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« on: October 02, 2012, 23:46:40 PM »
For the sake of transparency

Today I received this e-mail from [email protected]:

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Dear WikiLeaks Friend,

On Wednesday 3rd October at 3am EST (8am London time) WikiLeaks will be
launching a US Federal election related campaign.

Please prepare your credit cards, posters, tweets, Facebook posts and
articles for then and keep us strong. We will send another email around that
time with further details about the campaign.

Regards,
WikiLeaks

Can anyone tell me is it a coincidence with claims made by press.tv on 28th of September?

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Today’s story will involve Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Israel, and the Mossad. Along with Netanyahu, Assange has tried to insert his way into the American election on the side of a losing candidate whose platform is simply war with Iran. Some explanation is needed.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/09/28/263893/exclusive-assangemossad-ties-unveiled/

Stranger still, WikiLeaks tweeted this four day old article today:

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Mossad agent vs. anti-semite. Exclusive: Assange-Mossad ties unveiled | PressTV http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/09/28/263893/exclusive-assangemossad-ties-unveiled/http://justice4assange.com/donate.html

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/253129753450659840




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Re: WikiLeaks launching a US Federal election related campaign?
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2012, 00:14:56 AM »
Well this is a very interesting post for sure and I guess we are within hours of finding out more about this as there is the promise of another email coming soon to explain the details. Well I am intrigued for sure, and thanks for this heads up. 8)
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2012, 00:34:48 AM »
....and come to think of it, since we are bringing up coincidences here, is it also a coincidence that this announcement coincides with the first presidential debate of the US national election?



 October 3, 2012
   Topic: Domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)
The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.

The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

the link:    http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com/2012-debate-schedule/2012-presidential-debate-schedule/
« Last Edit: October 03, 2012, 00:40:24 AM by Riney »
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2012, 09:19:47 AM »
@rote_zora when I saw this...

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Mossad agent vs. anti-semite. Exclusive: Assange-Mossad ties unveiled | PressTV http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/09/28/263893/exclusive-assangemossad-ties-unveiled/http://justice4assange.com/donate.html

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/253129753450659840


... yesterday on fb/twitter I thought "wikileaks has a horrible sense of humor!  ;D 8) ::)" ...the emoticons have to be considered all together because WL hasn't commented anything on this post since this retweet from m_cetera that is obviously joking about wl previous post:

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@m_cetera
Breaking News: Julian #Assange Mossad Agent! He also started WWI, WWII, the Insquisition, and global warming. http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/10/02/breaking-news-julian-assange-mossad-agent/

https://twitter.com/m_cetera/status/253193663746822144

And this other tweet that is clearly a joke:

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@WikiLeaks
Breaking: #Assange "Mossad Agent!" Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/10/02/breaking-news-julian-assange-mossad-agent/#.UGtuUCx1eFA.twitter

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/253270206594551808

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I have to say that I haven't understood if it was a joke or a "test" to see how many followers were gonna retweet it before reading ;D ... kidding

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Now seriously:

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@WikiLeaks oct. 2 2012 -
WikiLeaks election campaign start embargo ends at Wed 3AM EST

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/253269585523007488


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@WikiLeaks oct 2/3 2012 -
Countdown to #WikiLeaks U.S. Election Campaign: http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?iso=20121003T08&p0=136&fg1=80c2da&fg2=176db3&msg=WikiLeaks+Election+Campaign … … https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/253269585523007488 … …

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/253298084652650498

... 'still waiting for the U.S. Election Campaign's content: I'm very curious!

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By The Way: WikiLeaks does Journalism, correct?
What has Journalism to do with election campaings?

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Also see this tweet:

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@WikiLeaks oct. 1 2012
Why I refuse to vote for Barack Obama | Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/why-i-refuse-to-vote-for-barack-obama/262861/http://justice4assange.com

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/252925639793983488

I have seen they have also published stuff about the Romney related cables weeks ago, but now, during the elections, going to post Against Obama isn't that good from a Journalistic organization.

I mean, ok JA's last speech to the UN referring to Obama, his role, his errors etc., because it comes from JA's prospective and in defence of Bradley Manning's rights too, in defence of the human right in general and in coincdence with the UN meeting... But from this to tweet Anti-Obama stuff During (!!!) the elections campaign...
Do the Americans have to vote for Romney, sorry ???

I mean that I think it looks kind of trying to influence the elections.

I don't like to see WL so involved in the US politics.
I would like to see WL tweeting and posting about the Information on the whole world system.

Do they think criticizing Obama (only Obama, so it looks like these last days) will change the situation, the system?
May even be that Obama was really well intentioned -the way a politician can be- in changing the things and he has failed because of the system he was acting in... I'm not justifyng the errors of Obama or the fact that GTMO is still open despite his promises; I'm telling that I think WL should reveal the Informations behind the system that is leading all the World in being so corrupt, so full of violence, so injust.

I don't like the fact that the last tweets are turning to be Politically addressed at all.
Specially During the elections when the American citiziens have to choose their president.
They should be Informed of the Facts (cables, happened events, about both Obama and Romney) - Than they choose whoever they want.

And ok the US politics related facts are influencing all the world so I can a bit understand certain tweets, but have they ever insisted so much for example on China's abuses on human rights? China --> alias the country that has bought a half the US and European countries public debt?! - alias the enormous country that still has concentration camps?! Or have they ever focused on the disastrous EU situation, with levels of always growing poverty dued to the economy lead by "2 cats" and decreasing potential of democratic choices?! ... WL could talk about Many Important situations concerning the global situation.

I think WL should do more Journalism (reporting neutral news) instead of being so involved in US politics stuff, specially avoiding to become a potential politic tool itself.

*my personal partial may be ignorant opinion


« Last Edit: October 03, 2012, 09:26:04 AM by TheHamster »

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Re: WikiLeaks launching a US Federal election related campaign?
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2012, 09:25:46 AM »
Press Statement: In this election, vote with your wallet, Vote WikiLeaks
Wednesday 3rd October, 08:00 BST

“Help WikiLeaks run the United States over the next four years”

WikiLeaks enters U.S. election campaign.

Last Friday, on 28 September, the Pentagon again threatened WikiLeaks. Pentagon spokesman George Little demanded WikiLeaks destroy its publications, including the Iraq War logs which revealed the killings of more than 100,000 civilians. Little said: “continued possession by WikiLeaks of classified information belonging to the United States government represents a continuing violation of law”. The Pentagon also again “warned Mr Assange and WikiLeaks” against “soliciting” material from U.S. military whistleblowers.

In response, WikiLeaks has decided to intervene in the U.S. election campaign.

The United States government claims Mr Assange and the WikiLeaks organization are within its jurisdiction. In reply, we place the Obama administration within our jurisdiction. All American school children are taught that being subject to laws without representation is an injustice. This is the backbone of the American Revolution. We claim our representation and now initiate a campaign to transform Democratic and Republican votes into economic and political support for WikiLeaks and its First Amendment values. This election day, do not vote for the Republican or Democratic parties. Instead, cast the only vote that matters. Vote with your wallet – vote for WikiLeaks.

The Democratic Party promised to open government. But instead it is building a state within a state, placing nearly five million Americans under the national security clearance system. It has classified more documents than any previous administration, classifying even the process used to decide who will live and who will be killed. The U.S. administration hurtles towards dystopia: secret laws, secret processes, secret budgets, secret bailouts, secret killings, secret mass spying, secret drones and secret detention without charge. The collapse of the Soviet Union could have led to the withdrawal of the U.S. security state, but without moral competition from another system it has grown unchecked to influence almost every American policy. Four more years in the same direction cannot be tolerated.

The Obama administration continues to conduct a “whole of government” investigation of “unprecedented scale and nature” into WikiLeaks and its people. It has fuelled the extrajudicial banking blockade against the organization and has held an alleged WikiLeaks source, Bradley Manning, in conditions that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, found had amounted to torture. Mr Assange has been formally found to be a political refugee, but U.S. ambassadors warned countries such as Switzerland not to offer him asylum. President Obama has called Bradley Manning guilty before trial and Vice-President Biden has labelled Julian Assange a "hi-tech terrorist". The Obama-Biden campaign brags of having prosecuted twice as many national security whistleblowers as “all previous administrations combined”. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentis.... This is not acceptable.

Politicians always say your decision, come election-time, will determine the future. But, as has been seen with the Obama administration, deciding on who gets into formal office is not a meaningful choice, because when you vote your party into government you also vote the government, including all its agencies and friends, into your party. Thus, parties taking office are eliminated as the restraining voice of opposition.

But there is another option.

Government agencies and corporations know that knowledge is power. That is why they spend literally billions to keep their plans and actions secret from all of us.

They know that together we can force them to act differently.

It was WikiLeaks’ revelations – not the actions of President Obama – that forced the U.S. administration out of the Iraq War. By exposing the killing of Iraqi children, WikiLeaks directly motivated the Iraqi government to strip the U.S. military of legal immunity, which in turn forced the U.S. withdrawal. http://salon.com/2011/10/23/wikilea...

It was WikiLeaks’ revelations and pan-Arab activists, not the Obama administration, that helped to trigger the Arab Spring. While WikiLeaks was exposing dictators from Yemen to Cairo, Vice-President Joseph Biden was calling Hosni Mubarak a democrat, Hillary Clinton was calling his government “stable” and the U.S. administration was colluding with Yemeni dictator Saleh to bomb his own people. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/201... http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/...

And it was WikiLeaks’ revelations, not the White House, that led to the reform of the largest children’s hospital network in the United States. http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Report_on...

Last year, the Pentagon got $662 billion for its 2012 war chest. For WikiLeaks to continue its work to bring transparency to powerful institutions through the mass publication of leaks with the greatest potential to lead to more just forms of governance, we need to build a bigger ’war chest’ too.

In early December 2010, WikiLeaks was receiving $120,000 per day in donations from the general public. In response to pressure from Washington, and entirely outside the law, financial institutions including Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Bank of America and Western Union, erected a banking blockade against WikiLeaks, stripping the organization of 95% of its funding. Although WikiLeaks has won every court case to date against the blockade, these Washington-linked institutions continue to appeal.

So, for the next 34 days, beginning on 3 October 2012, we are launching a new fundraising campaign running up to Election Day, 6 November.

You can still donate to WikiLeaks using a variety of easy methods, including workarounds for Visa, MasterCard and PayPal. These donations go to fund WikiLeaks’ publishing and infrastructure costs and our legal costs to fight the financial blockade. We are expecting an answer shortly on Visa’s appeal against the Icelandic court’s ruling that declared their blockade illegal, and decision-makers are expected to meet soon on our European anti-trust banking case.

If you wish to contribute to Julian Assange’s legal defence costs, you can still use your credit card but you will need to make a separate donation to the Julian Assange and WikiLeaks Staff Defence Fund, administered and audited by Derek Rothera & Co. Full details are on our donate page. You can also donate to the Bradley Manning Defense Fund from our site.

"The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting", Milan Kundera.

Julian Assange

The URL for this campaign is: http://wikileaks.org/donate2012


http://wikileaks.org/Press-Statement-In-this-election.html

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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2012, 09:33:21 AM »
Thanks for reporting Irien ... I'm reading.

The day they will Intervene also in the African "election" campaigns, Chinese censorship, EU election campaigns, Defending the Arab women's rights... I will think they are defending human rights in full.

Today I just have many many doubts because the only thing I was expecting from WL when I started supporting it, was the organization to publish News.

Now I see WL and J.Assange have reacted to the US attacks trying to influence the US politics (only the US) and I'm afraid this is a move of the future Senator Julian Assange (whose human rights I anyway support) or in any case a very visible heavy move to be done by a journalistic organization... ::)

I'll re-read the statement and I'm gonna reflect a bit now...

Irien, again, thanks for posting ^^

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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2012, 09:41:08 AM »
P.S. To fundrase WL they don't need to go "against" anyone: as I have have paied all the taxes that have been imposed om my salary and bought food to live, I perfectly know where is the donations button to fundrase "freedom of information and wl".

P.P.S. True that the Obama administration has classified A&E, done horrible errors and threatened WL, but, godness!, is WL going to protest also for all the other World situations where Human Beings are exploited, killed, prosecuted, now? Are they going to Help them somehow? I hope so!

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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2012, 14:02:19 PM »
Irien +1 ^^ because you have reported all the info.  <3

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I'm not happy at all with this donations campaign (it's Just a Fundrasing initiative) because it's based on emotional "selling", it has nothing to do with WL value of journalistic neutrality.

It bases itself on attracting the citiziens' attention on donating to WL connecting it to the ongoing elections in US.
It seems to be "studied" to attract the more attention is possible pointing on the emotive reactions of the people - that is a marketing strategy- but it doesn't take care at all that it can seriously interfere in the US elections.
I would add that this kind of fundrasing campaign if on one side can attract attention, on the other side can attract attacks missing its goal of helping WL.

I'm a freedom of press and WL supporter so I will never attack WL, but here I'm expressing my perplexity about this fundrasing-elections campaing.

It looks unprofessional at all because it is not related to journalism.
It's dangerously risking to influence the Americans' choice instead of reaching its goal of collecting money for the organization.
It's again unprofessional because it is not WikiLeaks that has to tell me who to vote or not to vote.
It looks based on propaganda instead of real news.
It risks to make WL loose its best supporters that base their thoughts on facts and not on emotional selling, and that expect WL is neutral and defending all the world's human rights.

I think the way this operation has been "studied" is definitively Not in the WL style I had imagined.

... 'still reflecting ...

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Re: WikiLeaks launching a US Federal election related campaign?
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2012, 14:03:43 PM »
@ TheHamster

I also thought first the email must be a bad joke - especially the part "...prepare your credit cards..."  ::) - but then I saw that tweet too...

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Why I refuse to vote for Barack Obama | Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/why-i-refuse-to-vote-for-barack-obama/262861/http://justice4assange.com

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/252925639793983488

...and that made me believe that WL/Assange is serious, but tries to make it look a bit like parody.

Yet I'm still speechless and need also more time to digest this news.

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« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2012, 14:53:03 PM »
     First, I apologize, I am still trying to wrap my head around this whole thing even as I write this. I hope by writing this that somehow I will come to some resolution and clarity. As an American citizen right now I am all too aware of the highly emotional political environment going on at this moment, we are of course within 5 weeks of a major US presidential election. Every day I see the ads everywhere, there is no way to escape it, even right now the campaign advisers are in a manic state of mind trying to optimize every detail in their arguments for tonight's debate- the first of a few before election day.   
     So I wake up to this, WikiLeaks has decided to push a political angle? They are asking for funds from the American voters during an election campaign and trying to bias voters with their own political views? I do understand that WikiLeaks needs funds- no doubt- I get that. But to turn into a political organization from a once freedom of speech and information organization in order to optimize donations, I am sorry , I have yet to find the words for this, I don't know where I should begin.   
     Well, let me say this. We all know the behavior of any politician. They make campaign promises that are never going to materialize. They do this to take advantage of peoples emotions, to optimize their intense need for changes to be made. We all know the story, these promises rarely if ever come to fruition, but they sound soo good- and it gives us a ray of hope. My biggest problem with the way WikiLeaks runs itself has always been that they rely too heavily on how they think things should be and continue to loose sight of how things really are.
     This new political angle they have embarked on if a fine example of this. They are relying solely on how things should be, that they should be able to expose corrupt governments and funds from the oppressed people will surely be enough to cover the expenses required. But they have lost sight of how things really are, that corrupt governments have all the money and have the ability to continue to oppress the masses.
     Now that is a hard reality to face and in no way does that mean any one should just lay down and give up. I am just saying WikiLeaks better learn to deal with the reality that funds are never going to flow their way in significant amounts, they are going to have to see the reality of that situation and work some other way. I think that they did receive funds in a significant amount in the past, but even those amounts , even in the millions are not enough to fight multi-billionaires in the end.
    They will get some funds from this, some funds, but in my opinion not enough of what they need to beat super powerful governments monetarily and not enough to justify lowering their integrity in this way. The people that pour significant amounts of funds into campaigns are people that already have it and want to keep the status quo of the rich get richer. I do think that the banking blockade did significantly lower their donation flow, but in my opinion WikiLeaks is in denial of the other factors also affecting their donation flow. Their image has been very damaged by all the issues surrounding them legally and also their supporters for the most part are not the richest people in the world.
     This new strategy is a sign that  WikiLeaks is not evolving in the only direction that will allow them to survive their enemies, the ability to operate without significant cash flow. Organizations, corporations, and businesses have to do this all the time in economic downturns to survive. It is what will make or break them.
     I am hoping that others will soon comment more on this. As you can see I am in very much need of input here. This is such a strange turn of events, I am hoping others can help me think this through and figure it all out.  :-\

                         
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Re: WikiLeaks launching a US Federal election related campaign?
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2012, 15:44:06 PM »
@rote_zora @Riney ... Yes ^^

Watching the WL campaign video it's completely centred on Obama, turning the "yes we can" to say that he has done wars and committed crimes.

This has even been twitted by WL:

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@WikiLeaks - "Can we start wars without authorisation?.. Yes we can" - no you can't! Hold power to account and #voteWL | http://bit.ly/donate2012TWT  (video)
https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/253470373037883392

... I think Obama wasn't better or worst than all the other Presidents, just after 9/11 the level of alarm about whatever possible risk has incredibly grown...

By the way, what was that article about Romney's related cables that was tweeted weeks ago? I have to find it... there must be a post in Cablegate forum... I'm waiting they retweet also that now for "par condicio"
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Now a "more balanced tweet" -let's call it so... ::) - mentioning both Obama and Romney:

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@WikiLeaks - This election don't vote for Obama or Romney just to get the same broken promises. Hold power to account and #voteWL | http://bit.ly/donate2012TWT
https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/253480541763022848

... A part from the fact that citiziens vote whoever the hell they want ... sorry for the bad words...

Riney correct if I'm wrong...

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I've been studying that in the US the President and the Congress have to coexist together for the entire elctive term.
If for example here in Italy the Govt (Pime Minister + Ministers) can be "sent home" by an eventual motion of the Parliament if creating too many problems, that I know in the US the President and the Congress have to go on coexisting till the next elextions, correct?
What means that on one side they are very stable, but on the others they must share the responsibilities and the choices finding a common territory and may be compromises...

What I'm trying to say is that lean all responsibility to a president only is a bit simplistic and again pointing only on the emotional face.

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About the funds... yes indeed: they aren't always coming!
I would add that we are in times of global economical crysis and only a few rich people have many possibilities; the others have to think of food, of their families, of the house, of the taxes to be paied... and only after and IF they can they will fiundrase Journalism.

I think Riney and rote zora your points of view are very significative.

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Re: WikiLeaks launching a US Federal election related campaign?
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2012, 16:39:41 PM »
Hamster- your question:


'Riney correct if I'm wrong..."

"I've been studying that in the US the President and the Congress have to coexist together for the entire elctive term.
If for example here in Italy the Govt (Pime Minister + Ministers) can be "sent home" by an eventual motion of the Parliament if creating too many problems, that I know in the US the President and the Congress have to go on coexisting till the next elextions, correct?
What means that on one side they are very stable, but on the others they must share the responsibilities and the choices finding a common territory and may be compromises...

What I'm trying to say is that lean all responsibility to a president only is a bit simplistic and again pointing only on the emotional face."

The Congress elections are every two years- and the elected officials that are at the end of their term will have to run again. The US presidential elections are every four years. So what happened to Obama is he had a democratic elected congress his first two years, but then when the 2010 elections came for congress- because the economic recovery did not happen fast enough for most american voters, they voted in a majority republican congress and that basically made him a "lame duck" president with less power to make significant changes. It also put the congress in gridlock about important issues.

   
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« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2012, 16:52:42 PM »
Riney

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The Congress elections are every two years- and the elected officials that are at the end of their term will have to run again. The US presidential elections are every four years. So what happened to Obama is he had a democratic elected congress his first two years, but then when the 2010 elections came for congress- because the economic recovery did not happen fast enough for most american voters, they voted in a majority republican congress and that basically made him a "lame duck" president with less power to make significant changes. It also put the congress in gridlock about important issues.

Thanks for explaining! It gives a bit more of light on the situation  8)

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« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2012, 17:43:38 PM »
I'm trying to shape a million thoughts flying in my mind in this moment...

1° thought - I'm becoming a bit paranoid because I've seen the quantity of politically motivated tweets increasing by WL since Julian Assange has started running for the Australian Senate and, as his campaign could possibily be based on setting the country free of US lead manipulations, I'm now connecting this fundrasing campaign turning around the "Obama/US thread" to a potential Julian Assange's campaign to gain consenses out of the US.

2° thought - What is sure is that WL needs money, the financial blockade has now been declared illegal and finally stopped, and now they are using all the potential means to obtain it, also the Unprofessional means.
And doing so they aren't supporting anymore the values they have started with.
I think as WL claims itself beyond the dirty mechanisms of the politic systems, it shouldn't use their same means to rise money.

3° thought - I was thinking of Gandhi and the revolution to free India...
A part that Gandhi was a lawyer and not a journalist, when he decided to change the political scene, he has put all his efforts and finally his own life in politics.
Now since WL has started its work calling itself Journalism, it shouldn't be too much involved in politics a part from releasing news.
If Julian wants to run for Senate or to influence the US election telling the citiziens not to vote.. well for coherence he should call himself a Political Activist, not a Journalist...
I mean changing his role because this is the pattern it seems WL is now walking in.
I would seriously suggest "someone there" to separate the WL journalistic aims from the Assange Senate and anti-Obama or anti-whatever campaigns: it would make all of this seem a bit less a strange melting pot, and it would give WL the credibility back (WL is a Team of persons, correct?)

4° I'm Italian and I remember all the times Berlusconi was heavily rightly criticized when he became PM for detaining the big part of the mainstream tv media and, as PM, for influencing RAI (the tv of the State) with the risk of damaging freedom of expression and the impartiality of the tv media...
Now I see a BIG media that is WikiLeaks, with thousands of more or less secret documents to be leaked, taking a political pattern...
I'm seriously afraid that if a Media, an internet media, like WikiLeaks takes a political direction, all the Immense Information stuff it has in its hands could be used for political aims.
I hope not, but my Paranoia on this topic is kind of big in this moment.
At least here where I live we all know this or that journal is financed by a "left person" or "right person" or "catholic person" etc. so the media in general are politicized - not all but many of them -.
I have been supporting WL all the time because it wasn't politicized...

What do I have to support now... ? ::) *worried*

I will for sure support JA's right of freedom.
I will always support Bradley's rights, he is a hero of freedom of information and has helped denouncing crimes!
... But what has Bradley given his whole life for, what is Julian Assange prisoner for, if now WikiLeaks turns itself in a political tool?