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ASSANGE ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS

As I post this, Julian Assange is on Gawker answering readers’ questions (it’s part of the P.R. push for his new book, When Google Met Wikileaks). As you can imagine, it’s pretty rousing stuff. Example: “One thing you can do, which is quite simple, is treat companies like Google and Facebook as the corporations they are. Lots of people – especially on the left – are aware of the ways in which corporations are exploitative and harmful. But there is a disconnect when it comes to Silicon Valley. Lots of people refuse to buy Coca Cola, but they don’t see any problem with having a Gmail account. I think that is changing lately, but we need a movement to divest from these corporations—which destroy privacy—and to build an alternative internet that isn’t as actively harmful to human interests.” A call to action if ever I heard one. Here’s hoping Apple, Panjea, et all, are quaking in their boots today.

DIFFERENT GRADES OF HEROISM: ASSANGE, SNOWDEN, MANNING

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said he’ll leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London “soon.” He’s been holed up there for two years, primarily to avoid extradition to Sweden for a sexual misconduct charge, but also to avoid extradition to the U.S., where he fears indictment and possible criminal charges. Concurrently, from his self-exile in Russia, Edward Snowden used a cover story in Wiredto once again defend his release of thousands of classified NSA documents. Meanwhile, WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning remains in Fort Leavenworth Prison, where she now charges that the U.S. military is denying her gender reassignment treatment.

 

Here at Fawkes Rising, we fervently advocate for transparency over secrecy, disclosure over deception—and the people who reveal what others try to conceal are our champions. But it’s worth noting that when faced with the consequences of having acted on this principle, the three individuals under discussion reacted very differently. One took sanctuary; one took flight…

 

…and one—the one with the most to lose, given the ongoing nature of her gender reassignment, stood her ground and faced her accusers. Maybe it’s due to her military training; but whatever the reason, it marks her out in our eyes as a higher calibre of hero, and her current troubles of more consequence than the much more written-about travails of her two more elusive contemporaries.