It’s always helpful to go back to the beginnings

In 2010 WikiLeaks published ’Collateral Murder’. Julian Assange and his allies did groundbreaking work before, but it was 'Collateral Murder' that brought international recognition, turned WikiLeaks into a household name and brought Julian Assange rock star status within the world of journalism. 


The material published under the title 'Collateral Murder' was leaked by U.S. soldier Chelsea (previously Bradley) Manning. It exposed how U.S. helicopter soldiers murdered innocent civilians and journalists. The murder happened in broad day light and went on for several minutes. The soldiers acted as if they were playing a video game. The leaked army footage shows the cruelty and dehumanisation 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 heroes for their courageous publishing activities. This was in 2010. It is now 2019 and Assange is imprisoned in the United Kingdom, inside a high security prison awaiting court proceedings regarding an U.S. extradition request, scheduled to commence in February 2020. The Whistleblower Manning who leaked the material to publishing organisation WikiLeaks 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?