If you’re trying to decide what the real story is regarding Wiki Leaks, you’re not alone. Over the last few years of its existence, many have wondered which way it would turn and which way its detractors would follow. Yet, from what we know about the Internet is that, if information exists, someone will get hold of it and, classified or not, it will get published. Today we hear extremes calling for Assange’s head, as if he were worse than a terrorist, to those who believe he deserves his own privacy and to be allowed to publish. To clamp down hard on him may only create the impetus for others to follow suit. Publishing is not what it used to be, and does anyone believe our government has understood the Internet as a platform or that they had a plan for its future?
The gist of the story has to be how the government will respond and if they understand that this seems to be only the beginning of the new era of what is free speech and which air waves are also free. A strict authoritarian approach, will not be effective. Groups are already banding to come up with variations on the original theme, but the reality is, truth will out.
From Cnet this morning: “”Our long term goal is to build a strong, transparent platform to support whistle-blowers–both in terms of technology and politics–while at the same time encouraging others to start similar projects,” an Openleaks organizer, who wished toremain anonymous, told the newspaper. “As a short-term goal, this is about completing the technical infrastructure and ensuring that the organization continues to be democratically governed by all its members, rather than limited to one group or individual.”
If Julian Assange continues to be held as a political prisoner, along with Bradley Manning here in the states, how will the hacker community respond, and how will the next chess moves be filtered? The capitulation by Pay Pal and Amazon caused a quick response to the hacker community followed by, from Mike Ludwig at Truthout.org we hear, “Web pirates are waging cyberwarfare in defense of WikiLeaks, and I had a rare glimpse into the hacktivists’ hidden world of Internet sabotage in a secret chat room as the faceless hackers orchestrated the attack that temporarily shut down www.Visa.com on Wednesday evening.”
Ludwig shares a tale of the guys who are defending Wiki Leaks, as a publisher with the right to free speech and to be able to print the information they received: “Power2All and Bizzaro, hacktivists involved in the Operation Payback campaign logged into a temporary and remote Internet relay chat (IRC) room to share information on the ongoing Visa attack.” He shows how the group is using Twitter to get their message out, “TARGET: WWW.VISA.COM :: FIRE FIRE FIRE!!! WEAPONS http://bit.ly/e6iR3X ::: SET YOUR LOIC TO irc.anonops.net ::: #DDOS #PAYBACK #WIKILEAKS” and they are facing off with social networking Icons like Facebook in an effort to counter the radical moves by the U.S. to bring him back here.
Truthout is a well written and well organized blog from the left and I thought I’d share a couple of the comments from their members, but check them out if you wish to read more:
Some of the comments:
‘What was hidden will be brought to light.’
Magge Dec 9
The emperor may want to shoot the messenger, but what about all the witnesses? I’m surprised Assange lasted this long. Question is: what is the Real story?
Kyle Dec 9
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” ~ George Orwell
And my personal favorite:
Henry Dec 9
“I think the WikiLeaks document dump is a good thing – years ago, during the Viet Nam War Daniel Ellsburg released what were called The Pentagon Papers, which showed the hypocrisy of our so-called reasons for going into Viet Nam. Since he didn’t have an Internet to do it on, he Xeroxed thousands of pages and smuggled them out. The government made attempts to persecute him, even breaking into the office of his psychiatrist to see if they could get any good dirt on him – they didn’t.
“If our government (and every other government) would ever learn that just because a document would be extremely embarrassing if it got out does NOT justify classifying it “Top Secret” the world would be a lot better off!”
Where do you stand and what do you say is right? Should Assange be assassinated, or should those calling for such things be charged with inciting homicide? Should Assange be allowed to publish information that is classified, or should laws be passed saying that criminal activity may not be classified to protect those who committed the crimes? Let us know and keep us informed what you hear. We need you.