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Julian Assange on Democracy Now

By Dark Politricks

On the day that Julian Assange handed himself in voluntarily to the UK police it is worth watching an interview on Democracy Now in which Glenn Greenwald talks about the attack on the internet that the Wikileak debarcle is all about.

In the same episode we see an earlier interview with the man behind the fury that is causing so many American politcians to call for his illegal and unwarranted execution, whilst totally ignoring the fact that all leaked documents have been released first in major papers such as the New York Times or Guardian before even appearing on the Wikileaks site.

As Julian says himself in a recent article

Prime Minister Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have not had a word of criticism for the other media organisations. That is because The Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel are old and large, while WikiLeaks is as yet young and small.

And it is true that whilst his head has been called for from many influential corners there has been little if no outcry about the more established players in the press doing the exact same thing that Wikileaks is being accussed of i.e releasing state secrets and putting lives and diplomatic relations at risk.

In fact if it hadn’t of been for the the major papers printing the #Cablegate files all over their front pages the majority of people would never had got a chance to even read about any of the leaks. The Wikileaks site has been up and down like a yo-yo and has been the target of state sponsored denial of service attacks all week yet if the idea was to bring the site down it has ended up instead spreading like a virus as mirror after mirror pops up to support it.

In fact I am just waiting for this recent leak to be used an excuse by someone to call for a more “Chinese” style internet in which unauthorised aspiring journos and anti-war supporters are banned to prevent another Wikleaks type site from springing up to replace it once all its members and supporters have been hung drawn and quartered for their recent actions.

In this video interview with Democracy now Julian Assange discusses Pentagon tactics and how he has suffered hassle from intelligence services, missing luggage on plane trips, illegal and unwarranted closure of bank accounts and other issues related to the Wikileaks website.

And from a recently published article in an Australian paper Julian Assange discusses how important the recent leaks have been in revealing the true nature of US global influence and the secret political pressure it places on other countries around the world to toe the line.

theaustralian.com.au

The US diplomatic cables reveal some startling facts:

► The US asked its diplomats to steal personal human material and information from UN officials and human rights groups, including DNA, fingerprints, iris scans, credit card numbers, internet passwords and ID photos, in violation of international treaties. Presumably Australian UN diplomats may be targeted, too.

► King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia asked the US to attack Iran.

► Officials in Jordan and Bahrain want Iran’s nuclear program stopped by any means available.

► Britain’s Iraq inquiry was fixed to protect “US interests”.

► Sweden is a covert member of NATO and US intelligence sharing is kept from parliament.

► The US is playing hardball to get other countries to take freed detainees from Guantanamo Bay. Barack Obama agreed to meet the Slovenian President only if Slovenia took a prisoner. Our Pacific neighbour Kiribati was offered millions of dollars to accept detainees.

In its landmark ruling in the Pentagon Papers case, the US Supreme Court said “only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government”. The swirling storm around WikiLeaks today reinforces the need to defend the right of all media to reveal the truth.

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  1. Rob says

    I completely agree about this leading to a more “Chinese” internet. This is just the situation that could end up leading to a button that could instantly shutdown all access to the internet immediately, or more censorship.

  2. Wendell W Solomons says

    Yes, a carefully calibrated attack. Obama and Clinton have been beaten up in the leaks because Israel has come under heavy EU, Turkish and more pressure over the abuse of Gaza Palestinians. Their main supporter, Iraq, has been maimed. Iran has filled the space and must be attacked NOW.

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