Essay about A Rhetorical Perspective on the Issue of WikiLeaks

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Menace or Assurance? :
A Rhetorical Perspective on the Issue of WikiLeaks
Founded in 2006 by Australian journalist Julian Assange, the website WikiLeaks had quickly risen in infamy over the past few years (Majerol 19). The controversial website had posted hundreds of thousands of classified documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan war, revealing government cover-ups, a secret assassination unit and the killing of civilians among many things. The release of these confidential documents has produced two opposing views on whether or not WikiLeaks is a good thing (Pilger 18).
In an article highlighting the benefits of WikiLeaks, Steven Greenhut explains that Julian Assange and his website have “done our nation a service”. Greenhut asserts
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She also questions the legitimacy of the documents posted by WikiLeaks. Since the information was essentially stolen, she says, who can truly verify the truth behind the documents? Furthermore, Cupp strongly rejects the idea of WikiLeaks being a journalistic service because the best journalists, she says, always consider the consequences of the information they release, something WikiLeaks is “all too willing to compromise” (Cupp 1).
This paper will not align itself behind a certain view in an attempt to twist the reader’s arm into believing one side is better than the other. It will provide no opinion whatsoever as to which side you should belong to; it will leave the qualities and failings of the argument itself alone.
Rather, this paper will outline the rhetoric behind each op-ed. It will analyze each op-ed for strengths and weaknesses in its use of logic (logos), ethics (ethos) and appeal to the reader (pathos). It will evaluate how the evidence is presented, answering whether the evidence is enough, whether it is appropriate, whether it is updated and whether it is relevant.

In the first op-ed, Steven Greenhut presents a clear thesis: Julian Assange, through his website WikiLeaks, has “done the nation a service”. It immediately shows Greenhut’s stance in the issue, which defends with three main reasons: the information WikiLeaks has revealed will not endanger
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