Monday, March 9, 2020

Julian Assange: Victim of The Powers That Be

I think he [Julian Assange] is a warning to other journalists who might publish stories that The Powers That Be do not want to be published.  It’s a way of warning off other journalists in the future and telling them “Don’t do this, or we might lock you up in prison for 175 years, even though nothing you have done is illegal.”— Roger Waters “Tucker Carlson Tonight” 3/6/20

By Jim ONeill —— Bio and Archives--March 8, 2020 2 Comments

Former “Pink Floyd” front man Roger Waters and I seldom see eye to eye ideologically (I can hear him muttering “Well thank God for that”).  Nevertheless, our views are quite simpatico when it comes to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.  Note that the name is WikiLeaks, not WikiHacks.  More about that later.

Since 2006 WikiLeaks has been a purveyor of leaked (not hacked) digital documents from various governments around the world – much to the chagrin and displeasure of said governments.

Some people (such as the Robert Mueller team) seem to have an inordinate amount of trouble differentiating between a leak and a hack.  Allow me to give a brief description of the two, strictly as a public service.  

An example of a leak would be someone who has legitimate access to certain computer data sending such data on to a third party, or copying such data onto a thumb drive (and then sending the contents of the thumb drive on).  A hack occurs when someone who does not have legitimate access to certain computer data, breaks into (i.e. hacks into) the computer data in question and steals it from the outside, so to speak. 

There is a giant difference between “leak” and “hack”, in fact, in this case, they’re mutually exclusive. A leak is by an inside player and a hack is by an outside player.   Mark Marlboro

The political left considered Julian Assange a cultural hero par excellence for releasing such documents as the ones leaked by US Army soldier Chelsea Manning…however, Assange quickly became persona non grata to the left after he released documents leaked (not hacked) from the Democrat National Committee server.  The political left has largely treated him as a social pariah ever since.............To Read More...

My Take - There are two videos in this article, including an interview by Carlton Tucker.  Please make sure to watch them.


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