Edward Snowden slammed WikiLeaks' “hostility to even modest curation“ on Thursday as the data-leaking site struggles against two simultaneous controversies.
WikiLeaks has taken heat recently for posting thousands of stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, which experts have said could be an attempt by Russia to influence the U.S. presidential election. At the same time, the site has also been accused of endangering women by linking to databases of Turkish voter records.
“Democratizing information has never been more vital, and @Wikileaks has helped. But their hostility to even modest curation is a mistake,” tweeted Snowden.
The Turkish databases appear to have contained information on every female voter in all but two of Turkey’s 81 provinces. The site linked to by WikiLeaks eventually bowed to public pressure and took down the offending files. Meanwhile, Many Americans fear the DNC emails were obtained by Russian intelligence and are currently being used to influence the election.
WikiLeaks has bristled against complaints of Russian involvement and its failure to redact personal information from either data dump. Though the scale was much smaller, the DNC leak did contain social security numbers, credit card and banking information, even a photograph of a driver's license.
The site struck back at Snowden after his tweet.
“Opportunism won't earn you a pardon from Clinton & curation is not censorship of ruling party cash flows,” it replied.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article mischaracterized WikiLeaks role in publicizing the Turkish voter databases.
Updated 7:25 a.m.