El Mundo, Spain

Julian Assange: The Twenty First Century 'Mick Jagger' of Data


"As much as we whine about the constant media diet of WikiLeaks, Assange is clearly the ultimate Mick Jagger of the digital age. He’s done it all: blown the whistle on the truth of Yankee diplomacy; outlined a map of the web woven by the world's economic and political powers; revealed widespread journalistic apathy; and sounded the death knell of today's information business."


By Quico Alsedo



Translated By Barbara Howe


December 21, 2010


Spain - El Mundo - Original Article (Spanish)

The giant red tongue of the Rolling Stones. Perhaps a fitting symbol for another man by the name of Assange ...


NEW MEDIA ANIMATION: A cartoon reenactment of the sexual charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, December 20, 00:01:29 RealVideo

Besides starring in a top story in a world without a great supply of tales anything like it, and having exposed more than a few of the mysteries of power, an act that left a blot on many a reputation, Julian Assange has acquired something even more potent: the power to polarize, shake up, and leave no one indifferent to a look that's not only baleful, but fierce, and just as provocative as the famous tongue of the Rolling Stones. His groupies even demand it! And that says it all.


As much as we whine about the constant media diet from WikiLeaks, Assange is clearly the ultimate Mick Jagger of the digital age. He’s done it all: blown the whistle on the truth of Yankee diplomacy; outlined a map of the web woven by the world's economic and political powers; revealed widespread journalistic apathy; and sounded the death knell for today's information business, thereby scaring the hell out of the old ladies of the news world.


Like a Keith Richards caught with a stash of cocaine in his suitcase, the guy ends up in the slammer for two alleged acts involving skirts. Two groupies, which is what his accusers have turned out to be, since one boasted of bedding him and the other made eyes at him at a conference - say he forced them to do bad things. As justice dictates, sex crimes are no joking matter, but let us not confuse the personal with the professional.


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Assange has a runaway ego, and the messianic vibe of this business with Wikileaks is a tree that obscures the forest. It sounds ridiculous enough that El Pais, as arthritic as the rest of the press (if not more so), has thrust its youthful chest out - which is an opinion shared by more than a few of my colleagues. That's the blubber of the story. But there is no escaping that underneath that, the meat is the news which has been made. Some of it is brutal, but it is news, period. And yes, there are also some anecdotal jests that have grabbed the right-wing press and its spokespeople.    



If the subject of Jose Couso [a Spanish journalist killed by U.S. fire in Iraq], the corruption of the king of Morocco, the U.S. single-handedly defending Mexico's southern border, etc., etc., etc. isn't news, then what is? One might as well suggest exchanging The Odyssey for a notebook. None are so blind as those who refuse to see.




Novaya Gazeta, Russia: An 'Assange' On Both Your Houses!

El Pais, Spain: Cables: Brazil Warned Chavez 'Not to Play' with U.S. 'Fire'

El Heraldo, Honduras: The Panic of 'America's Buffoon' Hugo Chavez

Jornal De Noticias, Portugal: If West Persecutes Assange, it Will What it Deserves

Correio Da Manha, Portugal: WikiLeaks: A 'Catastrophe' for Cyber-Dependent States

Romania Libera: WikiLeaks Undermines Radical Left; Confirms American Competence

Le Figaro, France: And the Winner of the Bout Over WikiLeaks is … America

News, Switzerland: Assange the Latest Fall Guy for Crimes of World's Power Elite

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


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Assange's self-ordained mission may not sit well with us, but that does nothing to negate his situational talents; the imbroglio he is mixed up in is so mind-blowing that even the U.S. doesn’t know with certainty if it can charge him. Those caught in the middle, whether they're pleased by this mega-exclusive or not, are nothing but blowhards, as incidental as a hair color change for this new and obviously false idol.


As for the others (including El Pais), we should stop whining like we have a crazy professor that hates us or an umpire that penalizes us for the way we fish - or fuck over those we have to fuck over: those in power are so accustomed to feeding our nursing bottles.


If contemporary journalism is dying of starvation and tedium, the blame obviously lies with those of us who practice it. Assange has stuck out his Rolling Stones' tongue - and he is so fuckin’ right to do so!



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