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News, Switzerland

Assange the Latest Fall Guy for Crimes of World's Power Elite

 

"WikiLeaks and the Internet guerrillas who are fighting for that organization are indispensable. States and their institutions will have to earn back the confidence of the citizenry. But in order for that to happen, politicians must first stop responding in a fit of pique when the media confronts them with their true image, rather than the image invented by their public relations people."

 

By Patrik Etschmayer

 

Translated By Stephanie Martin

 

December 10, 2010

 

Switzerland - News - Original Article (German)

The battle surrounding WikiLeaks is generating genuine tsunamis, and the debate is taking some bewildering turns. Personal attacks on Julian Assange are being used to justify the notion that WikiLeaks is generally bad and that the loss of confidence in politics is the fault of those who reveal the crimes and embarrassments of the powerful, rather than those who committed those crimes.

 

WikiLeaks is a hot topic and will remain so. The arrest of Julian Assange won't do a thing to change that. Assange may well be the face of WikiLeaks, the representative who stepped into the public eye; however, he is no more WikiLeaks than George Clooney is the manufacturer of Nespresso or Audrey Tautou the person who mixes perfume for Chanel.

 

The accusation being put forward by governments and adopted by some journalists, that while exposing governments Assange isn't open enough in regard to his private life, is complete idiocy. With the exception of the veracity of documents published by WikiLeaks, Assange isn't accountable - unlike governments - for how he wastes taxpayer money, incites wars, tortures prisoners, violates constitutional rights and falsifies the results of investigations. He simply hasn't done any of these things. States have duties and responsibilities and are accountable to their citizens - and they are increasingly shameless in their neglect of these responsibilities.

 

The brave new world of information has delivered into the hands of governments and their secret services brand new toys for surveillance, deception and manipulation. At the same time, multinational companies have expanded their influence in politics to an all-time high. The exercise of power has become more opaque and, last but not least, lobbying groups are making sure that the boundaries between economic and political interests disappear even further. Meanwhile, many media companies, whether for financial reasons or for reasons related to the conflict of interests of owners, dispense with investigative journalism and the great effort and expense that it entails. This is a dream of those in power that threatens to become a reality.

 

In fighting for their Internet privacy and demanding that WikiLeaks be banned, many governments, large banks and multinational organizations are now asking citizens to trust them. However, those governments, banks and organizations have gambled away the last remnants of such trust. It is now emerging that many relevant operations continue to be covered up and kept secret. Not because disclosure would damage the state itself, but because it would be inconvenient, unpleasant, embarrassing, or even threatening to the coveted positions of those in power.

 

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:

Liberation, France: Who Rules? Hackers, the Press and Our Leaders - in that Order

Tal Cual, Venezuela: If Only Wikileaks Would Expose President Chavez

Berliner Zeitung, Germany: Assault on Assange Betrays U.S. Founding Principles

El Universal, Mexico: WikiLeaks Revelations a Devastating Shock to Mexico

L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon: WikiLeaks Makes 'Mockery' of 'U.S. Colossus'

Jornal De Negócios, Portugal: More than We Wanted to Know. Or Maybe Not!

DNA, France: The WikiLeaks Disclosures: A Journalist's Ambivalence

Global Times, China: WikiLeaks Poses Greater Risk to West's 'Enemies'

FAZ, Germany: Ahmadinejad's Chief-of-Staff Calls WikiLeaks Cables 'Lies'

Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudis Ask: Who Benefitted from WikiLeaks Disclosure?

Guardian, U.K.: Cables Portray Saudi Arabia as a Cash Machine for Terrorists

El País, Spain: Cables Expose Nuance of U.S. Displeasure with Spain Government

El País, Spain: Thanks to WikiLeaks' Disclosure, Classical Diplomacy is Dead

Guardian, U.K.: Saudi Arabia Urges U.S. Attack on Iran

Hurriyet, Turkey: Erdogan Needs 'Anger Management' Over U.S. Cables

Saudi Gazette, Saudi Arabia: WikiLeaks Reveals 'Feeling, Flawed' Human Beings

Frontier Post, Pakistan: WikiLeaks Reveals 'America's Dark Face' to the World

The Nation: WikiLeaks' Release: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy

Buenos Aires Herald, Argentina: Without Hypocrisy, Global Ties Would Be Chaos

Kayhan, Iran: WikiLeaks Release a 'U.S. Plot to Sow Discord'

El Universal, Mexico: WikiLeaks and Mexico's Battle Against Drug Trafficking

Toronto Star, Canada: WikiLeaks Dump Reveals Seamy Side of Diplomacy

Guardian, U.K.: WikiLeaks Cables, Day 3: Summary of Today's Key Points

Guardian, U.K.: Leaked Cables Reveal China is 'Ready to Abandon' North Korea

Hurriyet, Turkey: American Cables Prove Turkish Claims on Missile Defense False

The Nation, Pakistan: WikiLeaks: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy

Kayhan, Iran: WikiLeaks Revelations a 'U.S. Intelligence Operation': Ahmadinejad

Novosti, Russia: 'Russia Will be Guided by Actions, Not Leaked Secrets'

Guardian, U.K.: Job of Media is Not to Protect Powerful from Embarrassment

ANSA, Italy: WikiLeaks: 'No Wild Parties' Says Berlusconi

 

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Thats why at this very moment, WikiLeaks and the Internet guerrillas who are fighting for that organization are indispensable. States and their institutions will have to earn back the confidence of the citizenry. But in order for that to happen, politicians must first stop responding in a fit of pique when the media confronts them with their true image, rather than the image invented by their public relations people. They would finally have to learn what it is to behave with decency toward their constituents, which would have to be reflected by their actions. Sure, thats asking a lot of the worlds power elite. But if its possible for WikiLeaks to achieve this with additional disclosures, perhaps humanity can advance one huge step further.

 

One can always hope, correct?

 

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