Regarding the Role of the Front-man

Julian Assange did an interview on Democracy Now, which aired today. If you take the time to listen to Assange speak, you will almost always learn something. He and his colleagues are survivors in a battle against great formidable enemies. There is no reason why they should have survived half the time of the battle they have encountered, yet they have endured much longer. Not only have they endured, they have learned. From what he says it is clear Assange has no doubt kept pace with every detail, every event, every nuance that has appeared in the dust kicked up by those who oppose him. When asked about how his team and Sarah Harrison were able to actually help Edward Snowden obtain asylum, he made a comment about his enemies. He said, they are formidable, yes, but you must remember, they are bureaucracies and bureaucracies are inefficient and slow, while he and his colleagues have learned to act quickly. In part, it is this difference in efficiency that has allowed him to survive and continue amidst the pressure he endures. I have paraphrased him here, so please, watch the interview. Afterwards I found a letter Assange wrote to an actor who was hired by Dreamworks to produce a film on Assange and Wikileaks, (a derogatory, damaging film). The letter may be to an actor who is seeking insights into how to play a character, but it is much more. It is an outline of a philosophy that Assange seems to carry with him; some formidable light that reveals the shadows of the thin wisps who work for his enemies; those damaged front-men who are never-the-less, attached to him.

Originally published in July, 2014.

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