In addition to my writings on the issue of whistle-blowers, I decided to do something. It was important to me that that something be simple and fun. After all, I am on the side of the righteous here, it's only fair that we all have a walloping good time. A revolution without dancing isn't worth having, and all that jazz.
Like humankind's fabled saviour over two millennia ago, there is no doubt that the Australian website operator Julian Assange is suffering. He hasn't been outside or seen his family in over a year. He is, he apparently feels, being crucified. It's enough to drive anyone half-mad, if not entirely around the bend.
Assange, whose WikiLeaks has lost much of its lustre and is now embarrassingly reduced to regurgitating "very sensitive" intelligence emails and publicly available information, says he will press on, that "the WikiLeaks Party will continue for sure," according to the Australian Associated Press. That's not likely to happen, so long as its leader remains in hiding.
Manning has been sentenced to 35 years jail for releasing to WikiLeaks classified documents that exposed US war crimes, lies and cover-ups, while the people who committed these criminal acts have never been prosecuted. What kind of justice system jails the person who reveals a crime, while allowing the crime perpetrators to walk away scot-free?
The relationship between internet and our privacy has seemed to dominate the news lately. Today, BBC News reported on the law firms found to have used private investigators convicted of illegally obtaining information. Along with these companies, financial services firms, insurance companies and celebrities were also identified as clients.