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Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

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Now before you start formulating your comment expressing your opinion on this volatile subject, let me tell you why I titled my blog Julian Assange - WikiLeaks. A new flag has been planted on the Time Line of human events and it is labled Julian Assange - WikiLeaks.

I am not writing this blog to discuss the pros and cons of Julian Assange's actions, although I am sure some of you will make comments that will clearly indicate that you have not read my blog in it's entirety.

The impact of Julian Assange's actions would not have been as far reaching and as instantaneous had it not been for today's technology and the Internet. Timing is everything...the coming together of key pieces to this event are crucial; the onset of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter allows information to travel faster than ever before. More of the population (hackers) are skilled in techno-sabotage, getting past barriers within seconds. Populations shifting around from one continent to another create an even greater melting pot and a voice that wants to be heard. The debates, discussions and battles of the future will no longer be confined to the commentaries, the podium, the boardroom or the battle fields. The economic, political and social unrest of these times, throughout the world, only adds fuel to the situation.

We are witnessing a global event that future generations will discuss around the dinner table, teach in schools, and write documentaries about. We are in the midst of a new age, a cyber-techno age where global communication and global information are no longer restricted. There are no boundaries in Cyber-world...just people. It's not so much what he did that's significant, but what form the reaction has taken.  Assange has fired the first shot and people world wide have taken the battle to Cyber-world.

 

 

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Shawna Green
Keller Williams Realty-Fayetteville - Fayetteville, NC
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Rita, your are correct, like it or not this is the way of our world now.  Technology has changed so many things and this was honestly just a matter of time...I like your analogy, a shot heard around the world....very true.

Dec 17, 2010 08:39 PM
Cameron Novak
The Homefinding Center - 1000 Palms, CA
Real Estate Broker since 2008

Sorry to disappoint you Rita... I have to disagree.  Most of the damage from the WikiLeaks was from large print publications (i.e. NY Times), not the internet.  The news services were reporting on those stories immediately and the majority (not just a 51% majority, but more like 99%) of the public hasn't seen even oONE item that Julian has posted online.

To agree with you... the internet is a far reaching, important turning point in our history.

Dec 17, 2010 09:01 PM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I have not read enough on this subject to form an opinion. ..but I agree, the Internet has grown tremendously in the last few years

Dec 17, 2010 09:40 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

OK little lady I'm going to take a different approach.  I agree with you about what you're saying but I have yet to hear where he obtained this data.  Was it from a stolen computer or did he hack into a government website?? All questions that I have and not heard about do you know??

Dec 17, 2010 10:19 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I disagree.  You wrote:

"It's not so much what he did that's significant"

It is precisely what he did that caused the uproar and any damage to the U.S. that may or may not be known.  He used the convenience of the Internet.  He didn't have to do what he did. 

Nor did the NY Times didn't have to do what they did. 

Just because someone has the ability to dissiminate information, doesn't mean that they have to. 

The question in my mind is not WHAT HE DID, but WHY DID HE DO WHAT HE DID.

Dec 17, 2010 10:20 PM
Richard Strahm
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate

Is this really world changing?  The same thing was said about the Pentagon Papers.  We, as a society, have a short memory.

Dec 18, 2010 12:29 AM
Rita Norman
Walnut Creek, CA
Your Agent in Walnut Creek CA

Shawna: I'm glad you didn't miss the point of my Blog...to take a moment and recognise that we are fully in the Cyber-Era.

Cameron, Fernando, James, Lenn and Richard:

Although I absolutely agree with Cameron, "Most of the damage from the WikiLeaks was from large print publications (i.e. NY Times), not the internet." public reaction was not limited to "Letters to the Editor", students protesting in Berkeley,or radio talk shows. People took their reaction to the internet too, in ways, (MasteCard, Paypal) that had a significant impact. This is a new tool in the battle arsenal and I wanted to raise awareness.

Now, more than ever before, we have the opportunity to find out for ourselves by doing our own internet research. We don't have answers yet but the internet will be a part of how this plays out.

I agree Lenna, what he did is very significant to our daily life but, on the Human Time Line, history will remember what he did because of the internet and how it is now being used to spread the information, raise awareness and express the feelings of any and all who want to express themselves. Read my

WHY HE DID WHAT HE DID, can only be answered in time. He is a journalist, and like journalist before him that blew the whistle, he did what he believed was his job. This is a world event, read more than just US publications. Look for information on the internet provided by Australian, British, European, South American and other foreign reporting media for a truer picture as you form your opinion.

Although the information being leaked may not be WORLD CHANGING, the use of Cyber-sabotage on a Global level will become, more and more, the prefered weapon of choice, and that will be WORLD CHANGING.

Dec 18, 2010 01:46 AM
Rita Norman
Walnut Creek, CA
Your Agent in Walnut Creek CA

Think of my Blog this way:

Where were you when Global issues/affairs shifted to the internet and Cyber-Wars took off?

Dec 18, 2010 01:52 AM
Larry Atkins
State Wide Realty Co. - Farmville, VA
Veteran Owned & Operated

Although you have some valid points, I think of this is just an extention of the media going after a story with total disregard to the results. This has been going on for ages as Richard points out...but only time will tell if it's actually the beginning of Cyber-Wars. Thanks for interesting prospective.

Dec 18, 2010 02:49 AM
Christina ONeal
At Home Real Estate Group - Ripon, CA
Realtor - Ripon California

Rita... I agree.  It's crazy that it's like everyone out there is a Freelance News Reporter.  Some of the news stations have been embracing it by having you upload pictures or interesting things to their facebook page.  It's a changing world for sure.

Dec 18, 2010 03:27 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Got to disagree again. 

Journalists have been in posession of sensitive and secret information for as long as there have been journalists.

However, they do not publish it if it would compromise our ability to protect the country, which I believe he did.

Journalists have to have priorities too.

IMO, the use of the Internet is indicental.  That was simply opportunistic, not earthshaking.   Daniel Ellsberg got his documens out before the Internet and the result was the same.  Secret information has been passed by those who wish us harm since our founding.  The Rosenburgs didn't have the Internet either.

Folks make choices.  To err on the side of endangering our country says that you DO NOT.  Not being a citizen, the becomes a mere enemy of our country.  I believe that his actions constitute espionage and the Internet was merely his medium of choice.

 

Dec 18, 2010 06:17 AM
Rita Norman
Walnut Creek, CA
Your Agent in Walnut Creek CA

Lenn,

I don't know the details of his actions, just what we have been told by the media. I agree that journalists, like the rest of us, have to have priorities.

However, I tried to point out in my blog, that I was not trying to present an opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of Assange's actions... because I don't believe we are fully aware of the entire story and I would like to know more before I render a judgment.

I was merely making an observation that the internet has been added to the "weapons" of war.

~Rita

Dec 21, 2010 02:14 AM