Democracy's Napster Moment

Is there a connection between Julian Assange and the Australian anti-nuclear movement? Don't know. Regardless, this is a thought-provoking article about Wikileaks, censorship, and the new nature of democracy. One thing is clear, we need to protect democracy, and freedom of speech, now- because we are in danger of losing it.

 

Adbusters l Micah White  17 December, 2010

Twenty-four hours after Julian Assange was arrested in London, a beekeeper in Colorado was leaked damning evidence that may explain why 29 percent of U.S. honeybee colonies died last winter. The confidential draft Environmental Protection Agency reportsuggested a connection between Bayer’s bestselling pesticide, clothianidin, and the mysterious die-off of bees. In the following days leaks— some minor, some significant and all damaging to the status quo—sprung up across the world.

leaked meeting agenda suggested the Canadian Health Minister had lied in order to hide from public scrutiny efforts to privatize health care in Alberta; a divulged internal Thai government report testified that the military was responsible for three civilian deaths during unrest in May, contradicting earlier claims; a whistleblower confessedthat ten years ago he was paid by the FBI to place a backdoor in OpenBSD, long presumed to be one of the most secure operating systems in the world; and a lawyer in Pakistan publicly named the undercover CIA station chief responsible for unmanned drone attacks in the country. The unmasked U.S. spy, Jonathan Banks, was forced to flee amidst angry popular protest.

And through it all, Wikileaks continued to supply the world with a daily dose of secret U.S. State Department cables.

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