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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is convinced that the media, Facebook, and the Government are in cahoots to steal money from you and start wars.  (Source: Daily Mail)

Assange is convinced that Facebook is violating its users trust, passing a wealth of spy information to the U.S. government. He produced no documents to support his position, though.  (Source: AP Photo)
Julian Assange still has plenty to say and most of it involves some sort of conspiracy

Julian Assange, founder of infamous internet site Wikileaks, punched his ticket to stardom with the release of videos showing U.S. soldiers accidentally killing civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan; cables from soldiers in the field, deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan; 250,000 U.S. State Department cables; and -- most recently -- a host of prisoner records from Guantánamo Bay.

Now that he's in the spotlight, he's relishing the attention and opportunity to air his thoughts on technology and what he perceives as a vast international conspiracy, headed by the United States.

In an interview with Russia Today, Russia's first all-digital TV network, Mr. Assange claims that when it comes to the U.S., "We only released secret, classified, confidential material. We didn’t have any top secret cables. The really embarrassing stuff, the really serious stuff wasn’t in our collection to release. But it is still out there."

He doesn't waste much time making his thoughts known on the world's largest social network and most used website, Facebook.  He thinks it's a shill for the U.S. government and complicit in a vast conspiracy (catch the theme?).  

He states:

Facebook in particular is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented. Here we have the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations and the communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US intelligence. Facebook, Google, Yahoo – all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It’s not a matter of serving a subpoena. They have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use.

Now, is it the case that Facebook is actually run by US intelligence? No, it’s not like that. It’s simply that US intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure on them. And it’s costly for them to hand out records one by one, so they have automated the process. Everyone should understand that when they add their friends to Facebook, they are doing free work for United States intelligence agencies in building this database for them.

On the topic of Libya Mr. Assange seems to have mixed thoughts, first complaining of French, U.S., and British involvement, stating, "When outside forces from very, very far-flung countries start to take an aggressive role in a regional affair, then we have to look a bit more and say that what is going on is not normal. So, what’s happening in Libya, for example, is not normal."

He then turns around and complains that Britain is doing wrong by harboring the sons of controversial leader Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, stating, "It’s an example of true liberalism in the United Kingdom: everyone come here, and we’ll protect you. On the other hand, there does seem to be a disconnect. Is it really supporting free-speech activists like me who come to the UK? But, on the other hand, it is supporting people like sons of Gaddafi."

He also complains about what he says is a profit-driven conspiracy at The New York Times and his former ally turned foe, British newspaper Guardian.  He explains:

What they have done with this cable-cooking in this incredible over-redaction of cables is they have pushed the right of the people to know to the very, very edge. And what they are concerned about is any possible attack on them.

But we have seen this sort of abuse of the material that we have provided several times. The Guardian is the worst offender, but we saw it also by The New York Times. The New York Times redacted a 62-page cable down to two paragraphs. And this is completely against the agreement that we originally set up with them on November 1, 2010. That agreement was that the only redactions that should take place are to protect people's lives. There should be no other redaction, not to protect reputation, not to protect The Guardian's profits, but only to protect lives.

After a discussion of his possible extradition to Sweden to face sex crimes charges, and the possible effort by the U.S. to extradite him to face trial on some sort of espionage charge, Mr. Assange turns back to his old talking point -- conspiracy.  He concludes:

One of the hopeful things that I’ve discovered is that nearly every war that has started in the past 50 years has been a result of media lies. The media could've stopped it if they had searched deep enough; if they hadn't reprinted government propaganda they could've stopped it. But what does that mean? Well, that means that basically populations don't like wars, and populations have to be fooled into wars. Populations don't willingly, with open eyes, go into a war. So if we have a good media environment, then we also have a peaceful environment.

Let's just hope Facebook and the war-mongering media don't join forces.  Or then Mr. Assange might really lose some sleep.

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things have changed
By zinfamous on 5/3/2011 11:10:25 AM , Rating: 3
Part of me maintains a bit of respect, some understanding of necessity for what Assange does, but always a bit of anger for his leaking militarily sensitive documents.

In light of the revelation that one of his leaks a few weeks ago involved US intelligence having tracked Bin Laden to the Abottobad compound, I have completely reversed my track. Briefly imagine what would have happened had those SEALS (DELTA) arrived at the compound and no one was home. Or if intel reported leading up to the operation that they had lost track of him.

%^$! Assange.

RE: things have changed
By web2dot0 on 5/3/2011 1:04:41 PM , Rating: 5
Don't buy into this "gov't secrets". When Wikileaks revealed the information they found ... most of that the other countries ALREADY know about ... it's not like they revealed troop deployment locations, and location of secret compounds .... there's nothing like that in there.

It revealed America's relationships with other countries. I don't think it's all that secretive. We just don't know about it.

Everytime people get into this discussion people always refer back to "military sensitive documents". If you play it by the book, any dealings between Wall St. and Treasury are "gov't secrets" because revealing those infomation could change outcome of the stock market. That excuse can be used for anything .....

I don't agree with everything he does, but I also wouldn't mind knowing how the OUR gov't conducts things. We need whistleblowers and watchmen to make sure the people in power are kept in check!

RE: things have changed
By In2Boost on 5/3/2011 9:13:33 PM , Rating: 1
I agree with your points.

Far too many use that term (sensitive) blindly. Albeit it is essentially and completely arbitrary.

The problem here is the method of information delivery, and how best to distribute this information amongst our fellow red, white, and blue blooded Americans, while excluding - well, why don't we join the bandwagon and use the label "terrorists." This much is blatantly obvious.

So who is to decide this threshold? Well, our system of choice dictates certain individuals or groups within our governmental security agencies decide for us.

Julian really does have noble intentions, and I'd like to think we as a people share those particular qualities.

Julian, AFAIK, is not employed by our federal government.

My problem Julian, is when one of these leaked "secrets" enables one of these "terrorists" to directly or most likely indirectly, infer and piece together certain data and ultimately use this information to directly or most likely indirectly EFF up my life or the life of someone I know or love.

That being said, let me lay any naivety to rest with respect to certain individuals or groups mentioned above; Moral and ethical lines are interpreted as fuzzy, while in practice, neither are.
The bare fact that this controversy exists indicates that a solution is needed. How best to conceptualize and develop that solution, well, that's why our elected officials get paid the big bucks - News flash (@ politicians!). The citizens who have a genuine concern for the well being and legacy of this country would like you to focus your efforts on things like this, NOT these meaningless filler projects that appeal to the LCDs of our society. Please.

Ok, all done! Thanks!

RE: things have changed
By In2Boost on 5/3/2011 9:52:30 PM , Rating: 2
PS - I think this is my second or third post over years of reading...and I cannot believe it was in response to a Jason Mick article! ROFL

Sincerely, though - not bad, Jason! ::thumbup::

RE: things have changed
By Cypherdude1 on 5/4/2011 4:05:29 AM , Rating: 2
It is true that we, the USA, were lied into Iraq. NOTHING President Bush said about Iraq was true. The "conservatively speaking" 100 tons of WMD's, the biological warfare trailers, the "meeting" of Saddam's agents with al-Qaeda in Prague, the airliner model training camps, the uranium cake (I love chocolate cake) purchases, al-Qaeda being in Iraq before the invasion, it was all lies.

President Bush really should have been impeached. The Democrats simply didn't have the stomach for it. What this means is, in the future, we'll be lied into another war. Until there are real consequences for a President for lying the USA into wars, it will continue to happen the same way President Johnson lied to us about the second Gulf of Tonkin incident:

BTW, about Osama Bin Laden. If President Bush had not been focused on Iraq, if he had dropped the US Army Airborne into the eastern Tora Bora mountains in Afghanistan, we would have killed OBL in late 2001, early 2002. We had to wait nearly 10 years to eliminate OBL.

Before Sunday, the Republicans always had the edge regarding terrorism. After Sunday, that's all gone and they simply look incompetent.

RE: things have changed
By rcc on 5/3/2011 1:13:30 PM , Rating: 5
I can't for the life of me imagine why anyone cares what this bozo thinks or says.

Unfortunately, one of the blessings and curses of the information age is that anyone with an attitude, some money, and a decent web page can become famous.

In critical thinking it's referred to as an "appeal to inappropriate authority". A bit like taking some fluff headed actor/actresses word that product "X" rocks.

RE: things have changed
By callmeroy on 5/3/2011 2:36:19 PM , Rating: 1
I lean mostly to the side that thinks this guy is a nut job...

HOWEVER -- I myself have wondered at the times we live in ...we really are just handing over all our information, in many cases, quite eagerly and without a second thought to it.

Maybe I'm too cynical for my own good at a times but is it odd to anyone else or just me -- how almost "happy" people are to write anything thing and everything with great detail on Facebook? Every look at the profiles on those sites...people actually fill them out completely --- name of family history....hobbies...musics..and on and on....I just find that amazing....

For people who are into stealing ID's social networking sites must be a dream come true.

But that alone isn't why I think about this stuff....but rather as everyone knows....when you teach something over time...people accept it more and more....

So all the sites today that ask you for all this info...perhaps years ago folks were hesitant to fill it all though its the "social norm" its the "in thing" so there's very little apprehension....therefore the "facebook generation" crowd who always had no problem giving away their info...will so easily be persuaded to give up their info for any new thing that comes down the road.....not to mention if you are that care free with your information, it probably doesn't take the greatest con man in the world to get it from you either.

Now excuse me I have to update my facebook that I had a salad from Wawa for lunch...brb! :)

RE: things have changed
By MrJim on 5/3/2011 6:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
Not Delta, it was SEAL team six, DEVGRU.

RE: things have changed
By croc on 5/3/2011 10:06:28 PM , Rating: 3
What revelation? Where was this 'revelation' from? Any links to it?

I'm curious, as a fellow Aussie I follow wikileaks fairly regularily and have never seen a posting that names names, operational details, or any such info. Since wikileaks only receives information, then if indeed such information was received and posted I missed it.

Sounds like some mis-information to me...

RE: things have changed
By Uncle on 5/4/2011 12:42:53 AM , Rating: 3
You picked one item that pissed you off,then you go into a hypothetical rambling and you get upset at Assange for your imagination.

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