Whistleblower site Cryptome began publishing documents in 1996, incurring the wrath of UK and US governments. The archive endures. Young was invited to be the "public face" of Wikileaks at the formation of the venture, but declined. Now Young believes Wikileaks is selling its secrets for commercial gain. Speaking to US talk radio, Young compared Julian Assange to Henry Kissinger, and other "spook insiders" who have turned their insider knowledge into a lucrative sideline.
From the earliest discussions, Young alleges, Wikileaks intended to pimp out the information for funds.
"Well, it only came up in the topic of raising $5 million the first year. That was the first red flag that I heard about. I thought that they were actually a public interest group up until then, but as soon as I heard that, I know that they were a criminal organisation.
You should take this with somewhat of a grain of salt, as Cryptome is on the highway (freeway?) that leads to the Fever Swamps, with exits at Conspiracy Hollow and Wild Accusation Township. But still, there's a lot of this that rings true about Julian Assange. RTWT.
That said, it's ugly to watch how governments are approaching this. Rather than address the Espionage statutes head on - and risk a trial - they seem to be bringing extra-judicial financial controls (freezing assets so Wikileaks cannot defend themselves) and trumpted-up charges of rape against him. If they can do that to him, they can do that to anybody.
Thanks a lot for that Patriot Act,