Traditional lines of communication between the people and the press have fallen into such disrepair in America that a whole new approach is necessary to challenge the military-industrial-governmental complex, according to a former CIA analyst sympathetic to WikiLeaks.
"The Fourth Estate is dead," Ray McGovern, of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, told Raw Story in an exclusive interview. "The Fourth Estate in his country has been captured by government and corporations, the military-industrial complex, the intelligence apparatus. Captive! So, there is no Fourth Estate."
Ray McGovern is a hero of the people. He goes on in the article/interview to explain that WikiLeaks is the beginning of a Fifth Estate. I think that's apt. I will say though that this will cause many in that Fourth Estate to rethink whether or not they want to become nearly irrelevant.
There is the planned OpenLeaks concept where leaked material will not be put on line as WikiLeaks does it with its own site but will be released to that old Fourth Estate. That may help to revive that Fourth Estate provided OpenLeaks is on the up-and-up, which remains to be seen since it's founder, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, has yet to explain his accusations against Julian Assange that Julian took a Zionist bribe not to release cablegate cables damaging to Israel. I've written extensively on this issue in previous blog posts, especially, "Julian Assange: Proven Zionist, Israeli, Mossad Agent? Prove It."