Since it`s foundation, in 2006, Wikileaks was conceived as a solution for citizens to expose the injustices, political persecutions and the illegal activities of governments. During the recent years, Wikileaks and his visible head Julian Assange, have exposed to the world, the lies, abuses, and Human Rights violations behind the curtains of legality of the regimes of Kenia, Iceland, United States, China, Thailand, India among dozens of countries around the globe. With the disclosure of criminal activites, labeled as classified information, Wikileaks and Julian Assange have contributed to create a more transparent world where citizens are capable of demanding direct accountability about the activities of their governments, and when governments feel the pressure of their citizens, in the aim for creating a future with out criminal, political or corporate institutional secrets.
CHRONOLOGICAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
~The Economist's New Media Award:
~Index on Censorship Awards. The Economist New Media Award.
~Amnesty International's UK Media Award
~Sam Adams Award. By the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence:
~Readers' Choice for TIME's Person of the Year
~Walkley Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism.
It has passed a while when we decided to run the initiative of promoting Julian Assange for the Nobel Prize for Peace. In this moment, we have analyzed recent events concerning the manner in which the persecution against Julian Assange and Wikileaks has been conducted. It is very worrisome to find that Julian Assange has been isolated from the world and from the possibilities of free mobilization, to be subjected to the natural limitations of the generous embassy of Ecuador in Great Britain. On the other hand, Wikileaks has been affected, not only as an Assange initiative, but also as a project of people who believe freedom of information should be a right. Finally, in this moment, Bradley Maney continues in jail, condemned for suspicion on making public information about massive war crimes committed by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By this short message we want to show support to those who believe on freedom of information, the right of societies of knowing the truth of criminal acts committed by their governments, and to those who have supported initiatives like Wikileaks.
We consider that the Nobel Prize for Peace should be awarded to Julian Assange, Wikileaks, and whistle blowers around the world like Bradley Manning, who have put their life on risk for allowing the people of the world to know the truth behind the veils of corrupt institutions and politicians.
Not to forget who is in jail, after possibly making public acts like this:
You ask me why? I’ll tell you:
Simply stated, Julian Assange is the only person to actually provide ‘genuine news’ to Americans for God knows how long! Sources of news have ALWAYS been a question of legality … and the survivors of the lies and negative propaganda seem to rule the public media! God Bless Julian Assange and God Damn anyone that discredits him! … period! Give him the Nobel now!
Regarding the Nobel Prize: with the list of past winners including Kissinger, Clinton and Obama, it wouldn’t be surprising if Assange refused the dubious honor! Nevertheless, if the Nobel Prize were living up to it’s reputation, both Julian Assange and Bradley Manning would certainly be worthy recipients.
With the elimination of Habeus corpus from the U.S. legal system, and its refusal to recognize the International Criminal Court (ICC), the U.S. has become a rogue state to be feared not just by individuals, but the rest of the world community as well. The willingness of Assange and his organization (Wikileaks) to expose the war crimes (or is it just plain terrorism?) of the U.S. based warlords, shows extraordinary courage.
They truly stand for the majority opinion of the world (including the U.S.), yet it’s a voice that has been strangled by fear and intimidation instilled by the moneyed classes. In a just world, where a dominant minority wasn’t committing mass-murder in order maintain their hegemony and control, there would be no need of secrecy. Wikileaks is simply, albeit bravely, exposing an absurdity that shouldn’t even exist. Julian Assange should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize–and if he accepts, the Nobel committee are the ones who should feel honored.
I am weak , I wish I had the strength of character as that of Julian, I see so much injustice but feel powerless in my present being through lack of eloquence, education & nievety, Julian stands in a new position , that being the new medium of internet, which carries endless possibilities limited only by our own imagination.
We need someone like Julian who is using this medium in a way that could lead to the sacrifice of himself, not limited by the restraints that he would face in any other medium. He exposes the real issues that are covered by many a clever word and presentation,
I bet that we will look back at this period of time ( If we can), with embarrassment, awe, guilt at how we chose not to listen for fear of being ostracized, far to concerned with whats in it for us and the distractions of ignorance.
I am not sure what else to write that hasn’t already been said, other than to say that I think it is an unbelievably rare character trait to live your life surrounded by hedonists whose life purpose is to enrich themselves, and against this backdrop for Julian to still use his talents to pursue a lifelong ambition to live a life of purpose and meaning underscored by integrity is superlative. I can think of no better reason for this vote and to leave off by saying that if more of our leaders today lived their lives like Julian Assange, the world would be a better place for all of us. He has my vote.
Why Julian Assange should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Julian Assange is a brave man, not perhaps as brave as men like Bradley Manning, who at the risk of his own safety and being branded a traitor chose to expose the truth that he saw but a brave man nonetheless for sharing that information with the world, knowing full well that it could lead to his incarceration and possible execution at the hands of the American Government.
Julian Assange took this great and terrible risk not for profit, and not, as the American Govenment would have us believe for self-aggrandisement but so that the plain truth of events could be generally known by the people in whose names terrible crimes of war were being committed.
He is a man of great moral fibre who has the courage to risk his life in order that the truth be known. He has shown all of us that our soldiers are just as capable of terrible things as the soldiers of nations which we demonise and in doing so he has shown the hypocrisy inherent in the leaders of the Western World.
Powerful men in America now urgently try to extradite Julian Assange so that they can imprison him. They say that he has aided the enemies of America by making these truths generally known but the enemies of America already knew the truth. They were facing the truth in the form of Apache helecopters opening fire on civilians. The people who didn’t know the truth were us. The people of the West and I for one am horrified by what I have seen. My eyes have been opened thanks to Bradley Manning and Julian Assange.
How has Julian Assange furthered the call for peace? He has shown us that in our hunt to rid the world of monsters like Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden we have become monsters ourselves. This can be seen most clearly in the American reaction to the news of Bin Laden’s death which was not so much one of relief but unadulterated and unashamed joy and jubilation. A joy and jubilation which I believe to be very unseemly, even for the death of the worlds most wicked man.
Julian Assange holds up a mirror and shows us only the truth. Nobody will like what they see but it is up to us whether we try to change what is in that mirror or whether we silence him and any others who dare to show us for the monsters we have become.
I believe that Julian Assange and Wiki leaks have done wonderful work to make my government, all world governments and big corporate business more transparent. I believe that this transparency is essential to peace and to understanding the world we live in. Governments should have a check that holds them accountable for their deeds and their actions. Mr. Assange and Wiki leaks are a ray of light and hope in what has become a dark world. Please choose him and his organization for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.
There are many people whose acts of nobility merit consideration for the Nobel Prize. Service to others should always be a primary consideration, as the Prize serves as a sort of beacon for those who recognize that our world needs more care than ever before–care for the planetary ecology, care for each other, and care for the societies that people construct.
Sometimes it is necessary to puncture longheld-assumptions and comfortable myths in order to perform needed services; the person who is asleep does not always want to be woken, and those who benefit from conditions as they are now do not welcome the prospect of having to change. All the same, the messenger brings crucial information–information that can right wrongs, heal the planet, and save lives.
What Julian Assange has done through his championing of Wikileaks and its action in service of truth and sunlight where darkness had been, is to empower those many others who seek to challenge corruption and official lies. He has empowered us all, by enabling us to see behind the masks donned by the powerful; he has placed in the hands of the global public, a tool that makes us far more equal to our masters. His work is the touchstone of the ferment taking place on earth today.
Mr. Assange is pursued and openly threatened with prison by certain governments. Thus, he has been courageous and acted at real personal risk, to place this tool into our hands. He is worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize, and I recommend him for it.
Controlling information has become as potent a mechanism of control as military or police force, if not more so. The “secretization” of the workings of government is now a de facto practice worldwide. Mr. Assange and the people of Wikileaks have shown the world — even in the face of our reluctance to know the truth — the true face of power in the world.
Wikileaks has created not just a crisis in the conscience of the world, but a personal crisis for all us who are citizens of governments whose horrors have been revealed. We have been forced to see the real cost of the way of life so taken for granted by the first world, and this
revelation has produced staggering change in the world in a remarkably short period of time.
I strongly believe Mr. Assange, and just as importantly, the entire staff of Wikileaks, deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for their incredible work. Doing so will also be a step toward restoring the integrity of the Prize itself, which has become badly tarnished by repeatedly being awarded to leaders actively waging war.