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Shall the Truth Set Us Free? (with a surprise afterword by Greg Palast)

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30 November 2010: Shall the Truth Set Us Free?

With a Surprise P.S. from Greg Palast

Is it not ironic that the same country that contributed Rupert Murdoch to the world has more recently donated Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks since 2007, when it was founded to "report on and publish important information," on a totally voluntary and nonprofit basis. It describes its work as "[p]ublish[ing] and comment[ing] on leaked documents alleging government and corporate misconduct."

The group consists of accredited journalists, software programmers, network engineers, mathematicians, and others. Citing as its authority the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it states that everyone has the right "to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

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At the top of its webpage, the whistleblower webpage quotes Time magazine's kudos: "Could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act."

Previously a physics and mathematics student, hacker, and computer programmer, Assange, now a star on the startled and totally bewildered and hostile world stage, has become, according to Wikipedia, an "Australian journalist, publisher, and Internet activist."

His "whisteblower website" first attracted public attention by publishing classified material generated by U.S. intelligence on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Most recently, on November 28, having captured a google [251, 287 cables, according to Wiki] of intelligence related to international diplomacy, he has, more effectively than the recently introduced, highly unpopular "naked scanning" devices spreading throughout U.S. airports, stripped raw the hypocrisy of international politics emanating from our country.

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Several Arab nations are encouraging the United States to attack Iran, for example--against the wishes of their people, according to a recent poll, only 10 percent of whom regard Iran as a threat.

As a whole, "Cablegate" will reveal "the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN," writes Wiki. "The cables cover from 28th December 1966 to 28th February 2010 and originate from 274 embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions."

This announcement is followed by a plea to the public to release any other key and strategic information we may come upon that may further "truth in journalism" rather than PR and infotainment. At least the press has gotten onto this and informed us of the new truth machine.

Citing as its precedent Daniel Ellsberg, former federal employee turned journalist, unveiler of the notorious Pentagon Papers, WikiLeaks has other heroic predecessors, including a man called "this country's finest investigative reporter," the award-winning and notorious Greg Palast (see his take on this debacle below), best known for revealing to the world the extent of another cover-up, the true winner of presidential Election 2000, Democratic candidate Al Gore. The early-December 2000 expose'e by was published well before the heinous U.S. Supreme Court Bush v. Gore decision that went against every principle held sacred by honest patriots (how few we seem these days).

Thanks to WikiLeaks, we the people have many more leaks to anticipate just in time for the holidays.

Are we witnessing the birth of a new Messiah? The return of Jesus Christ? Not according to Sarah Palin, viciously and outspokenly opposed to this new wave of truth assaulting

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the establishment like, again, those full-body scanners/pat downs waiting to ruin the travels of many a holiday plane trip.

Strange fate indeed that Palin unwittingly sides with the Swedish [socialist] government and that the White House, which a few days ago issued its own public censure of this latest revelation, agrees with the outspoken "demagogue" Joe Lieberman.

National Brotherhood Week? (pace Tom Lehrer of 1960s fame)

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