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Slogan – “We Open Governments”- A clue here to what would transpire – not an organization that’ll go all coy and blush with embarrassment, not even if one trumps in public; like a fog-horn in a crowded shopping Mall.
Launched: October 2006 Founder: Julian Assange (1971 - )
Rumblings on the horizon
There is something incredulously inevitable about the whole WikiLeak fiasco – ever since publishing the truths about our great leaders and their banal characters, WikiLeaks barely hit my radar, mainly due to the fact I was expecting a severe breach of security measures having got a sniff of the supremacy Google search engine empire talking to Verizon (An online security firm who wants to restrict online data from entering households) Discussions are in motion, after several failed attempts in 2009 – 2010; a security deal is imminent. I await a statement in early February 2011 – that’ll confirm my suspicions that beefy data online will be censored meticulously via the Google/Verizon deal. Meanwhile Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks case has set the clime for an agenda which is designed to make Verizon’s impending security measures evidently more palatable; making internet’s ‘Information Highway,’ lucrative and unethical. Yes, Google is about to sell its soul, and the Federal Government is a major influence. Along the way, there will be collateral. WikiLeaks and other information orientated organizations either may disappear, go underground, or become compromised. The debacle is set to install an omnipotent that’ll de-value democracy and ultimately our own freedom. However, our superior bodies’ rhetorical practices avidly will claim it’ll be for the good of our civil rights and safety; mirroring Reich books called ‘Opposing The System’ – ‘The Greening of America,’ (Best seller in 1970) an analysis on the embodiment of culture in a bid to shift World opinion, the main example of how opinion shapes western views, for example; the cold war rhetoric in the 1980s; which relayed a total fabrication of untruths.
At the beginning of a decade, a bubble bursts
In a new decade, new arena’s of collateral is due to be made. Bubbles are to burst. The infamous Dot.Com bubble (1995 – 2000) climaxed in mid 2000, in turn major organisations had to re-think about online strategies, as a means of survival; and from it innovative concepts swept the online spectrum. The terror attacks in New York changed the hunting ground for governments as they swayed towards the ‘war on terror’ threats instead of compromising democracy on the exploding information technology revolution which was taking place at the time of the twin tower attacks. The internet had a free run for a while and governmental practices for a period engaged in its supreme resources to counter-act against the Middle East western terror plots, which did exist. WikiLeaks collaborated with journalists all around the world, initially in Australia and Indonesia before any credible data was published in October 2006, the launch of the site was hardly a fanfare albeit for governmental officials to check on published data, and developments.
A hard hitting campaign exemplifying the treatment of Assange
Journalistic affiliates published documentations through WikiLeak’s freedom of speech ethic – nearly 2 million documentations were made in their first year, with expansion of grandeur magnitude leakage were imminent; the clue is in the name WikiLeak, transparencies equals better justice systems, not what the American authorities could endure, when it comes down to exposing secret data; however, were not secret hence being in WikiLeak’s transparent hands. Once the beast is out of the box, you cannot entice it in again. Sounds obvious, but this is what currently is emerging with the US authorities. Their ‘hunting him down like a dog’ due to publishing data into the public domain that was classified information – unclassified information – and other data which is neither classified nor unclassified, allegedly cost American lives, although cannot be clearly proven. Assange overnight was made public enemy number one. Weirdly, it was only in the summer of 2010, WikiLeak had a donation of half a million dollars for their services. It is common knowledge that Julian Assange was an early internet hacker; code name “Mendax” – translated as nobly untruthful; his transparency for all to see. Admired for being the figure-head for the freedom of speech all over the globe; ice cool under pressure, arrogant beyond arrogances realm. Journalism his forte, Assange uses the medium as a tool of expression – erect and forthright in approach, consistently claiming he had gone to Sweden when the two sex cases emerge initially. Right up until the case was dismissed and laughed out of the Swedish court. Thereafter, a smear campaign gathering legs, in response, prosecutors' only re-addressed the case when it was known Assange had a reputation in regards to women – opportunism laid before them to proceed. I could here Sarah Palin’s cheerleaders from across the pond.
Regardless of the out-come this furore here; across the seas it must be of cyclopean delight to the “true infidels of human rights” – who will relish glee with such a deranged western own goal; making a mockery of the concept of democracy – freedom of speech – and that rhetorical word, transparency. Corrosive insidious propaganda is derailing single-handedly the foundations of what we know of as our western values. Assange is not a “fugitive” – He did not escape Sweden and burrow his way into the Needles, with a pose of blank VHS tapes. Yet his birthright nation of Australia tore up their own citizenship of law and made a whimsical attempt of taking away Assange’s passport; in-turn hideously breaching mandatory human rights, especially as no charge has fallen on the head of Assange. Meanwhile a London magistrate sent Assange into solitary confinement in Wandsworth Prison. Whereby, 116 years earlier Oscar Wilde had resided for alleged – “sex crimes.” British law cogs and wheels are aging back to Doomsday, not dared to be revamped, for the docile sake of tradition. I wonder if they’ve changed the bed sheets, since Wilde’s two year stint. The injustice of Wilde’s case highlighted how corrupt the British justice system was. Will it happen again? Distortions of truths, political henchmen pressures, sex accusations, inflammatory hype – annihilates a fair legal process.
The WikiLeak’s debacle is reminiscent of the film “war games” – cyber attacks coded ‘payback,’ offset by major corporations extinguishing affiliations all in a bid to get Assange extradited. Many mini mirror sites flew out of the WikiLeak nest of documentations. ‘Open Leaks’ was borne out of the fire and chaos of Federal Government cyber attacks. And no-one has died, due to the leak memo’s and secret files directly. This scenario goes beyond what we know to be Assange’s WikiLeak online agenda, and the alleged rape accusations. It is about our civil liberties. We know it hasn’t anything to do with Washington’s rhetorical statement saying WikiLeaks had put soldiers and civilians in danger. The only concept of a plan is that troops are going to finish operations in 2015. We know that the war in Afghanistan against the Taliban and Islamic terrorists is not going to plan, whatever that means. Unlike some, online journalists across the world have given a seismic amount of support to WikiLeaks and their founder Julian Assange. Cyber attacks have descended mercilessly on the affiliates of WikiLeaks and lawyers, evidently escalating the bill to 250,000 GBP, and counting.
"Infowar," coming to a server near you
America’s political arena is suffice to say is; ‘toxic’ – Last year our *special* relationship with the US was marred over the BP oil spillage – even though BP is predominantly owned by the US, and lawsuits were frizzling around the airwaves, as if they’re just paper darts. The term ‘Kick your asses;” reached Radio Two listeners. Hostility has reared its ugly head across the pond, and has embarked on a crusade against anti-Americanisms, whether intended or not. The plight of stifling perpetrators on the internet appears futile, on the same scale as a King Arthur knight armored up, suffering from diarrhea, trying to run to the nearest bog-hole in time. Duly because WikiLeaks and Open Leaks embody complex global journalism, the works take on a type of shibboleth practice, similar to a MI6 agent in regards to avoidance of detection; partly because they’re informers, whistle blowers, and investigative journalists. Therefore the only real access to the intrinsic WikiLeak’s network coliseum resides with Julian Assange.
To a newcomer getting a taster of the information age embroidering all its complexities and is gripped by recent events – seek out the movie ‘Enemy of the State’ corruption in governmental departments out to frame a lawyer. The comparisons scenario wise appears like Siamese twins but in reality the biggest loser will be freedom of speech and our liberties. Elitism requires to be squashed – otherwise information will be severely censored for the non elite, or rich. The sooner that ordinary citizens recognize what is unfolding under our noses – the bigger chance we have in restoring ‘normality’ for our long term human rights.
If, this saga is played out fully with the fall guy being the CEO of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, the ‘infowar’ would’ve claimed its first victim; and overnight how we see information today such as – read blogs – digital media in all, anything cyber related would’ve gone through tough stringent measures before being read by you or I. The problem is we would be even more in the dark from reality and real terror threats, because of it. By closing up WikiLeaks and using the cyber information giant as an example for incredulously aiding ‘terror’ due to the leaks, covers up the developed western world government’s mistakes, and will inadvertently create mass propaganda; in turn that’ll change the way we think etc. It’ll be a signature for western governments to force their omnipotent power onto the mainstream. Liberties severely compromised.
Superior governmental actions embraces folly; especially when it comes to the absent mindedness of secret data. In the UK the public see it as an everyday occurrence and therefore deemed hardened to nastiness being shoveled into the trough of the public domain; secret data is either usually left on train seats or waved precariously close to the grasshopper sounds of the paparazzi who are randomly clicking their telescopic cameras’ for that illusive money shot. Stupidity is masked and re-branded ‘transparency’ by governmental circles. Tripping up and making the announcement it was all in the script, meticulously planned. Satirical, if it wasn’t such a serious concern.
Whatever you’re opinion about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange – there is no doubt the Founder is an extra-ordinary man. WikiLeaks support from staff to their network partisan is beyond immense considering what the ‘infowar’ represents to mankind; even the Washington Post and New York Times are holding onto the rafters, scared stiff of the potential eventualities internally from US governmental bodies. After the extra-national superiors dig their claws into Manning and Assange; who’ll be next? Fingers will be pointing; - it’s the nature of the beast. Still as Assange awaits his fate; he deems the Chinese censorship laws ultimately being the insidious thorn in WikiLeak’s side; this isn’t new – eventually the second biggest super-power may topple WikiLeaks just via technological prowess – that is the biggest threat; if WikiLeak’s mainframe system is successfully hacked into cyberspace oblivion, many dwarf WikiLeak sites will burst out like parachuted dandelion seeds in force gale, relaying untold information about major corporations; the media mogul Rupert Murdoch first in line, it’s been reported.
My theory is, WikiLeaks agenda possibly could clean-up corruption, or at least be a deterrent – designed to ethically protect authorship from documents, any form of WikiLeak conspiracy remains nil regarding their whistle-blowers – investigative journalism and files. Informants are invisible, parading their everyday duties – walking amongst us. This in itself gives the US governmental aides a potential time-bomb financially. How long do they take to do their utmost to sink an amalgamated liquid, affiliated machine, able to change locations at a whim? Regarding the monetary giants’ who diminished business contacts with WikiLeaks, it is my understanding, did so to protect their shareholders and affiliations only. After the near collapse of the financial markets of recent years, lessons have been learned, especially whilst an ‘infowar’ of this magnitude tainted with salaciousness – mercilessly firing a character assassination plot, underlining unimaginable circumstances, that’ll undermine human rights as we know it today.
to catch the point on the BP disaster - and maybe to highlight why western goverments (and others I would say as the internet truly spreads worldwide). For all the anti British propaganda which was filtered through to ourselves in the UK - nearly as bad as the anti Scottish reports after the release of the Lockerbie bomber. As you know I play online games (stay with me) and many of our gaming clan members are from the US - So just how much was mentioned about any of these subjects was mentioned in our forums? Nothing, nothing at all. Not to say they didn't think these things important, but people around the world don't behave in the way that governments and the (controlled?) media say they do. Another reason to gag the internet? ? ?