Assange: Myths, Hypes and Truths

“All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out.” (I. F. Stone) In many ways, Julian Assange is the “Izzy” of new journalism. Like Stone, Assange has not flinched from sharing uncomfortable truths that can embolden the people to fight the power. Stone used to prove why reporters were not supposed to be glorified stenographers; Assange likewise demonstrates how journalists are not meant to be subsumed under patriotic obligations. And like Izzy Stone, since Assange knows the hashish whereabouts, he must meet the shared fate: just as the former was…

Assange! Assange!

Assange! Assange!  Espionage!   How long can they keep you in jails British, Swedish and American cells Who can imprison the source of freedom How long will survive walls of fiefdom   Assange! Assange! Espionage!   Spy for the people, terror for the ruling class Investigator for truth, justice you encompass Let them win Nobel Prizes and Time covers You win our hearts, love, unending supports   Assange! Assange!  Espionage!   Journalists used to be glorified spokespersons Of White House Press Meets and Royal sermons    Fourth Estate, an accomplice for the three wings These power corridors, their holy and…