Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Julian Assange Has Changed the World

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Ever hear of him before this past weekend? His name and his organization, WikiLeaks, is now known around the world,

He's the guy who leaked 251,287 US diplomatic messages, intended to remain secret for at least 25 years, to the world this past weekend.

The messages are candid, not intended to be complete or comprehensive and certainly not intended to be released to the world.

Assange sent the quarter million messages to 5 major newspapers around the world---The New York Times, London's Guardian, Paris' Le Monde, Madrid's El Pais and Germany's Der SPIEGL.

In the coming days, these and thousands of other news organizations will show how the US seeks to steer world events.

SPIEGL writes, "Never before in history has a super power lost control of such vast amounts of such sensitive information---data that can help paint a picture of the foundation upon which US foreign policy is built. Never before has the trust America's partners have in the country been so badly shaken. Now, their own personal views and policy recommendations have been made public--as have America's true view of them."

Julian Assange has changed the world. At least for some time to come.

President Obama and his administration is condemning the publication of the documents as, "reckless and dangerous."


"The fact that 'private conversations' are now being made public," Obama's people say, "can deeply impact not only US foreign policy interests, but those of our allies and friends around the world."

This information will be used by a thousand voices to affirm their particular view of America---whatever that may be.

Do these documents show the United States has the world on a leash, working through US embassies around the world? Some say they do.

Expect President Obama to condemn Assange, which he has in essence done, then apologize to the world.

Will they show that Americans are consumed by fear, that we can no longer trust some of our allies, like Pakistan, and that such unstable nuclear countries could become the very source where terrorists can obtain nuclear material or weapons.

Our President will likely point out that we are only a "power among powers" on the world stage, and America has made many mistakes, for which we apologize.

And speaking of mistakes.

Who is Julian Assange? What is his background? Where is he now?

WikiLeaks, founded by Julian Assange, is a website dedicated to obtaining and disseminating government secrets. In this case, US government secrets.

Julian was born in 1971 in Townsville, Australia. His mother left his father, who was a theater director, for a singer who turned out to be abusive. His mother fled the marriage with her son Julian. They moved 37 times by the time Julian was 14.

Julian got married at 18, had a son, had a divorce, then spent years fighting his ex-wife in a custody battle, which was finally resolved in 1999.

Julian has always liked computers and at an early age became a skilled hacker. As a teenager, police raided his home on allegations that he had stolen money from CitiBank. He was never charged.

The Australian government, after investigating for 3 years, filed charges on computer hacking. Julian pleaded guilty to 25 charges, but was penalized only with a fine.

Raffi Khatchadourian wrote an article titled "No Secrets" for the New Yorker this past June when Assange's name first surfaced. I have
linked the article.

After studying physics and working at various computer-related jobs, Khatchadourian explains Assange's thinking:

"He had come to understand the defining human struggle not as left versus right, or faith versus reason, but as individual versus institution. As a student of Kafka, Koestler, and Solzhenitsyn, he believed that truth, creativity, love, and compassion are corrupted by institutional hierarchies, and by 'patronage networks' -- one of his favorite expressions -- that contort the human spirit. He sketched out a manifesto of sorts, titled 'Conspiracy as Governance,' which sought to apply graph theory to politics. Assange wrote that illegitimate governance was by definition conspiratorial -- the product of functionaries in "collaborative secrecy, working to the detriment of a population.' He argued that, when a regime's lines of internal communication are disrupted, the information flow among conspirators must dwindle, and that, as the flow approaches zero, the conspiracy dissolves. Leaks were an instrument of information warfare."

The US Justice Department and other agencies have been investigating Assange's website for potential violation of national security laws.

Assange is presently under investigation in Sweden on allegations that he sexually abused 2 women while visiting the country last summer.

He is believed to be living in London at the present time.

Amnesty USA says he is doing a job that needs to be done.

Representative Peter Hoekstra, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee,
told George Stephanopoulos at ABC, "This is a colossal failure by our intel community, by our Department of Defense to keep classified secret."

Hoekstra says that it isn't up to Assange. "It's not his duty or his responsibility to provide this public service to the American people. This is, these are functions that need to be done by Congress and the Executive Branch."

Is this good or bad for America?

One thing is certain, it will not be President Obama's fault.

Assange says, "If citizens in a democracy want their government to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see what's going on behind the scenes."

What do you think? Should everything be on the table for the world to see and hear?

Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Vigilant. Be Active. Be Blessed.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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  1. Maybe the best cure for business as usual is a little sunshine. I'm not sure how this will all shake out but the real serious stuff was redacted, so it appears to be more embarrassing than dangerous. Certainly governments need some secrets, but I think it's gone way too far and I like the idea of citizens knowing what's really going on.

    I'm really looking forward to his next leak - a major bank. Since there's no national security risk, I doubt he'll hold back anything. This one could be far more interesting.

  2. f I can't expect my input to stay reasonably private, I won't participate in board, corporation, government, or association meetings. I'll stay silent, and I won't sign petitions; even when I think responses or corrections should be made. I like and expect transparency, but some things should remain private. While somewhat ambivalent about whistle blowers, consider hackers as thieves who should be punished.
    Ok. Co., WA

  3. Why does Gary try and give the impression that Wikileaks and Assange only recently appeared on the scene? Is he trying to make it look like this is something new since Obama was President? Is it possible he is unaware of Assange's publication of secret government documents during the Bush administration? Such an odd and easily refutable misrepresentation, one wonders if it could be unintentional.

  4. 11:19 How do you see Gary not being aware of Assange's past activities? He links a story from the New Yorker from more than a year ago. You may be the one attempting to make the misrepresentation. You missed the point. Was that purposefully?

  5. Gary

    Could you please comment on why Pfc Manning who provided much of the military intel did so? I believe it would help people understand the basis for his actions.

    Pfc Manning finally reallized what many of knew all along - that the US military has as a standard operating procedure a policy to allow complete degradation of nationals in the hands of their police and could care less whether they are innocent or not. The level of brutality and corruption seen in the US Military drove this young man to sacrifice his entire life to expose this corruption.

    I am reminded of the sacrifice another young man made for the lives of those being otherwise destroyed by religious corruption - His name - Jesus Christ.

  6. 6:49

    That link to me to an New Yorker article from just six months ago. What calendar do you use?

  7. Keeping a comment short while such a deep subject is not getting the whole picture. What about the men in charge of any intelligence giving it away, or calling our nation Muslimized as Obama. As a Christian nation, we should look at those with other values and expect the worst. Muslims teach death or torture to Christians gets them to heaven, according to the Koran. How can they claim to be a peaceful religion. If Assange's writings are representative of the Bilderberg Group, then he is reflecting those that really run the world. Our job as Christians is to expose it, pray for our senses to come to us as a group, and ask for impeachment of Obama. Since Obama claims the Muslims are so great and powerful, maybe he would fit in better running their nations as a Muslim. He's definitely not a Christian.

  8. I must have read a bad English translation of the Koran, for I found no text or prayer commanding or encouraging torture and death for Jews or Christians.


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