How can a magazine interview one of the most volatile persons on the planet, that has shattered and revealed secrets from multiple countries? And we’re not talking about The National Enquirer; it’s Forbes. Follow the money, as some will say.
From Andy Greenberg:
Admire him or revile him, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is the prophet of a coming age of involuntary transparency, the leader of an organization devoted to divulging the world’s secrets using technology unimagined a generation ago. Over the last year his information insurgency has dumped 76,000 secret Afghan war documents and another trove of 392,000 files from the Iraq war into the public domain–the largest classified military security breaches in history. Sunday, WikiLeaks made the first of 250,000 classified U.S. State Department cables public, offering an unprecedented view of how America’s top diplomats view enemies and friends alike.
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Next goal: Takedown of Wall Street (Bank Of America is already saying “hey, it’s not me!,) carry on with his rape accusations, Ecuador wants to build him a cozy cottage, and People Magazine will surely catch on Assange’s fame to make them The Sexiest Person Of The Year to revamp Assange’s metrosexual looks. I won’t hold my breath if TIME goes ahead and crowns him Man Of The Year.
Update: YES, THEY ARE!
Assange’s exploits have cemented him as a candidate for TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year — so much so that past TIME 100 honores went out on a limb to explain why he was their choice. “For better or for worse, Julian Assange has changed the accessibility to knowledge of the two wars that involve the U.S., within a matter of months,” said Lauren Zalaznick, president of NBC Universal Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Networks. “He has also put journalistic integrity on a knife-blade edge: What is the responsibility of the journalist to make public or keep private?”
Now, on Ecuador. Niiice. Via RWDB (link above):
Never fear Lefties, a “progressive” state has offered Assange refuge:
An Ecuadorean minister has offered residence in his country to Julian Assange, the reclusive founder of WikiLeaks, without conditions.
“We are ready to give him residence in Ecuador, with no problems and no conditions,” Kintto Lucas, the deputy foreign minister, told the website Ecuadorinmediato on Monday.
“We are going to invite him to come to Ecuador so he can freely present the information he possesses and all the documentation, not just over the internet but in a variety of public forums.”
Does this sound familiar?
Too bad that Assange won’t negotiate with Obama:
You were interviewed this month by Chris Anderson at the TED conference, where you were given a standing ovation. But the Pentagon reportedly wants to question you about the documents you released on Afghanistan. Do you feel safe traveling in the U.S.?
Assange: It’s a free country, right? Wrong.