The most wanted man in the entire world at this moment is not Osama bin Laden. He hasn’t killed anyone at all (that anyone knows of). He’s a computer hacker who’s been publishing secret government and corporate documents and videos, bringing to light proof of the corruption and lies that we’ve all suspected for the last few years.
Countries and corporations alike are calling for his head for espionage, treason, anything they can make stick – even alleged rape charges in Sweden because the sex was unprotected.
Whether you love him or hate him, I think the world needs Julian Assange and his wikileaks right now. The media has become corporately owned and largely just reports what they’re told to report so we’ve lost the system of checks and balances that we relied on to keep our governments, our wealthiest citizens and our big businesses honest. And we’ve seen the result of that loss – rampant corruption, greed and fraud which has led to the erosion of a good quality of life for millions of Americans and Europeans.
The people calling for Mr. Assange’s head are the very ones who have everything to fear from the release of the documents he possesses. His information will make their own criminal activities public knowledge and perhaps lead to their downfall.
Take, for instance, the video that shows US soldiers killing innocent Iraqi civilians and an American journalist (the video is at the end of the article). The mainstream media couldn’t get a hold of this video but wikileaks did and revealed members of the US military engaging in outright murder and making light of it. The government says this leak threatens national security, I say the murder is the threat to national security and the release of it on wikileaks is the first step to putting a stop to activities in which we are the terrorists.
I don’t agree with everything he does and I’m not sure that I fully agree with how he does it. But I think that what Julian Assange and wikileaks are doing is necessary to balance the extremely powerful and wealthy forces working against the interests of the people. I think we need to stop treating him as an enemy of the people and recognize him as someone with great power who is on our side. For better or worse. He might not be the kind of hero we want but I think he’s the hero we really need right now.
Here’s some more light holiday reading on the man, the myth, the quickly-forming legend: