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The WikiLeaks founder talks to John Pilger.
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"Assange, your my hero."
"It is interesting to note that most of Assange's defenders are the type of people who would be the first to scream if their private emails, library records or other personal behaviors were published. At what level of industry or government would they be willing to have their private communications revealed."
You fail to grasp the VERY BASIC concept that government is to be TRANSPARENT. The government is to answer to the PEOPLE.
The government has absolutely no expectation of privacy because we the people FUND it. Just like you expect to know what your kids are up to at all times because you put a roof over their head.
The people, on the other hand, have every expectation of privacy because we are PRIVATE citizens.
You are not guaranteed safety. No government can do that... They will TRY to convince you of that, and you obviously fell for it, but it's a lie. YOU are in charge of your safety.
The governments of the world convince you that they need to keep secrets for your safety so that they can keep EVERYTHING a secret.
Get it now?
God, I hate that I have to post so much but I feel like some people here need to refamiliarize themselves with basic history and basic common sense.
Are we regressing or what?
truthiness is next to sexyness :) to those of you who are speaking out AGAINST truth, i gotta ask... 'umm is what youre saying even true cause... u seem to be opposed to that sort of idea, im not sure i can trust you' :D
So Assange publishes information about how corrupt governments and corporations are lying, cheating, stealing and causing harm to the public for free and he is a villain. Zuckerberg sells all your private information to these same corrupt entities and he is man of the year.
Nice post Airlie, about 80% of Australians agree with what Assange is doing, if it was only on "our governments" behaviour, we would be over the moon. 18 million Australians would be pretty pissed off if anything happened to Assange. The country has had a gutful of these false wars, and are playing lip service until we can get out of Afganistan, after that, dont expect our support anymore. Giving you advanced warning. Your government lies to it's own people. Not only do Australia knows this, 5 billion people know this around the world. Fix your own country before you start any more wars. Nobody is invading your turf.
Australia celebrates a Defeat at Gallipolli in WW1 (yes a defeat), and we are back in Bali holidaying, ? Why,,,, to do the right thing for the people of Bali.
Americans are hiding behind a war machine, the rest of the world is getting fed up with it. I think it's time a Yank stood up to your own government, you have a aussie again doing your dirty work, now, anyone calling Assange a coward, stand up and be counted.
Next the yanks will be calling him a racist. Tanisia has fallen from a dictator, no thanks to years of the yanks diplomatic service's given to that country, it was helped along by Assange and people power from the world. Your journo's(fox puppets) will be a thing of the past shortly,. Facebook and Tweeters are doing a better job for this world than some dumb-ass diplomat. Time to move forward, "the world is", and it's not waiting for America. Australia also has a large Arab population, we dont sit around listening in to their converstaions, if they are going to blow us up, i am sure we did something wrong. I still remember Oprah the week after 9/11, like a 4 year old child asking the army officer, why would they do such a thing. ? Have alook what you did to 150 thousand Iraqi soldiers during Kuwait, buried them into the ground alive, with bulldozers Oprah, go look. Imagine the world outrage if it was 150 thousand yankie soldiers. Time to wake up.
he is australian. treason? you americans only ever look inward the world picture is bigger than your minds. who elected u s a world leaders. what give you the right to militarily force your will on the world.
Go Wikileaks.Big steps for civilization don't come easy. Don't worry about the Fox News watchers and other whiners. They're just losers on the sideline.
Millions support you. Thousands will imitate you, and will even improve on what you have demonstrated.
As they are threatened, you can see how humans spew hateful talk. One idiot calls Assange a waste of space, a blackmailer, a loser. Some lower thinkers blame Assange for killing millions of people! How mean and low and stupid. These are the same types who crucified Jesus.
Wikileaks could be kept busy full time leaking health "care" , medical science, and big pharma info. This would be immensely important. Beyond that, I find in posts around the media of those who are against wikileaks/assange come from a narrow, "black & white", insular and uneducated world views with knee jerk responses.
"Look, all civilized countries have a side of their govt they are not proud of, or hides the truth. It is the citizens' responsibility to elect just representatives in their government. What Assange has done should be considered treason...not only to the US, but other countries he has cracked. He has put many counrties at risk, for personal gain. For the past half-century, predominant cold war era, actions similiar to Assange would have criminal charges executed. I hope he ends up at Guanatamo."
Well aren't you a good little fascist.
You ignorantly state:
"It is the citizens' responsibility to elect just representatives in their government."
Where are these "just representatives"? Where are these magical people who don't simply bow down to corporations? Where are these supposed 'just' people who can't be bought? Where are these politicians who actually represent the people? Where?
Look, if you think your vote is anything but a mark on a piece of paper, you've taken the bait. You've bought into this "two-party" BS.
Newsflash: Both parties are tightening control while fooling YOU into believing they have your best interests at heart.
How can you say Assange has done this for "personal gain" when HE is the one in danger?
Again, people like you are either PART of the government/military/corporation/cabal or sheeple. It has to be one or the other.
"For the past half-century, predominant cold war era, actions similiar to Assange would have criminal charges executed."
So that makes it right?
You hope Assange ends up in Guantanimo huh? HA! That's priceless.
If I thought like you did, I'd probably end up in an American Concentration Camp. Seems like just the place for you.
Activating rather than abolishing the Espionage Act is an act of profound aggression against the American people. Under similar laws in Germany in the early thirties, it became a form of 'espionage' and 'treason' to criticize the Nazi party, to listen to British radio programs, to joke about the fuhrer, or to read cartoons that mocked the government. If they can use it against Assange they can use it to terrorize anyone who would otherwise speak out.
Americans who love our Constitution love people with the courage to reveal the truth about anything, like the lawyer who walked away from his job at the Dept of Justice unit that is headed by a female, because she ordered her underling lawyers that no case be brought against a black perp if the victim is white. We aren't forgetting that brave American lawyer, or that female. Assange is also a hero to us. He is on the same stage as our Founders. Brave, Fights for Freedom Truth and Honor. People who belong to the covert "Elitist Movement" are working hard to stop him. One thing, his mention re journalists might be worried that if the sneaks and thugs come for him, they will do the same to them. His expectation is unrealistic. It's too late... we do not have any brave or investigative journalists anymore. They are all "the cowards of the county" pay- check drawing types. They can't even effectively investigate missing child situations like Kyron Horman in Oregon. Everybody now sees how Americans have been dumbed down and dumped on for years, and that this man alone stands to publish truth today that has been hidden from us. There are forces of Americans who won't take any bulls*it against him. Line is drawn. Note to Willie: Thugs in USA have caused the necessity of his focus on our liars in govt. The guy supports our Constitution more than many thugs who have wormed their way into our govt positions. Some showed their hatred even in their stumble to the podium and anger in having to read the aloud the Constitution at the opening of the 112th Congress. We laughed at them and will vote them out next go-around.
i want to read the entire article, but i never buy mags =DDDD john pilger is cool he does some very informative docs. whoever thinks such information should be kept "confidential" or that it's "irrelevant", must not be willing to think for themselves... informed people make better decisions... peace out and if anyone cares watch "wikirebels", pretty cool doc.
have a nice day.
The American government has become the enemy of its people as any thinking person already knows.
& Julian & Manning are some of the few heros alive today.
To both of them and to all the unseen people who are working and battling to keep some kind of real information flowing,
An American citizen.
Forget Assange and his $1,500,000 corporate book deal (some rebel, what a sell-out), instead read a book that’s really been BANNED like “America Deceived II” by E.A. Blayre III.
Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:
Why has my post not appeared ? It was more polite than many
There is some shocking ignorance in some of these posts.
Wikileaks is not responsible for any deaths. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell has said that there was no evidence that anyone had been killed because of the leaks. http://bit.ly/gGKYfj
Wikileaks does not have an anti-US agenda. They have been around for 4 years or so, and has been responsible for other important leaks such as exposing industrial espionage originating from China, government corruption in Kenya (helping to bring about a change of government in that country) as well as documents revealing the inner workings of Scientology amongst thousands of others. http://bit.ly/P2CZ8
For those that think the cables show that Arabs want to attack Iran - I think you'll find that its actually only a small group of despotic rulers that want that. http://bit.ly/dTj0RV
Wikileaks stated aim:
"Wikileaks is an organization committed to transparency and accountability, and allowing whistleblowers to hold governments and corporations to account."
They can only release what brave people send them!
More information on Wikileaks myths:
Who cares about John Pilger anymore? Midlife crisis? He's on his pink lilo riding a wave on Bondi beach with his pet budgie. It's Julian Assange's character assessment, forthcoming Swedish trail by jury, and his future trip to Las Vegas USA to appear with Tom Jones that I'm interested in.
The one thing that gets me about Assange's face is that if you look long and deeply enough you get this real sense of paranoia. It's got conspiracy theory written all over it, the fear of being targeted by some of the most powerful people in the world, whether it be the USA or China.
It's good to see how John Pilger has rallied to his side. No matter how you view Assange you can not help but praise the support of John Pilger. I for one disagree with virtually everything John Pilger writes but I can't help feeling impressed by how John has helped out Julian in his hour of need.
WELCOME DONE JOHN PILGER.
Assange is a hero. Freedom is a staple of a good society.
Julian! You have put all wikileaks followers in jeopardy, US wants to track down all wikileaks followers. Are we in trouble??
How sad that people would convict and sentence Assange for leaking private emails and other docs......would you apply the same justice to people across the spectrum, civilian, military...I mean, would those who say Assange is conspirator to murders vote to jail Bush, Rumsfield, and their own leaders for conspiring to kill?
Shane, but we in America and England live in the spoils of war, but hard for you to see....can't see the forest through the trees.....By the way...The name of a country engaged in war with USA and we took spoils...1) Afghanisthan, 2) Iraq, 3) Germany ....goes on forever....the paint on the car you drive might be made with the spoils of war...
From what I have read so far the US Foreign Service looks clean, honest and doing their job. If fact many journals only print the titillation along with the normal Hollywood gossip. Sure notifying the entire world as to what sites the US Government thinks are sensitive to national security could be construed as espionage, but hey this a freedom of the press issue. Now some US politicians may have overreacted on the first release of this story but after a couple of days no one really cared about WikiLeaks and Julian.
At that point we see the emphasis shift from the benign documents to the "persecution of Julian" as the story. Assange as the martyr! When some companies decided that it wasn't in their corporate best interest to appear to support the hosting and financing of this controversial material a lot of loons got their knicker in a twist. OMG Censorship! Come on this is the Internet only China/Iran/North Korea are masters of that technique. Lets be frank, the contents just aren't that interesting since most items in them any person following world affairs would have already know long ago. So I'll wait for the summary from the papers.
Lets get it straight, in America no long cares or is interested in Assange, not the government and not the people. As for Manning a trusted person in the US Military serving in a war zone, allegedly leaking "secret" information, we will see what a jury of his peers have to say.
Yes. The US authorities are going to round up all 650,000 Wikileaks twitter followers using only their IP or email addresses to locate them.
They are then going to arrange extradition (or rendition if you are in the middle-east and some parts of europe) for us all to the US to stand trial for some heinous crime they are yet to make up.
You will probably be top of the list now!
Matt..I'm so proud to make your day. Call me a fascist. It doesn't affect me whatsoever. I'm an American and able to speak my peace...as you are. Resorting to personal attacks, that's fine. I'll sit here in my concentration camp of fascism...well done by the way. As for you, I wish nothing but the best. Kinda like my feelings towards Nancy Pelosi and your pal Obama. It's people like you that spit nothing but propoganda. You are a henchman to the present day media.
Someone here wrote that "Manifest Destiny" refers to America's obligation to be a model of freedom to the world. Or somesuch.
BUT - "Manifest Destiny" was the 19th century American belief that the United States (or, specifically "Anglo-Saxons") was destined to expand across the North American continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean - "from sea to shining sea" (which should ring a bell...)
Julian Assange is a criminal, not a journalist.
I don't know why some special ops team from any number of countries haven't waxed this guy already.
I would appreciate getting more hard information, particularly when it comes to issues such as Diego Garcia. What these memos reveal is that the taxpayers of many countries are shelling out big cash for so-called diplomats to shmooze and gossip about who is doing things the Americans don't like
What gives him the right to with hold that information from the world? By his own rules he must release it!
How is this guy still breathing???
Yes it's simple writing a comment against Assange but he's the one out there putting his butt on the line, what are you doing about ensuring we remain a country that is free to get access to information? Yes he could be egotistical. So what? But by giving the government and the press support here instead of the ones who are defending your right to know is plain idiocy. You think he's responsible for killing people (who, what people?) but GWB is responsible for killing our very own people, young people, for WMD they only fantasized about. Ordinary people need to understand that what Assange stands for is us.
I'm really shocked with reactions I see here - some angry amercian patriots that behind their own patriotism can't see commom sense. Where the world goes? Shocking ignorance... World needs more people like Assange...
@Allen, please don't say something you don't know. Assange didn't get 1.5m book deal - he got (as far as I remember) half of it... and he get get 1.5m in total after couple of years IF book we be sold good... so? please, get your facts straight before you're writting something!
Assange is a dead man talking. He's written his own death warrant, and we don't even have to pay the cost of a cartridge. One of our enemies will kill him to ensure the release of the files. Or the enemies of one of his supposed targets.
He's entered a game where the players play for keeps, and where he has no friends. Right now, the list of state and non-state actors lining up to kill him would be long indeed.
His best bet would be a quick guilty plea in a Federal court for espionage, and life in an ad-seg box.
Have a nice life Julian boy, It's not been particularly nice knowing you.
So it turns out from the leaks that the US created a list of "targets" for "retaliation" in France and the EU. The US diplomat was referring to ">our< considerable planting seed business in Europe". No wonder Obama is sucking up to France as fascism has come to America and they even consider Monsanto to be part of their government.
Nothing to see in the cables:)
The world needs tons more transparency. It's devastatingly ridiculous to hear so many wishing for blood and at the same time wanting to keep themselves in the dark. Pentagon: "Public Apathy Enables Leaders to Ignore Voters,"
Leak baby leak.
Assange is scum, useful scum, but scum. He is now blackmailing bad guys he has the goods on that in order to protect his pitiful life he won't divulge what he knows. If he dies, it gets released. If he were really serving the public, he would reveal all on everyone.
Keep the faith, Julian. Whatever you can do to put Rupert Murdoch on the hot seat, I'm with you all the way.
I just want the x-files. The rest is all re-runs!
We need crazy guys like you Assante.
You got the monkey by the tail and not know how to let it go now, but still, you made a good service.
Bad luck that you'll be sent the Mossad in trade for Obama applauding West Bank construction.
I personally hope they miss.
I predict that historians will look back on Mr. Assange and see a courageous man, a heroic man. Incredible that the Dating Police are charging him with rape!
Forget Assange. What we need is more information on the crimes going on. These leaks are information of crimes being commited by Pfizer, the Australian govt, The Swedish civil service etc.
For all those faithful little SS stormtroopers who want rid of him, there are millions more where he came from... Sorry, but the world is changing.
Assange, is right you know. He has no reason to bluff. Information is power. Why the heck do you think we have major media networks? Does anyone here know the definition of journalism--that's what Julian Assange is...a journalist. Just because you say he is not, does not mean that his actions cannot speak for themselves. Of course the US is irate, we look completely ignorant and arrogant. Not only that some of the information is pretty damning according to those who had no idea.
If Assange gets 'taken out,' it will only create more of an information revolution, and it will all be free, and online. I myself would like to see what happens if he does get 'taken out.'
The only solution to the problem is to control and censor the internet. Period! But how do you do that? Well, the FCC is trying with Julius Genachowski.
Wanted: Docs on the ICE trust, the
International Swaps and Derivatives Association and anything from Markit. Why should hedgers and investors spend billions for inefficient compensation packages when a better open electronic derivatives exchange can be used?
Systemically dangerous actors like Goldman, JPM and BoA exists only because they collude to maintain asymetrical market pricing information.
To all you people who keep calling Assange a murderer, show me deaths that have resulted form the leak. I've read over some of the documents. The censorship removes names of various people, and for the most part contains banter about foreign power players. Regardless, transparency is important in this day and age. Assange made comments on the ability of China to censor what those within its borders can access. Do we want that kind of state, or would we prefer to at least know the opinions of other nations on those "problem children" like Iran and N Korea? The internet and its free exchange of info has made the world a better place. We should laud Assange and others who use it to the fullest.
I hope Judge Napolitano is reading this. He was defending the guy not a week ago.
The murder of innocent news photographers and children by the US Army is a matter of national security?
HAHAHA!! Go Bradley!
It is sad how a large majority of Americans are being dupped.
Stop making Assange the story. That is what the MEDIA wants you to do. Focus on him instead of the leaks. It seems very similar to past historical events like the Jews letting go Barabus over Jesus and the Romans killing the Christians. A nations people logic tens to go right before the country falls.
We, in America, have become so security focused that you have given away all your rights. Just as Ben Franklin warned log ago. Stop being Liberal with War and using security as an excuse...
Leaks of secret or repressed information is and has always been part of journalism. The MSM reacts the way it does simply because he is better at it than they are. Further, you will find the loudest voices are closest to the problem.
You are our hero. There are some negative comments but I understand they are made by dogs praying to abolish First and Second Amendment. Nobody logically thinking believes in those rape accusations. You are a hero for billions of people on this planet.