Michael Moore Posts Bail for Julian Assange
Offering to pitch in on Julian Assange’s bail money? $20,000. Finally supplying a congent argument for why supporting Assange is not only not anti-American, but downright patriotic? Priceless.
Michael Moore has offered to contribute $20,000 of his own money to post bail for Julian Assange, who is in court in England today to fight against being extradited to Sweden on rape charges.
Moore has pledged resources beyond the cash, writing in the Huffington Post: “I am publicly offering the assistance of my website, my servers, my domain names and anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our tax dollars.”
But perhaps more valuable than any material donation Moore offers the WikiLeaks cause is the argument he offers to shut down those like Attorney General Eric Holder who insist that Assange is an international criminal, Sarah Palin, who insists he is “anti-American,” and Rep. Peter King, who says Assange is a terrorist.
In fact, as Moore points out, WikiLeaks is not only not a terrorist organization, but had it existed in 2001, could have conceivably helped prevent the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Moore writes:
“I ask you to imagine how much different our world would be if WikiLeaks had existed 10 years ago. Take a look at this photo. That’s Mr. Bush about to be handed a “secret” document on August 6th, 2001. Its heading read: “Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US.” And on those pages it said the FBI had discovered “patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings.” Mr. Bush decided to ignore it and went fishing for the next four weeks.
But if that document had been leaked, how would you or I have reacted? What would Congress or the FAA have done? Was there not a greater chance that someone, somewhere would have done something if all of us knew about bin Laden’s impending attack using hijacked planes?”
He’s absolutely correct. WikiLeaks’ commitment to exposing information could have saved lives on 9/11.
Somewhere along the way American politicians have lost sight of the fact that their loyalty is owed to principles, not people. I would argue that the Australian Assange, with his commitment to truth and free speech is more ‘American’ than Joe Liebermann, who seeks to roll back the First Amendment the moment WIkiLeaks’ revelations risk embarrassing those in power.
To Sarah Palin and Rep. Peter King, Assange is a threat, no doubt—he’s a threat to the veil of opacity that has always protected government officials from any real accountability.
We’re living in a global society in the 21st century, and Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks isn’t anti-American at all. WikiLeaks is about simple transparency, which is as American as representative government itself—or at least, it should be.