"Squeak!" one might squeal...However Mr. Assange seems ("Rushdie-like"), to have attracted a "Waspish Fatwa" and one suspects that he may also have suffered from being "Vanunued"..( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordechai_Vanunu ).
One senses that Mr.Assange's "hunt for the truth" would have benefited
from a wider demographic. Like Rushdie he seems to think that one
achieves more by dramatic martyrdom than considered action, again there
is a sense that he is "preaching to the choir".
Could we lose the ability to disseminate vital information about the
planet's welfare because certain so-called "Whistle Blowers" have
poisoned the well of public confidence in the quest for ever more
"sensational" revelations about the major powers?
Where is the information on Kashiwazaki-Kariwa (go to http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/features/earthquake-fire-and-nuclear-l/ -Edited 11/12/10-)?
What really happened to Vesta's off-shore wind-farm contracts? Where
did A.I.D.S come from? What is the real cost of depleted uranium usage?
How do you make a cow "mad"? Is fluoride really dangerous? Does genetic
modification represent a "Frankenstein's Monster"? Will your mobile
phone, "Bluetooth" or "Wifi" rot your brain? What is the truth about
the incineration industry or the CO2 profile of the nuclear industry?
These are the vital questions.
Whilst "Wikileaks" and Mr.Assange attract all the attention to
themselves do not their actions also serve to further obscure the
already occluded reality of our planetary environment's current state?
Will it be necessary for more campaigning environmentalists to be
murdered before their work is taken seriously, whilst others congratulate themselves about "what clever boys and girls they are" for pulling one more soft fruit from the already over-stuffed international pie?
"I would rather burn Capitalism over a slow fire than make a
"St.Bartholemew's Night" of it's perpetrators." Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Having said all this of-course the prospect of being forced to observe
the beast he has roused then consumming poor Mr.Assange is extremely
Clearly the true extent of corruption within our national governments, international corporations and organisations has reached crisis level (but we knew
that didn't we?), however over-concentration on the political and
military aspects of this infection will surely prove counter-productive
and may result simply in a strengthening of the security posture of all national administrations.
One hesitates to fully support Assange because knowing "The Game" of
international espionage assures one that one requires more than
revolutionary zeal to justify one's actions lest disclosure of state
security secrets (esp. military), by such "revolutionaries" to foreign
powers, attracts the ire of the original states population and hardens
their opinion against other "Whistle Blowers" who are
"tarred-with-the-same-brush". One must be able to demonstrate
that is in the public's interest that such revelations be made or (as I
have said), one risks a "tightening-of-the-grip" by the security
services of the state (or international financial cabal), concerned
which now feels that that it is mandated to persue such a course.
Credit where credit is due however.... http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/wikileaks-us-engineers-ways-to-force-feed-eur/blog/31989
Regardless of whether we support Mr. Assange in all his ways or not
where freedom of speech and information are genuinely compromised we
must respond, currently of primary concern to all those "hacks" making
copy out of the deluge must be the welfare of Pfc (Private First Class)
Bradley Manning, who is currently paying the price for "Wikileaks'"
success..... http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-12-17/bradley-manning-wikileaks-alleged-sources-life-in-prison/?cid=hp:mainpromo5 Letter to Commanding Officer, US MCB Quantico Brig: http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/bradleymanning?source=tw
This is a thought provoking piece... http://www.politicususa.com/en/transparency-hypocrisy-assange?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+politicususa%2FfJAl+%28Politicus+USA+%29&utm_content=Twitter I ask why it is that two women who claim to have been raped have been exposed to such attention?
Other "Voices of Dissent"
Although I ask would not legislation passed barring internet companies
from breaching a recognised and internationally sanctioned code of data
protection better achieve Morozov's aims than the; "Encryption and
security protocols"..which (according to "The Independent"),..."are high
on his list"?
"Democracy Now!" http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/1/14/part_iiicelandic_parliamentarian_calls_us_subpoena_of_her_twitter_account_over_wikileaks_involvement_disturbing Also see "Former Banker Hands Offshore Account Data to WikiLeaks" http://www.democracynow.org/2011/1/18/headlines.