Cornwall ON – I learned in the media business it’s not what you do print, but what you don’t print that can make or break you.
Julian Assange is in the cat seat right now for “leaking” documents that were never meant for the public eye via his wikileaks site.
Not too many people had ever heard of Julian before Wikileaks and he’s probably a lot less safe now that Salman Rushdie was a few decades ago. He’s up for alleged rape charges that are conveniently occurring as the world races to silence his voice.
As a student of propaganda and the flow of information I’m marveling at how this is all playing out. Most people don’t know what to think if all this and most don’t really care. The concept of being “lied” to by our governments isn’t new. We’re a jaded lot in this world with the stoic philosophical bent of old Russia.
In World War two Germans watching news reel clips from the government exclaiming great victories in 1944 knew they were being lied to systemically. As FDR I believe once said “you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people”
This leads to other questions? Why is Wiki Leaks happening? Did Mr. Assange really have access to all of this material? Was it that easy to get? Is it legitmate? Is it disinformation? Were bits are put out there to channel focus and attention? I mean if all of our governments lie to us and intelligence agencies work for governments could this all simply be a massive attack to cause changes?
For example if those reports are true will Iran view Saudi Arabia any differently? Will Mr. Putin be pleased by being called “Batman”?
With a Canadian professor calling for Mr. Assange’s assassination on television, alleged rape charges, and attacks of any website publishing Wiki Leaks web site will this all get smothered? And should it get smothered if the leaks are legitimate? This legality thing is a funny bird.
Guerrilla fighters technically are illegal unless of course they topple the government and take over as was the case of the American Revolution back in 1776. How many lies are we being told and should we know the depths of the lies we live on every day?
These indeed are very scary times we live in. ….
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