I am Julian Assange

Posted in: Featured | By: | December 07, 2010

I am Julian Assange.
I want information so that I can hold my government accountable.  If my country acts improperly and in my name, I want the proof.  I want to know if there actually is no evidence proving weapons of mass destruction.  I want to know if America is working with Israel to overthrow Iran’s leadership.  I want data that has not been spun by reporters that work for publishers and broadcasters with political and business goals that conflict with the facts.  I want to know.
I am Julian Assange because I know unfettered information is valuable to democracy and a peaceful world.  I can make the best decisions with the most knowledge.  I can vote for the best candidates.  I can support the smartest policies to help my country and the world.  I am not naïve; I know that not every operation can be transparent but I have a right to know its outcome and how it has affected my country and me.
I do not believe Julian Assange has done anything wrong. The cables that have been published have all been printed in newspapers and redacted to protect individuals at risk.  I do not want my country to prosecute a man whose actions are changing the way we get information and how we make critical decisions.  I now know that my president and my country’s military have not been honest about the war in Afghanistan.  I know that my country has killed civilians and that we have refused to acknowledge our mistakes.  I have learned that our allies are secretly consorting with our enemies.
I am also Pfc. Bradley Manning.  I know that if I saw the disturbing information come across my desk that I would have confronted the conflict between my oath of service to my country and the immorality of its behavior.  I do not believe I would have been able to ignore American helicopters gunning down journalists carrying cameras.  I believe I would have acted on my conscience and found a way to reveal the facts.  There was a reporter at the My Lai massacre in Vietnam but there was only a gun camera on the US helicopter in Iraq.  And the Internet.  And Bradley Manning.
I believe that governments are out of control and citizens have a decreasing belief that they can influence decisions.  WikiLeaks and the Internet are empowering individuals and groups with information.  Julian Assange and Bradley Manning are the first two faces and voices in a crowd that will soon be too big to control.  Their arrests and charges and even prosecution will only spawn a broader resistance against war and deception and corruption.  The Internet is now the reporter.  This is the way the world is.  I do not want to hear that there will always be wars and spying and death.  I want information to prevent them and to build peace.
I am saddened that Australia’s government is once more acting as a lapdog for American interests and is not demanding sovereign rights for one of its citizens.  I am also distressed that the president of my country who ran for office promising a transparent government is trying to find a way to prosecute a foreign national, and is preventing Pfc Manning from speaking with his family. WikiLeaks has shown there is an America in civics textbooks and an America that functions differently in the real world.  Adequate information might move us closer to the ideal.  I no longer trust my president.  I do not trust my congress.  I place my trust in facts and I do not get them from most of the media.  But I still want to know.
I am Julian Assange.  And if you care about the truth, you are, too.

32 Comments for this entry

  • Kiter

    I want to know in order for my family (loved one)and I to be safe.
    Kiter./

  • TESS LAWRENCE

    I AM JULIAN ASSANGE. TESS LAWRENCE. JOURNALIST. AUSTRALIA

  • Mike Jasper

    Excellent. And you’re right, Obama has been vastly disappointing as a champion for freedom.

  • adam

    Your remarks echo my own questions about why it is that a maverick like Assange has to do the job that the news media once did…or at least tried to do. I concur that trust in government has dwindled, but the reasons are seldom investigated: Where is the cause, the back-story, the elements that led to that distrust. Was it Nixon saying, “I am not a crook?” Was it Bush’s finagling the treasury bonds so that Social Security is now said to be on the brink of catastrophe? Was it a war in Iraq that used a premise of what might-be instead of facts that actually existed … and cost the lives not only of Americans but of countless others as well? Was it the Joseph-Goebbels-esque acceptance without investigation of the words “terror” and “terrorism?”

    No one likes distrust, but when the evidence piles higher and higher, what other recourse is there than to say, as you did, “I am Julian Assange?”

  • Jeremy Anderson

    Thank you for so skillfully encapsulating how I feel on this issue. Assange is a hero for putting our government’s hypocrisy on display. Perhaps instead of trying so hard to silence him, our leaders should be focusing on why they’re so embarrassed by this in the first place.

  • Francis Drake

    (Crossposted at HuffingtonPost)

    Eloquently put, sir. Thank you. And I’m clipping this.

    It’s very early yet but it’s clear to me that we’re now in yet another war, this one in defense of freedom of speech and REAL democracy, we being the mostly powerless little people in and out of America sometimes referred to as the Other Great Superpower , and my desperate hope that this war at least is one we can and must win. (If we do not, the First Amendment along with the rest of the Constitution will more likely than not go through the shredder and, as Gandalf put it, Night will come. Pray — and work — for victory.)

  • Sabrina

    I am Julian Assange. I don’t want my government sending kids off to wars that could and should be avoided.

  • Diana Robinson

    Je suis Julian Assange!
    And to those in this nation who continue to speak with ‘forked tongues’ I say, “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” Frederich Nietszche.
    Democracy based on truthfulness – this is something that John Lennon would have sung about.

  • Sonja

    Thank you for pointing us into the right direction again. What this is really all about.

  • Jesse Hill

    Wikileaks is disseminating information harmful to the U.S. and to worldwide stability. Nobody supporting Wikileaks has been able to tell me what journalistic purpose these cabals serve. Wikileaks is doing this out of a misguided hatred of a…ll government secrecy. That’s a crusade, not journalism. In the end, this won’t lead to any revelations. it’ll lead to less openness and less diplomacy.

    Unsurprisingly, the governments that truly deserve a spotlight shone on their misdeeds (N. Korea, Iran, China, Argentina) haven’t seen any leaks. So all this really does is weaken democratic nations who have flaccid security and strengthen autocracies who shoot you and your family if you “leak” what the President had for breakfast.

    Also, Assange’s so-called “poison pill” is a transparent blackmail attempt so that he can run roughshod over internaational law. Any person who attempts to hold themselves above the law by making it dangerous to arrest them is not someone you, or anyone, should be supporting.

  • Carina

    I am Julian Assange. I had a kind of … relationship with a woman in Sweden, well, at least they say so. No witness except the both of us, so there is no danger of leaking. Did I really have this … uhm … relationship? I am Julian Assange, but I do not remember. Do I? Did I? I hope this information is false.

  • Vigilante

    When did it become open season on the whistle-blowers? When did it become open season on the messenger? Maybe a little collateral damage will seep out from the secret chambers of statecraft (That’s a misnomer isn’t it?) What passes for Anglo-American statecraft is actually endless & boundless war! I say break down the doors, open all the file cabinets, throw hard disks into the street. Nothing should be spared in the task of embarrassing the military industrial complex to death. To death, I say.

  • Ian Scott Field

    I am Julian Assange.

  • cr

    I want to know, because I elected you to work within a defined framework for our collective good, and you cannot go against that brief. Should I remind you that you are there at my pleasure?

  • m

    O Captain, My Captain!

  • Susan Hall

    Thank you Jullian Assange, Bradley Manning for trying to secure our freedom peacefully through education of information.

    I’m sorry Shaker Aamer that though you have never been charged with a crime, you have been tortured & incarcerated & a long time in solitaire in my US country does not care about humans and their rights in Guantanamo.

  • Dan Bowen

    Mr. Moore your logic and those that support your view of these people truly scares me.

    I watched you in disbelief on Olbermann tonight and reading this piece I wonder how it is that individuals such as yourself prosper in this great country. For you to heap praise on Jullian Assange and his followers for their publishing of this information is unbelievable to me, however it doesn’t begin to compare to your support of Manning.

    I spent just shy of 15 years as an Air Force Intelligence Specialist and my Top Secret Security Clearance was a privilege, not a right, as you seem to suggest with your support of Manning. You seem to suggest that this is a simple case of whistleblowing when what happened was the execution of numerous felonies by a misguided 22 year old private that let his personal views endanger countless US citizens and interests around the world. Pvt Manning took his 4 years of military experience and decided to supersede the knowledge and experience of the other 1.5 million active duty service members and the US Government to change the course of history to his liking. You believe he was right and that scares me.

    You suggest that because some of the data made public has some redaction done on it that the classified nature of the material and individuals reference in are safe. You are wrong and you also have no idea what has been distributed outside of your sources…you simply believe this is for the common good and that exposing our government makes us all safer. Your views, and those with equally lackluster experience with classified material, terrify me.

    Would you have let a high school dropout with 4 years of experience work on your “Crisis Communications” team referenced in your website case study? Ironically a case study in which you don’t name who you worked for? Why? Is that information confidential? What about the “Construction Company” in “Border Highway Project”? What harm could be done by knowing who you worked for on cases that are clearly in the past? I guess whomever it was had more to risk that our national security.

    You and those like you scare me Mr. Moore, even more so when you speak from your glass house of wisdom.

  • Marianne Kaiser

    Ich bin Julian Assange!
    As I watch the developments, I am reassured to
    find that people feel like I do and are ready to
    express their views.

  • Marianne Kaiser

    Ich bin Julian Assange!

  • Troy

    You are a lunatic. Governments work differently than we might prefer. Secrecy is vital. You liberals will be saying the same thing until the Muslims round you all up and hang you, and that is that we just all want to get along.Your foregin policy views get us into war. Your economic views ruin our economy, which is good for your cause because it makes more people dependent.

    Liberals prove that a person can be educated and successful and still be totally seperated from reality.

  • Harry Martin

    I don’t believe for a moment that the U.S. is as clean as the driven snow. More like a snow job. Let the exposures fall where they may, and if lies and agendas hurt some people’s feelings then they deserve to be exposed. Bullshit on WikiLeaks being a threat to security! Freedom of information is what this is all about and the world deserves to know the truth.

  • taarnawolf

    you are not a person,
    you are a fear-bot.

  • taarnawolf

    Dan Bowen.

  • Dan Bowen

    Fear-Bot taarnawolf?

    Mr. Moore suggests in his piece that if he was exposed to the same video Pvt Manning was exposed to he would perhaps have done the same. I don’t know your knowledge of the dynamics of combat, however if you watched the video with someone who could explain what was happening in it objectively, you and he may have a different view of this situation.

    The video was taken illegally and published after Pvt Manning decided to be investigator, trial judge and hangman all-in-one. Do you simply take his word that what happened was a crime and not a horrible misunderstanding in combat? What experience did Pvt Manning have as a combat pilot? Have you ever served in combat? Ever been involved in a decision that took another human’s life? Do you honestly think these pilots are cold-blooded murderers? Is this how you view democracy?

    Let’s assume for a moment that the video is a clear-cut example of war crimes by the helicopter crew…what justification did Pvt Manning have to release hundreds of thousands of unrelated documents. Do you think he read those docs and found them all to be so egregious that they must be made public or is there a chance that he’s a troubled young man who made a very bad decision?

    This is not fear mongering taarnawolf, and unless you have a complete understanding of the dynamics of an unauthorized release of this type of information, don’t call people names.

    I think Pvt Manning is the product of a society that now believes it is smart because they can make statements, hide behind the anonymity of the internet, and they can always find someone out there that agrees with them. If someone agrees with them they must be right…right? You found this forum and, although a minority here disagree with your and Mr. Moore’s views, you do nothing but call us names.

    Aren’t there always two sides to every story?

    At least I’m willing to express my views and not just call you names.

  • Imants Slegelis

    Thank you for your insight, sir.

  • Tim

    It is the Bankers and the Goverment’s that have been holding themselves above the law! We have been living in a tyrannical, Fascist society! Mussolini once said, “The first stage of fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism, because it is a merger of state and corporate power … and above all, Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity quite apart from political considerations of the moment, belives neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace … War alone brings up to its highest tensions all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the people who have the courage to meet it” Who would better know what Fascism is? -and yet this description from years past, fits the U.S. today or more accurately the global elitist!

  • David Rosenberg

    If you see the movie, Trumbo, you will see what happened in the USA when a mass hysteria caused 10 screen writers in Hollywood to be put in jail and blacklisted by McCarthyism. It is easy to imagine, that it will happen again. The reaction of the Obama administration is less than positive, regarding the treatment of Manning and the inquiry by a justice department that could result in a horrible injustice . You may recall in 1994, only 25 percent of the newly elected congress people had a passport. And we expect them to have a world view, and decide that we should go to war., with borrowed money in Afghanistan. The good news is that Mr. Moore is able to have a web site, and publish posts on both sides of the issue. Who decides if Julian Assange is a terrorist or a freedom fighter? And finally, is the Internet a weapon of mass destruction?

  • G MacGilchrist

    The core issue is that the US gov’t and agencies have lost the trust of the people and are no longer viewed by a majority of the population as representing their interests.

    Kennedy assassination, Gulf of Tonkin, another Kennedy assassination, USS Liberty attack and cover-up, Irangate, Oklahoma City, undoing of Glass Steagal and subsequent financial meltdown, stolen Presidential election via Supreme Court, 9/11 demolitions (Bldgs 1,2,7), use of 9/11 to launch illegal war with Iraq (who had nothing to do with 9/11), torture, assassination of US citizens by US forces, lack of pursuit of bankers and financial firms who broke laws and caused massive financial meltdown, … the list goes on and on and on.

    Is it any wonder the public clamors to hear the truth, and supports Assange even when there are some valid reasons not to mass-release classified docs ?

    The US public is fed up being deceived and lied to and taken advantage of by its government and government agencies, by bankers, by foreign powers in collusion with US gov’t, by the military-industrial complex, by billionaire financiers, … etc. Lies, lies and more damned lies from those entrusted with looking out for the good of the people. The trust is gone, making Assange a hero to many.

  • Gerry Ahrens

    I had a condom break on me once and LOVE data and Knowledge so I REALLY AM Julian.

  • mmeeehh

    Okay. Those saying dumb ass things like, “Obama has been a serious disappointment blah blah blah” really don’t understand how the world works. People want change but aren’t willing to change themselves, they want instant gratification for things that they have done absolutely nothing to achieve. Things happen slowly, we’re just all too spoiled to accept that. Assange would be a good guy if he didn’t come into this with a malevolent agenda himself. He doesn’t want “the” truth, he wants the truth that supports his world views. That is why he will fail. Eventually someone will accomplish something similar and do it right.

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