Julian Assange

A controversial person perhaps, but there can be little doubt that few have awakened the public to government tyrannies as much as Assange has. The site he founded, Wikileaks, has revealed the impunity of the United States and its allies with regards to war crimes; has demonstrated that transparency in government is pretty much a mythical concept, and has proven that democracy is more rhetoric than reality. From the Vietnam War era to today — from aerial bombings and torture of innocent civilians to ecological disasters and financial scams moving billions of dollars into private pockets — Assange has had a hand in revealing it all. No wonder economic and political elites despise WikiLeaks and Assange so much that he has been forced to live in limbo at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Whilst some may argue that what Assange does is illegal and may threaten ‘national security.’ Assange insists that while powerful elites work to continually gain the uninformed consent of the governed, WikiLeaks believes democracy requires the “consent of the governed” to be informed consent.

But it’s not only governments that have suffered Assange’s wrath. Corporate commitment to usurping our rights has been brilliantly highlighted in Assange’s recent book “When Google Met WikiLeaks.” In this tome, he argues that “Google’s geopolitical aspirations are firmly enmeshed within the foreign-policy agenda of the world’s largest superpower,” and “As Google’s search and internet service monopoly grows…Google is steadily becoming the internet for many people. Its influence on the choices and behavior of the totality of individual human beings translates to real power to influence the course of history.”

Julian Assange has lifted the veil on what was once a completely hidden agenda, and revealed that what the “corporate warfare” state is doing to our privacy, choices, freedoms and lives is completely unacceptable. Now it’s up to us to use that information to save ourselves.