“From exposing government corruption to freely disseminating academic research, these men all had different motives and goals. But all of them had one thing in common: their belief in humanity’s right to freedom of information.”
Fresh Air critic at-large John Powers reviews Mr. Robot, a series on USA about a hacker:
“If the detective was the defining pop hero of the 20th Century, in the 21st, it’s the hacker. From The Matrix to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — not to mention Julian Assange and Edward Snowden — hackers have become inescapable. But where detectives work to restore social order, hackers manipulate all those ethereal Ones and Zeroes to disrupt and maybe even overthrow it.
You find this radicalism and much more in the USA Network’s Mr. Robot, the addictive new psychological thriller that — from its trenchant themes to the casual diversity of its characters and production team — is probably the most modern show on TV. Created by Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot doesn’t merely usher us into a paranoid world that’s a heightened version of our own. We enter it through the voice-over of a delusional vigilante hacker whose perceptions aren’t exactly reliable.”
Berlin, Germany –This past Friday life-size bronze statues of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning were unveiled in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz Square in front of German politicians and activists.
In Germany and much of the world, the three are considered heroes in the fight for freedom of information and speech, for their respective leaking of classified U.S. documents.
“They have lost their freedom for the truth, so they remind us how important it is to know the truth,” said the artworks creator, Italian sculptor Davide Dormino, during the unveiling.
The artwork is not only an ode to the courage of these three whistleblowers, but also serves as a call to citizens to take a stand, as the three are standing on chairs with a fourth empty chair next to them. …
One of the world’s largest internet companies, Google 'should be a serious concern’ internationally, WikiLeaks co-founder and Editor-in-chief Julian Assange says, revealing its connections and donations to the White House.
“Google is steadily becoming the Internet for many people. Its influence on the choices and behavior of the totality of individual human beings translates to real power to influence the course of history,” Assange writes in his article, an extract from which is published in Newsweek.
Based on Assange’s personal encounter with Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt, the story of the corporation’s connections with the US government is intertwined with Schmidt’s personality.
Graduating with a degree in engineering from Princeton, Schmidt joined Sun Microsystems, a company that sold computers and software, in 1983, and over the years had become part of its executive leadership.
“Sun had significant contracts with the US government, but it was not until he was in Utah as CEO of Novell that records show Schmidt strategically engaging Washington’s overt political class,” Assange writes.
Referring to federal campaign finance records, Assange says “two lots of $1,000” to a Utah senator in 1999 was the future Google CEO’s first donation, with “over a dozen other politicians and PACs, including Al Gore, George W. Bush, Dianne Feinstein, and Hillary Clinton…on the Schmidt’s payroll” in the following years.
Ahead of his interview with Google executive chairman in 2011, Assange was “too eager to see a politically unambitious Silicon Valley engineer, a relic of the good old days of computer science graduate culture on the West Coast,” but says Schmidt “who pays regular visits to the White House” is not the type.
When visiting Assange, who was living under house arrest in England at the time, to quiz him “on the organizational and technological underpinnings of WikiLeaks,” Eric Schmidt was accompanied by Jared Cohen, the Director of Google Ideas, who also works for the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing in US foreign policy.
While describing Schmidt’s politics as “surprisingly conventional, even banal,” Assange says the man behind Google “was at his best when he was speaking (perhaps without realizing it) as an engineer.”
Talking about Cohen, the WikiLeaks co-founder names him “Google’s director of regime change.”
According to Assange’s research, “he was trying to plant his fingerprints on some of the major historical events in the contemporary Middle East,” including his interference with US politics in Afghanistan and Lebanon.
“Nobody wants to acknowledge that Google has grown big and bad. But it has,” Assange says, providing not only data on its direct connections with the White House, but also remembering the PRISM program scandal, when the company was “caught red-handed making petabytes of personal data available to the US intelligence community.”
Google is “luring people into its services trap,” and “if the future of the Internet is to be Google, that should be of serious concern to people all over the world,” Assange concludes.
The official Twitter account of WikiLeaks on Thursday blamed what it is called a “Jewish pro-censorship lobby” for justifying attacks on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in response to the magazine’s “‘offensive’ speech.” In an attempt to back its claim, WikiLeaks linked back to a 2009 report by The Telegraph about Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Maurice Sinet facing charges of anti-Semitism in a French court. Sinet, who was 80 at the time, was charged over a column suggesting that Jean Sarkozy, the […]
So, to sum up briefly, an anti-racist group took a “Charlie Hebdo” cartoonist and writer to court for an anti-Semitic column, and the magazine fired him because he wouldn’t apologize.
To WikiLeaks, they can rot in hell, the anti-Semitic assholes, this is an example of a ‘Jewish pro-censorship’ lobby creating an environment that led to the cold-blooded killing of 12 people.
”The notion that offending religious groups is unlawful contributes to a climate where those without legal connections make their own police.”
Because it should be clear that no one would take it into their head that insulting Muhammad was a crime deserving death if the Jews hadn’t suggested it to them. Terrorists are so fucking impressionable.
Fuck WikiLeaks. Fuck Assange and all his bootlicking minions. Fuck Greta Berlin and the entire BDS movement for harboring that malignant anti-Semite as a leader among them.
Benedict Cumberbatch becoming Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate (2013). Damn, this man doesn’t fuck around when it comes to embracing and immersing himself into a character. He is Julian Assange in this movie.
I realise you only hinted at the last two, luv-assangiebatch, so you can just ignore the rest… :P