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Assange Is Not the Point, WikiLeaks Is

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It is becoming common for people to say they don't like WikiLeaks because they can't stand Assange. This is misleading. Few sympathize with Assange as a character. Most of us, myself included, have never met with him. But the issue here is not Assange, his hair or whether he does, or does not have, the ability to have sex with women while they are asleep. What is crucial instead, is the wealth of information that we have learned thanks to WikiLeaks. Here's a good summary from the Guardian. And yes, it is a lot of information. And there is much more. No matter how many experts out there say that "they already knew it all." Because regardless of whether some experts really "knew it all", the average Mohammed, Rui or Juana did not. And they are angry. It's not suprising that Foreign Policy calls the Tunisian revolt "the first WikiLeaks revolution." WikiLeaks has been a catalyst for change in Egypt, Tunisia and in lesser degrees in many other countries. WikiLeaks revelations will likely continue to outrage demonstrators and activists around the world for quite a while. And all that change we owe to the diplomatic service of the United States which turned out to be a group of remarkable journalists, the courage of one soldier, and the entrepreneurial spirit of everyone who worked at WikiLeaks, including Julian Assange.