like so many others, i guess, my first knowledge of wilkileaks and jullian assange was watching the very disturbing video of an american apatche helicopter attacking civilians in the streets of bagdad. what we saw and heard in that video was the crime of murder. of course, the people of iraq knew from eye witness reports what happened that day. military and political spokespersons use the flimsy excuse that revelations from wikileaks "place american lives in danger" yet can offer not even one bit of collaborating proof. we can only conclude that the enemy to keep in the dark must be the citizens of the united states. when this video came across his desk, private manning first went through proper chain of command channels to report a crime committed by the apatche crew, but found that keeping up the "good guy" pretense outranked the truth.
wikileaks exhibits the true meaning of the fourth estate whose job is to keep the public aware and informed and to challenge the military and political "authorities" whenever they wish to hide the facts. the apatche crew should have been the ones charged with a crime, but instead manning was tried and convicted~for the crime of caring.
In a statement posted Thursday on the WikiLeaks Twitter account, Assange said: "Should the U.N. announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United Kingdom and Sweden, I shall exit the embassy at noon on Friday to accept arrest by British police as there is no meaningful prospect of further appeal."
"However," he continued, "should I prevail and the state parties be found to have acted unlawfully, I expect the immediate return of my passport and the termination of further attempts to arrest me."
i wish you the very best, julian assange! you have suffered too much for being a man who stands strong for truth and justice.