WikiLeaks & Julian Assange As Person of The Year & Nobel Prize Candidate
Written by Paul I. Adujie
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks is out of detention and custody after 9 days of deprivations.
This Julian Assange-WikiLeaks controversies, is the greatest battle for Free Speech and Press Freedom! We all should support Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, it's collaborators, facilitators and enablers etc
The activities of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are of global monumental importance. The controversies surrounding Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are about free speech in democracies. This is therefore the greatest and biggest free speech battle of our time
Western nations have been shamed, embarrassed, shaken and they are angry at Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Hence these elaborate politically motivated attempts to jail or kill him, but, he is released now on bail after 9 days in unwarranted detention in London. The world must pay careful attention as events unfolds.
The politically motivated trumped-up charges against Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, are merely parts of efforts to silence him, to stifle and scuttle his work. This much should be clear to all, these contrivances by western nations, these elaborate efforts against Assange must fail.
We, believers in justice, fairness, due process, the rule of law and freedom of speech etc should all be outraged and infuriated at continuing threats to Julian Assange's liberty and life. The unwarranted threats of death through assassination, and convoluted persecution and imprisonment of Julian Assange.
These injustices meted out to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, should offend our sense of fairness. Julian Assange is being threatened with death for merely revealing the truth, revealing the truth is now criminal, while protection is reserved for lies, liars and conspirators who conceal illegal and unethical behaviors?
It is the case that, even if Western nations succeed in killing or jailing Assange for life, the point must be made, to the effect that, he has changed the world and global information dynamics. And in doing so, he has vindicated those of us who have always written about hypocrisies by western nations, their permanent double standards, their interventionists, imperialistic policies and their manipulations of the affairs of other nations which western nations frequently undermine.
Smear campaigns against Julian Assange are intensifying. Shamefully, and most hypocritically, America and Europe now insist that Julian Assange is a rapist, these intrigues clearly indicates that those embarrassed by Julian Assange's WikiLeak revelations are infuriated and furious at him, some have expressed happiness and delight his arrest and detention.
We view rape is a serious criminal offense, however, the allegations of sexual misconducts against Julian Assange by two women in Sweden, were previously dismissed by prosecutors there, as insignificant. These previously dismissed allegations now coincidentally revived, have formed the pretexts, fulcrums and predicate for those who would want to harass, intimidate and deprive Julian Assange liberty for exercising journalistic free speech.
America and Europe celebrated the virulent virus attacks against Iran nuclear research, even before the physical elimination of Iran's nuclear research scientists.. Hackactivits have now borrowed the idea to attack Amazon, MasterCard, Visa etc to the chagrin of these same western nations!
America is embarrassed that people know the truth.... why is the American government so determine to hide the truth? Revelation of truth is way to lose friends and influence in the world... letting the vice president of Afghanistan into the emirate with $52 million?
Secretary of Defense Gates and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton jokingly say there is nothing to the leaks and yet, the Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder says Julian Assange should be punished and Canadian politician want Julian Assange charged, jailed or killed! so which is it? And how about The Right To Know, as a new Human Right? There is so much fury, antagonisms and hatred directed at Julian Assange by western nations.
The world now knows, American government is secretive with so much it does in the name of the American people. The Right To Know, should be the rule and the standard, instead, we now know that activities of western government are replete with Don't Ask Don't Tell!
We believe that an informed electorate, in whose name foreign policy is conducted, some Americans now argue that the right to know is against national interests? Citizens of the world should have The Right To Know, and be informed about the policies which are being pursued in their names, after all, democracy is supposed to be, government of the people, by the people for the people. Governments worldwide should let citizens of the world know, of policies and rationales for such policies pursued on their behalf, to do otherwise, means discounting the significance of citizens to democracy, and this therefore undermines democracies!
American and European corporations should not be allowed to violate the laws of other nations. American and European companies should not be permitted to hold the government and peoples of other nations in complete disregard, disrespect and utter contempt. American and European companies should not be allowed to pollute and degrade the environments of other nation and or conduct dangerous medical and scientific experiments which Americans and Europeans would not permit in their locales. A life is a life is a life, whether such life is in America, Europe or Africa etc
Pfizer officials admit, hire private investigator to dig dirt against Nigeria's chief law officer, in order to blackmail him, in efforts to derail and defeat a legitimate litigation against Pfizer in Nigeria. Pfizer faced litigation at the time, as result of it's use of the drug Trovan on Nigerian children and more than ten of the children were killed and many others were maimed. Digging dirt on Prosecutor, in order to deflect prosecution is unethical and illegal, whether in Nigeria or anywhere else and this should be condemned!
Pfizer officials have admitted that they, hired private investigator to dig dirt, to blackmail, to subvert us!
Through Julian Assange's WikiLeaks revelations, the world learns of an oil multinational company, Shell, boasting to American ambassador in Nigeria, of having spies planted inside Nigeria's policy making bodies, agencies and departments of government, former employees of Shell etc, through whom Shell wields undue influence and power.
Shell in egregious and in uncouth ways, sought to the determine Nigeria's public policy outcomes! The United States government would not tolerate similar illegal unethical acts by American companies or Chinese companies over American policies!
There should be universal condemnation of Shell, Pfizer and other corporation for engaging in illegal, unethical and subversive conducts which have now been exposed.
In global geopolitical matters, America has always publicly proclaims herself as an honest, objective, impartial peace broker regarding the crises between Palestine and Israel, and between the sides of the conflicts in the Sudan, North and South. America too often engages in duplicitous complicity, such as have been revealed by Julian Assange's WikiLeaks on Sudan arms shipment for the Sudan's South.
This is similar to how America have perennially proclaimed itself as impartial arbiter between Palestine and Israel, while repeatedly posturing as such, but, surreptitiously, undermining all others and thereby awarding Israel the upper hand strategically, diplomatically and militarily.
America recently tried again, to bribe Israel with weapons, including sophisticated jet fighters worth $3 billion dollars, and additionally provide diplomatic cover for Israel, if Israel would obey International Law and United Nations Resolutions for a mere 90 days and suspend Israel continued expansion of Jewish Settlements on Palestinian territories!
Shamefully, and most hypocritically, America and Europe now insist that, the revelation of truth is now criminal, while the protection reserved for lies, liars and conspirators
America and Europe celebrated the virulent virus attacks against Iran nuclear research, even before the physical elimination of Iran's nuclear research scientists... Hackactivits have now borrowed the idea to attack Amazon, MasterCard, Visa etc. What is good for the goose is good for the gander?
America is embarrassed that people know the truth.... why is the American government so determine to hide the truth? I have often argued that the average American is just and fair minded, and that, were the average American aware of the wrong headed asinine policies which are pursued in the name of American citizens by American government, it is my conclusion that American citizens will disapprove and rebel against any American administration which engages in oppressive, imperialistic and unjust policies worldwide! Julian Assange's WikiLeaks is leading the charge in informing Americans and the entire world of the frauds and deceits committed in the name of policies!
Who indeed wanted Julian Assange in custody without bail, now that Sweden has denied making such demands!
Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers) was on National Public Radio recently and he says that what is happening to Assange is the same as what was said about him, threat of prison and death, threats, in futile attempts at intimidation. The Pentagon Papers is about lies by US government about War in Vietnam which Daniel Ellsberg sought to expose through publication, similar to WikiLeaks release of information on needless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan etc, the lies which led to wars death, maiming
US has her fingers on every nation and every issues in the world as an empire, for altruistic and benevolent reasons
Some have argued recently, Bob Woodward of The Washing Post newspapers, of the Watergate fame and an author of many books which frequently reveals innermost policy position of the American presidency since Richard Nixon, through George W. Bush to President Barack Obama unscathed
Similarly, there have been many references to David E. Sanger The New York Times journalist and Washington D.C bureau chief, known for in depth reporting with commentaries reflecting high ranking government policy wonks and neither Woodward, Sanger , nor The New York Times have faced the vitriol, the vehemence and stridency which have been directed at Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for his journalistic work, and yet, these American persons and institutions have revealed “secrets” as Julian Assange have done according to Steve Clems
We concede that there are no absolutes, even regarding freedoms. But, the killing of countless journalists in Iraq by the United States, puts America at odds with her often stated stances and self-advertised position on journalistic ideals, press freedom etc. Many journalists have been jailed by the United States, and other killed in very questionable circumstances, since the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
All these leads to questions as to what difference between the US and other nations regarding lofty ideals and tenets liberty and freedom, when push comes to shove, at war and in peace times? Does the US abide by and practice these ideals and tenets? Is the US above the laws and rules? Or does the US move the goal posts in the middle of games and attempt to make fluid rules for her own purposes? Avalanche of contradictions
Julian Assange and Wikilia are of global monumental importance. The controversies surrounding Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are about free speech in democracies. This is therefore the greatest and biggest free speech battle of our time, sans Google being pinched in China. America and Europe trumpeted the award of the Nobel Peace Prize, with such zeal and propaganda, to the effect that, the 2010 Chinese Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo stood for accountability, transparency and freedom in China, even though the government in China accused him of breaking the laws of China.
Similarly, America and Europe supported and celebrated the efforts of Iranian protesters last June, as Iranians condemned the election process and outcome in Iran.
The death of Neda Agha-Soltan an Iranian election protester became a rallying symbol against Iran in western nations, she became a heroine in an instant, an international celebrity and martyr, whereas, more 1400 Palestinians, children, women and men were killed by Israel in 2009 and thousands of Palestinians continue to face daily hardships, sufferings and desperation which are ignored by western nations. Why is the unwarranted and unfortunate death of one Neda Agha-Soltan in comparison to 1400 Palestinians? Why the double standards and hypocrisies?
Egypt has had same man, President Hosni Mubarak for about 30 years, with a history of repression and anti democratic policies, he gets winks, nods and aid from western nations. Similarly, Zimbabwe have had the same man, President Robert Mugabe for about 30 years, more elections, albeit, imperfect elections, have been held in Zimbabwe more often compared with the situation in Egypt, but his is the epitome of ultimate evil, as far as western nations are concerned. President Mugabe fought colonialists could that be why he get negative assessments in western nations compared with President Mubarak? They both have overstayed as presidents of their nations, they have both been accused of repressions, what explains the kid gloves with which President Mubarak is treated by western nations?
Since the abortive protests in Iran, it has since been revealed that the government of the United States demanded and required the operators of Twitter.com to suspend and postpone scheduled maintenance of it hardware infrastructures, in order to allow protesters in Iran continue access to Tweets and more tweets of their protests as pressure against the government of Iran, with, and to which America have no love lost.
The world is now aware of how the government of the United States choreographs and orchestrates world events; and how there are direct instructions to private corporate entities to do government biding and how private corporate entities such as Shell, Pfizer etc have symbiotic, collaborative relationships, in locked steps, acting in concert against other nations and persons abroad
American and European oil companies are known to have committed a million times more oil spillage, environmental pollution and degradations in Nigerian than BP oil spillage in America's Gulf of Mexico and now, the whole world can see clearly the arrogant connivance, collusion and extreme contempt reserved for Nigerian lives and Nigeria, by these American and European companies and their governments. But what if companies simply imbibe best business practices? What if there were a universal rule regarding good corporate citizenship and responsibility, in which companies adhere to public good, whether they operate in America, Nigeria, Europe or Asia etc?
This practiced is highlighted by the boasts by Shell in Nigeria, and the disclosure by Pfizer to American ambassador to Nigeria regarding illegal and unethical activities which Shell and Pfizer conducted in Nigeria, without reproach, chastisement or condemnation.
This is explains why American and European companies never obey laws outside America and Europe, as they are supported, embolden and protected by their home governments. Shell and Pfizer illegalities in Nigeria with the full knowledge American ambassador in Nigeria are exemplifications of these patterns.
Now again, it has come to light as well, that there have been behind the scenes pressures by American and European governments, demanding, insisting and pressuring companies to refuse services to Julian Assange's WikiLeaks website, this in turn have necessitated relocation of servers, and points of service by WikiLeaks.
There have also been reports of American and European governments pressuring banks and credit cards company to cease and desist from business with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, and as a consequence, PayPal, rapidly, and speedily discontinued accepting processing donations to WikiLeaks
Why resort to all these heavy handedness? Whatever happened to the Rule of Law and Due Process?
The United States government is said to have pressured Amazon, MasterCard, Visa, PayPal etc, just as the US Govt. did in pressuring Twitter, when US asked a private company to suspend maintenance of it's infrastructure, in order to focus on political protests in Iran, in effect, to facilitate twittering Iranians.
US government pretended to be an honest peace broker for North and South Sudan, but, thanks to WikiLeaks Cables expose, we now know that Somali pirates seized cache of weapons which the US government knew about, encouraged and gave winks and nods as Kenyan and Ukraine pretended that these weapons were in fact not bound for Sudan.
Meanwhile, the US government have been shouting publicly about her advertised concern for peace in the Sudan before, during and after the plebiscite or referendum in January 2011. The US pretends often to be fighting raging fires, when she actually secretly adds accelerators!
The US government in complete disregard of people of Yemen, tacitly encouraged the government of Yemen to lie and deceive the people of Yemen as to who indeed have been carrying out military operations, including targeted extra judicial killing with predator drones and all, inside Yemen. Political leaders of Yemen were guffawing even as they were being encouraged to be the fall-guys for America's military actions in Yemen! How can America democracy, while asking leaders of Yemen to deceive and lie and commit frauds against the people of Yemen?
Accountability, transparency and free speech advances and sustains democratic societies and governments must act in our name and keep us informed... secrecy is the birthplace of conspiracies and global injustices! Lies led to the invasion and occupation of Iraq!
An American, Agnes Johnson, spoke my mind, when she wrote last week, in reaction to the WikiLeaks debate, “I do tire of this conversation though with those still wanting to believe there are National Interests at stake here.” “There is a saying that a crowded elevator smells differently to a midget. We are the midgets in this chess game and the elevator is filled with dead bodies.”
National Interests defined by wars, and more wars, renditions, aiding and abetting corruptions, cover-up of targeted killing, and use of unmanned drones, oil and corporate interests, intrigues and assassinations and on and on. All these, committed in the name of the citizens who are splendidly unaware, uninformed and kept in the dark by governments engaged in these clandestine action, which undermines and subvert other nations' stability and development.
It is the case that conspiracies and injustices are criminal and illegal, whether by governments or by individuals, when and if I conspire to rob a bank, such conspirators will not enjoy a right to privacy protection for my criminal enterprise to wit rob a bank! Why should government plan subversion and the collection of DNA, biometric data and bank accounts and credit information of other diplomats and some now inflict subject self-serving argument upon us, which says, it is just the way the world works?
This is just outrageous and unacceptable! Too many people are gullible and naïve, and so, such persons are accept the warped and twisted logic of western nations' patronizing arguments in defense of their frauds, deceits and shenanigans on their citizens and other nations, sovereign independent nations!
National Interests is a smokescreen and cover-up and camouflage and re-branding of flatulence!
Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have clearly lifted the secrecy, the shrouds and shields which have forever covered the evils committed by many western nations in their subterranean and clandestine activities cloaked in “diplomatic” secrecy.
The ill treatment of Julian Assange is a travesty for one man, a revelation of western shameless hypocrisies and double standards in preachment of ideals and refusals to practice and abide by such ideals as free speech, press freedom, accountability, transparency etc. The United Nations should declare The Right To Know, a basic Human Right globally.
Julian Assange is my person of the year and he deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for his journalistic exploits, it is new day in journalistic excellence, thanks to Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and his collaborator, facilitators, enablers and all those have it possible for the world to know the truth!
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