Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Monday, February 28, 2011

WikiLeaks-II/“Double Standard”-IV

   “Why was Mr. Assange hidden in prison?” Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin asked at a new conference. “Is this democracy?” “This WikilLeaks guy was arrested and I’m not seeing any protests for freedom of expression,” Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stated on 9 December 2010. (There is nothing, nothing for freedom of expression and against the imprisonment of this guy who was doing better work than many of the ambassadors (Japan Times 11 December 2010).”  As the Observer states, “the US Empire is playing the global game against Russia and China.” That is why the US government is trying to crackdown on WikiLeaks.
   In 2006, WikiLeaks was founded by Julian Assange, devoted to “exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan African and the Middle East and unethical behavior by governments and corporations (Japan Times 25 December 2010). Over one million documents were published over the internet within one year. In the beginning, WikiLeaks was not successful; it was shut down because of a lack of money. However, WikiLeaks got global attention in April 2010 when it posted a classified video of a 2007 American military helicopter air-strike in Baghdad where journalists and civilians were killed. After releasing the video, the US government was finally forced to make the apology for the incident. Three months later, WikiLeaks uploaded 92,000 documents related to the US war in Afghanistan from 2004-2009. The latest 250,000 US documents consisted of American diplomatic cables for almost every nation and world leaders.
    WikiLeaks has exposed governments abusing power, including the killing of civilians, as well as, corporations monopolizing power. Assange has created great transparency for normal citizens who can now have insight on the government’s behavior. This has made many governments, especially the US government, mad as they must now answer to the global arena.

Source: WikiLeaks Logo (homepage)

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