A brilliant computer wizard who can hack into anything no matter how secure, h and his team had decided recently to put a stop to publishing pilfered (hacked) confidential information for the time being in order to focus first on raising money as their site is experiencing a payment blockade imposed by most global Internet payment and remittance companies. H is also fighting extradition for charges of sexual harassment from Great Britain (where he turned himself in) to Sweden in which he suspects the United States of America hand in, fr publishing sensitive information such as confidential diplomatic cables and more importantly, asessments by US war commanders like those in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hs motivation defies easy explanation and categorization, minly because he is not motivated by money or fame but by an ulterior motive. B that as it may, tere is general agreement that Wikileaks has a very profound and long-lasting impact on how governments run their business these days. Is implications range from the merely potentially embarrassing (such as how the United States treats its the confidential diplomatic cables and reports by ambassadors) to life threatening such as in war conditions where the names of particular army units were exposed to the enemys knowledge, te names of local collaborators who offered support and critical information to U.
amy, t the names of corrupt politicians and even the processes in top-level policy-making decisions. Asange wants complete transparency from governments which exposes his naivete to a certain extent when it comes to diplomacy (the art of double-talk) but more importantly, t the structure of our relations global order where secrecy is of utmost importance too.
Te release of highly-classified material is certainly harmful, mst security experts agree. I a sense, M. Asange can be likened to the one of the greatest spies in history, M. Kaus Fuchs, wo gave American nuclear secrets to the Soviets without anything in exchange. H did not ask for money or anything in return for giving the Russians the American blueprint for the nuclear bomb, alowing Joseph Stalin to predict with certainty down to its exact year to Soviet Russia have it own atom bomb.
Tis digression is a bit necessary discussion to put into context the actions of Mr. Asange, wose motivation or lack thereof is a mystery of sorts. Kaus Fuchs (Atom Spy) did it out of. ..
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