Protect Wikileaks

"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." — Thomas Jefferson
"Iraq, Vietnam: those weren't caused by too many leaks, they were caused by an absence of leaks beforehand." — Daniel Ellsberg

OVERVIEW

You may have concerns that Wikileaks endangers American troops and enables terrorists. We think the evidence suggests otherwise. Wikileaks is actually doing something valuable that will strengthen America and save lives. Wikileaks has . . .

  • Harmed no one
  • Methodically released material, so that innocents are protected
  • Performed functions we should expect from a free press
  • Exposed corruption and wrongdoing in many nations, not just the United States
  • Promoted transparency, which can SAVE lives

Hysteria has surrounded Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of Wikileaks. He's made politicians and military commanders look bad. In return, they've insulted and harassed him — even threatened to destroy him using their vast powers. But in reality . . .

The War on Wikileaks is really a war on truth and the First Amendment. We must end this war, and protect Wikileaks, for four reasons . . .

Reason #1: No one has been harmed by Wikileaks disclosures

Wikileaks does not harm the innocent. Its only "crime" is that it embarrasses the guilty.

Reason #2: Wikileaks provides the same press functions we expect from the mainstream media

  • Respected papers such as the New York Times have published classified documents — notably the Pentagon Papers, which helped end the Vietnam War.
  • The Times has even published information initially posted by Wikileaks, as have the Guardian, and Der Spiegel.
  • But these publications are "respectable" outlets of the Establishment, whereas Wikileaks is a young upstart.
  • False and dishonest distinctions are being made between "real" journalism and Wikileaks — a distinction without a difference, according to the First Amendment.

Wikileaks actually STRENGTHENS journalism because it provides a treasure trove of source documents that citizens can use to test the accuracy of news reports. After all, YOU have Free Press rights too!

Reason #3: Wikileaks exposes corruption and wrongdoing in ALL nations, not just the U.S. . . .

Do we really want . . .

  • To make it harder for whistleblowers in other countries to reveal damning information about their corrupt rulers?
  • To make it easier for tyrants in other nations to use the U.S. prosecution of Assange as justification for their own censorship of dissidents?

Reason #4: Wikileaks promotes transparency, which can SAVE lives

The State is meant to serve the people, and be subservient to them, not the other way around. Wikileaks is YOUR tool for maintaining The State in a subservient role.

The State has a dangerous monopoly on violence. Fail to comply with its edicts, and people with guns will come to your door. This power is so vast that EXTRA controls are needed to restrain it, including transparency, a robust press, and an alert citizenry that constantly exercises its right to petition the servants who manage The State.

Wikileaks is a valuable outlet for providing that transparency. It could even save lives. For instance . . .

  • Frustrated, former federal agents have written in the LA Times that if Wikileaks had existed ten years ago they might have been able to use it to prevent 9/11.
  • And, as Daniel Ellsberg suggests in the quote above, exposure of government lies will more likely PREVENT disastrous wars and laws from coming about in the first place.

Wikileaks empowers you. It's NOT your enemy. Please exercise your right to petition Congress. Urge your representatives to protect Wikileaks, and to stop the investigation and prosecution of Julian Assange.

Use the form at right to send your elected representatives a letter about this issue. It's easy!

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  • Will educate the Congressional staffer who reads it,
  • May be passed up the chain of command,
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Send a letter to Congress

We provide the first few words of the letter so that Congressional offices will see the most important point right at the start, and so that no one can hijack our system for another purpose. Here's the part we provide . . .

Please do NOT attack Wikileaks. Please protect Wikileaks.
   
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