Will Wikileaks survive for more leaks?

April 11th, 2013

Published on The Economic Times, by Rajesh Kalra, April 10, 2013.

In 2006, the year WikiLeaks was founded, its charismatic and controversial chief editor (he does not call himself the founder or director) Julian Assange had spelt out his vision of what the organisation would be all about. More importantly, he knew the impact his work would make. In one of his earliest blogs in the same year, he wrote, “The more secretive or unjust an organisation is, the more leaks induce fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie,” 

… adding, “Since unjust systems, by their nature, induce opponents, and in many places barely have the upper hand, mass leaking leaves them exquisitely vulnerable to those who seek to replace them with more open forms of governance.”

As the world has realised these past seven years, WikiLeaks has more than lived up to this prediction. And while the US is on top of the list among the governments that want to teach him a lesson, there have been enough juicy nuggets in these leaks to embarrass Indian politicians too, both present and past, living and dead. Remember the leaked cables in September 2011 that bemused everyone with the revelation that Mayawati had such a fetish for sandals that she sent a jet to Mumbai from Lucknow to fetch a pair of her favourite footwear? And now the revelation that Rajiv Gandhi was the “negotiator” for a Swedish jet firm in the 1970s.


(next page) … CALM, FULL OF IDEAS:

Another thing that struck me was that while those working with him seemed nervous, he himself was calm, full of ideas and showed almost a child-like propensity to play pranks. He is a tech freak and would often fool around with the surveillance system at the “mansion”, sending the police scurrying in.

Over a period they had actually gotten fond of him. Those who accompanied him to the police station where he had to mark his presence everyday claimed the staff there would actually be a bit starry-eyed, while he went around as though it was just another day at work.

The calmness has not deserted him, and friends who have visited him in the embassy say he copes remarkably even though he knows his future is uncertain. If the UK refuses to blink, will he remain in the single room for the rest of his life? What if Ecuador itself changes track sometime and hands him over to the UK authorities?

So, can WikiLeaks come out with more leaks? Perhaps it can, but that will be increasingly difficult. Apart from some fatigue, there is realisation that world powers can be brutal if their hegemony is threatened. Sure enough, several celebrities who had committed unstinted support have started deserting him, now that his future is uncertain. I remember querying him on the point when we met, but he seemed unperturbed. Truth is, not many support something dying. He perhaps is reconciled to it, hence remains calm. But is that enough to keep his organisation alive?
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Public Library of US Diplomacy – Kissinger Cables: published on wikileaks.org, April 8, 2013: The Kissinger Cables are part of today’s launch of the WikiLeaks Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), which holds the world’s largest searchable collection of United States confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications. As of its launch on April 8, 2013 it holds 2 million records comprising approximately 1 billion words; (more): … PLUS D: Public Library of US Diplomacy;

wikileaks on YouTube (any theme and language);

Who controls the past controls the future: Assange presents massive Project K-leak, on Russia Today RT, April 9, 2013;

Julian Assange on The Economic Times; and on en.wikipedia,

Bradley Manning on The Economic Times; and on en.wikipedia;

Henry Kissinger on The Economic Times;


a wikileaks video: The Secret Life Of A Superpower [FULL], 119.12 min, uploaded by worldofconflict, Feb 23, 2013;

a TRNN-video: Bradley Manning Heads for Trial – No One Charged for Murdered Civilians, 15.55 min;

BBC Documentary for History on YouTube-search.

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