I was greeted with a very interesting article in the paper's this morning and amid the recent controversy surrounding the latest actions taken by the
internet whistle blowing phenomenon that is WikiLeaks, my interests were peaked. Julian Assange, ever since I first saw this man last year there was
something that struck me as odd. Not in terms of his appearance solely, but from the general persona that he portrays every time you see/hear him
speak, which is very rare. So after reading this article, I decided to delve into this a bit more and see if any truth about who this man is and to
see what his true agenda is... unfortunately or fortunately, whats known about this man is just as hazy as the details surrounding the decryption
process of the infamous Iraq war video.
Keep your eyes peeled on this fella', hes the new face of the anti-globalist-criminal-warmonger-corporatist-regulatist-fascist-Orwellian movement
that is the emerging new world.
Always dressed in a dark suite, with his long locks of golden hair, this semi-eccentric figure lives life out of backpack and with his laptop. But
this man's commanding presence should not be undermined, his deep voice and his tenured use of it through concretely reasoned wording was evidenced
during the recent WikiLeaks conference at the NPC. This man clearly delves in shadows, only emerging when there is truth to be told. He is elusive as
his birth child, WikiLeaks has no headquarters, no office, no formal structure other than the name and the truth-seeking ideology attached to it.
Co-founder or not, Assange is clear about who holds power at Wikileaks. Who gets the final call in a dispute? "Me, actually," Assange says. "I'm
the final decision if the document is legit."
He has never spoken about his upbringing in Australia, fearing it may compromise the security of Wikileaks. I thought this was odd, keeping his past a
secret, even though there are some loose facts about his existence in the southern continent. Is it something that he did, someone that he knows,
something that he said, in his past, that may in some way be the achilles heel to the WikiLeaks operation? It's unclear. But Assange has had a much
more clear internet history.
In 1991 Assange was charged with 30 hacking offenses, all while he was a teenager. Targets then, included Telecom, Australian National University and
even a remote hacking into the Australian Federal Police system to monitor their workings. He did plead guilty to 24 of the charges... but what
resulted in the investigation of 1991? It was a stunt pulled by Assange and possibly some collaborators in 1989, against the DEC and VMS.
(Worms Against Nuclear Killers) worm was launched from Melbourne as an attack on
the NASA website. It is accepted as the first politically motivated digital crime. The word WANK appeared... along with a message:
W O R M S A G A I N S T N U C L E A R K I L L E R S
\__ ____________ _____ ________ ____ ____ __ _____/
\ \ \ /\ / / / /\ \ | \ \ | | | | / / /
\ \ \ / \ / / / /__\ \ | |\ \ | | | |/ / /
\ \ \/ /\ \/ / / ______ \ | | \ \| | | |\ \ /
\_\ /__\ /____/ /______\ \____| |__\ | |____| |_\ \_/
\ Your System Has Been Officically WANKed /
You talk of times of peace for all, and then prepare for war.
1997 saw the release of an astonoshing book titled Underground
(AVAILABLE FOR READING
, strongly recommended). It was written by Dr. Suelette Dreyfus and a
co-researcher was none other than Julian Assange. The book detailed the workings of Melbourne's computer hackers. Here is where it gets interesting.
In the book, the real names of the hackers weren't used, instead, their online identities. One of them was called Mendax
. The biographical
details of Assange that were available on the WikiLeaks website match the details about the hacker called Mendax.
Throughout the book, Mendax (Assange) is delivered as a very intelligent child who never knew his father and lived a nomadic life with his mother, who
moved from town to town. Mendax (Assange) at one time lived in central rural Queensland:
''For a clever 16-year-old boy the place was dead boring. Mendax lived there with his mother; Emerald was merely a stopping point, one of dozens, as
his mother shuttled her child around the continent trying to escape from a psychopathic former de facto.''
''Sometimes Mendax went to school. Often he didn't. The school system didn't hold much interest for him. It didn't feed his mind … The computer
system was a far more interesting place to muck around in.''
-Page 53, Underground.
It's very interesting to note that Mendax had a very deep voice for his young age, a characteristic which is still present in him today. Dreyfus
promised to never reveal the true identities of the hackers whose stories are told in her book, notably, and with much detail, that of Mendax
(Assange). In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Dreyfus spoke of Mendax:
''He is not politically motivated. He is more concerned with truth and the quest for it. He is certainly not party political. I think he sees that
there are good people on both sides of politics and definitely bad people. He is a very brave person. He is absolutely convinced that it is worth
taking high personal risks in exchange for getting truth out to the community.''
Those who are supposed to know him well never comment on this enigmatic character. Questions arise around his recent ventures with Wikieaks, is it the
result of a developing human conscience or just the development of a very intelligent child.
David Kushner (New York Times) states:
"... [Assange] lives like a man on the lam. He won't reveal his age— 'Why make it easy for the bastards?' He prefers talking on the phone
instead of meeting in person, and seems to never use the same number twice. His voice is often hushed, and gaps fill the conversation, as if he's
constantly checking over his shoulder. Like him, the organization behind his next-generation whistleblowing machine can also be maddeningly
Not much is known about this man, but his presence is foreboding and his agenda is riveting. I believe the epigraph written by Assange for the book
'Underground' speaks wildly about this individual, using an Oscar Wilde quote to explain his mission.
''Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.''
[edit on 9/4/2010 by serbsta]