Freedom of the press and internet activist, Julian Assange is the New Media Martyr.
I have believed that New Media (Social Media) will overthrow governments early in the new Millennium. We live in the Age of Ethics. People are starting to stand up to the lies thrust upon us by governments. The honest will survive; the crooks will fall (in an ideal world). Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, could very well be the man that instigates this movement. It may very well be his downfall too. If the people who believe in freedom of speech and a free press don’t get behind their beliefs, nothing will change.
Balls Of Steel: The 2010 Witch Hunt
When someone exposes the authorities (and those that are behind the authorities), they are in for a hell of a time. To put it bluntly, Julian Assange must have balls of steel to take on the world governments and expose them for the REAL truths that go on behind the scenes; words that aren’t meant to get to us, yet are delivered in opposites and lies through the press (Old Media).
Sure, many people in the public will sheepishly follow the authorities and continue to believe their lies. Julian Assange, to many people, will remain a villain because of government propaganda. To many more he will be a New Age John Pilger, who will put the story across despite upsetting some very powerful people.
Public Enemy Number 1
I would dare to say that Julian Assange is now officially public enemy #1 on the USA’s list of people to shut down. Convenient charges are laid against him in Sweden that don’t seem to apply to ‘normal cases’. Julian Assange is up on rape charges against a well known Swedish feminist. It seems his aversion to “wear a condom” is the main issue here. In one case a condom broke… the woman who he had the one night stand with threw a party for him the next night. Did she feel that being raped meant that she’d throw a party in Julian’s honor? I smell something very dishonest here…
The other alleged ‘rape victim’ had consentual sex with him on 2 occasions but on the 2nd ‘occasion’ Julian allegedly didn’t wear a condom: Rape? FFS!
Rape is a serious crime and a serious charge to lay against anyone. It affects both he victim and any innocently accused people. Even major international feminist activists (against rape) have now spoken up and questioned both the Swedish women’s motives.
It is apparent that the case is not about rape; it is about Julian Assange rocking the applecart by exposing the oppressors.
Australia Can Start Standing Up For It’s Citizens – Now!
I seriously hope Australia’s Prime Minister stands up for Australian citizens and doesn’t allow the US to ONCE AGAIN jail one of our citizens against international laws and play world sheriff, judge and jury. New Media will sack governments if they continue with their deception and especially when they cry because the truth got out about what they said. I have time and again heard crap excuses for governments sending soldiers to foreign lands, when anyone with half of a brain knows it is all about money (oil, gas, etc). Sure there are good reasons (except for those who are occupied and killed) somewhere that makes us feel ‘justified’ to kill other nation’s citizens… because someone will always have an opinion that justifies the dirty deed…
Wikileaks Stories That Have Rocket The Applecart
- Australian Senator, Mark Arbib, has been reporting inside information to US officials.
Hello! Last time I checked, that was called espionage! Kim Philby was reporting to Russia… he was a spy. Maybe he was to naive to know the difference between talking out of school and leaking confidential information to a foreign nation?
- Royal Dutch SHELL literally controls the Nigerian Goverment.
OK, I’m sure we knew that oil companies bribe governments to make profit but, it seems, the US knows that too. Now it’s official that “they know” that “we know” that they turn a blind eye to the ‘benefactors’ that put money in their own pockets. And I’m sure SHELL controls a large portion of the US government too (along with Haliburton and Bechtel).
- Saudi Royal Alcohol & Sex Parties.
Imagine the look on Saudi citizen’s faces when they hear that members of the royal family have had secret parties with drugs, alcohol and ‘Working Girls’ as part of the entertainment. Normal people face public lashings, be-headings, and if they are lucky, maybe just the loss of a limb to make up for it. Oh dear!
- Russia is a Mafia State.
US diplomats stating that Russia is corrupt and run mafia style. Haha. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! 🙂
- And let’s not even talk about Afghanistan and Iraq… That topic is getting really old now.
Hacking organisations have jumped into support for Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Over 4000 volunteers worldwide (according to radio news report) are helping ‘sabotage’ company websites such as Mastercard, VISA and PayPal who are bowing to US pressure to stop dealing with Wikileaks.
VISA stated they have ethical reasons to stop dealing with Wikileaks. This is a company that takes people’s money for porn memberships and issue merchant facilities to brothels. What ethics, I ask? Oh dear!
Despite Wikileaks internet provider has withdrawn their services to host their website, clearly due to ‘outside’ pressure, mirror sites are now popping up all over the world so Wikileaks can stay online. The Social Media community is now stepping in to support Wikileaks. If the governments are not careful, they will provide the battle that many have been waiting for: The fight against authority! This time, the army will be anonymous people all over the world, with no borders.
Companies like Facebook and Twitter can provide the platform, but they need not become complacent! If Facebook or Twitter thinks, just because their owners are multi millionaires, they are now authorities, their power is only one click away from dissapearing. If Facebook or Twitter block or ban Wikileaks, I suspect their sites will suffer serious backlash, including loss of members and hackers galore on their servers.
- Wikileaks have over 1 Million supporters on Facebook
- Wikileaks have nearly 500,000 followers on Twitter
Wikileaks = New Media
Wikileaks are New Media’s version of journalism. New companies like Fairfax publish a leaked government cable (or 100) and everything is alright. Wikileaks publish news like this and Julian Assange is branded as a terrorist by the US administration. Some officials have even publicly spoken of assassination! That is an absolute disgrace. So Julian Assange is publishing the truth – that the US were not clever enough to hide – and Julian is a criminal.
So, the news that we ‘sort of’ knew already is now public. It comes to nobody’s surprise, surely, that western governments assassinate foreign leaders, support oppressive dictators, bribe each other, lie, kill civilians in warzones (and peacezones), spy on eachother, and do all that stuff that religious people classify as “condemns you to an eternity in hell”.
How about this one: George W Bush promoted the idea of producing Mini-Nukes while bombing the hell out of Bagdad and using the lamest lie in history: Looking for WMD’s (weapons of mass destruction). It turns out that the real WMD was the BUSH Warlord Family.
So, they are not saints. They do unethical stuff behind the scenes. Diplomats tell lies in the nations interest. We know that. Julian Assange knows that – and he has exposed it to the world.
As an Australian, brought up with ethics and the good old Aussie attitude of “Giving a guy the benefit of the doubt”, I will not assume Julian Assange guilty of the alleged charges. I will not respect the US Government for accusing him of Terrorism. And I most certainly will not support any illegal holding of any Australian citizens on US soil, just because they say so.
The Aussie government can grow some balls on this issue and stand up for it’s citizens for once. If Julian Assange is up for any charges that will put him in jail on foreign soil, especially if it is by a US military court, then they must demand he stands trail in Australia without US intervention.
And, if they think Wikileaks is an issue, they can start prosecuting our own ministers that leak confidential Australian information to foreign diplomats.
Julian Assange International Awards
- 2008 Economist Freedom of Expression Award. The name of this award speak for itself.
- 2009 Amnesty International UK Media Award. For exposing extrajudicial assassinations in Kenya.
- 2010 Sam Adams Award. By a group of retired CIA officers, to an intelligence professional who has taken a stand for integrity and ethics.
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