In 2010 I became aware of WikiLeaks through the release of the video Collateral Murder as mother of two children, focused on family responsibilities News, Politics & Current Affairs had become a background noise in my life but this release brought back like a flash my feelings of opposition to the war in Iraq shared in the UK with so many at the time of the invasion. Archbishop Rowan Williams was at the time the only person of authority within the highest enchalons of the British Establishment to condemn it and condemn it consistently to the present day. All other powerful voices disappeared with time and the crowds who protested disappeared too. The Collateral Murder video released by WikiLeaks brought it all back to the forefront. But still for me at the time everyday life had it’s own demands and my attention was soon fully absorbed into my family life.
Then in Autumn 2010 Julian Assange the Editor in Chief of WikiLeaks handed himself in to the UK police in response to a European Arrest Warrant issued on the request of the Swedish Authorities about allegations made against him of sexual misconduct. The nature of the allegations made against him, the extraordinary issue of an EAW without him being charged but only wanted for questioning, and the media frenzy over his arrest and attention to his person I could hardly ignore. It made me curious as to the motivations behind such extraordinary treatment by the authorities. The timing of his arrest was also at least remarkable. Julian Assange’s organisation WikiLeaks was working on the release of major revelations about how a Superpower conducted itself while waging War in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more was to come. During Autumn and whilst his personal freedom was curtailed WikiLeaks launched what was going to be major publishing events to shake the political skyline of the West. All this compelled me to look into detail at what was the case against him as well as what WikiLeaks was releasing. From the facts of the case, articles, witness statements I realised that this case was being used to persecute him for his publishing work. Then I read his theory of Conspiracies and went onto google and youtube in search for the WikiLeaks theory and practice.
I realised that their publishing work: The War Diaries: Afghanistan and Iraq War Logs as well as Cablegate, The Guantanamo Files to name but a few will remain in history as the most influencial documents in 21st century due to their timely release and relevance to present events in political, military and diplomatic life mainly in the West (US/Europe) and its sphere of influence in the Middle East Africa and Asia. So instead of burying documented history for some archeologists and historians of the future to discover in fragments 60 years after the events, letting their particular lense and bias present to society of the future a scetchy and incomplete understanding of what they choose to record as “historic events”, WikiLeaks the publisher burst open the Archives in the present and revealed the throbbing pulse of military, diplomatic, and intelligence events as created and presented by our world’s one and only superpower. No more historic analysis in retrospect by hunting for sources through dusty volumes and elderly witnesses. Historic analysis for the here and now, revelations that affect the course of history in their impact.
Since then I have started a journey in support of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in my small everyday way, and here is a partial record of this journey of learning.