Why I'm Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange

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in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for
WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document
from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help
bail Mr. Assange out of jail.

I am publicly offering the assistance of my website, my servers,
my domain names and anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive
and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that
were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our
tax dollars.

We were taken
to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just
imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had
a WikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull
it off. The only reason they thought they could get away with it
was because they had a guaranteed cloak of secrecy. That guarantee
has now been ripped from them, and I hope they are never able to
operate in secret again.

So why is WikiLeaks,
after performing such an important public service, under such vicious
attack? Because they have outed and embarrassed those who have covered
up the truth. The assault on them has been over the top:

  • Sen. Joe
    Lieberman says
    WikiLeaks "has violated the Espionage Act."
  • The New
    George Packer calls
    Assange "super-secretive, thin-skinned, [and] megalomaniacal."
  • Sarah Palin
    he’s "an anti-American operative with blood on his hands"
    whom we should pursue "with the same urgency we pursue al
    Qaeda and Taliban leaders."
  • Democrat
    Bob Beckel (Walter Mondale’s 1984 campaign manager) said
    about Assange on Fox: "A dead man can’t leak stuff … there’s
    only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a b*tch."

  • Republican
    Mary Matalin says
    "he’s a psychopath, a sociopath … He’s a terrorist."
  • Rep. Peter
    A. King calls
    WikiLeaks a "terrorist organization."

And indeed
they are! They exist to terrorize the liars and warmongers who have
brought ruin to our nation and to others. Perhaps the next war won’t
be so easy because the tables have been turned – and now it’s Big
Brother who’s being watched … by us!

WikiLeaks deserves
our thanks for shining a huge spotlight on all this. But some in
the corporate-owned press have dismissed the importance of WikiLeaks
("they’ve released little that’s new!") or have painted
them as simple anarchists ("WikiLeaks just releases everything
without any editorial control!"). WikiLeaks exists, in part,
because the mainstream media has failed to live up to its responsibility.
The corporate owners have decimated newsrooms, making it impossible
for good journalists to do their job. There’s no time or money anymore
for investigative journalism. Simply put, investors don’t want those
stories exposed. They like their secrets kept … as secrets.

I ask you to
imagine how much different our world would be if WikiLeaks had existed
10 years ago. Take a look at this photo.
That’s Mr. Bush about to be handed a "secret" document
on August 6th, 2001. Its heading read: "Bin Ladin Determined
To Strike in US." And on those pages it said the FBI had discovered
"patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent
with preparations for hijackings." Mr. Bush decided to ignore
it and went fishing for the next four weeks.

But if that
document had been leaked, how would you or I have reacted? What
would Congress or the FAA have done? Was there not a greater chance
that someone, somewhere would have done something if all of us knew
about bin Laden’s impending attack using hijacked planes?

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16, 2010

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