The 9 Weirdest Things About the WikiLeaks Story
By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, AlterNet
Posted on December 6, 2010, Printed on December 11, 2010
The release of the US embassy cables has thus far been one of the most… interesting moments in recent US (and World) history, impacting global politics in a way that is unprecedented. Nestled amid the outrage and debate are some truly weird aspects that make the brouhaha seem like a lost installment in the Jason Bourne chronicles (or Catch Me If You Can). More important than the drama and gossip, WikiLeaks is a tentpost in the information age, a milestone potentially heralding a new era of internet transparency. As world governments balk at the exposure of their secrets — and scramble to suppress the information — Assange and his crew are expressing their right to free speech and facilitating the public’s fundamental right to know exactly what their leaders are up to, particularly when it entails wars, torture, and secret military action.
Here are the 8 craziest facets of the international uproar surrounding WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.