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Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

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  1. Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Why I'm Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange (A statement from Michael Moore)
    Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
    Friends,
    Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail.
    Furthermore, 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.
    We were taken to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had a WikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull it off. The only reason they thought they could get away with it was because they had a guaranteed cloak of secrecy. That guarantee has now been ripped from them, and I hope they are never able to operate in secret again.
    So why is WikiLeaks, after performing such an important public service, under such vicious attack? Because they have outed and embarrassed those who have covered up the truth. The assault on them has been over the top:
    **Sen. Joe Lieberman says WikiLeaks "has violated the Espionage Act."
    **The New Yorker's George Packer calls Assange "super-secretive, thin-skinned, [and] megalomaniacal."
    **Sarah Palin claims he's "an anti-American operative with blood on his hands" whom we should pursue "with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders."
    **Democrat Bob Beckel (Walter Mondale's 1984 campaign manager) said about Assange on Fox: "A dead man can't leak stuff ... there's only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a bitch."
    **Republican Mary Matalin "he's a psychopath, a sociopath ... He's a terrorist."
    **Rep. Peter A. King calls WikiLeaks a "terrorist organization."
    And indeed they are! They exist to terrorize the liars and warmongers who have brought ruin to our nation and to others. Perhaps the next war won't be so easy because the tables have been turned -- and now it's Big Brother who's being watched ... by us!
    WikiLeaks deserves our thanks for shining a huge spotlight on all this. But some in the corporate-owned press have dismissed the importance of WikiLeaks ("they've released little that's new!") or have painted them as simple anarchists ("WikiLeaks just releases everything without any editorial control!"). WikiLeaks exists, in part, because the mainstream media has failed to live up to its responsibility. The corporate owners have decimated newsrooms, making it impossible for good journalists to do their job. There's no time or money anymore for investigative journalism. Simply put, investors don't want those stories exposed. They like their secrets kept ... as secrets.
    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?
    But back then only a few people had access to that document. Because the secret was kept, a flight school instructor in San Diego who noticed that two Saudi students took no interest in takeoffs or landings, did nothing. Had he read about the bin Laden threat in the paper, might he have called the FBI? (Please read this essay by former FBI Agent Coleen Rowley, Time's 2002 co-Person of the Year, about her belief that had WikiLeaks been around in 2001, 9/11 might have been prevented.)
    Or what if the public in 2003 had been able to read "secret" memos from Dick Cheney as he pressured the CIA to give him the "facts" he wanted in order to build his false case for war? If a WikiLeaks had revealed at that time that there were, in fact, no weapons of mass destruction, do you think that the war would have been launched -- or rather, wouldn't there have been calls for Cheney's arrest?
    Openness, transparency -- these are among the few weapons the citizenry has to protect itself from the powerful and the corrupt. What if within days of August 4th, 1964 -- after the Pentagon had made up the lie that our ship was attacked by the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin -- there had been a WikiLeaks to tell the American people that the whole thing was made up? I guess 58,000 of our soldiers (and 2 million Vietnamese) might be alive today.
    Instead, secrets killed them.
    For those of you who think it's wrong to support Julian Assange because of the sexual assault allegations he's being held for, all I ask is that you not be naive about how the government works when it decides to go after its prey. Please -- never, ever believe the "official story." And regardless of Assange's guilt or innocence (see the strange nature of the allegations here), this man has the right to have bail posted and to defend himself. I have joined with filmmakers Ken Loach and John Pilger and writer Jemima Khan in putting up the bail money -- and we hope the judge will accept this and grant his release today.
    Might WikiLeaks cause some unintended harm to diplomatic negotiations and U.S. interests around the world? Perhaps. But that's the price you pay when you and your government take us into a war based on a lie. Your punishment for misbehaving is that someone has to turn on all the lights in the room so that we can see what you're up to. You simply can't be trusted. So every cable, every email you write is now fair game. Sorry, but you brought this upon yourself. No one can hide from the truth now. No one can plot the next Big Lie if they know that they might be exposed.
    And that is the best thing that WikiLeaks has done. WikiLeaks, God bless them, will save lives as a result of their actions. And any of you who join me in supporting them are committing a true act of patriotism. Period.
    I stand today in absentia with Julian Assange in London and I ask the judge to grant him his release. I am willing to guarantee his return to court with the bail money I have wired to said court. I will not allow this injustice to continue unchallenged.
    Yours,
    Michael Moore
    MMFlint@aol.com
    MichaelMoore.com
    P.S. You can read the statement I filed today in the London court here.
    P.P.S. If you're reading this in London, please go support Julian Assange and WikiLeaks at a demonstration at 1 PM today, Tuesday the 14th, in front of the Westminster court.
  2. Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Why is $20k the magical number for celebrities to stake on surety for Assange? Is there some legal maximum or something?
  3. Warhawk57 Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    I wonder what the US president thinks of Assange? has there been any statements? i know most of his administration thinks he is a traitor. :/

    I have no idea about the 20k thing. maybe its easy to transfer over seas.
  4. thevoxbox Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Double thumbs up for Michael Moore... and maybe they're doing 20k each because it's 10% of the amount needed? Wasn't his bail set at $200,000? That way, he only really needs 10 celebs to step up and make bail, without having to lean on his less-wealthy supporters. That's if I'm even right about the amount.

    Edit: Aha, here's the article I saw. It's set to 200k -pounds-.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11989216
  5. Random guy Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Perhaps Moore just doesn't have more to spare. We are in a credit crisis after all.
  6. Anonymous Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    I hope Michael Moore follows this up with a film.
  7. Plp Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Here here!

    I'm glad that Julian is getting the support he needs :)
  8. Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Why, of all times, did Michael Moore choose now to start impersonating a decent human being? Fuck! Oh well, I guess I'll have to agree with him since he's spot-on. Truly one of the best write-ups I've seen about this mess.
  9. Anonymous Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Michael Moore is still a spindoctor, whose movies are full of false propaganda and twisted facts. All kinds of radical leftists are now jumping on the bandwagon and try to hijack a free speech movement for their own agendas, just because wikileaks happened to publish some dox about their enemy nr. 1, the US gov.
    There were people waving their socialism flags at a "free assange" protest in Australia.
    Those fucking hypocrites are the first ones who would censor anything they don't like.
    I don't want to associate with these fucktards and i don't want them to hijack this movement for their own political agendas.
  10. Anonymous Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    The strength of chanology was that it drew together people from all over the internet, SA goons and douchebags and /b/tards and furries, all working towards one goal. If you don't want someone with a specific agenda hijacking a movement, make sure your voice is heard as part of the collective. We don't win this by turning away support.
  11. Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    What part of "chaotic hivemind" do you not understand? Moore is right in this instance, and as such, will be supported in this instance. When he does something stupid again, he will be mocked, he will leave, and WikiLeaks, or at least the principle and the docs, will still exist. For now, the enemy of my enemy is a useful tool.
  12. BLiP Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Please point to one - yep, just one - twisted fact. Thanks.
  13. Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    For Once, Micheal Moore isn't being a dick. AMAZING! To celebrate, cake.
  14. Anonymous Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    To encourage others?
  15. Anonymous Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    No direct official statment as yet.

    Obama affirms diplomatic engagement based on 'trust and candour'
    US president's comments are the closest to a public statement on the release of US embassy cables by WikiLeaks
    Obama affirms diplomatic engagement based on 'trust and candour' | World news | guardian.co.uk

    I guess he's leaving that to the rest of the retards who don't mind looking like the Team America movie puppets personified.
  16. Random guy Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Michael Moore and Glen Beck agreeing one something, well we do live in interesting times!
  17. Anonymous Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    And Moore hates scientology too! This guy is starting to look better all the time!
  18. Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Ariana Huffington is also no slacker when she goes head to head with the Republican mouthpiece!
  19. Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Mr. Moore is doing what a true American should do, standing up for the rights of the people. We are in weird times right now not sense the Pentagon papers have we seen such hatred for our constitutional rights.
  20. Herro Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    What constitutional rights are being violated in all this that's going on?
  21. Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Thank you. Different country, different laws. Even if the laws spring from a common root except for those freaks in Louisiana (froggy bastards) and, I think, California, that's over 220 (234 if you count from the first signature on the Declaration of Independence) years of divergence. Currently, the UK's laws and legal tradition are significantly different from those of the United States. Any UK lawfags around to give better coverage on which rights he may or may not have that he might otherwise in the United States?
  22. Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Nit picking. The Constitution of the United States does not apply in the United Kuntdom. You should have called it "basic human rights" instead of "constitutional rights", then made your case. That said, I agree with your sentiment, though I get the sense Moore is doing this partly just to troll. There's no shame in that at all.
  23. Boris Korczak Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange is certainly a show of solidarity together with Anonymous and their ways of protesting against injustice, stupidity and secrecy of US government.
    I have spent 2 years working in US Congress and can vouch for the above.
    Patriotism is not to applaud the government but to make it work and Anonymous is doing it now.
    I support Wikileaks and Julian Assange and for sure Anonymous actions.
    Does it put me on a black list? Of course it does. I am there anyway.

    Stay safe.
    BK
  24. Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Boris doesn't afraid of anything

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  25. Anonymous Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    I was wondering when our resident secret agent man would chime in. If only the people discussing this in the media would take your perspective...
  26. Anonymous Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    i am always happy to see Boris.

    holiday cheer to you, mate.
  27. Boris Korczak Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Dear Scientology, agree for once that Anonymous is lovable.
    What would you do without Anonymous.
    What would the FBI do without Anonymous.
    What would the CIA do without Anonymous.
    What would the world be without Anonymous.
    OK. Anonymous is dangerous but so lovable.
    Don't ever piss them off.
    Cheers to the world.
    BK


  28. Consensus Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    I love you Boris, you're an incredibly valuable ally.
  29. Herro Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Consensus, please don't encourage him. We have lots of new people here and you're not setting a good example by treating Boris like he's sane.
  30. Consensus Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    I didn't say he was sane.

    I said he was incredibly valuable.
  31. Anonymous Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Assange is racking up favors owed to some real characters. It will be interesting what Michael Moore thinks he'll get out of this relationship and whether it works for the Wikileakers.
  32. Anonymous Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Because heaven forbid people with money ever have ideals they're willing to take a loss on.
  33. Rockyj Member

    Re: Michael Moore's letter in support of Assange

    Me like Boris! But miss Moose!

    natasha-boris-bullwinkle-rocky.jpg
  34. Disco Necked Member

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