In 2006, Julian Assange founded Wikileaks as a technological means to embolden the world’s people. Regime change, claimed Assange, could be fostered by releasing classified information to the public. Once an unjust organization’s inner workings get exposed, they lose the upper-hand and become vulnerable to being replaced by others who will promote a more open government.
While Assange and his fellow freedom fighters have yet to directly overthrow a dictatorship, they certainly haven’t shied away from repeatedly stomping on increasingly powerful toes.
Earlier this year, they posted a classified US military video showing children, journalists and other Iraqi civilians being gunned down in an unprovoked attack. A few months later came war logs from Afghanistan, followed by war logs from Iraq. Yet all of these leaks were trumped when Assange and his troop of truth-bringers began publishing 250,000 classified US cables, of which they’ve released less than 2000 to date.
It is no small wonder that Wikileaks’ head honcho has been doing his best to safeguard his own life. This summer, part of this policy was put in place when a mysterious encrypted file appeared on the Wikileaks’ page for “insurance”. Were anything to happen to Assange or Wikileaks, the password for this massive file would be released letting the world gain access to all the skeletons held within.
Until a cracker figures out how to beat the encryption scheme or the password gets leaked, the exact contents of this insurance file will remain known only to Assange and his inner circle. The rest of us can only speculate.
Maybe this archive contains damning data pertaining to one of the targets Assange has already painted: The State of Israel or the Bank of America. Perhaps it deals with those alluded to yesterday by Wikileaks’ fearless leader, namely, CIA agents who’ve been colluding with Arab leaders. The file might even be a bluff, containing no intrinsic value other than the fear it inspires in those with secrets to hide.
Whatever insurance policies Wikileaks decides to take out, hopefully they’ll be enough to keep one of the world’s greatest threats to tyranny – Julian Assange. – alive for long enough to see the fruits of the social revolution he’s helping to create.