Americans are frustrated. The left is convinced that President Trump colluded with the Russians, stole the election, and prevented them from permanently transforming the United States into a borderless welfare and regulatory state. Conversely, the right is frustrated with the Obama administration’s weaponization of the administrative apparatus to persecute conservatives, obscure reality, and silence critics. They view the FBI cover up of Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting of the Tea Party, the Clinton e-mail scandal, the lies surrounding the Benghazi disaster, and the prosecutorial targeting of journalists and political opponents as troubling abuses of government power.
All of these concerns are linked to a broader issue: transparency. The excessive classification and redaction of government documents combined with mostly ineffective and toothless Congressional oversight leads many of the millions of career government employees to behave as an unelected ruling class that determines when laws will be enforced, who to punish with crippling regulations, or what spin on reality the public should be told. Exaggeration about crowd size at an inauguration, for example, pales in comparison to the lies spun about Benghazi which disgraced the memory of the brave Americans who died protecting the Ambassador and embassy staff. The tale of a spontaneous protest that Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton spun had no basis in truth and was solely to protect the political reputation of the Obama administration during a critical time in the election.
Political spin, aided by a compliant media, was commonplace during the Obama administration and ultimately lead to deeply rooted mistrust and opposition to the “Deep State” that emblemizes the corruption that has infected the bureaucracy. In an age of biased partisan media, one of the few effective checks against government corruption around the world has proven to be WikiLeaks. When Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks exposed NSA spying on average Americans, they also exposed National Intelligence Director James Clapper’s blatant lies to Congress and the American people during his March 2013 testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Snowden and WikiLeaks were quickly villainized for exposure of classified information despite the clear probative nature of the data and the clarity it provided to the public. This was just an early hint of the vast weaponization of the intelligence community and prosecutorial arm of the government under Obama.
In an era of “Fake News” and “mainstream” media outlets that are overtly biased and politicized, the people need an organization such as WikiLeaks that disseminates data and information in raw form, without bias or opinion, now more than ever. Julian Assange has done more to expose government tyranny and corruption around the world than any investigative journalist or news organization in the modern era. Civilized democracies, which should be governed for the benefit of the people rather than the state, should embrace and encourage transparency and support agents of truth. It is time for the U.S. and others to offer immunity to Assange and embrace the truth that WikiLeaks delivers to the people.