Há algumas décadas atrás o Nostradamus contemporâneo assim falou:
“World War III will be a global information war w/ no division between civilian & military participation”
America is yet to realise, however, that it is in its own interest to be nice to Mr Assange. If harmed, he would become a martyr. WikiLeaks could be transformed from a handful of volunteers to a global movement of politicised geeks clamouring for revenge. Today’s WikiLeaks talks the language of transparency, but it could quickly develop a new code of explicit anti-Americanism, anti-imperialism and anti-globalisation.
More embarrassingly, Mr Assange’s fans are often the very same geeks that Washington needs to court, in order to push forward its desires to end internet censorship in authoritarian states such as China and Iran. The White House is currently engaged in a fresh move to promote “open government” around the globe. Alienating those who rally behind Mr Assange’s bombastic pronouncements threatens to stall progress in these areas. Indeed, promoting open government while chastising an group that puts “we open governments” in its Twitter bio seems hypocritical to many.
What if the US decides not attack WikiLeaks and its partners? True, the released cables are unlikely to undermine unpleasant regimes in Russia, China or much of the Middle East. But in the future, WikiLeaks-style organisations could be useful allies of the west as it seeks to husband democracy and support human rights. Groups such as WikiLeaks claim that there is power in information. But that power is made all the greater when it’s backed by the thoughtful advocacy of groups, like Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International, and placed in context by careful reporting from the numerous mainstream and online media partners that assisted WikiLeaks in its most recent release.