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Why I'm Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange (A statement from Michael Moore)

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Friends,

Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail.

Furthermore, I am publicly offering the assistance of my website, my servers, my domain names and anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our tax dollars.

We were taken to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had a WikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull it off. The only reason they thought they could get away with it was because they had a guaranteed cloak of secrecy. That guarantee has now been ripped from them, and I hope they are never able to operate in secret again.

So why is WikiLeaks, after performing such an important public service, under such vicious attack? Because they have outed and embarrassed those who have covered up the truth. The assault on them has been over the top:

**Sen. Joe Lieberman says WikiLeaks "has violated the Espionage Act."

**The New Yorker's George Packer calls Assange "super-secretive, thin-skinned, [and] megalomaniacal."

**Sarah Palin claims he's "an anti-American operative with blood on his hands" whom we should pursue "with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders."

**Democrat Bob Beckel (Walter Mondale's 1984 campaign manager) said about Assange on Fox: "A dead man can't leak stuff ... there's only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a bitch."

**Republican Mary Matalin says "he's a psychopath, a sociopath ... He's a terrorist."

**Rep. Peter A. King calls WikiLeaks a "terrorist organization."

And indeed they are! They exist to terrorize the liars and warmongers who have brought ruin to our nation and to others. Perhaps the next war won't be so easy because the tables have been turned -- and now it's Big Brother who's being watched ... by us!

WikiLeaks deserves our thanks for shining a huge spotlight on all this. But some in the corporate-owned press have dismissed the importance of WikiLeaks ("they've released little that's new!") or have painted them as simple anarchists ("WikiLeaks just releases everything without any editorial control!"). WikiLeaks exists, in part, because the mainstream media has failed to live up to its responsibility. The corporate owners have decimated newsrooms, making it impossible for good journalists to do their job. There's no time or money anymore for investigative journalism. Simply put, investors don't want those stories exposed. They like their secrets kept ... as secrets.

I ask you to imagine how much different our world would be if WikiLeaks had existed 10 years ago. Take a look at this photo. That's Mr. Bush about to be handed a "secret" document on August 6th, 2001. Its heading read: "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US." And on those pages it said the FBI had discovered "patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings." Mr. Bush decided to ignore it and went fishing for the next four weeks.

But if that document had been leaked, how would you or I have reacted? What would Congress or the FAA have done? Was there not a greater chance that someone, somewhere would have done something if all of us knew about bin Laden's impending attack using hijacked planes?

But back then only a few people had access to that document. Because the secret was kept, a flight school instructor in San Diego who noticed that two Saudi students took no interest in takeoffs or landings, did nothing. Had he read about the bin Laden threat in the paper, might he have called the FBI? (Please read this essay by former FBI Agent Coleen Rowley, Time's 2002 co-Person of the Year, about her belief that had WikiLeaks been around in 2001, 9/11 might have been prevented.)

Or what if the public in 2003 had been able to read "secret" memos from Dick Cheney as he pressured the CIA to give him the "facts" he wanted in order to build his false case for war? If a WikiLeaks had revealed at that time that there were, in fact, no weapons of mass destruction, do you think that the war would have been launched -- or rather, wouldn't there have been calls for Cheney's arrest?

Openness, transparency -- these are among the few weapons the citizenry has to protect itself from the powerful and the corrupt. What if within days of August 4th, 1964 -- after the Pentagon had made up the lie that our ship was attacked by the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin -- there had been a WikiLeaks to tell the American people that the whole thing was made up? I guess 58,000 of our soldiers (and 2 million Vietnamese) might be alive today.

Instead, secrets killed them.

For those of you who think it's wrong to support Julian Assange because of the sexual assault allegations he's being held for, all I ask is that you not be naive about how the government works when it decides to go after its prey. Please -- never, ever believe the "official story." And regardless of Assange's guilt or innocence (see the strange nature of the allegations here), this man has the right to have bail posted and to defend himself. I have joined with filmmakers Ken Loach and John Pilger and writer Jemima Khan in putting up the bail money -- and we hope the judge will accept this and grant his release today.

Might WikiLeaks cause some unintended harm to diplomatic negotiations and U.S. interests around the world? Perhaps. But that's the price you pay when you and your government take us into a war based on a lie. Your punishment for misbehaving is that someone has to turn on all the lights in the room so that we can see what you're up to. You simply can't be trusted. So every cable, every email you write is now fair game. Sorry, but you brought this upon yourself. No one can hide from the truth now. No one can plot the next Big Lie if they know that they might be exposed.

And that is the best thing that WikiLeaks has done. WikiLeaks, God bless them, will save lives as a result of their actions. And any of you who join me in supporting them are committing a true act of patriotism. Period.

I stand today in absentia with Julian Assange in London and I ask the judge to grant him his release. I am willing to guarantee his return to court with the bail money I have wired to said court. I will not allow this injustice to continue unchallenged.

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com

P.S. You can read the statement I filed today in the London court here.

P.P.S. If you're reading this in London, please go support Julian Assange and WikiLeaks at a demonstration at 1 PM today, Tuesday the 14th, in front of the Westminster court.
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Long, long, long ago, when I was a young woman with a huge modem and monitor--my first --and I logged on to AOL I was blown away, the internet! The Web! The information highway was here. I think it was around 1991 or 1992. I was late. I remember staying up all night clicking, I didn't know it would be so orderly and colorful and fun. I remember literally screaming when a friend and I did ICU, I think it was one of the first instant message systems. I couldn't believe it.

But now. Finally. I think the internet is doing what I felt inside it should BE. We have a right to know what our elected officials and government are doing. That is patriotic. This is the US. Big and small, it's open. The lies and propaganda, whatever, information is out there.  Assange & Wikileaks has said they ask officials to redact sensitive info and names so harm wont' come to them or others because of the leaks. I believe them. The US has operated in secrecy for too long. We've been lied to for too long. This is what the internet is. Information for all. These are indeed, fascinating times.

The hackers for truth, justice, freedom of information, what could be more exciting and interesting? When tax cuts for 2% of the wealthiest people in the country are extended, Congrats Paris Hilton & your family!!-- for TWO years, and long term unemployment benefits for ONE year for people making peanuts or nothing and paying bills is a matter of choosing which is most important, for MILLIONS of people, come on. Shine on! Let the rich and powerful fight this. Ahh. What would Ben Franklin say?

"Who are these “people” who are “angry” at WikiLeaks – random “patriots”? Sean Hannity? Sarah Palin? Joe Lieberman? Of course not: it’s these guys, i.e. employees of the US government whose online aggression is illegal and unethical."

More at: 

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2010/12/09/its-payback-time/

Ahh, It's Friday. A little yoga, a little work, a cocktail or two with a friend and then art! It's not raining (hardly)  and it's not that cold.

Good day everyone!
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Julian Assange has energized the part of my brain that thinks about politics. I've been following Wikileaks in general but am now fired up and amazed and grateful that they are telling us what really happens, what is really going on with the leaders of the world. Not just murky-wondering how-stable the person is that speaks about conspiracies, but making public, the officials' own words. THIS is how the US leads. Uh-huh, just as we thought -- but to me, even worse/better to know and have the light shining on the lies and games they play for power and profit.. I am thrilled to know. Power and profit.

I've read some great articles and interviews:  Noam Chomsky & Amy Goodman and of course the Forbes interview with Assange,
---to name just a few, if anyone hasn't seen these.

The outrage of the US gov't and the Swedish gov't  and the Australian gov't, as well, Amazon, Pay-pal-- the scare tactics they're limply espousing to us, the security breaches that will now expose us to more danger-- the voters, the people they control--I think it's too late. And how does this put us in danger?  You control people by fear, you have to lie to keep people afraid, we know that.  It's like the movie The Truman Show, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120382/plotsummary  , I want to know, I want to get out of this box.

All parties want to know this stuff. I think Julian Assange is brilliant, the fact that he's sexy too, well, that is the buttered crumb topping on the coffee cake. In my humble opinion, Julian Assange IS the most interesting man in the world.

I think people are afraid to speak up about Wikileaks. It's a hot topic. On FB the 'followers' are an international bunch of thousands and thousands of people. I think this is the revolution. I don't believe the peasants will rise and march with weapons and overthrow the gov't. I too believe knowledge is power. Maybe this is really a start.

I'm not a hater of the United States. I do despise how it's been run.

Unemployment is higher than ever. The monkeys (nothing personal monkey friend) in DC throw tantrums, spit lies, blithely campaign to cut employment benefits to millions of people who will spend that money. Are there a few free loaders in the system? Of course there are. But, not the majority. It is insulting, demoralizing and frightening to have to listen to this every six months. Those of us who are working are working for much less. I have a temp job for a month making almost half of what I made at my previous job --and I didn't make much. After taxes are snatched out, it comes to LESS than unemployment, closer to minimum wage.

They sermonize about taking money that people will spend immediately, not even paying all their bills, just the important ones, juggling, because there is not enough money. There are not enough jobs. Health care is expensive. 800,000 cut off so far, millions in a few weeks,

And maybe it is a game and they'll pass it after they get a few more porky items added in. But they're playing with lives, sanity, health, children and lives.  But tax cuts to the wealthy, Awesome!

Go Wikileaks! Show me what the people are really doing that were elected. Running from the truth is not the way to live. Power to the Peaceful.

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