Look At What Just Happened

I just had to watch Fox News talking about how Wikileaks was promoting anarchy. It’s not my fault, I was looking for ghouls. Anyway, when I went back to twitter everyone I follow had linked the first video below. We had been talking a lot about how the behaviour of the MIC in the last year will radicalize a generation that has been widely regarded as being completely self absorbed, spoiled, etc., etc., all the things old people usually call young people who haven’t done anything yet. But look at this.

Nothing like this ever happened to me when I was growing up. Not even close. As I’m sure most of you can imagine, I was an idealistic child and not one that had a whole lot of innate respect for authority. There are a lot of people born like that. This generation has the added fuel of knowing their health has been destroyed by the pharmaceutical and food industries, their economy by the military-industry-government mafias, and their living environments by everyone. Their entertainment has been co-opted by industry to the point that youtube videos made by children are more popular and resonate more with their audiences than the professional entertainers. This is a generation that has watched everything get worse in their lifetimes. What happens when a generation like this sees a glimmer of light? When they see one person standing up to the people linked below? Who is promoting anarchy again?

I don’t think the great experiment has worked. No matter how you destroy the health of a population, no matter how you remove safety, dignity and self respect, no matter how much propaganda you produce and how many ways you feed it to them, people have never been permanently crushed by a dictatorship. They have never lost hope. And the more desperate they are, the more of them will follow the glimmer of light.

Another link I was sent today included this wonderful quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupery via Assange: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the seas.” That is what Wikileaks has done. That is all. To a people this oppressed, it is enough.

From Wikileaks to Wikileaks World

Now that most of the mainstream media have finally figured out who Anonymous is and that Wikileaks is not “one lone hacker”, some seem to think it is an organization populated by 16 year old boys shouting “Pew! Pew! Pewpewpew!” at their computer screens. And by “Wikileaks” they mean this whole movement we are watching.

We had a look at the origins of Wikileaks. It is possible to follow a shadowy tale from there to last summer, and watch journalists, IT people of all sorts, activists and politicians get involved. But the last three weeks have seen an absolute explosion in the numbers of people in this movement, and solidly in the movement, not just watching.

All of the support from people like EFF, Anonymous, the Pirate Party, etc., was pretty predictable, there is a lot of idealistic crossover and most people were already quiet supporters. But this is so much bigger. Last summer, there were really only a scant handful of people who were vocal supporters of Wikileaks. So scant that media could talk about a “microcosmic organization” and commenters could say “It’s always the same three names.” or “They’re like a cult”. It was truly scary on November 28th when Peter King decided he wanted the organization declared a terrorist organization like Al Qaeda and all of its supporters hunted down. Just 11 days later, that seems a laughable idea. Since the release of the cables, the Wikileaks twitter went from less than 200,000 followers to almost 500,000 and Wikileaks facebook went from 147,015 on November 23 to almost 1.2 million right now.

Who are all these people? Besides the usual internet suspects, all of the best journalists in the world have figured out which side they want to be standing on. Idealistic young people who want a job so righteous that it deserves to be protected by constitutions and laws. Also, journalists who want to work for Wikileaks, the new coolest media outlet in the world. And journalists who are just afraid of being shown up for the hypocrites they have been so far. But these were also the people we expected to join, sooner or later. It is still so much bigger.

One of the most wonderful additions I have seen is the amount of people from the legal profession getting on board. Possibly the world’s most hated profession is actually populated by a lot of very intelligent people of deep integrity and high ideals. People who believe in the law and everything it stands for, and people who have been horrified by the attitudes of politicians who think if something they don’t like isn’t against the law, then they’ll just change the law. The law is supposed to be above politics, it is not a political tool. When Assange said “It’s very important to remember the law is not what … powerful people would want others to believe it is. The law is not what a general says it is. The law is not what Hillary Clinton says it is.” it seems to have struck a chord with many people in the legal profession who have been feeling that way for some time.

The other professionals that I have seen in overwhelming numbers are professors and others associated with academia. Again, this is probably something born of frustration, people who love knowledge and the transmission of knowledge who have had their profession, like the legal profession, curtailed and under attack. To suddenly be of use again, to find a movement that values truth and intelligence, is like finally coming home for a great many people who have been so frustrated with the anti-intellectual feeling of the last several decades. Academia has also been on the front lines of the attack from the US government, with students at Columbia University told by the US State Dept that discussing Wikileaks on Facebook or Twitter would hurt their chances of a job in the future. Joe McCarthy could not have said it better.

With the arrest of Assange, we are seeing human rights activists around the world, sympathetic and hopeful before, but genuinely concerned now. Today the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said “I am concerned about reports of pressure exerted on private companies including banks, credit card companies and Internet service providers to close down credit lines for donations to Wikileaks, as well as to stop hosting the website,” pointing out that this could be interpreted as an attempt to prevent Wikileaks from publishing, in violation of its right to freedom of expression.

We are at the point now where any petition in support of Wikileaks looks like a Who’s Who of intelligent thoughtful professionals the world over, while people of all ages around the world are engaged in any way they can. As the battle lines are being drawn, look around at who is standing where. It is a very interesting and telling thing to observe.

Speeches for Rallies

Written in response to a specific request but available for use by anyone. Feel free to use, in whole or in part, or publish them on a website, newsletter, store window, office cublicle, etc. If you are organizing a rally, please tell me the details and I’ll post them here and at WLCentral. Thank you all for your support.

Speech 1

On behalf of _____________, we are calling on the governments of the United Kingdom and Australia to ensure the safety of Julian Assange while in custody in London. We also strongly condemn his unnecessary arrest and ask that he not be extradited to Sweden, a country known to extradite people to the US without proper justification and due process. We stand for press freedom and democracy and strongly condemn actions taken and words spoken to incite harm to journalists and publishers, and deterrents placed to free speech. The blatantly illegal government and corporate action being taken against Wikileaks is against the rule of law and the will of the people and has no place in a democratic society. We call for the release of Julian Assange and the cessation of further harassment and illegal activity against a free press.

Speech 2

I am speaking for supporters of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, freedom of speech and democracy world wide.

Julian Assange was arrested in London this morning. His arrest comes after a farcical judicial process in Sweden and an unprecedented Interpol red notice for a matter that could have been handled by phone. His arrest is in breach of agreements between the Swedish and UK governments and the European Convention on Human Rights. Once Assange is extradited to Sweden, we have no faith that the Swedish government will not use that cooperative spirit with the US which we read about in the embassy cables to have him extradited to the US.

Julian Assange bravely volunteered to be the public face of a worldwide movement calling for democracy and press freedom. In doing so, he has exposed the supposedly democratic and open governments in the west for the fascist corporate dictatorships they are. Nothing we read in the Wikileaks releases is more telling than the abuses suffered by the first person in the western media who has stood up to tell the truth on a significant scale. If the world ever needed a more pure indication of how long and how much the world’s media has been lying, take a look at what happens when a media organization tells the truth.

We will no longer submit to a paternalistic and secret form of governance, where everyone in the world running political, industrial, financial, media and military organizations are privy to information that we, the governed, are denied. We will never again believe anything we are told by the servant media, unless we have supporting evidence and a forum for verifying their interpretations. We, the people, now have the ability to store and communicate massive amounts of data. We, the people, also have the ability to logically process that data and come to the best conclusions possible for society. Together our brains are much more capable than the brains currently running the world, and an open transparent system will ensure potential abuses are spotted and stopped.

The Wikileaks releases of this year have been our training period, a progressive course in getting the truth out and acting on it. We are now the strongest force the world has ever seen, a truly informed worldwide populace, the worst nightmare of a fascist world government. This is the moment we have been waiting for, for five or six decades, maybe since the beginning of time. This is our first, best and perhaps only chance for a worldwide democracy.

Wikileaks is not a lone vandal hacker. It is an idea. We all have the idea. And you can’t bomb an idea, or send drones after it, or put it in jail. Do you think that people who have had the secrets to the BP oil spill, the environmental disasters, the pharmaceutical lobbies, the political corruption, the military abuses and the financial crash dangled in front of them will just sit back and be content again while “investigative reporting” serves up breast implants discovered on reality TV stars? If you manage to dismantle Wikileaks, those secrets will still be ours, we know you have them and we will get them.

That is our idea. It is not anarchy, it is not vandalism, we call it democracy and transparent governance. It has never existed before. But now we have the ability and the idea, and you will not kill this revolution any more than the bullets that killed Martin Luther King and Malcolm X killed the civil rights movement.

Ok, The Internet Is Like An Ocean, All Right?

I have tried, I have really tried, to explain the internet to the US DoD. I have said it was a flock of birds, some starfish, even a samizdat movement (ok that was Wikileaks twitter). Let’s try again. Remember when people used to “surf the net”? Well, that’s because it’s kind of like an ocean.

Everything in the ocean is interconnected, no matter how far apart they may appear to be, even if they have never met. The ocean is full of happy little individuals and communities that may veer off and head to where you are if you attract attention. Blood in the ocean attracts attention. It could attract a battery of barracudas, or something big and dark that you have never heard of.

All of the happy activists, hacktivists, open source programmers etc., peacefully working away at what they do have all had their attention diverted by the explosions around that sparkly little fish Wikileaks. People who usually only come here to work on Tor, EFF, anti-ACTA, anti-censorship, human rights, free internet, darknet, Pirate Bay, or just to hang out at any of the chans, have all wandered over to take a look.

This ocean abhors a vacuum. And it is full of problem solvers, all watching the attacks on Wikileaks and figuring out how those attacks can be counteracted next time. Yes, there’s already a next time. See Napster. And like with Napster, next time will be a mutation that can defend against anything that worked against Wikileaks this time. Remember? Untraceable source? NewWikileaks doesn’t need an “editor in chief”, it doesn’t need to involve the mainstream media, and it certainly doesn’t need to redact.

The internet is free. It says what it thinks. It debates. It cooperates. It is obsessive. It doesn’t sleep. It mutates. It is everywhere. It is nowhere. It is the alternative if Wikileaks is destroyed.

What Has Become Transparent

We touched on this before. Like in Germany under the nazis, or the Soviet Union under Stalin, the military industrial rule started off carefully and has become more brazen. We are now at the point where the governing bodies would like you to see their power, their brutality, and their disregard of your rights. In The Intelligence Mafia, I referenced a huge project which had ‘uncovered’ the astounding scope of US intelligence and ‘exposed’ that information to its citizens. What I did not mention, was that this ‘exposé’ was not featured on Democracy Now, but in the Washington Post, with a documentary on Frontline. In other words, this information release was fully sanctioned by the pentagon. They wanted you to see how huge and invincible they were. They wanted you to see the wide open spigot of money directed at the military and intelligence. George W. Bush told you that the US Constitution was nothing but a “scrap of paper” and showed the futility of resistance.

Since Obama has come to power, these public muscle flexings have become more apparent. The Yes I Can messages he has been sending range from the statement that he can order murdered anyone he wishes, support torturers that target civilians, partner governments that use child soldiers, not be accountable to US courts, continue allowing rendition flights and torture, and refuse to prosecute crimes because they happened “in the past”.

Another phase which has arrived is the stripping of human dignity and the public exposure of this. As the guards in Auschwitz and Abu Ghraib knew, stripping people of their clothes and any rights to privacy over their own bodies has a huge psychological impact on their ability to fight back. It has been pointed out ad nauseam that scanners which expose your naked body to random ‘officials’ (and your body to cancerous radiation) and having your genitals groped by complete strangers as if this was a completely normal thing, has nothing to do with airline safety. What then does it have to do with, do you think? This is a test. If you will watch your child being fondled by strangers or exposed to radiation, with no reason given except unquestioning submission to authority, you are ready to file up for the gas chamber.

This is the progression, we have seen it before. But someone is altering it.

This year, there is an organization setting off flares by the side of the road, exposing things in other directions you are not supposed to look at yet. We are not yet at the point where there is nothing you can do; if you see everything at once, you may see where the lighted road is headed. Also, the governing bodies are being pushed out of their inexorable progression into a much more panicked attack. Sovereignty pretenses have gone as the world government acts as one in their completely illegal attempts to shut down Wikileaks’ completely legal activities. The law courts are no longer pretending obedience of law. The politicians are not pretending to represent the people.

But the governing are fighting an early war, while Anonymous is still free to move, before they were quite ready to deny access to the internet. They are being pushed into reactions instead of actions. At the end of the day, they won’t really care what information we have because we won’t be able to do anything about it. Top US government officials are saying we are already at that point. But if we are, why are they so afraid?

Because they actually have no idea how to fight this war. Anonymous doesn’t lose.

Ghoul Directory

Death to Julian Assange, his offspring, the Wikileaks board, all of us, the internet, etc. Contrary to what these clowns have learned from video games and Hollywood, most countries do have laws. And public opinion works both ways. This is a list of the ghouls and it will soon contain what can be done about them. Sadly, I expect it to grow faster than the NOD. While reading this sickening post, please keep in mind that no one associated with Wikileaks has broken any laws, and Wikileaks’ work over the past four years has caused no physical harm to anyone. If the world ever needed a more pure indication of how long and how much the world’s media has been lying, take a look at what happens when a media organization tells the truth.

Bob Beckel

“A dead man can’t leak stuff. This guy’s a traitor, a treasonist and has broken every law of the United States. I’m not for the death penalty and if I’m not for the death penalty there’s only one way to do it, illegally shoot the son of a bitch.”

Bo Dietl (Beau Dietl & Associates)

Agrees with Bob Beckel, making shooting sounds with imaginary gun like a four year old on national TV. “Obama, if you’re listening today, you should take this guy out, have the CIA take him out.”

Tom Flanagan

Former Harper adviser, former US draft dodger, who now wants Obama to send a drone after Julian Assange as his personal form of Viagra. After watching the show a woman sent Flanagan an email protesting and received a one line answer saying “Better be careful, we know where you live.” For those not familiar with this former advisor to prime minister Stephen Harper, he was also responsible for one of the most revolting moments in recent Canadian politics when he attempted to bribe independent MP Chuck Cadman to vote with the conservatives by offering Cadman, who was dying of cancer, a million dollar life insurance policy for his family. It was turned down.

Update: Charges filed against Tom Flanagan. University of Calgary is doing nothing about a professor making death threats on national television while continuing to persecute students for posting feedback about a professor on facebook. Have a petition.

Newt Gingrich

“We should treat (Assange) as an enemy combatant, and as an absolute enemy of the United States.”

“And no one from WikiLeaks should feel comfortable the rest of their lives. These are bad people doing bad things, and they’re gonna get Americans and our allies killed. And we should recognize that, and recognize that it is in effect an act of war against the United

Jonah Goldberg

“Why wasn’t Assange garroted in his hotel room years ago?”


Kimberly Guilfoyle

“If we can find a way to get him to come to the United States we can take matters into our own hands.”


(on twitter @DarkOgham, myspace.com/jonolan1967)
Assange “has at least one acknowledged son, Daniel Assange, who lives something close to normal life in Australia and who is easy to find and equally easy to harm either physically, legally, or economically. Physical harm would be best.”

“That’s makes Julian Assange vulnerable and quite “touchable.” Threaten his child and it’s an odds-on bet that he’ll let himself be taken and that, once in custody, he’ll divulge the information needed to eliminate the rest of his cell. Even if he won’t surrender voluntarily, credibly threatening or taking his son should rattle him enough to cause him to err and be an easier target.”

Update: Now this blog has been updated with:


Some of the “people” that have been defending Assange’s “freedom of speech” have complained to my hosting provider in such a manner that I have been forced to censor / redact this post.

Ironic isn’t it?

Some of them found my statements profoundly disturbing and were frightened by the thought that they might cause someone harm. In response they had me silenced by the most efficient methods at their disposal.

Actually, they proved my point and validated my opinion of what should be done, as did various deleted death threats against my family and I (all reported to US Agencies and agencies of their own nations).


Earlier Daniel Assange had added this comment:

somnidea Says:
December 3rd, 2010 at 9:56 am

Why must people use such terrible, terrible photos? Look! I have pretty sparkly purikura!: http://www.facebook.com/somnidea

As to the content… hmm. I’m not sure my father is the sort of man to submit to such dastardly tactics. I haven’t spoken to him in three years, so there’s certainly no immediate emotional connection to be preyed upon. Even if it were effective, I suspect that Wikileaks has now reached a point where it simply cannot be permanently destroyed. Now that the concept has been demonstrated, I expect another organization would rise in its place even if my father and everyone he knows were to be silenced. Technology as a force for social change is extremely difficult to suppress.

And received in response:

jonolan Says:
December 3rd, 2010 at 10:57 am

Mr. Assange,

Believe me or not at your own whim, but I actually bear you no malice whatsoever; you would just seem to be useful tool to reach your father if your father proved difficult to track and pin down or if he failed to cooperate.

If it is as you say that putting pressure upon you would not be an effective lever, then I see no point in any nation’s military or intelligence community doing. Hopefully, if you are both honest and correct in your claim, they already know this and have come to the same conclusion.

As to the photo quality – it was the only one I could find. Post a better one on your FB and I’ll use it instead. ;-)

As to Wikileaks – Removal of key personnel and informants / contributors would be quite effective in quelling such things. The tech is sound and pervasive, but the content and content “contributors” can be controlled or culled as needed for national interests.

Addendum: You do have a loyal following of “twits.” Ironically though, many of them are calling for my being silenced through one set of measures or another.

They seem to think that the limit of Free Speech is when it harms people or says that agents of a government should do so…

I wonder what your father would think of that. ;-)

Update 2: See comments.

John Hawkins

“In Assange’s case, he’s not an American and so he has no constitutional protection. … Can we do anything legally about someone from another country leaking this information? Maybe not. Can we have a CIA agent with a sniper rifle rattle a bullet around his skull the next time he appears in public as a warning? You bet we can — and we should. If that’s too garish for people, then the CIA can kill him and make it look like an accident.”

Peter King

‘asked the Obama administration today to “determine whether WikiLeaks could be designated a foreign terrorist organization,” putting the group in the same company as al-Qaeda and Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese cult that released deadly sarin gas on the Tokyo subway.’

That’s this Peter King, IRA promoter. “The risk is that broader discussion of domestic support for foreign terrorism would lead to greater media attention for his history with the IRA support network. King claims that truth is terrorism: worse, even, than the killing of innocent American citizens. One has to wonder who here is the terrified party, and why.”

Charles Krauthammer

“Think creatively. … Franklin Roosevelt had German saboteurs tried by military tribunal and executed. Assange has done more damage to the United States than all six of those Germans combined. Putting U.S. secrets on the Internet, a medium of universal dissemination new in human history, requires a reconceptualization of sabotage and espionage – and the laws to punish and prevent them. Where is the Justice Department?

“And where are the intelligence agencies on which we lavish $80 billion a year? Assange has gone missing. Well, he’s no cave-dwelling jihadi ascetic. Find him. Start with every five-star hotel in England and work your way down.

“Want to prevent this from happening again? Let the world see a man who can’t sleep in the same bed on consecutive nights, who fears the long arm of American justice. I’m not advocating that we bring out of retirement the KGB proxy who, on a London street, killed a Bulgarian dissident with a poisoned umbrella tip. But it would be nice if people like Assange were made to worry every time they go out in the rain.”

William Kristol

Title is “Whack Wikileaks”. (I love all the tough guy euphemisms for murder these guys come up with behind their desks, in their little cubicles.)

“It’s hard to see why Thiessen isn’t right. Why can’t we act forcefully against WikiLeaks? Why can’t we use our various assets to harass, snatch or neutralize Julian Assange and his collaborators, wherever they are? Why can’t we disrupt and destroy WikiLeaks in both cyberspace and physical space, to the extent possible? Why can’t we warn others of repercussions from assisting this criminal enterprise hostile to the United States?”

“Acting together to degrade, defeat, and destroy WikiLeaks should be the first topic discussed at today’s White House meeting between the president and the congressional leadership.”

Jeffrey T. Kuhner

“Assassinate Assange” was the title. “The world is witnessing the absurd, almost surreal spectacle of the American superpower standing helpless in the face of a lone hacker.” Jeffrey needs to meet Anonymous, JA’s imaginary friends.

Bill O’Reilly

“If we catch you, we’re going to hang you.” etc., etc., etc.

Don Laird (commenter)

“Julian Assange, his assistants, staff and those who have provided Assange with administrative, logistical, operational and financial support and should, using the mechanisms and resources of their own intelligence and military infrastructures, with a sense of extreme prejudice, unmistakable permanence and finality render the same completely unable to continue their murderous crusade.

“Let the silence that follows the neutralization of Julian Assange, his staff and his co-conspirators speak volumes to the enlightened socialist academia, liberal intelligencia and those sneering, malicious self appointed bringers of “clarity and truth” remaining who toy with the idea of dabbling in what is nothing more than a treasonous, seditious exercise in self gratification wrapped in the robes of the self righteous.

“The sooner, the bloodier, the better.”

email is: acginc@telus.net IP is: Bonnyville, Alberta

Update: This one added the following comment to the post at Zero Anthropology:

Don Laird permalink
5 December 2010 8:28 pm

Max Forte,

Your repeated references to my post are transparent, attempts to provoke a response. These repeated references in addition to revelations regarding email addresses and IP addresses. So I will respond with this.

Firstly, your readers will be rather amused at your “outing” of my email address, which troubles me not but may trouble them from several stand points. This will also no doubt be noted by your coworkers and students, to your considerable disadvantage.

Secondly, is the remarkable similarity between the difficulties, a tempest in a teacup, facing Professor Tom Flanagan of the University of Calgary and you, an associate professor of Concordia University. Both are men who have made public statements advocating violence and murder, “should be assassinated” and your little quip, “then we all call for your fucking little head to be cut off and flushed down the toilet”. Both will, as a result of their indiscretion, suffer a withering scrutiny of their remarks by both the president of the university and its board of trustees.

There is no ambiguity in your incitement to decapitate me. This will be of significant concern for your coworkers, fellow professors, students, students parents and your superiors. In addition, considering your affection for decapitation and radical islam, I am certain this will be of interest to the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service as well as the RCMP. Perhaps you hadn’t noticed that radical muslims and radical muslim sympathizers are not terribly popular in Canada.

Understand very clearly Mr. Forte, parents of students in attendance at Concordia University are made most uncomfortable by university professors who, in close proximity to their children, advocate and promote the sort of violence you have today. This is something that is also not lost on your employers and your coworkers who, as you suffer your own consequences, will no doubt distance themselves from you.

You may try to dismiss your gaffe as a “passionate moment” but rest assured Mr. Forte, considering your proximity to Ecole Poly Technique and the massacre of the young women there at the hands of an unbalanced murderous student, there are many who will be most uncomfortable knowing they and their students are walking the halls with a very unstable man. Your avocation of violence and murder is a breech of trust with your students and employers and no doubt this will be viewed in the same light by the community at large.

Most Sincerely,

Don Laird

Adrian Lamo

Still desperately seeking attention, after already ensuring his name in history’s most despised. Twitter name 6. Drop him a tweet.

Ezra Levant

“Why is Assange still alive? … WikiLeaks could have its assets seized, just like the Taliban has. And U.S. President Barack Obama could do what he’s doing to the Taliban throughout the world.

“He doesn’t sue them or catch them. He kills them. Because it’s war.

“Obama has even ordered the assassination of an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki.

“How does Obama see Assange any differently?”

Mitch McConnell

(US Republican Senate leader) “Congress should change the law if necessary to pursue the 39-year-old Australian.”, “I think the man is a high-tech terrorist.”

Joel Mowbray

“He’s a blackmail extortionist terrorist.”

Sarah Palin

(reality TV star) “Hunt down the WikiLeaks chief like Taliban”, “He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands. His past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaida and Taliban leaders?” Unintentional hilarity: Palin copies Jonah Goldberg’s “serious question”, but both of them are answering Assange. He asks the world to look at the “serious questions” he puts in front of them, they say the serious question is why is he alive?

Rick Santorum

The “founder of the WikiLeaks website should be prosecuted as a terrorist”.

Marc Thiessen

“Assange is a non-U.S. citizen operating outside the territory of the United States. This means the government has a wide range of options for dealing with him. It can employ not only law enforcement but also intelligence and military assets to bring Assange to justice and put his criminal syndicate out of business.”

“the FBI may use its statutory authority to investigate and arrest individuals for violating United States law, even if the FBI’s actions contravene customary international law” and that an “arrest that is inconsistent with international or foreign law does not violate the Fourth Amendment.” In other words, we do not need permission to apprehend Assange or his co-conspirators anywhere in the world.”

Christian Whiton

“1. Indict Mr. Assange and his colleagues for espionage, regardless of whether he is presently in a U.S. jurisdiction, and ask our allies to do the same.

2. Explore opportunities for the president to designate WikiLeaks and its officers as enemy combatants, paving the way for non-judicial actions against them.

3. Freeze the assets of the WikiLeaks organization and its supporters, and sanction financial organizations working with this terrorist-enabling organization so they cannot clear transactions denominated in U.S. dollars.

4. Give the new U.S. Cyber-Command a chance to prove its worth by ordering it to electronically assault WikiLeaks and any telecommunications company offering its services to this organization.”


Australia: s.11.4(1) of the Criminal Code : inciting a crime is illegal.
Canada: Section 22 (counselling or aiding or abetting culpable homicide when an actual crime has been committed) and Section 464 (the same but re a crime not yet committed).

JA’s imaginary friends: Anonymous

Regarding the updated post and comment: Do you believe these two? Sit and complacently order up murder from behind a computer screen and cry like babies when they are called on it? Janolin cries about having to redact something that would harm a person he supposedly wants to harm to get back at someone for supposedly not redacting enough. Don Laird deplores violent threats.

Obviously, persons of very little intelligence who see the talking heads on TV doing something think it’s perfectly ok for them to do it too. Time to address the talking heads on TV.

Who Were Wikileaks?

WikiLeaks is the first global Samizdat movement. The truth will surface even in the face of total annihilation.

Thus spake the Wikileaks twitter, causing a bit of shock in readers who just got here when Julian Assange started wearing a suit and stopped talking about pissing in the corner of dragon caves. There have been many accusations that Wikileaks operates for money, a front for some evil agency that they pretend to be against, a random act of vandalism, or for personal glory. Supporters tend to say it is simply an attempt to modify the current media to trend towards greater transparency.  But personal glory it is, not as a means to fame or notoriety, but for the glory of living your life to the fullest and exercising yourself to your greatest capacity.

Wikileaks is an idea, born to people of great talent, acquired skill, and intelligence, who decided to conduct a well thought out and analyzed effort to improve as much of the world as possible in as many ways as possible. A very, very large idea. Sort of an intellectual extreme sport.

Too few people have read what probably will be considered John Young’s greatest historical achievement (besides creating Cryptome, the seed for Wikileaks). When he became annoyed with Wikileaks he published all the emails that went into the original discussions in 2006 and 2007, a fascinating look at characters that must have been so difficult to get together in agreement that it is mind boggling how few public eruptions we have actually seen. The anarchist, the revolutionary, the difficult, the brilliant, and the possibly mad, sometimes all in one person. And frequently, a very familiar voice. All working towards the same goal, to rock your world and make it better.

Since I know most of you really don’t have time to add these giant files to your list of required reading this week, I have gone through it all and pulled what I felt was most illustrative for your reading enjoyment. Wikileaks now is not Wikileaks then. People have wandered in and out, and a lot of much more mainstream professionals have joined. But these are the origins. Not the CIA.

Note: The following quotes are from many different people, not just Assange.

The difficulties that confront a conspirator are infinite many have been the conspiracies, but few have been successful; because he who conspires can not act alone, nor can he take a companion except from those whom he believes malcontent, and as soon as you have opened your mind to a malcontent you have given him the material with which to content himself. –Macchiavelli

We have come to the conclusion that fomenting a world wide movement of mass leaking is the most cost effective political intervention available to us* We believe that injustice is answered by good governance and for there to be good governance there must be open governance. Governance by stealth is governance by conspiracy and fear. Fear, because without it, secrecy does not last for long.Retired generals and diplomats are vociferous, but those in active service hold their tune.

Lord Action said, “Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity”.

This degeneration comes about because when injustice is concealed, including plans for future injustice, it cannot be addressed. When governance is closed, man’s eyes become cataracts. When governance is open, man can see and so act to move the world towards a more just state; for instance see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reporters_Without_Borders which shows a striking correlation between press freedom and countries known for their quality of life.

us*: some attributes may have been swapped to protect selected identities, no particular order.

1) Retired new york architect and notorious intelligence leak facilitator
2) Euro cryptographer/programmer
3) Pacific physicist and illustrator
4) A pacific author and economic policy lecturer
5) Euro, Ex-Cambridge mathematician/cryptographer/programmer
6) Euro businessman and security specialist/activist
7) Author of software than runs 40% of the world’s websites.
8 ) US pure mathematician with criminal law background
9) An infamous US ex-hacker
10) Pacific cryptographer/physicist and activist
11) US/euro cryptographer and activist/programmer
12) Pacific programmer
13) Pacific architect / foreign policy wonk

New technology and cryptographic ideas permit us to not only encourage document leaking, but to facilitate it directly on a mass scale. We intend to place a new star in the political firmament of man.

The more armor we have, particularly in the form of men and women sanctified by age, history and class, the more we can act like brazen young men and get away with it.

John Young: Leaks should be doubted and doubts answered by leakers or those who distribute the leakables. An iron-clad leak is a phony or a lie. It does require more work to perform an exegesis of a leaked document weighing the pros and cons, but that is what it takes to avoid the trap of vainglorious pride in being a leaker and the subsequent lure of leaking crap to remain in the spotlight — the politician’s disease.

John Young: Or the other trap is pretending authority where it is not deserved, indeed, where reputation and reliability are marketed as come-ons, thus the celebrated MSM and its bastard children, the nameish blogs seen as sidebars to other nameish blogs, self-referencing one another into triviality.

My only hesitation vis-a-vis Counterpunch is the readership, which though large, tends to pal up on one pew and sometimes even sings and claps.

When WL is deployed, feedback will be, like Wikipedia, an act of creation and  correction; the Aweys document and those like it will eventually  face one hundred thousand incensed Somali refugees, blade and keyboard in hand, cutting, cutting, cutting apart its pages until all is dancing confetti and the truth.

Keep up our hopes, our e-spirit de corpuscular; draw forth our anger, our courage — and our fire — to lick at the damp paper of uncivilization until it catches and our hearts are warmed by the conflagration of basement mendacities the world over. Let our smiles be woken by flowers of openness pushing through the ash from below.

We are compelled to act,  as we are best able, for a man who witnesses injustice but does not act, becomes a party to a cascade of  injustice, via the iterative diminution and pacification of his character.

It is our plan to foment political and financial support for WL. To do that we need a commanding voice. Everywhere we see professional sayers and professional knowers, but the demands of each mean little intersection and the world finds itself with brainless words and wordless brains. By uniting a handful of knowers together in harmony we can project our voice without devoting our minds to the preferments and petty intrigues of moguls.

We have the collective sources, personalities and learning to be, or rather, appear to be, the reclusive ubermench of the 4th estate. We will take the non-linear blessing such a position affords and apply it to our great task of DIY universal open governance.

Our rules follow that of the French Bourbaki who through their allonym set the mathematical world to right in the first half of the 20th C with internal agreement by exhaustion and the purification inherit in non-attribution of ego. Ben likes to quotes Woodruff thus “There is no limit to what a man can do or how far he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love. In a modern economy it is impossible to seal oneself off from injustice.

If we have brains or courage, then we are blessed and called on not to frit these qualities away, standing agape at the ideas of others, winning pissing contests, improving the efficiencies of the neocorporate state, or immersing ourselves in obscuranta, but rather to prove the vigor of our talents against the strongest opponents of love we can find.

If we can only live once, then let it be a daring adventure that draws on all our powers. Let it be with similar types whos hearts and heads we may be proud of. Let our grandchildren delight to find the start of our stories in their ears but the endings all around in their wandering eyes.

We expect difficult state lashback unless WikiLeaks can be given a sanctified frame (“center for human rights, democracy, good government and apple pie press freedom project” vs “hackers strike again”).

It’s easy to percieve the connection between publication and the complaints people make about publication. But this generates a perception bias, because it overlooks the vastness of the invisible. It overlooks the unintended consequences of failing to publish and it overlooks all those who are emancipated by being in a climate where bad governance cannot be concealed. Such a climate is a motivating force to behave better in the first place and shifts structures and individuals that generate bad governance away from positions where they generate poor governance.

Injustice concealed cannot be answered. Concealed plans for future injustice cannot be stopped until they are revealed by becoming reality, which is too late. Administrative injustice, by defintion affects many.

Government has ample avenues to abuse revelation, not limited to the full force of intelligence, law enforcement, and complicit media. Moves towards the democratisation of revelation are strongly biased in favor of justice. Where democratised revelations are unjust they tend to affect isolated individuals, but where they are just, they affect systems of policy, planning an governance and through them the lives of all.

You may point to a salicious main stream media, but that is not democratised revelation. We point instead to the internet as a whole, which although not yet a vehicle of universal free revelation, is very close to it. Look at the great bounty of positive political change pooring forth as a result.

WikiLeaks reveals, but it is not primarily a tool of revelation. There are many avenues on the internet for revelation. What does not exist is a social movement that makes acting ethically by leaking a virtue. What does not exist is a comfortable way for everyone to leak safely and easily. What does not exist is a way to turn raw leaks into into politically influential knowledge through the revoutionary mass collaborative analysis of wikipedia.

Sufficient leaking will bring down many administrations that rely on concealing reality —  including the US administration. Ellsberg calls for it. Everyone knows it. We’re doing it.

The more secretive and unjust  an organization is, the more leaks  induce fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie. This  must result in minimization of efficient internal communications  mechanisms (an increase in cognitive “secrecy tax”) and consequent  system-wide cognitive decline and hence the ability to hold onto  power as the environment demands adaption. Hence in a world where leaking is easy, secretive or unjust systems  are nonlinearly hit relative to open, just systems. Since unjust  systems, by their nature induce opponents, and in many places barely  have the upper hand, mass leaking leaves them exquisitely vulnerable  to those who seek to replace them with more open forms of governance.

Only revealed injustice can be answered; for man to do anything  intelligent he has to know what’s actually going on.

We believe fostering a safe, easy, socially sanctified way for uncensorable mass document leaking, publishing and analysis is THE most cost effective generator of good governance. We seek good governance, because good governance does more than run trains on time. Good governance responds to the sufferings of its people. Good governance answers injustice.

1. Ethics. We favour, and uphold, ethical behaviour in all circumstances. We do not believe in unquestioning obedience to authority in all circumstances. Every person is the ultimate arbiter of justice in their own conscience. Where injustice reigns and is enshrined in law, there is a place for principled civil disobedience. Where the simple act of distributing information may embarrass authoritarian power structures or expose oppression or major crimes, we recognise a right, indeed a duty, to perform that act. Such whistleblowing often involves major personal risk. Just like whistleblower protection laws in some jurisdictions, this project provides means and opportunity to minimise such risks.

3. Gauntlet. We are no friends of oppressive regimes, dictators, authoritarian governmental institutions or exploitative corporations. We fully intend to expose injustice and make the world a better place; this is our overarching goal and all policy will be formulated with this goal in mind.

John Young: Aftergood’s report was unexpected, particularly for showing wikileaks.org was active and the first document was available. When did access become public, and was that announced here? Or did Aftergood release private information, say in disagreement with WL purposes. His comments on WL were disdainful, and appear to have been made to buttress his own endeavor as more honorable and respectable — he has a habit of doing that, but so do others who cherish their reputation (and carefully nuture support of those who really have a problem with uncontrolled information as if it is “dangerous to go too far, yadda, yadda.”).

John Young: Reporters, and keep in mind they are competitors with WL as much as any keepers of secrets and peddlers of inside information, (all obsessed with appearing to be “responsible” arbiters of what information gets published) will most certainly dig for unfriendly aspects of WL to gain reader attention and to show they are not complicit in WL unrespectable intentions. Some will promise one thing to get information and do the opposite for publication. Some will fuck you for failing to do what they asked.

John Young: Expect agents of the authorities to pry into WL by way of journalists, supporters, funders, advisory board members; that is customary for those hoping to smoke out opposition. Expect smears, lies, forgeries, betrayal, bribes, and the host of common tools used to suppress dissent. Expect taunts, insults, ridicule, praise, admiration, obsequiousness, arrogance, skepticism, demands for who the fuck are you, I need the information for an urgent deadline. Expect accusations that someone else associated with WL has already told me such and such so why are you being so coy? Expect much flattery and disdain.

John Young: Beware of disclosing private information as a means to recruit. Beware of releasing information about WL founders and supporters, that will be grist for the truth twisters. Keep anonymous as possible or WL is doomed. This discussion list is going to be leaked. Anonymize, anonymize every communication with the press and potential recruits. Somebody is going to come at me as the name on the NSI registry. The less I know about WL people the better. And I know for sure that everyone associated with WL is a bald-faced liar, an agent of the authorities and the worst of the worst.

Regarding a reporter’s question: Misleading leaks — already well placed in the main stream media. WL is of no additional assistance to them.

We can turn this unexpected difficulty into a great blessing by being  crafty and exuberant in our attentions over the next few days. The hunger for freedom and truth is clearly so intense that despite  having little more than “we’re working on it” and a nice example  (that few seem bother to read in their quest for the salacious) off  it goes on its own exponential of media read, write and rewrite.   Random quotes (not from us) and rephrasing will lead to the most  salacious evolving in the galapagos of quote, edit and requote. What this means is that we have to answer questions before they’re  asked and we have to answer them with statements that optimize max (journalistic lazynes + quote sexyness).

Analogously, the public sphere is warm milk, into which has leaked  our culture. Bacterial growth follows an exponential — left  unmolested it would become the congealed yogurt of our desires, but  random innocents and malefactors alike are injecting their their own  bacterial strain into the mix. The impact of early strains of  information release (ours and others) will be fantastically amplified  by the exponential process. Consequently we must expend as much  energies on this IMMEDIATELY as we have inorder to set path of future  perceptions, which will otherwise require far more energies to  correct even a day later. Since we can not seal the public sphere from the influence of others,  our only recourse is to continually inject our informational strain  into the ferment. If we keep our strain (our public positioning )  consistent and quotable we should come to dominate the culture when  opposed by relatively random influences of others. And despite JYAs seasoned fears, our opponents thus far are  essentially uncoordinated; they do not strike with vigor at the same  point.

Here follows our blessing. Because WL has not yet generated ANY specific enemies (at least  outside of China and Somalia), attacks are generalized (“pro- censorship”) , unmotivated, limp-wristed and lack precision and  common direction. This will not be the case once we release substantial material. That  will invoke enemies with specific grievances. Our previous desire to  splash forth only with a fully operational system with content would  have generated both specific opposition and fears by example. Hence we have a great opportunity — to push our desired perceptions  of what WL is into the world, to set the key in which future bars of  our song are to be played by the public orchestra, BEFORE it faces  any serious opposition.

John Young: Is there a target date for wikileaks.org becoming interactive, hyperactive, flooded with spam and attacks and demands to name names or else? Any advisory board members jumped ship yet?

John — no ship jumps, plank walks or keel hauls. Though some here  may want to feed the sniveling holier than thou After Good Comes Bad  to the swirling creatures of the deep, we will continue to project  puppy dog eye rolls and the greatest generosity, acceptance and respect. Rhetoric is generally overblown, and deliberately so. Feel free to tone down. On the other hand perhaps there are sufficiently sexy statements for the press. 😛

WL may become the most powerful intelligence agency on earth, an intelligence agency of the people. It will be an open source, democratic intelligence agency. But it will be far better, far more principled, and far less parochial than any governmental intelligence agency; consequently, it will be more accurate, and more relevant. It will have no commercial or national interests at heart; its only interests will be truth and freedom of information. Unlike the covert activities of national intelligence agencies, WL will rely upon the power of overt fact to inform citizens about the truths of their world. WL will resonate not to the sound of money or guns or the flow of oil, but to the grievances of oppressed and exploited people around the world. It will be the outlet for every government official, every bureaucrat, every corporate worker, who becomes privy to embarrassing information which the institution wants to hide but the public needs to know. What conscience cannot contain, and institutional secrecy unjustly conceals, WL can broadcast to the world. WL will be a forum for the ethical defection of unaccountable and abusive power to the people. WL will be an anvil at which beats the hammer of the collective conscience of humanity.

WL has no formal relationship to wikipedia. However both employ the same wiki interface and technology. Both share the same radically democratic philosophy that allowing anyone to be an author or editor leads to a vast and accurate collective intelligence and knowledge. Both place their trust in an informed community of citizens. WL, we hope, will be a new star in the political firmament of humanity.

Disarming. FH along with NED are notorious US State/CIA money launderers.  The goal is not to get them to accept, although that might be rather interesting, but to make them feel we are on the same “side” by the early approach and enemy of my enemy is my friend.

We must find our own ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ s — blessings and  sanctifications that even our most diseased and demonic opponents  will find themselves chanting to each other in the night.

John Young: In solidarity to fuck em all.

J. We are going to fuck them all. Chinese mostly, but not entirely a feint. Invention abounds. Lies, twists and distorts everywhere needed for protection. Hackers monitor chinese and other intel as they burrow into their targets, when they pull, so do we. Inxhaustible supply of material. Near 100,000 documents/emails a day. We’re going to crack the world open and let it flower into something new. If fleecing the CIA will assist us, then fleece we will. We have pullbacks from NED, CFR, Freedomhouse and other CIA teats. We have all of pre 2005 afghanistan. Almost all of india fed. Half a dozen foreign ministries. Dozens of political parties and consulates, worldbank, apec, UN sections, trade groups, tibet and fulan dafa associations and… russian phishing mafia who pull data everywhere. We’re drowing. We don’t even know a tenth of what we have or who it belongs to. We stopped storing it at 1Tb.

This delegation carries some risks (to wl), but we are in a romance with journalists hearts; if our voices sweet are not easily reachable on the phone when their desire and deadlines peek, others voices, less honeyed but always, always available will replace them.

Subject: [WL] We’re all CIA stooges, apparently.

John Young has leaked the content of this list, sans most identifying  info to cryptome.org It’s clear from his recent messages that he’s been losing it for some  time. We should have checked his current mental state more thoroughly rather than relying on previous experience.

The impact maybe positive. It’s certainly very mysterious and  exciting to read. I don’t think there’s much dissonance between our public and private positions.

Why was his final message to this list filtered?

And does anyone understand wtf it means?

No idea what JYA was saying!

It’s clear to me however, that he was not trying to protect people’s identities with his xxxxx’ing, but rather trying to increase the sexiness of the document. Perhaps he feels WL is a threat to the central status mechanism in his life? I think he just likes the controversy.

He may have done us a great favor. There’s a lot of movement in that document. It’s a little anarchist, but I think it generally reads well and sounds like people doing something they care about.

Btw, I suggest we be careful with Wayne Madsen too. He seems to be another case of someone who was fantastic a few years ago, but recently has started to see conspiracies everywhere. Both cases possibly age related.

I am not spending any more thought on it. Next week is going to be busy. The weeks earlier stories will be already done and that’ll set the agenda for the rest of the week, not jya’s attention seeker.

Early logos:

Original Logo

The Jimmy Wales Section:

Any idea what this may mean? Either he wants to support WL and is registering those in order to do so, or he wants to hedge so he’s registering them in order to run his own version, or put his own views on them. I’d ask, if I were you. Or perhaps I will.

Wikia Inc.
200 2nd Ave. S
Suite 306
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
United States
Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Created on: 03-Jan-07
Expires on: 04-Jan-09
Last Updated on:
Administrative Contact: Wales, Jimmy  jasonr[a t]bomis.com,Wikia Inc. 200 2nd Ave. S   Suite 306  St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 United States 17273886691

My of most probable guess is he wants to protect them from scalpers,  in order to do as ben suggest. Provided Wales, Inc. doesn’t use these domains for content, the rego  certainly aids us in projection. It’s interesting they they seem to be directly registered by Wales,  NOT by the Wikipedia foundation i.e compare the records to wikipedia. {org,com,net} and mediawiki.{org,com,net} What’s unusual is that he hasn’t notified us.

Read carefully. This doesn’t seem to be related to Wikipedia, but  rather to Wikia, Inc. From http://www.aboutus.org/Wikia.com: “Free wiki hosting from Wikia, using the same MediaWiki software that  runs Wikipedia. ”Wikipedia is the Encyclopedia. Wikia is the rest of  the library.” Wikia are wiki communities creating free content with the MediaWiki  software. These are hosted for free by Wikia, Inc., the company which  runs the project. Anyone is free to start a new Wikia in accordance  with the creation policy and terms of use. Wikia was founded by Angela Beesley and Jimmy Wales, originally under  the name “Wikicities”, in October 2004. It celebrated its first  birthday on November 2, 2005. Wikicities relaunched as “Wikia” in  March 2006 (see the press release for details). News about the site can be found at news and press releases. See also  the reasons to use Wikia, what Wikia is not, and then explore or  browse the site.” Seeing this domain being registered to Wikia seems to indicate that  he *IS* willing to help us. We should inquire nonetheless. The email  address for the Admin contact looks valid (Jason Richey).

John Young: Cheers, Wales is attempting to protect his investment. He’s businessman before all else, meaning without scruples. Consider his action an attack on WL, perhaps to be followed by others if it threatens his commercial operation of reputation building pretending to be a public service — like giving out free cigarettes.

I think JY maybe right — Wales has scalped it for his commercial  Wiki company, perhaps even automatically.

Get Healthy Get Strong, Get Educated and Informed

And start contributing to your own governance. If you want a democratic society, that is. I try not to get too preachy here, but the western population has been programmed towards a certain end, and if we are going to change the world, we need to at least be aware of this. The things we have been taught and fed for decades were part of a system meant to create an uneducated, ignorant, distracted populace. The military industrial complex has been with us for a long time and they have thought about these things. In order to fight them, we have to stop playing their games.

Get healthy: There is a very real reason why people are being fed food, pharmaceuticals, and environmental hazards that destroy their health. It is impossible to concentrate on the world’s problems when you are suffering from any of the myriad autoimmune and other diseases everyone seems afflicted with. And it is impossible to think clearly through the brain fog and personality disorders being triggered by all the pollutants we are fed. The subsequent foggy thinking and miserable angry feeling are then fed by substandard education systems and violence in all media until we have a population that greets the Collateral Murder video with open youtube arms and sets it to music. When people start bouncing and singing to a video of civilians and children being slaughtered, we have a problem. When the reaction to an organization that tries to give people information and make them think, is that someone should send a drone after the organization, we have a problem. Anyone that tries to correct the unhealthiness of the population is greeted by a media storm of ‘promoting eating disorders’, ‘always rely on trusted medical personnel, not the internet, etc.’. Some people have a big interest in keeping you from taking charge of your own health.

Get strong: When you have no home and nothing to eat, when you are terrified of medical bills and surrounded by violent crime, it is hard to care about the greater good for humanity. Civilized societies have well defined morals. Attributes such as bravery, kindness, generosity and concern for others are valued. In these days when everyone can see the abyss in front of them, it seems more prudent to scramble over each other for our own security. Elite schools stress the three A’s, arts, academics and athletics, and concentrate on building a superior human for the upper ranks. Character is almost never taught any more, even though it seems obvious to wonder what benefit to society is a superior human who has never been taught to use their advantages for the overall good. When society has enough, and the people feel secure that they will continue to have enough, maybe we will stop seeing preschool mothers shoving their children to the front of the line and college fathers bribing officials. We can hope. The problem is not usually the amount we possess, but rather the widespread fear that we may lose it or that others have more. This disease is fed every day in the media

Get educated: It is hard to judge the world without context. Any education is better than no education, and it should continue all of our lives. The clogging of western brains with poor health choices has been accompanied for decades with an anti-intellectual movement that has grown to such proportions that the US could seriously elect Sarah Palin for president simply because she doesn’t sound “elite”. Education is not bad any more than physical fitness is bad. Being programmed by video games and state/industrial propaganda is easy, but it’s not fun, it tends to make us restless, angry and discontent, while feeding the self-perception that the population is not as competent to govern themselves as the educated. Education brings excitement, pride and a kind of peace.

Get informed: I truly believe that nobody is seriously interested in the ‘news’ plastered over the media now. I believe this not just from wishful thinking and projecting my own opinions onto others, but from the comments (facebook groups, etc.) that constantly say they are sick of hearing about these people. There has been a growing revulsion for the topics of today’s media which gets worse every year. It is unfortunately usually displaced into hatred for the subject instead of the media. A new media would allow us to walk away, to step into a new world where we do not have to hear about haircuts and what people we don’t care about look like with no makeup on. We could look for real information that is relevant to what we need to know and have a right to know. And we would wake up every day interested in the news again.

Then of course, we are ready for the last one: start contributing to our own governance.


Okay, I was writing something called the Anonymous Revolution, but Wikileaks twitter just renamed it samizdat. I can live with the slightly more highbrow name, it is more accurate.

The point in either case is this. Wikileaks is not a lone vandal hacker. It is an idea. We all have the idea. And you can’t bomb an idea, or send drones after it, or put it in jail. I suppose Hilary Clinton could declare an idea a terrorist, since she called the people terrorists for catching her spying, but she’s going to have a hard time executing an idea.

This is not a ‘hacker’ movement, whatever that even means, but it gains two things from the computer world: shared logic and mass communication of data. We, the people, have the ability to store and communicate massive amounts of data. We, the people, also have the ability to logically process that data and come to the best conclusions possible for society. Together our brains are much more capable than the brains currently running the world, and an open transparent system will ensure potential abuses are spotted and stopped. We will no longer submit to a paternalistic and secret form of governance, where everyone in the world running political, industrial, financial, media and military organizations are privy to information that we, the governed, are denied. We will never again believe anything we are told by the servant media, unless we have supporting evidence and a forum for verifying their interpretations.

Do you think that people who have had the secrets to the BP oil spill, the environmental disasters, the pharmaceutical lobbies, the political corruption, the military abuses and the financial crash dangled in front of them will just sit back and be content again while “investigative reporting” serves up breast implants discovered on reality TV stars? If you manage to dismantle Wikileaks, those secrets will still be ours, we know you have them and we will get them.

That is our idea. It is not anarchy, it is not vandalism, we call it democracy and transparent governance. It has never existed before. But now we have the ability and the idea, and you will not kill this revolution any more than the bullets that killed Martin Luther King and Malcolm X killed the civil rights movement.

We explore…and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge…and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias…and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it’s for our own good, yet we’re the criminals. Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for. I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can’t stop us all. – The Mentor