It’s always helpful to go back to the beginnings

In 2010 WikiLeaks published ’Collateral Murder’ showing how U.S. helicopter soldiers murdered innocent civilians, journalists and children. It happened in broad day light and went on for several minutes. The soldiers acted as if they were playing a video game. The leaked video shows the cruelty and dehumansisation of war. A monstrum that has no human face, values no life. 


The world was in shock and Julian Assange and his staff and allies were internationally celebrated as heros for their courageous publishing acivities. This was in 2010.


It is now 2019 and Assange is imprisoned in the United Kingdom, awaiting extradition proceedings that are scheduled to commence in February 2020. The Whistleblower who leaked the material to publishing organisation WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning, is also imprisoned, not in the U.K. but in the United States. The charges brought against both, the publisher Assange and the Whistleblower Manning were made under the 1917 Espionage Act, legislation from World War I. 


What does that tell you about the state of the world?