After a scandal involving allegations of sexual misconduct against Julian Assange of Wikileaks and attacks against his journalistic integrity by the U.S. government after scores of U.S. government foreign policy e-mails were released by Wikileaks the firm was appearing to fade from the public view for awhile. However, with the re-emergence of Wikileaks in the news recently citizens of Syracuse want to know more about Julian Assange and Wikileaks. There are serious questions being raised about whether or not he has simply been the target of a slander campaign by the U.S. government and other governments which Wikileaks has leaked information about.
Wikileaks states on its website that it has “sustained and triumphed against legal and political attacks designed to silence our publishing organization, our journalists and our anonymous sources. The broader principles on which our work is based are the defense of freedom of speech and media publishing, the improvement of our common historical record and the support of the rights of all people to create new history. We derive these principles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
Wikileaks continues “In particular, Article 19 inspires the work of our journalists and other volunteers. It states that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. We agree, and we seek to uphold this and the other Articles of the Declaration.” This is an impressive statement for people who feel life is really not worth all that much without a true commitment to such democratic values and a free press no matter what the cost, and so it is not really surprising that Julian Assange has a lot of friends around the world.
Wikileaks has made new waves in U.S. government circles as reported by Hayley Tsukayama for The Washingotn Post, “WikiLeaks publishes e-mails from Stratfor intelligence firm. In a new partnership with Anonymous Wikileaks has said on Monday that it had published about 5 million e-mails taken from the private intelligence firm Stratfor. According to a press release from WikiLeaks the e-mails, which members of Anonymous claim to have obtained in December, date from July 2004 to December 2011. It is claimed the e-mails reveal information about what it called the U.S. government’s “attacks” on Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange.
These documents are also said to reveal a great deal about how Stratfor, which is an analysis firm based in Austin, Texas, runs its business. Strafor provides geopolitical analysis to corporate and government clients. This all leaves a lot of people wondering if Julianne Assange perhaps has not received proper recognition for his work due to slanderous attacks on his character and whether or not he may be one of the most courageous investigative journalists of the exciting new era of Internet journalism.