Cass Sunstein, Wikileaks and The Public Right to Know

By Joe Quinn
Veterans Today
December 14, 2010

Wikileaks leaks arrived on the scene at a very interesting time.

Is it a conspiracy too far to suggest that Wikileaks, through no fault of Assange, has been the victim of Cass Sunstein and the Obama administration’s plot to ‘cognitively infiltrate online social networks’?

So Julian Assange is in prison, for now. There appears to be no case against him that any authority in their right mind would waste time on, unless the goal is to simply prolong the drama, which it may well be. Wikileaks leaks arrived on the scene at a very interesting time. In the US, unemployment at record levels (22% at least), massive numbers of foreclosures and $trillions of taxpayers money given to save the banks from their own greed. In Europe, similar ‘banking crises’ brought on government ‘austerity’ measures whereby the people would bail out the banks with the only currency really worth anything – the sweat of our brows and our standard of living. Human currency is the real ‘wealth’ of any nation or government on this planet.

So millions protested and called strikes in Greece, France, the UK, Ireland etc. Such demonstrations of people power are perhaps the only weapons we have left against the corrupt elite of this world. Of course, it is knowledge of the extent of the blatant lies and corruption of the elite that galvanise the people to act in this way, and therefore the right of the people to know what their government is doing is fundamental. The principle on which Wikileaks acts, therefore, is to be supported to the last. I do have a small problem with the current Wikileaks issue however and that is the massive media coverage that it is garnering. I find little in the leaks themselves to warrant such prolonged media exposure, and, from my reading of public comments on the contents of the leaks themselves, I don’t see them leading to any sort of massive public demonstrations. We can only hope that they will encourage more and better leaks so that the truth will finally be known and that may lead to action in the public sector.

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