Reflections of Fidel
The empire stands accused
(Taken from CubaDebate)
JULIAN Assange, a man known only
to a very few in the world some months ago, is
demonstrating that the most powerful empire to have
existed in history can be challenged.
The daring challenge did not come
from a rival superpower; from a state with more than
100 nuclear weapons; from a country with millions of
inhabitants; from a group of nations with vast
natural resources which the United States could not
do without; or from a revolutionary doctrine capable
of shaking to its foundations the empire based on
plunder and exploitation of the world.
He was just a person barely
mentioned in the media. Although he is now famous,
little is known about him, apart from the highly
publicized accusation of having sexual relations
with two women, without taking due precautions in
these times of HIV. A book on his origins, his
education, or his philosophical and political ideas
has not as yet been written.
Moreover, the motivations which led
him to the resounding blow that he delivered to the
empire remain unknown. All that is known is that
morally, he has brought it to its knees.
The AFP news agency reported today
that the "creator of WikiLeaks is to remain in
prison despite obtaining his release on bail [...]
but he must remain behind bars until the appeal
filed by Sweden, the country applying for his
extradition for alleged sexual crimes, is resolved."
"…the attorney representing the
Swedish state, [...] has announced her intention of
appealing the decision to release him."
"…Judge Riddle established as
conditions for the bond of $380,000, his use of an
electronic bracelet and complying with a curfew."
The same cable noted that, in the
event of his release, "… [Assange] must reside in a
property belonging to Vaughan Smith, his friend and
president of the Frontline Club, the London
journalists club where WikiLeaks established its
headquarters a few weeks ago…"
Assange stated, "My convictions are
unfaltering. I remain true to the ideals I have
expressed. If anything this process has increased my
determination that they are true and correct…"
The valiant and brilliant U.S.
filmmaker Michael Moore publicly offered the
assistance of his website, his servers, his domain
names and anything else he could do to "…keep
WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its
work to expose the crimes that were concocted in
secret and carried out in our name and with our tax
Assange, Moore affirmed, "is under
such vicious attack [...] because they have outed
and embarrassed those who have covered up the truth."
"…And regardless of Assange's guilt
or innocence [...] this man has the right to have
bail posted and to defend himself. [... ] I have
joined with filmmakers Ken Loach and John Pilger and
writer Jemima Khan in putting up the bail money."
Moore’s contribution amounted to
The United States government barrage
against WikiLeaks has been so brutal that, according
to ABC News/Washington Post surveys, two out of
every three U.S. citizens want Assange to be taken
before the U.S. courts for having disclosed the
documents. On the other hand, nobody has dared to
challenge the truths that they contain.
Details of the plan drawn up by the
WikiLeaks strategists are not known. It is known
that Assange distributed a significant volume of
communications to five major media transnationals,
which currently possess the monopoly of much of the
information, some of them as extremely mercenary,
reactionary and pro-fascist as the Spanish PRISA
and the German Der Spiegel, which are
utilizing news items to attack the most
World opinion will continue closely
following everything that happens in the context of
Responsibility for being able to
know the truth, or not, about the cynical politics
of the United States and its allies will fall
squarely on the right-wing Swedish government and
the bellicose NATO mafia, who so like to invoke the
freedom of the press and human rights.
Ideas can be more powerful than
Fidel Castro Ruz
December 14, 2010
Translated by Granma International