Assange Reminds The World: "The Potential For The Disastrous Rise Of Misplaced Power Persists"

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Julian Assange, editor of WikiLeaks, published op-ed via The Washington Post,

On his last night in office, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered a powerful farewell speech to the nation — words so important that he’d spent a year and a half preparing them. “Ike” famously warned the nation to “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

Much of Eisenhower’s speech could form part of the mission statement of WikiLeaks today. We publish truths regarding overreaches and abuses conducted in secret by the powerful.

Our most recent disclosures describe the CIA’s multibillion-dollar cyberwarfare program, in which the agency created dangerous cyberweapons, targeted private companies’ consumer products and then lost control of its cyber-arsenal. Our source(s) said they hoped to initiate a principled public debate about the “security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.”

The truths we publish are inconvenient for those who seek to avoid one of the magnificent hallmarks of American life — public debate. Governments assert that WikiLeaks’ reporting harms security. Some claim that publishing facts about military and national security malfeasance is a greater problem than the malfeasance itself. Yet, as Eisenhower emphasized, “Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

Quite simply, our motive is identical to that claimed by the New York Times and The Post — to publish newsworthy content. Consistent with the U.S. Constitution, we publish material that we can confirm to be true irrespective of whether sources came by that truth legally or have the right to release it to the media. And we strive to mitigate legitimate concerns, for example by using redaction to protect the identities of at-risk intelligence agents.

Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times, defended publication of our “stolen” material last year: “I get the argument that the standards should be different if the stuff is stolen and that should influence the decision. But in the end, I think that we have an obligation to report what we can about important people and important events.” David Lauter, Washington bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times, made a similar argument: “My default position is democracy works best when voters have as much information as possible . . . And that information often comes from rival campaigns, from old enemies, from all sorts of people who have motives that you might look at and say, ‘that’s unsavory.’ ”

The media has a long history of speaking truth to power with purloined or leaked material — Jack Anderson’s reporting on the CIA’s enlistment of the Mafia to kill Fidel Castro; the Providence Journal-Bulletin’s release of President Richard Nixon’s stolen tax returns; the New York Times’ publication of the stolen “Pentagon Papers”; and The Post’s tenacious reporting of Watergate leaks, to name a few. I hope historians place WikiLeaks’ publications in this pantheon. Yet there are widespread calls to prosecute me.

President Thomas Jefferson had a modest proposal to improve the press: “Perhaps an editor might begin a reformation in some such way as this. Divide his paper into 4 chapters, heading the 1st, ‘Truths.’ 2nd, ‘Probabilities.’ 3rd, ‘Possibilities.’ 4th, ‘Lies.’ The first chapter would be very short, as it would contain little more than authentic papers, and information.” Jefferson’s concept of publishing “truths” using “authentic papers” presaged WikiLeaks.

People who don’t like the tune often blame the piano player. Large public segments are agitated by the result of the U.S. presidential election, by public dissemination of the CIA’s dangerous incompetence or by evidence of dirty tricks undertaken by senior officials in a political party. But as Jefferson foresaw, “the agitation [a free press] produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.”

Vested interests deflect from the facts that WikiLeaks publishes by demonizing its brave staff and me. We are mischaracterized as America-hating servants to hostile foreign powers. But in fact I harbor an overwhelming admiration for both America and the idea of America. WikiLeaks’ sole interest is expressing constitutionally protected truths, which I remain convinced is the cornerstone of the United States’ remarkable liberty, success and greatness.

I have given up years of my own liberty for the risks we have taken at WikiLeaks to bring truth to the public. I take some solace in this: Joseph Pulitzer, namesake of journalism’s award for excellence, was indicted in 1909 for publishing allegedly libelous information about President Theodore Roosevelt and the financier J.P. Morgan in the Panama Canal corruption scandal. It was the truth that set him free.

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Belrev's picture

Russian UN ambassador Safronkov slams UK's ambassador Rycroft

"Why are you turning your eyes away?! Look at me! Don't you dare insulting Russia again!"

SgtShaftoe's picture

God protect you and your family and coworkers Julian. You are truly doing God's work (not in the Goldman way).

holgerdanske's picture

With your name, just a small note:

It is a cry used since ancient times: Hear, hear! Like in I hear you! (not like I am here!)


earleflorida's picture

there is a new president elect in ecuador that isn't at all liked by the voting public.

how he got elected is a mystery being the amount of opposition-- and yet he was elected.

beware julian that the ussa is going to extradite you under the 'Patriot Act'?

your obviously aware of the long reach the 'exceptioanlist' have,... being so that britain imprisoned oneself under house arrest for a very, very long tyme.

you'll need a good internationalist lawyer...

i'm here for you

emersonreturn's picture

julian, there are legions here for you---thank you.

GraveDancer's picture

The Road to World War III: Can the Dark forces of anti-Freedom trump Humanity? Kindle Edition

Insurrexion's picture

Where's the (fucking) Nobel Peace Prize for Wikileaks?


Where's the (fucking) Pulitzer Prize for Wikileaks?


Therefore, I'll give them the Official Zero Hedge "Boobie Prize" with love and kisses from all of us at the Zero Hedge Fight Club.

natashav's picture

Those with integrity,

if offered a Nobel Peace Prize,

would politely reject,

because it's nothing more than

bought and paid for Propaganda

for false prophets.

fairhill2's picture

 The Jihadi propaganda arm and pseudo Red Cross ,White Helmets, were given an Oscar by the Hollywood luvvies. led by George Clowney.That deserves the Cuck Prize for the Clown.

FoggyWorld's picture

More to the point, where is Julian Assange today?

DelusionsCrowded's picture

I nominate Snowden , Assauge , Blinney , Robert Duncan (and some many others ) for a Knighthood in the Order of True World Order for services the Freedom of humanity . TWO

Not the evil zoo of the NWO CIA NSA system of human enslavement and derangement and probable objective to breed an hermaphridite species .



HardAssets's picture

The first time something detrimental is published about this administration by Wikileaks, they will go after him with a vengence. Like the last POTUS, this one contains the seeds of a tyrant. It'll take little for the tyrant to sprout.

It gives me no joy to think this.

Ignatius's picture

A cliche', yes, nevertheless, while we humans have progressed technologically, we have severely lagged spiritually.

The violence we are able to wreck on one another is nearly beyond comprehension.  Power must be checked.

old naughty's picture


but checked by...?



SilvaDolla's picture

Cthulhu has always seemed like a righteous tentacle-deity to me. Let's give it to him.

xrxs's picture

Not enough drone strikes. Better luck next eon, ancient one.

Ignatius's picture

That's for each to answer between himself and the God.

As for me, I start with myself and take a personal inventory and work out from there.

trulz4lulz's picture

You exposed much, no fucks were given. USG arms terrorists? Meh. USG watches your children undress at night? meh. child trafficking? meh. organ harvesting run out of haiti via the clinton foundation? meh. a massive network of what appears to be child raping and cannabilistic satanists running the USG and NATO? meh.

As a supporter of wikileaks for many years, stick a fork in it, its done. Why bother? Nobody cares. Too worried about making the next paycheck just to make ends meet to be bothered with it.


Hotdog and cheese pizzas with walnut sauce for everyone! Dominoes!

ConnectingTheDots's picture

Thank you Julian for all you have done to expose the truth to the people.

History will remember your efforts and will not look kindly on your persecutors.

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

He speaks of the ring, and we all know who possesses it now.

SilvaDolla's picture

Who has the precioussss? We wants it and itssss our birthday!

small axe's picture

Thank you, Mr. Assange, for all you have done and are doing.

DOGGONE's picture

Julian Assange,
Please show these track records

serotonindumptruck's picture

If we all possessed the "courage of our convictions" that Julian Assange has, then the world wouldn't be in the precarious state that it currently is.

Corruption simply would not be tolerated, and it would be prosecuted and punished with extreme prejudice.

Thank you, Julian, for speaking out for those of us who might lack the courage of our convictions.

Insurrexion's picture


Here is a short list of what Wikileaks has done for America democracy:

2006. WikiLeaks starts leaking.[]=1&sort=3#result 2007. WikiLeaks – U.S. Military Equipment in Afghanistan 

2007.US Military Equipment in Iraq

2008. United Nations confidential reports 

2008. Swiss Banker Bank Julius Baer Files

2009. Secret Congressional Reports 

2009. Scientology Files 

2009. Collateral Murder 

2010 Afghan War Diaries 

2010. Iraq War Diaries

2011. GITMO Files 

2011. Global Intelligence Files

2012. Syria Files 

2012. Detainee Policies

2011-2014. Spy Files 

2015. Sony Files. 

2015. Bundestag Inquiry 


2015. Hacking Team – The Global Surveillance Industry

2015. NSA – Target Tokyo


2015. CIA Director John Brennan Emails

2015. The Source America Tapes


2015. The Secret Trans-Pacific-Partnership Files (TPP) 2015. The Saudi Cables


2015. EU Operations against African Refugees.


2016. NSA Targets World Leaders


2016. The Secret Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

2016. The Turkish AKP Emails

2016. The DNC Emails


2016. The Podesta Emails. 2016. The Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)


2016. The Yemen Files

2016. Hillary Clinton Email Archive


2016. The Public Library of U.S. Diplomacy


2016. The HBGary Emails 2016. The German BND-NSA Inquiry Exhibits 2016. Son of Turkish Dictator Recype Erdogan, Berat's Box 2016. CIA espionage orders for the 2012 French presidential election 2017. Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed 2017. Vault 7: Dark Matter


2017. Vault 7: Marble Framework



with much more to come.

FoggyWorld's picture

I agree that Wikileaks has done so much but last October it at least appeared as if Julian Assange had been removed from that embassy in London and that since that time WL may have become compromised.   

Insurrexion's picture


How does one explain the Vault 7 releases?

Is this OpEd in the WAPO compromised?

Is fucking Julain Assange the only guy fighting this war?


We all hope for his safety, but he will be terminated and we have to keep up the fight to win this.

This fight is bigger than WikiLeaks. But thank God for their role in the beginning.

We all know:

We need an alternate to WikiLeaks. What is it?

The bond markets are toast...very soon. (CMBSs, Puerto Rico, and Greece), pension funds will follow.

The PetroDollar will be terminated when Riyadh is terminated. Throw in Jeddah and Mecca and Tel Aviv.

North Korea is going to be gone. Short Samsung.

Marine Le Pen gets elected and there goes the Euro.


Good luck.


uhland62's picture

I think he tried, but if today is any guide, it was not a resounding success or is this the democracy that is fuelling the hopes of school children?

l still read America projecting power, not America 'projecting power' - projecting the power of destruction not of persuasion. 

natashav's picture

This is good news, very good news.

CIA run WAPO is publishing

CIA Black Ops Proxy Julian Assange.


Even the crazy f+ckers at the CIA realize 

that Trump has jumped the shark, and he's

in the clown car with nukes in the trunk.


This is a good sign because if someone did not intervene

the psychopath, some call president, and his handlers of the

death cult Chabad Lubavitch will blow up the GD world.


Trump is 100% compromised and Israel has taken over the USA.

How is he compromised you ask?

1. Odebrecht, the destroyer of Presidents (

 a. Macri

 b. a kidnapping

2. Raping a 12 year old girl with Epstein in 1994 - Mossad


Mike Pompeo, new head of CIA, 

was totally cut out of anything to do 

with the bombing in Syria,

because he actually told Trump the truth.. 


It was Israel and proxies that 

were responsible for the Chemical Weapons attack.

They say, Trump, Kushner, Israel had this planned for a long time.


In fact, Trump was on the phone LIVE with Israel during the attacks

and intelligence agencies were completely left out.

They had no idea what was going on...


Trump is compromised and is a madman controlled by 

Bibi and Mossad proxies Jared Kushner/Ivanka.


He's threatening WWIII on just about every major superpower,


Nobody wants WWIII including the sick f+cks at the CIA.


My prediction?

1. Trump will be assassinated

2. Trump will be disappeared

3. Trump will resign

4. Impeached, but I'd think he'd resign before he'd go through that


The bad news?

Everyone is corrupt in Washington, 

and sometimes something worse may come into power...

but I don't know how it could get worse than this...

earleflorida's picture

go fuck yourself,

your a troll and should be banned

you crossed the line 'mf'

serotonindumptruck's picture

Here's a hypothetical scenario.

You are an extremely wealthy trust fund dude who is worth many billions of dollars. You are accustomed to getting anything you want, including women, drugs, and prestige.

A fellow billionaire offers to take you to his private island for as much sex and drugs as you can possibly stand, and some of the "women" might be a little on the young side.

Is a 13 year old girl, all zooted up on cocaine, able to provide clear consent for sex?

earleflorida's picture

ya mean 'cosby'd... or a young natalie wood pimped out by her mother for pleasure and career'd child star kinda thingy...

FoggyWorld's picture

Do you have a source for that information pertaining to Epstein/Trump and a young girl?    I did research for an author on that situation off and on for about a year.   Read every page of every available document and all of the published articles and could not find that sort of link that involved Trump.   So really would like to know precisely how you know what never appeared in any legal transcript.

RiverRoad's picture

 "Authored by Julian Assange, editor of WikiLeaks, published op-ed via The Washington Post,"

Published by the Washington Post !! ??     WTF?????????????????

emersonreturn's picture

reeling also...perhaps wapo is trying to remember their early heady crush with wikileaks perhaps frightened as many of the left are they may be beginning to realize the value of truth---i try to censor my optimisim but JA & wikileaks invariably bring hope & with it i remember the battle is really for truth & that ultimately love prevails.  

Troy Ounce's picture


Remember ZH is still an open web site. They do not protect us with https.

This means up and down votes can be counted easily and I bet there is someone in a data centre looking at you in your pijamas while typing away.

logicalman's picture

You are corect, but there's a low tech solution to being watched - 1/2in square of tape.


RiverRoad's picture

True.  With enough rope the evil-doers will ultimately hang themselves and save us the job.

Reaper's picture

Truth can set our minds free.  Next step: free of their control.

lie_to_me's picture

Before the election TX was making preparations to secede. They were buying gold and supposedly had a deal with China to protect them from U.S. aggression. This comes from a friend tight with my state's GOP presence. (Personally I hate the fucks but I keep my member of the Republican Party designation so that I can vote in the primaries. This might help on the local level. I do laugh at them though when they ask me for money.) If Texas goes ( and I pray that they do) I only hope that they'll let some Yankee carpetbaggers immigrate. Another GOP insider thinks that the U. S. will break up and the states will go their own way. This is the best possible scenario. The less centralization the better.

WarPony's picture

'Sange be see eye aye, so listen closely to what he say

'Cause be a shitstorm brewing for ole USA

Is Red Sheild gonna make 'em pay?

Sure but not too soon now that Trump came out to play

Cardinal Fang's picture

'Did you exchange,
A walk on part in a war,
For a lead role in a cage?'

conraddobler's picture


I do not think that word means what they think it means.

Aristofani's picture

As much as the often quoted in non msm, Eisenhower speech is commendable.

One must not forget, his adminstration c/- the dulles brothers and others was doing the same evil shit. Their "crowning" achievement occuring in 1963.

RiverRoad's picture

Old Ike was well aware of the "evil (MIC) shit" setup and smartly got in the last word on it making sure THEY couldn't lay the blame on him, the "general"-president, for instituting it.

PitBullsRule's picture

This albino dipshit just never goes away!  He's full of himself.  " publish newsworthy content", Yeah!  Content that you STOLE from the NSA!  He STOLE classified documents, its well known that they kill people for doing that.  He is neutralizing work that we taxpayers paid Billions for, and he's helping our enemies.

He should be shot and buried with all the other fuckers that wanted to see America burn.