To The Point
WikiLeaks is under attack. The site is down at the moment, but I’m not sure if that has anything to do with the fact that the founder Julian Assange has been on the receiving end of public death threats by Canadian politicians, arrested in the UK for rape (without condom!) and called a terrorist by Sarah Palin who “should be hunted down like Bin Laden”. No, I think the server just got too much traffic.
For those of you living under a rock: WikiLeaks is a whistleblower website, which puts documents online that were sent to it. If it has any political or economical importance, it is put out there for everyone to see, including classified files and under-the-table agreements. Millions of lives are at risk, according to the men higher up, by the careless way this guy puts everything in the public.
Liable to assassination or arrest, Assange had to cover for himself. What he did was put out a “thermonuclear device,” as his lawyer called it, to “explode” if he was ever murdered or imprisoned. It is believed that he referred to a 1.4Gb encrypted document, for which the 256-digit keycode is still missing. Tens of thousands of enthusiasts downloaded this document, risking a great deal by their public support.
What I think?
I think the man is a hero; a modern-day saint. I think no amount of lives he risks can match the ones we destroy every day in our blind consumption. I think no quantity of revealed documents will ever be enough, nor will it ever repay the debt we have to every single individual whose lives we’ve destroyed, by willingly letting ourselves be lied to and not care enough to find out the truth.
The truth, ladies and gentlemen, will set us free. Transparency isn’t just a necessity, it is the very foundation of a self-governing society and the missing link to our absolute freedom apart from anarchy. The importance of Assange, Wikileaks and the Insurance Document cannot be overestimated- I soundly believe that, if we let this man continue, not just we, but many generations to come will benefit greatly from his work.
So please, I ask you: Even if you don’t particularly care about this impending revolution in journalism and the idea of complete control over our own government, do me –and millions others dying, starving or ignorant- a favor and spare 1.4Gb of hard disk space. Shove it somewhere you’ll never see it again, if that’s what it takes.
It’s a legit and safe file, featured on http://twitter.com/wikileaks on Friday November 26th 2010 at 02:04:25 RST. It appears that the site crashed soon after.
Strength in numbers- We are the many and we wouldn’t be lied to if we would only demand the truth, for once. We do have the power; We dictate everything if we just face the same direction. We have but to ask for change and nobody can deny us: Corporate companies, governments, world leaders. They answer to us. So speak, passively if not actively.