This week’s explosive revelations show how CIA planned to rendition Julian Assange by abducting him from the Ecuadorian Embassy. There was also discussion about assassinating him. Up and down the country people are shocked and angry. This is a journalist we are talking about, the publisher of WikiLeaks who has defended Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression with his life.
WikiLeaks work offers a challenge to us: Instead of lazily accepting what public and private authorities tell you to be the truth according them, WikiLeaks provides information and puts it to you: do your own research, educate yourself, form an educated opinion about how public matters are organised by reading original documents coming from the organisations that these public and private authorities build and operate to unfurl their power of governance. But we are not separated from them.
Our modern information pipelines hosting huge data libraries are but a product of our technological advancement and a testament to the vast bureaucracies of governance we have collectively built and financed to govern ourselves. In democracies the key word is consent and the ability to influence public life. If what we learn by reading WikiLeaks prompt us to want to influence, to change the way our public life is governed, it is to improve it.
It is Education, this powerful engine of progress, that the Central Intelligence Agency seek to squash. Julian Assange’s life’s work is to promote it.
“This movement is not about the distraction of law, it is about the construction of law” said Julian Assange in 2011. It is about the construction of better law. It is in the heart of every person that strives, the belief that we can better ourselves and our world. Fundamental prerequisite is information, the raw material with which we construct our civilisation.
There is nothing more self-destructive than stopping progress in its tracts by interfering with he free flow of information.
Our task now is to defend this principal and the man who embodies it. Defend him, protect his life, Free Julian Assange, never give up on the dream that we can and do change the world for the better, through educating ourselves and freeing ourselves from the shackles of ignorance. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude.
Join our fight to Free Julian Assange! March4Assange on the 23rd of October, turn up at the Court on the 27th and 28th of October.