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Truth at Any Cost? by luvataciousskull Truth at Any Cost? by luvataciousskull
Well, there's quite a bit about this one...

This is Julian Assange. As you may or may not know, he is the man behind Wikileaks. What is Wikileaks, you ask? Well, that depends mainly on who you ask.

Some people say its a massive plan to take down the American Government. Others say he's a hero for pointing out what the US Government is doing.

In actuality, Wikileaks has been around since 2006, and no one has been credited as the actual founder. In fact, Julian Assange is on the advisory board for the group, and has served as the face of the organization. Its also worth pointing out that Assange is actually an Australian Journalist, so he can not accurately be called a traitor or someone committing treason in the US.

Within in the past 2 weeks, the site has exploded after exposing the US Diplomatic Cables. The single best thing to come out of it, the one thing that, more than anything, I'm glad to see come out of this was the fact that the US Government has, in fact, LIED about the threat North Korea posses.

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When I created this piece, I didn't have a fully-formed opinion about Julian Assange or Wikileaks. I just had questions. Is he a hero or a villain? Is what he and Wikileaks doing truly the right thing? Does it cause more harm than good?

In the end, I still don't know. What I do know is that this reminds me of Emmanuel Goldstein, the Enemy of the State in George Orwell's Nineteen-Eighty-Four. The vilification, the charges against him... it doesn't seem real.

This piece isn't in support of him, nor is it really against him, either. Instead its just me trying to get my feelings out about this.

The one thing that makes me scared about this, about all of this, is the threat this may pose to free speech and dissent in America. During the Bush era, everyone was afraid of our freedoms being oppressed and of the government crushing dissent. Now, someone has released something showing the problems with the way the US does things... and they are trying to shut him up.

That, more than anything, scares me.

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The photo of Julian Assange comes from Flickr User espenmoe (Espen Moe), who I greatly appreciate for allowing everyone in the world to use: [link]

The Wikileaks logo comes via Wikileaks themselves and is used under a Creative Commons license of free use with attribution: [link]

Also, as for use of this image: NO COMMERCIAL USE AT ALL WITHOUT PERMISSION. That's about it. Otherwise, enjoy!
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:iconneworldisorder:
Neworldisorder Mar 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Real noice
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:iconlsdinkvizitor:
Some time ago, I kept thinking if key for eternal peace and harmony amongst humanity isn't in totally free information flow for all people. Literally all existing information for all existing humans. Everything for everybody about everybody. No secret anymore for any individual or state. No lie possible.

Would it lead to eternal Order or complete destruction in Chaos?
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GiromCalica Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Truth sometime costs pain
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:iconluvataciousskull:
luvataciousskull Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just a note: No, this is not some crazy Illuminati Symbol! If you think so... dude, you're nuts: [link]
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:iconrafezweigun:
RafeZweigun Oct 1, 2012  Professional Writer
I believe he should be admired.

Espionage Act or not, he should be admired.
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:icondead1970:
I don't think they should lock him up, they should shoot him and be done with this piece of shit!:D
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:iconbluelizard287:
Just saw on RT that he was granted political asylum in Ecuador. I just hope the UK doesn't try to apprehend him on his way there.

"Truth is treason in the empire of lies." -George Orwell
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:iconnanashi89:
Pro or Anti-Assange?

I am pro, I don't see what info he could have found, that could have put the people in danger.

Locking him up is pointless, if you know these laws of the net:

Rule#1: If you can hear or see it, it is no doubt that it will wind up online.
Rule#2: The first rule is to remain true for all time, no legal action can change that.
Rule#3: This isn't Legality or Morality we are talking about, it is the untold 3rd inevitable thing we can always count on.
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:icondekade-z:
hey would you like to feature this on www.courageiscontagious.net?
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:iconluvataciousskull:
luvataciousskull May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely! Just let me know when and where it is on the site. :)
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