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Assange media blitz today takes some shots at US political leaders

Al Jazeera’s David Frost interviews Julian Assange

Cenk Uygur also interviews Assange with transcripts available here

The BBC provide an audio interview with transcripts here

Finally, Bruce Sterling wrote a thought provoking Wikileaks perspective of cypherpunk hacker hell nirvana.

So Wikileaks is a manifestation of something that this has been growing all around us, for decades, with volcanic inexorability. The NSA is the world’s most public unknown secret agency. And for four years now, its twisted sister Wikileaks has been the world’s most blatant, most publicly praised, encrypted underground site.

Wikileaks is “underground” in the way that the NSA is “covert”; not because it’s inherently obscure, but because it’s discreetly not spoken about.

The NSA is “discreet,” so, somehow, people tolerate it. Wikileaks is “transparent,” like a cardboard blast shack full of kitchen-sink nitroglycerine in a vacant lot.

That is how we come to the dismal saga of Wikileaks and its ongoing Cablegate affair, which is a melancholy business, all in all. The scale of it is so big that every weirdo involved immediately becomes a larger-than-life figure. But they’re not innately heroic. They’re just living, mortal human beings, the kind of geeky, quirky, cyberculture loons that I run into every day. And man, are they ever going to pay.

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Avatar of magix Posted by on December 22, 2010. Filed under Foreign policy,Media,National security,Politics. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry
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