All things considered, it’s difficult to imagine that any organization, and by default, its face, has ever had such a week. International affairs and diplomacy is now officially in the uncharted waters of ‘pre’ and ‘post’ wikileaks, and there’s no turning back.
Whatever you think of WikiLeaks, they have not been charged with a crime, let alone indicted or convicted. Yet look what has happened to them. They have been removed from Internet … their funds have been frozen … media figures and politicians have called for their assassination and to be labeled a terrorist organization.
What is really going on here is a war over control of the Internet, and whether or not the Internet can actually serve its ultimate purpose – which is to allow citizens to band together and democratize the checks on the world’s most powerful factions.
Assange is now in jail in London after surrendering himself to the police yesterday, and awaiting possible extradition to Sweden to face sex crimes charges. The Americans want him as well, despite the lack of any legal grounds to have him extradited.
Meanwhile and predictably, the rape claims against Assange are sparking a particularly ugly infowar; a good summary of the charges and subsequent frenzy is here. And here’s a bit more on one of Assange’s accusers in Sweden, who apparently had ties to the CIA.