Assange, Wikileaks and Freedom of Speech


It was bound to happen and I am afraid it is just the start of it. Obama has decided to take stakes of the Assange’s Wikileaks matters in his own hands in a supposedly “treason” act committed by Mr. Assange. You can change colors but you cannot change essences. Julian Assange owes no allegiance to the United States of America because he is not subject to their laws neither bears the U.S. nationality. Neither do me nor 96% of the World population. Therefore he cannot be accused of treason.

What is the price of his head?

Assange’s determined to expose documents that were available according to US own accounts to more than 3 million American citizens (many of them who hate their country’s policies) and may have received the information from a myriad range of sources. Why don’t the US government start to look into their own back yard instead of looking for scape-goats abroad who did not harm, spied, killed, blackmailed neither pressured judges, politicians, human rights advocates as their diplomats have done along the whole of last century promoting “coup d’état’s” (Pinochet for instance); boycotting legitimate governments; setting up torture camps in shadowy dictatorships, etc. etc. etc. The king is naked and will have to bear with the shadow and shame of its own ineptitude. As I said before, spying is an old game, very old and we all have done it with somebody in some point of our lives: spying the girlfriend, a neighbor, your business competitor, your son or daughter. It’s all about invading private matters. The U.S. do its game so do other countries and we all know. Why to respect the U.S. as a God’s Commandment of the Universe? For the U.S. freedom is relative to the “others” and absolute for themselves. As Erich Holder Jr., U.S. Attorney General had the chutzpah to declare: “To the extent there are gaps in our laws, we will move to close those gaps, which is not to say that anybody at this point, because of their citizenship or their residence, is not a target or a subject of an investigation,” he said. Mr. Assange is an Australian citizen. Still, Mr. Holder said Monday that he did not believe that Mr. Assange’s citizenship or location was a barrier to prosecution.

Eric Holder Jr. U.S. Inquisitor


Assange probably will disappear from the face of the planet without leaving a trace behind but he will have left written his name in history as the “crazy” guy who dared to show his face and expose the ridiculous and inefficient acts of the U.S. government: a country which wasn’t able to oversee their own financial system and threw the world in chaos deserve little respect and only can impose itself by force as it’s showing now. The “open-minded” Obama, the “guy” who used openness and crowdsourcing to be elected, promising a new “world” to his people and to the rest of the world is up for Assange’s head. The eagle is hurt in its self-esteem and claims for blood as if Julian Assange was a Bin-Laden of the Internet up to blow the towers of the U.S. secret services and bring down the U.S.!!! Bad news? No, good news! Many Assanges will sprout along many countries in the world. The solution? Why not shut down the whole of the Internet? It may solve the problem.

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2 Comments

  1. I agree with you there, Luis. I am saddened by the fact that Amazon, Playpal and Mastercard have dumped Wikileaks and so many others are on its attack. And I didn’t know that the U.S. government could charge a non-national under the Espionage Act. And I was wondering where you got this piece of information – “the documents ere available according to US own accounts to more than 3 million American citizens and may have received the information from a myriad range of sources.” I would wanna know more about this.

    • The information comes from many different sources nevertheless the number is disputed between 2.5 and 3 million people (U.S. ciitizens). “Der Spiegel” the most respectful German magazine and one of the official “leakers” says and here I quote:

      “Around half of the embassy cables aren’t secret, with 40.5 percent classified as “confidential.” And only 6 percent, or 15,652 cables, are classified as “secret.” Of those, 4,330 are so sensitive that they carry the additional label “NOFORN,” meaning that they should not be made accessible to non-US nationals.

      Close to 2.5 million people have access to the SIPRNet data, including staff at many government departments and agencies. Experience has shown, however, that the largest share of users are at the Department of Defense. The classified data is available on special computers that are set up at centers where US forces operate. The log-in procedures and passwords are changed approximately once every 150 days. But even documents that are classified at the highest level of “top secret” are still accessible to around 850,000 Americans. The leak of the diplomatic cables is an accident that was bound to happen sooner or later. “


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