The humanity has been brought to a crossroad by coming of
age with the Internet and digitalisation of daily lives,
warned Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Australian commentator
Robert Manne in a public discussion program Ideas
at the House taken place very recently in Sydney Opera
Since the 9.11, the elites in the West have betrayed mankind.
They waged wars in Iraq without justification or legality,
and their greed caused financial crisis, while at the same
time they accumulated an astonishing amount of wealth, which
is particularly the case in the United States, said Manne.
Now the humanity will have to decide whether the Internet
is going to be a mechanism for mass democracy and collective
liberation or a tool for total control and complete suppression.
It is civilisation at the stake if the 99% suppressed lose
the battle to the 1% elites. Allowing Washington-based global
corporate government to militarise the cyber space is to
allow the entire humanity to slip back to the Medieval dark
age. In fact, the situation will be much worse since the
internet and society have now merged together, therefore
the militarisation of the cyber space will effectively mean
the militarisation of the human society.
But the merge of virtual and real worlds can also help the
humanity to progress in another direction: a leap towards
a higher level of civilisation in
which information can be better shared, ideas can be better
exchanges, consciousness between individuals can be better
connected, cooperation among people can be better organised,
economic and cultural benefits can be better distributed,
and the human race can be better united into a whole.
Thus the clash between these two groups is the battle that
will determine the fate of the human civilisation, observed
Which direction the mankind is going to take all depends
on whether the 99% prepare to confront the powerful and ruthless
ruling elites. Fortunately, we do see individuals who have
the resource and courage to force the establishment to be
accountable. Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden
and Glenn Greenwald - these courageous whistleblowers and
journalists are like the pioneer warriors braving the hail
of bullets to steer the wheel of vessel away from crashing
into the iceberg. But the personal cost of their bravery
is huge: some fell on the path, some severely injured and
some are pursued relentlessly by the establishment.
Under Obama administration, the whistleblowers prosecuted
are twice more than that during the times of all previous
presidents combined. Obama's extremely selective manner with
regard to whistleblower punishment is also repulsive.
Chelsea Manning's Lawyer David Coombs pointed out in the
discussion that every single day a top-level Obama administrator
would leak classified information to the press, for the purpose
of either glorifying the Obama administration or propagating
the policies the government tries to sell to public. All
these leaks that serve the establishment interest and promote
its political agenda were never prosecuted. A case in point
is the info related to Osama bin Laden's death before Obama's
But when leaks aim at bringing transparency to the system
or expose the government wrong doing, they are dealt with
harsh punishment. Chelsea Manning did exactly what Obama's
top administrators have done over the years: He approached
the NYTS with classified document, but the NYTS wasn't interested,
so he tried to find another media outlet and eventually it
was Wikileaks who helped to publish the material. Yet Manning
has been labeled traitor and charged for treason.
So it has nothing to do with Obama's belief in the rule
of law, because he only punishes those whose leak contrary
to his political interest or policy agenda.
When the persecutor claimed that even Manning's leak was
published on NYTS, he would still be charged for treason,
it tells clearly that the trial of Manning is Obama's attempt
to warn not only future whistleblowers but journalists and
publishers - that is a brutal attack on the freedom of expression.
Yet the moral courage can be contagious. What Julian Assange,
Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden have done demonstrate
that in the internet age ordinary people can make a real
impact on the future direction of human civilisation. That
is the very essence of mass
democracy, which is fundamentally different from American-style
at the House is a public lecture program hosted by
Sydney Opera House, promoting intelligent discussion and
debate from a broad range of disciplines. On the 2nd anniversary
of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Sydney Opera House
posted online the latest series titled The War On Whistleblowers & Their
Publishers, in which Wikileaks founder Julian Assange,
Guardian Journalist Glenn Greenwald and Chelsea Manning's
Lawyer David Coombs joined US Journalist and activist Alexa
O'Brien and Australian commentator Robert Manne on stage
through video conference to discuss the ongoing war between
the global elite dictatorship and the mass democracy movement.