“Next up for the international web site operator Julian Assange, who has been condemned by many as an Enemy of the State: Assange intends to bring down a major financial institution.” — Mac Slavo
What is tremendously comical is all the propaganda that politicians keep feeding us year after year and we pretend we believe them. They play their little game for the cameras and we the people laugh at every word they utter pretending we don’t know every single one of them are lying through their teeth. These Wikileaks are nothing more than that phony pretense being lifted a little. What we (the little people) see coming from politicians is nothing but a delusional illusion, created for mass televised consumption of a blind public that approaches the reality level of Jersey Shore or Sarah Palin’s Alaska.
When it comes to political honesty, we are trying to look into a very deep dark pond and all we see is the very surface reflection of what the politicians are flashing above our heads reflecting off the pond as we gaze with blissful ignorance. Everything below the surface, where the truth lay is so distorted by the lies we are being told it is verboten for common people.
The following interview excerpt was conducted by Andy Greenberg of Forbes. The interviewee is Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks.
You’ve been focused on the U.S. military mostly in the last year. Does that mean you have private sector-focused leaks in the works?
Yes. If you think about it, we have a publishing pipeline that’s increasing linearly, and an exponential number of leaks, so we’re in a position where we have to prioritize our resources so that the biggest impact stuff gets released first.
So do you have very high impact corporate stuff to release then?
Yes, but maybe not as high impact…I mean, it could take down a bank or two.
That sounds like high impact.
But not as big an impact as the history of a whole war. But it depends on how you measure these things.
These megaleaks, as you call them that, we haven’t seen any of those from the private sector.
No, not at the same scale for the military.
Yes. We have one related to a bank coming up, that’s a megaleak. It’s not as big a scale as the Iraq material, but it’s either tens or hundreds of thousands of documents depending on how you define it.
Is it a U.S. bank?
Yes, it’s a U.S. bank.
One that still exists?
Yes, a big U.S. bank.
The biggest U.S. bank?
When will it happen?
Early next year. I won’t say more.
What do you want to be the result of this release?
[Pauses] I’m not sure.
It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume.
Usually when you get leaks at this level, it’s about one particular case or one particular violation. For this, there’s only one similar example. It’s like the Enron emails. Why were these so valuable? When Enron collapsed, through court processes, thousands and thousands of emails came out that were internal, and it provided a window into how the whole company was managed. It was all the little decisions that supported the flagrant violations.
This will be like that. Yes, there will be some flagrant violations, unethical practices that will be revealed, but it will also be all the supporting decision-making structures and the internal executive ethos that cames out, and that’s tremendously valuable. Like the Iraq War Logs, yes there were mass casualty incidents that were very newsworthy, but the great value is seeing the full spectrum of the war.
You could call it the ecosystem of corruption. But it’s also all the regular decision making that turns a blind eye to and supports unethical practices: the oversight that’s not done, the priorities of executives, how they think they’re fulfilling their own self-interest. The way they talk about it. Go to bottom to read the entire transcript.
Touted phrases like “Threats to national security” & the “endangering of lives” are basically the exaggerated reactions of governments that aren’t facing up to the facts. This information being leaked is simply that: information. It’s detailing the actions & behavior of foreign policy administrators & thus national governments when addressing the issues of global politics that have essentially created the world as it is today.
Democracy & justice are ideals established in the classic political philosophy of antiquity & now the so-called democracies of the world are condemning the leak of information that highlights their ineptitude in this regard. With respect to American foreign policy & thus the adopted policies of its allies – Canada being one of them – there are countless populations on the planet that have had their own “national security” threatened & left millions of lives in danger precisely by these policies & actions laid out in the wiki-leaks so who is to blame really? This is simply information that shouldn’t be condemned but used to raise the question of just how democratic the Western democracies of the world really are. Perhaps then they can return to the noble constitutions of democracy we all claim to hold dear.
Democracies demand citizens’ educated/continuous political participation & I think it’s pretty clear that our populations aren’t exactly upholding that end of the bargain, leading to the perception of cavalier recklessness we all see in our politicians because what consequences are there really to keep them in check? This information is a resource to help encourage that effective public, political participation & just reform; it won’t bring down governments on its own, it needs the action of thinking people to make it relevant or useful.