The Internet is all abuzz about Wikileaks, what is does, its staff, its financial situation as well as the right and wrong of what they do and why. But are people using common sense or are they just swallowing everything the media feeds them? To answer this question, lets bring it to a level that anyone can understand. Let’s look at Wikileaks as if they are not so much the new guy in the room, but the one that is doing something a little less traditional than everyone else. Maybe he’s the guy telling the truth.
If you’re in the “in” crowd and things are rolling just the way you want them to, then a new guy comes along and does things differently, there are some pretty common things that are going to happen. First, people might actually start looking at the “in” crowd a little differently. They may question motives and actions, especially when papers and videos are available that make the “in” crowd look not quite so cool.
The “in” crowd isn’t going to be so happy about this. What they need to do is get some attention rolling their way, something that makes them look better than the new guy. Something like defamation of character. Come on, we’ve all been there. Girl A likes boy B. Boy B and boy C like girl A so boy C makes it a point to exaggerate the flaws of boy B. In the case of Wikileaks, there is talk of sexual assault allegations. And let’s face it, whether those are true or not, does that mean that the lie governments have been feeding their people are any less of a lie? I don’t know if Assange committed those acts, but I do know that the very entity charging Assange has already been proven to flagrantly lie to the public. Interesting how people just keep taking the government’s word for things even after the government’s flagrant disregard for the values of its citizens.
And, heads up folks. Unless you live in Candyland, your government is going to have secrets and they probably aren’t going to have any more motivation than greed. You can’t give someone power without them wanting more. Period.
There are lots of opinions about Wikileaks and Assange, but no one really knows what the point of all this is. Is it as expressed..that they just want to share the truth? Aren’t we entitled to the truth? Perhaps the better question to ask when forming an opinion about the guy who shares the truth is how far those he exposes will go to stop him.
Even though the premise here in the US is expressed as “innocent until proven guilty”, those of us that live here know that we are actually considered guilty until proven innocent. This is especially true of sexual abuse accusations. What better method to use to convince the public to turn their back on a person?
But, maybe that didn’t work well enough. So, they have to be hit where it hurts, in the pocketbook. No matter what you do in life, you have to fund it, right? It’s no different than man A making a man B on a job site look bad so that man A looked more credible. Here’s something to think about. Have you ever heard of a good guy going against the system and not being penalized and defamed for it? Maybe there are documents that need to be kept secret between governments, but maybe, just maybe it’s time for citizens to be aware of what really goes on. The truth hurts. Some would rather be blissfully ignorant than painfully educated.