I love Julian Assange

I wrote eight months ago that WikiLeaks deserves a Pulitzer for “producing better investigative journalism than anything Fox, CNN, ABC or NBC has put out in a long time.”

Well, WikiLeaks clearly also deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.

By publishing video of American video game players remote control pilots murdering unarmed civilians — including a Good Samaritan whose only crime was trying to rescue injured people he saw lying in the street — and then laughing about it, WikiLeaks exposed the deadly, immoral reality behind the sanitized version of war Americans are shown on our television sets.

WikiLeaks has certainly done more to promote peace than President Obama, who continues to oversee two military occupations and has somehow compiled a worse record on civil liberties than even George W. Bush. At least Bush never claimed — as Obama has — the right to murder an American, without a court trial, simply because the President declares him a national security threat.

And WikiLeaks is now exposing the ugly reality of U.S. “diplomacy,” which includes spying on even United Nations diplomats.

Julian Assange has a big brain and a huge heart. He cares about our world and wants to expose evil to make our world better:

“We believe it is the most closed societies that have the most reform potential,” he said. Assange said that while parts of the Chinese government and security services “appear terrified of free speech” he believed it was “an optimistic sign because it means speech can still cause reform.”

He added: “Journalism and writing is capable of achieving change which is why Chinese authorities are so scared of it.”

Assange argued that countries like China could be easier to reform than countries like the US and the UK, which “have been so heavily fiscalised through contractual obligations that political change doesn’t seem to result in economic change, which in other words means that political change doesn’t result in change.”

While secrecy was important, Assange said, in keeping the identity of sources hidden, secrecy “shouldn’t be used to cover up abuses.”

He said that revealing abuses could lead to positive changes in countries and organisations. “They have one of two choices … to reform in such a way that they can be proud of their endeavours, and proud to display them to the public” or “to lock down internally and to balkanise, and as a result, of course, cease to be as efficient as they were. To me, that is a very good outcome, because organizations can either be efficient, open and honest, or they can be closed, conspiratorial and inefficient.”

Assange is the people’s revolutionary, a modern Tom Paine. He’s the thoroughbred version of one-trick-pony Daniel Ellsberg because he has built the infrastructure and established the credibility to publish several Pentagon Papers every year forever.

No wonder Assange is the world’s most wanted man. America never found Osama bin Laden because we didn’t want to (since bin Laden served Bush Jr. and Bush Sr.’s Carlyle Group buddies and business partners — including bin Laden’s father — very well). But many powerful people — including every major U.S. bank that fears they’re the target of Assange’s promised document dump / major scandal expose — want to shut Julian Assange up.

They’ve been hunting him hard, and they’ll likely find some way to bring him down. Maybe Dick Cheney’s quail gun?

Posted by James on Thursday, December 02, 2010