Did Wikileaks influence the Arab Spring?

According to Julian Assange, without Wikileaks’ material the Arab Spring might never have happened. But The Guardian’s journalist David Leigh, whith whom Wikileaks worked to publish its cables and who is now maintaining a row with Assange, says that “anyone who thinks that the Arab Spring was caused by Wikileaks is off their heads”.

Do you agree? Has releasing classified material changed the world?

Listen to today’s BBC’s interview to Mr. Leigh on the matter here. Interview starts at 29.35, declarations on the Arab Spring at 32.30. Program only available until September 8.

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The Arab Spring will be discussed on our dinner talk ‘New Technologies, the Arab Spring and 21st Century Statecraft’ on November 8, 20:30 to 22:30, with Andy CarvinAlec RossAneesh Chopra and Derrick N. Ashong.

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