The ingenious ad above highlights the plight of Wikileaks after the US Government either directly, or indirectly, pressured businesses like PayPal and MasterCard to block all their donations.
The US and other secretive nations despise Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Their considerable power has resulted in the [alleged] torture of whistleblower Bradley Manning, charges of sexual misconduct against Assange, and a financial blockade.
Sadly, in their swift and overblown response to the threat to their secrecy, the US have shown how little they believe in human rights, justice, and truth. At least, they’ve shown they care much more about hiding their mistakes.
The US government seems to think that most of the things Wikileaks spelled out were really secret. They were not. Most of the things that were revealed were being whispered across the world. No one dared to state them openly, out of fear. Their treatment of Manning and Assange shows our fears justified.
The release of the information embarrassed many people. On the one side were the powerful rulers the US was trying to ingratiate, in the Middle East, and in the Americas. On the other side is the US, whose hypocrisy is old news to anyone with critical thinking.
But the release of the information also emboldened many to challenge (and even topple) their corrupt governments. This is a sensitive issue for me, because the overthrow of Manuel Zelaya has transformed me deeply. How would the events of June 2009 been different in a post-Wikileaks world?
Should the US have been open about its interests instead of hiding in a cloud of inscrutability, maybe much of the crisis in Honduras could have been averted. Should the US have been open about their tolerance of Middle eastern presidents-for-life, the disgust of their people might have toppled them sooner. Even so, much of the leaked information has acually made the US look good.
The US likes to wear the cape of global superhero, and sit on the throne of the Messiah, the savior of mankind. Everyone else can see that the empire has no clothes. Especially, I imagine, the true Messiah. I think the futility of the US government’s efforts to protect its hubris might provoke some divine laughter.