Assange and Insurance Files
On December 7th, Julian Assange, the founder and spokesman for Wikileaks, was arrested on the alleged charges of rape, molestation, and unlawful coercion. He has since been refused bail and will remain in prison until at least the 13th of December. These are quite serious allegations against him but there are many people who believe that this maybe a set up by different enemies of Wikileaks.
Over the past few months, Wikileaks and Mr. Assange have been consistently in the news. Wikileaks has been leaking classified and secret information about basically everything. This information is open to anyone who goes to the website. There are thousands of documents with the subjects ranging from major banks, many foreign governments plans, and even our military. Governments around the world are in uproar over this. Wikileaks has been attacked multiple times trying to shut it down but they have mirrored the site so many times that it is now impossible unless some literally shut down the internet.
In the past two weeks, Assange sent out a gigantic file which has been named the “insurance files”. These files are encrypted with a 256 character code that according to experts is not possible to crack with modern day computers. If anything bad were to happen to either Julian Assange or Wikileaks, the company is prepared to release the password which could potentially have major effects on many different areas. It is believed that this document contains information on Guantanamo Bay, U.S. Banks, Saudi Arabia, and much more. These files could be terrible for the U.S. and its relations with countries around the world
People go both ways with support for Wikileaks. Some believe that we should know everything the government is doing while others believe its dangerous to have all this information out in the open. Whether our government has the right or not, should the United States government do something to stop Wikileaks if it believe its hazardous to our nations national security? I believe Machiavelli’s decision would be a no brainer. He would do whatever it takes to prevent the website from putting up my documents and would “silence” Mr. Assange. Machiavelli would also do whatever it takes to scare people from sending documents to the website by threats or worse. As of right now, Assange in is locked up in jail and hasn’t given away the code. What do you think will happen will Julian Assange and what would other works we have done in class say about this?