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 Does Assange have unpublished, damaging documents on pharmaceutical companies?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.