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Conspiracy theories concerning Wikileaks founder Julian Assange are multiplying online

Conspiracy theories concerning Wikileaks founder Julian Assange are multiplying online. Citizens the world over are calling for a revolution against banks on the 7th of December. And a site with celebrities up for auction.

JULIAN ASSANGE 

According to journalist Alexander Cockburn in an article published on British web site The First Post, Sweden’s arrest warrant for Julian Assange over sexual assault allegations is a set up. He thinks the United States will stop at nothing to bring down the Wikileaks founder, even if this means changing the espionage act to pursue Assange who is not an American citizen.

Conspiracy theories are growing on the web ever since Interpol issued a “red notice” against Assange who is not particularly popular with the Pentagon.

Julian Assange is a great one for conspiracy theories himself. One anonymous blogger based in California has analyzed one of his attempts at explaining his motives. He thinks Assange sees governments as conspiracy machines, and that revealing their secrets is the most effective way of combating their authoritarianism. 

And in a recent Twitter post, the Wikileaks team presents itself as the first global Samizdat movement. A reference to a network of dissident activity across the soviet bloc that circulated censored materials.

And Wikileaks data is now being stored in Sweden in this Cold War era nuclear bunker. So the servers should be safe and protected from any political pressure. Wikileaks was unavailable for several hours on Wednesday and was in fact kicked off Amazon servers in the US upon the request of an American senator. The site now has to defend itself from numerous attacks from hackers. 

ANTI-BANK REVOLUTION ON DECEMBER 7?  

« Nowadays, it’s easy to organize a revolution. The system revolves around the banks; the system is built on the power of banks, so it can be destroyed by the power of banks. So instead of three million people taking to the streets, with their placards, these three million people they go to the bank, withdraw their money and the banks collapse”

This was former football star Eric Cantona in October during the protests against pension reform, and his comments have been widely relayed online where calls for a revolution are multiplying. 

Shortly after Cantona’s speech was broadcast online, a Facebook group was set up to encourage French people to withdraw their money from banks ‘en masse’ on the 7th of December. The initiative has been met with huge success as over 29 000 web users have joined the group in question.

The idea came from France but has spread to other countries as demonstrated by the dozens of Facebook groups set up in Italy, Great Britain, and also Mexico, with several thousand members in each group.

The site Bankrun2010 is covering this day of global action and is providing news updates on the real aim of this mobilization: make sure the countries and their governments stop giving in to the financial market’s interests, seen as out of control, and think more about what is best for the people. At the same time, the web users who set up the site are also asking for the creation of a citizens’ bank which would be sheltered from speculation. 

9 EYES 

Canadian artist Jon Rafman did not have to leave home to post this series of photos on his web site. These shots are actually from Google Street View. Breathtaking landscapes and also spontaneous shots and unusual scenes: the aim was to give an artistic dimension to the photographs taken by the cars belonging to the American giant.

CELEBRITY ONLINE AUCTION  

Celebrities up for auction: On the site “Charity buzz”, web users can buy a star by making a donation to charity. Prince William, the singer Usher and also Twilight actor Robert Pattinson are up for sale. Money raised during the auction will go the celebrities chosen charity. In exchange the lucky web users with winning bids will receive signed objects from the celebrities or might even get to meet their favourite stars. 

VIDEO OF THE DAY 

Pay attention, here is a star in the making! This video shows an 8 year old boy breakdancing and has become a web sensation! This young Hawaiian is called Lil Demon and his choreographies and moves are just as good as any of the other older dancers. And he is also a great hit with the public.

By Electron Libre

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