WikiLeaks cannot be ordered, bribed or coerced not to publish documents others want to be hidden. This means that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks has many powerful enemies. The reaction of governments to WikiLeaks' revelations is to consider exposing a crime to be a crime. This is the only “crime” for which we can say Julian Assange is “guilty”.
MEDIA MANIPULATES US WITH LIES TO PROTECT THE SUPER-RICH
We can understand nothing about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange until we realise that virtually everything we have heard about them from the mainstream media is a lie or distortion. Why is he attacked and slandered by the media? Because WikiLeaks releases copies of documents given to them anonymously. Generally the media will not release these documents because they expose illegal or corrupt activity by governments, individuals and large corporations.
Why does the media not report these illegal activities? The media is owned by a handful of very wealthy individuals like Rupert Murdoch who have significant investments in many corporations. Furthermore the super-rich direct governments to act on their behalf. They are determined to make their investments as profitable as possible. They seek to control the governments of most countries to insure that politicians never do anything to interfere with their profits.
As a result, the media does not reveal the truth about what is going on and explain why governments do what they do. Instead the role of the media is to fabricate a picture, an image of our society which hides from us the inner workings of the super-rich, their corporations and the governments they control. This is particularly clear in the coverage of the many illegal wars we have seen in the last two decades.
It is said the US and its allies invaded Iraq, Libya and Syria to remove evil dictators and bring democracy to these countries. The media will never discuss the fate of the hundreds of thousands of ordinary people killed or wounded in these illegal wars. In fact they were intended to remove leaders opposed the policies of the US government and the corporations which control it. These illegal wars have also created a refugee crisis as great as that after WWII. However no media outlet will connect the dots between the suffering of the refugees and the illegal wars initiated by the US.
In the same way the media will insist our giant banks and corporations are essential to economic growth. However no media outlet will explain that our falling living standards, increased homelessness and unemployment are a direct result of dangerous austerity policies to cut government spending and decrease taxes on these same corporations.
HOW DOES WIKILEAKS DESCRIBE ITSELF?
The three central principles of WikiLeaks are truth, transparency and justice. These are essential to any democracy. They also provide the basis for prosecuting illegal activity. Although no organisation can hope to have a perfect record forever, thus far WikiLeaks has never made a mistake in document authentication and has always resisted censorship attempts.
WikiLeaks specialises in the analysis and publication of large datasets of censored or otherwise restricted official materials involving war, spying and corruption. It has so far published more than 10 million documents and associated analyses. WikiLeaks is a giant library of the world’s most persecuted documents. We give asylum to these documents, we analyse them, we promote them and we obtain more.
WIKILEAKS IS NOT A JOURNALISTIC OUTCAST
Julian Assange is not a hacker. He is a publisher of documents given to him by others just like the New York Times. WikiLeaks has contractual relationships and secure communications paths to more than 100 major media organisations from around the world. This gives WikiLeaks sources negotiating power, impact and technical protections that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to achieve. WikiLeaks, its publisher and its journalists have won 17 awards, including:
TIME Magazine Person of the Year, People’s Choice (2010)
Sam Adams Award for Integrity (2010)
Sydney Peace Foundation Gold Medal (2011)
Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism (2011)
Walkley Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism (2011)
Voltaire Award for Free Speech (2011)
We need to keep this in mind when seeing the way Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are described by journalists. MOST OF THEM do not have EVEN ONE of these journalistic awards. Many are jealous of Julian Assange because he does what they cannot: report the truth. Any journalist who investigates events, rather than just reporting what governments and corporations have said, will find themselves driving taxis.
No charges were ever laid in Sweden against Julian Assange.
Under Swedish law a person can be arrested for questioning without being charged with anything.
Standard police practice in Sweden was ignored in the case of Julian Assange:
1. One of the women interviewed was a personal friend of the interviewing officer.
2. On 20 August 2010, the two women alleging rape were interviewed together, not separately.
3. The interview was not video-taped as required by law. Only a written record was made.
Interviewing officer was instructed by the prosecutor Maria Kjellstrand to interview the woman known as SW under the presumption of “rape”.
Neither woman alleged rape. The police and prosecutor did.
During the interview of SW the arrest order for Julian Assange was authorised and confirmed by the prosecutor.
4. The first on-duty prosecutor disclosed Julian Assange’s identity and the allegations against him to the press only hours after the interview was held.
Assange was described as a ’double rapist’ that same evening in the tabloid Expressen.
It is illegal in Sweden to disclose such information to the press under any circumstances.
On 21 August the arrest warrant for Julian Assange was withdrawn. Prosecutor Eva Finne said there appeared to be insufficient evidence for allegation of rape or any other crime.
On 31 August Swedish police question Julian Assange, who denied the allegations.
On 1 September, one day after questioning Julian Assange, Sweden’s director of prosecutions, Marianne Ny, reopened rape investigation.
On 27 September - Julian Assange departed Sweden for Britain.
On 18 November, a Stockholm court approved a request to detain Julian Assange for questioning and two days later Swedish police issued international arrest warrant for him, even though he had not been charged with anything.