14 December, 2010 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
Julian Assange, a man known only to a very few in the world some months ago, is demonstrating that the most powerful empire to have existed in history can be challenged.
The daring challenge did not come from a rival superpower; from a state with more than 100 nuclear weapons; from a country with millions of inhabitants; from a group of nations with vast natural resources which the United States could not do without; or from a revolutionary doctrine capable of shaking to its foundations the empire based on plunder and exploitation of the world.
He was just a person barely mentioned in the media. Although he is now famous, little is known about him, apart from the highly publicised accusation of having sexual relations with two women, without taking due precautions in these times of HIV. A book on his origins, his education, or his philosophical and political ideas has not as yet been written.
Moreover, the motivations which led him to the resounding blow that he delivered to the [US] empire remain unknown. All that is known is that morally, he has brought it to its knees.
The Agence France Presse news agency reported today that the ‘creator of WikiLeaks is to remain in prison despite obtaining his release on bail … but he must remain behind bars until the appeal filed by Sweden, the country applying for his extradition for alleged sexual crimes, is resolved. [appeal since overturned.]
‘…the attorney representing the Swedish state, … has announced her intention of appealing the decision to release him… Judge Riddle established as conditions for the bond of $380,000, his use of an electronic bracelet and complying with a curfew.’
The same cable noted that, in the event of his release, ‘[Assange] must reside in a property belonging to Vaughan Smith, his friend and president of the Frontline Club, the London journalists’ club where WikiLeaks established its headquarters a few weeks ago…’
Assange stated, ‘My convictions are unfaltering. I remain true to the ideals I have expressed. If anything this process has increased my determination that they are true and correct…’
The valiant and brilliant US filmmaker Michael Moore publicly offered the assistance of his website, his servers, his domain names and anything else he could do to ‘keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our tax dollars’. Assange, Moore affirmed, ‘is under such vicious attack … because they have outed and embarrassed those who have covered up the truth…
‘And regardless of Assange’s guilt or innocence … this man has the right to have bail posted and to defend himself… I have joined with filmmakers Ken Loach and John Pilger and writer Jemima Khan in putting up the bail money.’
Moore’s contribution amounted to $20,000.
The United States government’s barrage against Wikileaks has been so brutal that, according to ABC News/Washington Post surveys, two out of every three US citizens want Assange to be taken before the US courts for having disclosed the documents. On the other hand, nobody has dared to challenge the truths that they contain.
Details of the plan drawn up by the Wikileaks strategists are not known. It is known that Assange distributed a significant volume of communications to five major media transnationals, which currently possess the monopoly of much of the information, some of them as extremely mercenary, reactionary and pro-fascist as the Spanish PRISA and the German Der Spiegel, which are utilising news items to attack the most revolutionary countries.
World opinion will continue closely following everything that happens in the context of Wikileaks.
Responsibility for being able to know the truth, or not, about the cynical politics of the United States and its allies will fall squarely on the right-wing Swedish government and the bellicose NATO mafia, who so like to invoke the freedom of the press and human rights.
Ideas can be more powerful than nuclear weapons.
[Translated by Granma International.]