20 September, 2020

Hark, The Neo World Order

Anarchist, liberator, web terrorist, www messiah, predator or a man cornered? How exactly would you describe Julian Assange?

AFP (From Outlook Magazine Dec 20, 2010 Issue)
Hark, The Neo World Order
outlookindia.com
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On Tuesday, December 7, a scrum of over 50 British and international journalists were crammed into court number one in the Westminster magistrates court, central London. There were TV crews from Japan and Algeria, print reporters from Russia, a radio team from Spain. Outside, the scene seemed straight out of a showbiz trial—Pete Doherty nabbed with drugs, Paris Hilton caught driving over the drinking limit, Tom Cruise suing someone. One passerby asked, “Who’s in there?” A photographer cleaning his lens answered, “WikiLeaks bloke.” The passerby sighed, “Aah.”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is indeed a celebrity now, with a global footprint, his face recognised everywhere, his name giving the jitters to powerful world leaders and evoking a range of responses among common folk—from admiration to exultation to confusion and scorn. His fame spread far and wide from the time the United States deployed its formidable power to launch an international operation to prevent the...

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