plenty of enemies along the way; the risk of deliberate media distortion when huge caches of primary sources are released at once and can’t be effectively vetted; the danger of false leaks receiving mass dissemination; how the future of journalism is tending toward interpretation of facts rather than investigative work; and how the public is susceptible to “leak overload” where blockbuster information is readily available but nobody cares.
MP3 here. (17:29)
Chris Deliso is an American journalist, travel writer and author concentrating on the Balkans and Southeast Europe, where he has lived and traveled for almost a decade. His criticisms of interventionist foreign policy can be found in his writings for Antiwar.com, and in his recent work on the West’s failures to eradicate foreign-funded Muslim extremists in the Balkans, The Coming Balkan Caliphate: The Threat of Radical Islam to Europe and the West (Praeger Security International, 2007). He is the director of Balkanalysis.com.
Mr. Deliso is the author of several travelogues, including Hidden Macedonia and Greece (Country Guide). He holds an MPhil with distinction in Byzantine Studies from Oxford University.