Some say, Wikileaks has has changed the world.
Others say, if Wikileaks hadn’t happened, something else like that would have happened. It is the beginning of the evolution.
Thom Hartmann, host of The Big Picture, looks at what WikiLeaks has revealed to the world, and looks at whether Julian Assange is a new kind of revolutionary, reading quotes from Assange’s book, "The United What of America?"
Properties of a corporation as a nation state:
- Suffrage (the right to vote) does not exist except for land holders ("share holders") and even there voting power is in proportion to land ownership.
- All executive power flows from a central committee. Female representation is almost unknown.
- There is no division of powers. There is no forth estate. There are no juries and innocence is not presumed.
- Failure to submit to any order can result in instant exile.
- There is no freedom of speech. There is no right of association. Love is forbidden without state approval.
- The economy is centrally planned.
- There is pervasive surveillance of movement and electronic communication.
- The society is heavily regulated and this regulation is enforced, to the degree many employees are told when, where and how many times a day they can go to the toilet.
- There is almost no transparency and something like the FOIA is unimaginable.
- The state has one party. Opposition groups (unions) are banned, surveilled or marginalized whenever and wherever possible.
WikeLeaks founder Julian Assange with 382,026 public votes and average rating of 92 leads the Time magazine public poll. But, the winner is somebody else – ranking 10 in the list Mark Zuckerburg with rating of 52 with only 18,353 votes.
It was Julian Assange who shook the world with Iraq Apache helicopter attack, Guantanamo Bay leaks, Scientology and Climate Reasearch e-mail leaks, and the world diplomacy earthquake – Cablegate. 2010 was the year when WikiLeaks had shocked the world. These releases have created ground-breaking impact in the world in 2010, and many think Assange is much deserving person in the list. Some argue, Facebook and Zuckerberg has done nothing in the year 2010 as most of the things are unchanged from the year 2009.
But, Time officials don’t think so. Many suspect Uncle Sam was acting behind the scene.
The Wikileaks’ cablegate has angered governments, leaders, and citizen all over the globe. Few but powerful targeted their anger against Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Majority were angered by the the US government’s approach in dealing with the current situation and its diplomatic approach in dealing with the foreign countries.
The Brazilian President, Lula, says, "The guilty one is not the publisher, it is the person who wrote.."
The Ecuadorian government has even offered Julian Assange residency in the country "without any conditions".
For those who want to know more on cablegate, a UK newspaper, Guardian, has published a detailed analysis on the reaction of about 40 countries in different parts of the world.
WikiLeaks, a website notorious of leaking confidential and classified U.S. military and diplomatic documents, has released new batch of US diplomatic cables on Sunday. It was told that WikiLeaks website was hit with a denial-of-service (dos) attack as it prepared to publicize the thousands of diplomatic cables.
On Sunday, Nov. 28, the website has released some of the more than 250,000 cables, which were given to the New York Times and other media groups for release. The documents exposed the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy, including candid and embarrassing assessments of various world leaders.
The cables date as old as 1966 and as new as the end of February 2010. They represent the confidential communications between 274 embassies throughout the world and the State Department in Washington DC. Out of the 250K cables, 15,652 are classified Secret. Attached graph is the part of the graph showing the total number of different types of cables related to their embassies.
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