Here’s a very good primer on the Wikileaks project.
Assange is in the cross-hairs of a lot of very large and powerful entities including various governments and corporate interests. In fact, it is difficult to think of a precedent case of so much activity from so many quarters bent on suppressing or destroying a publishing enterprise (which is what Wikileaks is, of course). The reason that Assange and Wikileaks have gained such an unprecedented level of attack is because they pose a profound threat to existing power structures in the world. Watch and, I would ask of you if you think this important, to pass it on to as many others as you can.
The following Mitch McConnell quote has been much discussed and I’d like to add a thought on it…
“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
That’s honest, as everyone acknowledges. We can even presume that this intention is founded not on a blind and unthinking need to hold power but on a belief that a liberal President will inevitably fail the country. If that’s correct statement of belief, and everything suggests it is, then another way to say the thing would be:
“Our primary duty is to ensure that liberalism is kept out of power”
Two observations can be made from this. First, “liberalism” has replaced the prior “destructive and un-American other” Manichean pole which was held by “communism”.
The second observation, or prediction, would be that once these Republicans (who hold this belief or ideology) do regain the WH, the single most important thing they will wish to achieve is the elimination of instances of liberalism in government which are, per the ideology, the necessary causes of things wrong in the nation. An immediately subsidiary goal will be to prevent the possibility of future instances of any liberal President regaining power or of liberals having power in the other branches of government.
It should be clear that this ideological stance leads straight to one permissable ideology of government and one-party-rule.