”The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society” – John F. Kennedy
In the aftermath of Wikileaks publishing over 250,000 diplomatic cables the mainstream news media has been uniquely straightforward in expressing their role in this country. Which is to say they haven’t bothered to mask the fact that they are the unapologetic PR wing of cronies and plutocrats. Their almost homogeneous condemnation for wikileaks and it’s editor-in-chief Julian Assange shows they are angry about 2 things. That the dissemination of these cables is going to make their job of venerating government authorities and protecting the powerful from embarrassment that much harder, and that they are clearly irked when someone does the job they’re supposed to be doing.
Their criticisms have mostly been limited to illiterate accusations of treason, and outright calling for violence to be committed against a private citizen without charge, trial, or due process. The disgust I feel cannot be properly articulated in any language on this earth. Meanwhile senators have called for Wikileaks to be categorized as a “terrorist organization”. Welcome to the USA, where reason is treason and exposing corruption, lies, and contempt for democracy of our government officials, is an act of terrorism. Of course it’s no surprise that in a country that has spent the last century in a nearly constant state of war that we mind many who think that violence is an acceptable answer to, well, anything.
Our country has spent the last 7 years in a war that we know for a fact was based on lies. You would think we might be a more skeptical towards the concept of “state secrets”. Make no mistake, the only true traitor here is that of the press. Having been bought and sold to billionaires decades ago, the major news outlets ceased to exist as the so called “4th estate” and now serve only as spin artists for authoritarians.
A democracy can only function if the people are aware of the doings of their government. Governments work for the people, the consent of the governed is only justified if they’re informed. The number one reason for government secrecy is to protect unelected bureaucrats from accountability. In a country where spreading information is treason, reading and talking becomes civil disobedience. In the information age, those who control data control the past, and in the true Orwellian sense control how we perceive the present. Julian Assange and wikileaks represent the essence of the internet by decentralizing data dissemination, and in doing so are helping to shift the control of the past and perception of the present to it’s true owners, us. The man is a hero in the truest sense of the word. Cynics and parroting lackeys of corporate conglomerates be damned. History will absolve him.