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What Does Julian Assange Really Want?

As we approach the fifteen year mark for 9/11, and as the first presidential debates are now a couple of weeks away, it seems more important than ever to answer the question: what exactly is Wikileaks? And what is Julian Assange trying to accomplish?

Seeing that Wikileaks' success has been in part based on a widespread lack of trust in political institutions - to say nothing of intelligence agencies or state departments - it is easy to become paranoid when trying to decide if one believes the biography of the hacker/activist/spy from Australia. Was he really running a hacker group at age 16 after having lived a nomadic life with his oft-partnered mother? A neo-hippie boy genius with an interest in science and math and computers? Taking on corporations and governments?

Let's assume the main details are reasonably accurate and that he was arrested for hacking in the early 90's and then moved on to programming and began to develop an interest in cryptography during the 90's. As well as becoming a bit of an expert on internet protocol. And maybe he founded Wikileaks in 2006 acting on a genuine desire to expose, for example, electronic eavesdropping by major intelligence agencies.

That all changed by 2010 at the latest, and possibly much earlier. It is now clear that American and allied intelligence agencies and governments in general are the targets of Wikipedia. And that Russia is clearly involved with the non-profit, perhaps to the extent of providing funding and other support. At a price of course. You won't be seeing any Wikileaks on Putin's possible involvement in the mysterious apartment complex bombings of the late 90's in Russia which may very well have been the work of Russian intelligence agents and assorted thugs, for example. And which helped lead to Putin's first electoral victory.

But how did it happen? How could such noble and idealistic and fricking cool hackers who founded Wikileaks get led so astray? Pray tell! Uhm ... useful idiots?

We all know the phrase, and it may have been Lenin who first said it, although some dispute he coined the phrase. He certainly used the concept. As did his successor, old uncle Josef. But take a moment to remember some of those who have now been accused of being Stalin's useful idiots back in the first half of the 20th century: HG Wells and George Bernard Shaw. As well as Nobel laureate and literary lioness Doris Lessing. Cultured, brilliant, creative. Yes, the CIA responded with a cultural fightback of its own. But these useful idiots were far from stupid people or simple dupes. They worshiped something about Stalin and his totalitarianism of the left.

There is something about attacking the West and it's centuries of progress - despite the horrors of the two World Wars - that delights a certain part of the cultural elite. And nowadays, you don't have to be a Nobel prize winner. Just a hacker who hates the NSA.

So the question is: is Assange and Wikileaks by extension, a latter day useful idiot; or a latter day Cambridge Five? As in the famous spy ring of upper class British spies who worked willingly and secretly for the Soviet Union before, during and after WW II.

Because as the election nears, there will be further leaks and further attacks on America's most vital infrastructure of all: the belief of it's citizens in America's republican democracy and it's manner of electing the people's representatives. This isn't about trying to turn off the Wikileaks tap. It's about a little vital and healthy skepticism about who is doing the leaking. And why. Because if it is being handled - if you will - by Russia, then one hopes that the partisan rage on all sides in these elections will abate just enough for people to see what is at stake.

Remember, Assange is a stateless cynic manipulating the media from an embassy in London. A part of him surely understands perfectly that he is Putin's boy. But a part of him accepts that deal in order to continue to attack his favorite targets. He's a useful idiot who willingly jumped at the chance to become a prime time spy. Let's never take him at his word.

Posted by AllardK at September 9, 2016 6:00 PM
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Any “useful idiot” or other who exposes the corrupt and inept politicians at the highest levels in the U.S. is welcome.

We the people are being mislead and lied to by our government on both domestic and foreign issues. I care little who exposes this ruthless tyranny being perpetrated by both political parties.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 9, 2016 6:16 PM
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Wikileaks knows enough about the internet to not get itself shut down. Where he gets his information is from others. I don’t blame Assange or say he’s in any way wrong for what he’s doing. He’s actually a journalist. He gathers information and, more importantly, disseminates it to the public.

Just because his content embarrasses the DNC or the government doesn’t make him a criminal.

Posted by: Weary Willie at September 9, 2016 6:28 PM
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I wonder if Snowden could exit Russia if He wanted too.

Life goes on. Right now there are plenty of Soviet and Chinese spies plowing the archives of gov’t secrets … at great tax payer expense.

Gov’t, in order to pursue THEIR policy/agenda, lie to the people all the time. I think back to the North American Union where, when the NAU became unpopular with folks, gov’t officials met/traveled in secret to try and push the thing into policy. And, overtime, they have managed to implement, piecemeal, much of the NAU into policy.

Gov’t does many things in secret. If one agrees with what they are doing it’s ok. If not, one may see a conspiracy.

Democrats biggly support Hillary even though she put national security at risk. Assange didn’t do anything to Hillary. She did it too herself. Put an unclassified/unprotected server out there with classified information on it and some hacker is going to find it.

The FBI is now saying that Putin did it. So, it is likely that Assange got his info from the Soviets. Fact remains that had Hillary not put HER agenda above her country’s agenda none of this email stuff would have come to bear.

I see Hil and Bill as the pinnacle to corpocracy.

I agree that Assange is sorta related to a journalist, a whistleblower in that he finds information and makes it public.

Were he to find classified info, put it in a box and send it back to the gov’t, that would do nothing. But, releasing it forces the gov’t to tighten up security and punish those who were responsible for the ‘leak’. Well, sometimes they get punished. To some degree, if the soviets have the info why is it so wrong for the US public to be read in?

And, where there is smoke there might be fire. What would be the reason to risk national security on such a level? Follow the money. Follow the emails. Don’t we all won’t to see more of the 30k emails? When Assange says he will release stuff sufficient to get Hillary indicted I would like to see that. The gov’t doesn’t own that information.

It would take a concentrated effort to sort thru all that to determine if there is ‘pay to play’ evidence within her emails. I think we owe Assange a round of applause.

Otherwise - - -

Posted by: roy ellis at September 9, 2016 9:02 PM
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Roy asks…” To some degree, if the soviets have the info why is it so wrong for the US public to be read in?”

Under this administration the American public is seen to be more of a danger than the Russians.

Posted by: Royal Flush at September 10, 2016 3:33 PM
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Guillaume Long, the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, on Assange in their embassy in London:

Sweden wants to prosecute him. Ecuador is tired of the whole mess and wants him gone, but wants the UK and Sweden to guarantee that he won’t be extradited to the US.

Posted by: oraoghaile at September 11, 2016 5:23 PM
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Ecuador has set an October 17 date for the questioning of Julian Assange in a Swedish rape investigation, a move that could end a four year long deadlock ever since the WikiLeaks founder took refuge in Ecuador’s Lond…Even if Sweden drops the investigation, Assange is likely to be arrested for breaching bail conditions in Britain.on embassy.

Posted by: oraoghaile at September 14, 2016 7:37 PM
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