This is one of those stories that captures the imagination, much like the Standard Chartered debacle, or the Knight Capital comedy. It captures my particular imagination because the story swings between a good international espionnage flick and bad daytime TV.
No matter your opinion of Julian Assange, no matter whether you think Wikileaks serves the greater good or is a serious risk to international security, you have to admit, this drama holds up a mirror to contemporary culture. At best it’s a David vs Goliath story, where b-rated actors nurtured through mass media and social networks start out as underdogs, fighting The System. At a certain point The System can’t ignore the underdog. Continue reading