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5th December 2010

On WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks and the Death of the Event

An Essay by John David Ebert

Graphic of hourglass, colored in blue and grey; a circular map of the western hemisphere of the world drips from the top to bottom chamber of the hourglass.

WikiLeaks was founded and launched in December of 2006 by Julian Assange together with a group of Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians, and technologists from countries such as Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa. Assange himself, a former computer hacker, is from Australia, and he founded the site for the express purpose of “exposing injustice.” “Our primary targets,” Assange told a New Yorker essayist, “are those highly oppressive regimes in China, Russia and Central Eurasia, but we also expect to be of assistance to those in the West who wish to reveal illegal or immoral behavior in their ¬†own governments and corporations.’ He has argued that a ‘social movement’ to expose secrets could ‘bring down many administrations that rely on concealing reality–including the US administration.'” Read the rest of this entry »

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