Julian Assange is becoming a hero of government and corporate ‘transparency’. The world knows that the news media are not giving us the truth, or at least a mere glimpse of the full truth that exists. The world knows that politicians are becoming a corrupted breed, and that they answer to the needs of big business and other influences that are often secretive and not available to public view. Democracy is getting close to the edge, and the western way of life is not far from ceasing to exist. Only if the internet can start to undo the control that the powerful exert, by exposing their activities and intentions, can the democratic world stand a chance of fighting back.
How can people talk about what they don’t even know?
Within that, the willingness of Wikileaks to publish leaked documents on the internet has been an essential development. If the people of the world are to come back from a feeling of total cynicism about their governments, the internet is the only hope of rebuilding trust. All other media and agencies have already been captured to the requirements of powerful groups, individuals and big corporations.
The FT writes –
America is yet to realise, however, that it is in its own interest to be nice to Mr Assange. If harmed, he would become a martyr. WikiLeaks could be transformed from a handful of volunteers to a global movement of politicised geeks clamouring for revenge. Today’s WikiLeaks talks the language of transparency, but it could quickly develop a new code of explicit anti-Americanism, anti-imperialism and anti-globalisation.
Cyber guerrillas can help US
They promoted Osama Bin Laden to give them cause to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. Are they now creating Assange into the bogeyman they need to invade the internet?