“True information does good” was once said by Julian Assange in his interview (Tea with The Economist). Assange concluded this quote after he unveiled WikiLeaks; a whistleblower’s website that publishes restricted material (Wikileaks Gains Spotlight). The concealed message broadcasted in his passage is that a fully-true story establishes virtue. Julian Assange shocked the world by leaking circumscribed governmental documents; sharing what he calls “true information” (Tea with The Economist). Assange is generating a huge impact on today’s democratic and republican societies globally, and this is just the start.
Julian Paul Assange is an Australian internet activist and journalist best known for his involvement with Wikileaks. Born on 3 July 1971 in Queensland, Australia; he was a hacker and a computer programmer before taking on his current role (Julian Assange Public Biography). The BBC News article (WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange) states that “Julian Assange has been reluctant to talk about his background, but media interest since the emergence of WikiLeaks has given some insight into his influences”. Mr. Assange led a nomadic childhood while his parents ran a touring theatre; consequently, the development of the internet gave him a chance to use his early promise at math and with an exceptional ability to crack computer codes (WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange). He used to shift temporary locations running WikiLeaks until he was sentenced on what Assange called “high-tech house arrest” in an English mansion on a Swedish warrant issued in connection with alleged sex offenses (Julian Assange – The NY Times). According to Raffi Khatchadourian, a reporter for the New Yorker magazine who spent several weeks travelling with him, he states that “He can go long stretches without eating, and focus on work with very little sleep. He creates this atmosphere around him where the people who are close to him want to care for him to help keep him going.” (Julian Assange – The NY Times). Here we can see that Assange’s life has gained valiant fame due to his charisma, talent and constructive hard work. This makes him a profound example of a gifted virtuoso.
Julian Assange displays heroic and altruistic characteristics by sharing classified governmental records to the public through WikiLeaks. In 2006, Julian Assange launched his whistleblower’s website, WikiLeaks; it issues “classified, censored, or otherwise restricted material of political, diplomatic, or ethical significance” (WikiLeaks) Over 500,000 raw, furtive and parliamentary files were published on the site giving the community an option to view them, to support or oppose a specific authority (Tea with The Economist). In fact, a Time Magazine’s article (A Wiki for Whistle-Blowers) stated that WikiLeaks “could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act.” Major popularity increased after WikiLeaks posted Collateral Murder on April 3, 2010. The footage is classified as a U.S. military video, shot in Iraq in 2007. U.S. Apache helicopters were shown firing at a group of people alleged to be enemy insurgents. Afterward a dozen people, including a Reuter’s photographer and his assistant were found to have been killed and two children were seriously injured (WikiLeaks). Collateral Murder “caused widespread shock” (Wikileaks founder Julian Assange). Mr. Assange established a revolutionary, non-profit organization that refers itself as “the first intelligence agency of the people” (WikiLeaks). For instance, by having the public know about any administration’s secrets such as its war crimes, it can “empower citizens to bring feared and corrupt governments and corporations to justice” (Tea with The Economist).
By having Assange supporting the truth through operating WikiLeaks, he has furnished the world with a colossus repercussion. During the Doha Debates, a debate topic was whether WikiLeaks is helping or destroying our political world. Arab youth have overwhelmingly embraced WikiLeaks and told their governments to stop lying to them. Carne Ross stated at the event: “If governments told the truth we wouldn’t need WikiLeaks. We still don’t know the real reason why the US and the UK went to war in Iraq.” I personally believe that WikiLeaks fuelled the protests in Egypt and Tunisia since during the protests, WikiLeaks released clandestine diplomatic cables that revealed Egypt and Tunisia’s government’s confidential, atrocious files which thus, inclined Tunisians and Egyptians to strike. Following WikiLeaks’ Twitter account, on 28 January 2011, just three days after the Egyptian protests embarked; it stated that “We will soon release numerous cables on Egypt.” The next day, it was followed by tweets concerning the promised secret cables and a confession, admitting WikiLeaks “has helped Tunisia and Egypt” in their protests (Twitter,com/WikiLeaks). We can conclude from this, that WikiLeaks shares private files for the public intended at any purpose and occasion. The Norwegian lawmaker, Snorre Valen has nominated Julian Assange for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, stating that his secret-spilling website is one of the most important contributors to freedom of speech in the 21st century. (WikiLeaks Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize) Having WikiLeaks disclosing information about corruption, human rights abuses and war crimes; it revealed truths which caused people to question the government much as the same way as reformers of the enlightenment challenged the monarchs.
In conclusion, Julian Assange has fulfilled his company’s slogan to “open governments”, share hidden truth and fought for the proliferation of freedom of speech. Assange stops bureaus from ensconcing information from the community and plants seeds of integrity for the future. His life as a hero is displayed from his attitude and creates a bond to sanction politics by cleaning the dirty lies corrupt governments have polluted it with. As Sir Richard Dalton once said, “The world is better off with WikiLeaks because it has exposed many wrong-doings; we want a government that does not abuse its power.” And if Julian Assange stands, our future potentially-beneficial governments will transpire.