This is a powerful piece of writing by Julian Assange for The Australian today. He places his document-publishing project in the context of his Australian background, an appeal to reason and examples from newspaper history.
Assange now appears to have displaced Osama Bin Laden as the gravest human threat to America. Well done, Julian. Millions are with you. The US can and will go its totalitarian way, with corps and officials round the world in lockstep, but w/o the will of the people - so for how long?
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I will defriend and block anyone who persists in slurring him for the wrong reasons. At least the conservatives are not delusional: his actions do mock their authority and they are right to feel threatened.
But the conspiracy wingnuts completely miss the point of what WikiLeaks does. They have made assumptions from a pattern of clues w/o establishing the whole path. Sometimes they are wildly wrong, but they are always confident.
Assange is deeply respected because he deals only in facts, and only with documents passed to WL, which are rigorously verified before release. He does not solicit and is motivated only by the value he places on transparency.
“Truthers” need to think about it and start reading more reliable sources. The pretext of these slurs against Assange regarding 9/11, eg, is ludicrous. The likes of Gordon Duff and Alex Jones over-reacted to a perfectly legitimate criticism of them by the very honest Assange.
By honest I also mean intellectually honest.
They could learn a lot from him and WikiLeaks about assessing information. Those who work and volunteer for WL look at hard evidence and only at material submitted to them. That is why WL has a credibility that screaming cult leaders and some niche writers can only envy.
I too have a multitude of questions about 9/11 but I don’t expect Assange to conjure the answers out of thin air.
This protest was organised before Assange was arrested today. It is in conjunction with Intn’l Human Rights Day, which coudn’t be more appropriate. Our PM and politicians, toadying for the US, have threatened Assange with confiscation of his passport should he try and return here and actively looking for ways to charge him with a crime.