Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Quote of the Day


"Admire Assange or revile him, he is the prophet of a coming age of involuntary transparency. Having exposed military misconduct on a grand scale, he is now gunning for corporate America. Does Assange have unpublished, damaging documents on pharmaceutical companies? Yes, he says. Finance? Yes, many more than the single bank scandal we’ve been discussing. Energy? Plenty, on everything from BP to an Albanian oil firm that he says attempted to sabotage its competitors’ wells. Like informational IEDs, these damaging revelations can be detonated at will."

-- From a new cover story in Forbes magazine which claims that Julian Assange and Wikileaks' next target for exposure will be American mega-banks and global corporate interests, beginning in the early part of next year

I'm not the biggest fan of Julian Assange; I think he's an arrogant prick whose pious overtures are largely self-serving, and I think he's got a hard-on for sticking it to the U.S. specifically. But I'll definitely say this: It's one thing to take aim at governments; they operate under a certain set of rules and they're generally cognizant of the consequences of their actions. The easiest way to wind up face-down in a shallow grave somewhere, though, is to "meddle with the primal forces of nature" and take on the truly powerful in this world -- the people who don't see red or blue or colorful flags, only green. It's a noble fight, but it's one almost guaranteed to get him killed.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

However you feel about Wikileaks and Assange, there's a real limit to how many powerful people you can embarrass before you get yourself whacked. He's pretty much on borrowed time already; hopefully whoever succeeds him as Wikileaks curator will have the good sense to remain anonymous.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

I think Assange is already a dead man walking.

It may take 18 months or more, but I see an unfortunate event. But indeed, with what you say added on, it appears guaranteed. (Either that or a worry-induced cancer.)

When the feature-length movie, I wonder.

e said...

I just don't see this latest leak as useful. Now all governments (since it involves more than just the U.S. in a sense, though he does seem to have a hard-on for the U.S.) are just going to tighten up their security, become more paranoid, and probably introduce laws that let them prosecute these types of leaks in the future. Leading the exact opposite direction he wants them to go.

And yes, probably don't announce you have stuff on corporations, and instead just release it. Now they have time to plan.

Anonymous said...

I hope this prick does get killed. Good riddance to bad baggage. The first thing I learned after I learned about freedom of speech was that you still can't yell fire in a crowded movie theater. This scumbag rapist has put too many lives at risk.

Thomas B said...

@ Anonymous 2:22 -- How is Assange yelling "fire" in a crowded theatre? I'm not seeing the similarity there.

Anonymous said...

I like how we live in a country when people automatically assume that whistleblowers are to be murdered. Not only that but people cheer to have them meet their end.

Expose massive bank fraud? War crimes? Communist terrorist! So much for land of the free...

CNNfan said...

@Chez,

Are you claiming corporate culture influence over the sovereign people has superseded that of the state which issues charters to the corporate culture?

Colombo said...

@ CNN Fan


Errr... wake up and smell the CDOs

Fifth Generation Leftist said...

I've been wondering for some time if Assange doesn't have some fatal illness and this is his way of going out in a blaze of glory.

namron said...

The spread of the Wikileaks phenomenon gives credence to the new century's method of maintaining privacy: Don't try to be a needle in a haystack. Make sure you are a needle in a stack of needles. When everything is known, nothing is relevant.

French Anonymous said...

I'm with Anonymous 5:51. I don't get how riled up Chez and readers can be about Wikileaks and Assange.

I am very pleased with Wikileaks exposing my President, M. Sarkozy, as a thin-skinned prick ; that's what I thought of him anyway. I'd love to know how corrupt politics are in France. I'm voting for them, are they doing their job ? As a law-abiding citizen, I'd welcome any information that would help me make my choice.

I'd also love to know which French businesses are shamelessly exploiting their clients. It would empower me. But alas, Wikileaks spends too much of its time focusing on the US - a thankless task, as most US citizens stop at being too shocked that their "great land of the whatever"'s reputation could suffer. If they shun you, why don't you let them keep on dreaming sweet Disney movies while they are being exploited to the core ?

Please, Wikileaks, focus on France already. Only our stupid right wingers will shout outrage ; the rest of us will only love you more for it.

Froggy said...

@French Anon

I don't think it's what he is releasing, so much, as the self-serving smugness of it all. But maybe that's just me.