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Truth at Any Cost? by luvataciousskull Truth at Any Cost? by luvataciousskull
Well, there's quite a bit about this one...

This is Julian Assange. As you may or may not know, he is the man behind Wikileaks. What is Wikileaks, you ask? Well, that depends mainly on who you ask.

Some people say its a massive plan to take down the American Government. Others say he's a hero for pointing out what the US Government is doing.

In actuality, Wikileaks has been around since 2006, and no one has been credited as the actual founder. In fact, Julian Assange is on the advisory board for the group, and has served as the face of the organization. Its also worth pointing out that Assange is actually an Australian Journalist, so he can not accurately be called a traitor or someone committing treason in the US.

Within in the past 2 weeks, the site has exploded after exposing the US Diplomatic Cables. The single best thing to come out of it, the one thing that, more than anything, I'm glad to see come out of this was the fact that the US Government has, in fact, LIED about the threat North Korea posses.

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When I created this piece, I didn't have a fully-formed opinion about Julian Assange or Wikileaks. I just had questions. Is he a hero or a villain? Is what he and Wikileaks doing truly the right thing? Does it cause more harm than good?

In the end, I still don't know. What I do know is that this reminds me of Emmanuel Goldstein, the Enemy of the State in George Orwell's Nineteen-Eighty-Four. The vilification, the charges against him... it doesn't seem real.

This piece isn't in support of him, nor is it really against him, either. Instead its just me trying to get my feelings out about this.

The one thing that makes me scared about this, about all of this, is the threat this may pose to free speech and dissent in America. During the Bush era, everyone was afraid of our freedoms being oppressed and of the government crushing dissent. Now, someone has released something showing the problems with the way the US does things... and they are trying to shut him up.

That, more than anything, scares me.

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The photo of Julian Assange comes from Flickr User espenmoe (Espen Moe), who I greatly appreciate for allowing everyone in the world to use: [link]

The Wikileaks logo comes via Wikileaks themselves and is used under a Creative Commons license of free use with attribution: [link]

Also, as for use of this image: NO COMMERCIAL USE AT ALL WITHOUT PERMISSION. That's about it. Otherwise, enjoy!
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:iconneworldisorder:
Neworldisorder Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Real noice
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LSDInkvizitor Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Some time ago, I kept thinking if key for eternal peace and harmony amongst humanity isn't in totally free information flow for all people. Literally all existing information for all existing humans. Everything for everybody about everybody. No secret anymore for any individual or state. No lie possible.

Would it lead to eternal Order or complete destruction in Chaos?
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Truth sometime costs pain
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:iconluvataciousskull:
luvataciousskull Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just a note: No, this is not some crazy Illuminati Symbol! If you think so... dude, you're nuts: [link]
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RafeZweigun Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Writer
I believe he should be admired.

Espionage Act or not, he should be admired.
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:icondead1970:
Dead1970 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
I don't think they should lock him up, they should shoot him and be done with this piece of shit!:D
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:iconbluelizard287:
BlueLizard287 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Just saw on RT that he was granted political asylum in Ecuador. I just hope the UK doesn't try to apprehend him on his way there.

"Truth is treason in the empire of lies." -George Orwell
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nanashi89 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Pro or Anti-Assange?

I am pro, I don't see what info he could have found, that could have put the people in danger.

Locking him up is pointless, if you know these laws of the net:

Rule#1: If you can hear or see it, it is no doubt that it will wind up online.
Rule#2: The first rule is to remain true for all time, no legal action can change that.
Rule#3: This isn't Legality or Morality we are talking about, it is the untold 3rd inevitable thing we can always count on.
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dekade-z Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
hey would you like to feature this on www.courageiscontagious.net?
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:iconluvataciousskull:
luvataciousskull Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely! Just let me know when and where it is on the site. :)
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:icondekade-z:
dekade-z Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Heya! just go to the site and submit what you want! we will email you once your work is online!
The site has been approached to do an interview with Wikileaks-movie.com so I have put the call out to the current submitters to create some art for the interview! Submit some work and i can send you the details RE the interview! Good chance to get your work seen.

Z
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Moto53 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, but only is the truth, is true.
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JohnHolliday Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
The issue I have with this art is the fact you put such a strong message in your description to completely take away from what I got from the piece itself. If it isn't either pro or against, then don't pick a side in the description. That goes against the message you are trying to portray.

Also, I swear I'm going to go crazy if I have to read another 1984 comparison with the US government on the internet.
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Katesmile Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Student Writer
"Is he a hero or a villain" in fact when I first read about him I had the same questions. And for example in my country's low it is said that all people live in the democracy state, and are equal and all of them must know the whole information about their country. But as George Orwell said: "All animals animals are equal,but there are some who are more equal"So why there are people who are more equal?Why rest of them can't get the information free?Why we must live in shadows?

Anyway,I like this work,very well done
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HardbeatAcolyte Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Nice work :)
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:iconluvataciousskull:
luvataciousskull Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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FadeIn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You re deeply political.I faved all of these images.
I admire your skill and share your opinions man.
N.
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:iconluvataciousskull:
luvataciousskull Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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Ovton Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Video-Interview: [link]
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SadisticoShy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
so cool! great job!
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:iconluvataciousskull:
luvataciousskull Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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musical-ecstasy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
that is what scares everyone around the globe. Wikileaks didnt have this much support till 'they' began the crackdown on wikileaks and Assange.

I for one have always supported the wikileaks' philosophy but was hardly ever interested in anything other than the news and leaks and wasn't always as active as i am now.

I am not still doing much but i do make sure that i spread the word about them every now and then.

I am sure that american govt's way of dealing with things on this issue has resulted in tremendous growth in number of wikileaks' supporters.
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Anon1357 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Great job on this.

This is the first infowar. Were it not wikileaks it would be a similar party of a different name. This day has been a long time coming and it will come again. What happens here may very well impact the future of internet censorship; no, censorship as a whole.

We must take our side, no matter how convoluted the sides maybe, and stand for our beliefs.
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luvataciousskull Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, and that may be the most insightful and thought-out reply to the piece I've gotten.

Thanks! You've given me a lot to think about. :)
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Anon1357 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
I am glad to see my feedback was well received, thank you.
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MiSt-Stavi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
now the US goverment trying to create facts for him to arrest him!! Say the truth Mr we already know about US and the others.. Its time 4big changes and the internet will help us all to blow up the system..lets start my friends.
Spraying Revolution all over the world :peace:

F*#k US system. They have already destroy many lifes and countries, its time to say no to the US terrorists..and i dont speek for the american people i speek 4 the goverments..
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crystalpox Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Whatever the politics end up being, as a piece this is amazing work!
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:iconluvataciousskull:
luvataciousskull Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Nosvertu Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the art setup; it's an attention-grabbing color-theme, and the propaganda style looks good. It looks a bit more anti- than pro- due to the 'question of safety' quote in there, but maybe that's just my perception.

As for your description, I'd recommend cycling phrases. You had "more than anything" in there three times within two paragraphs worth. If nothing else, it agitates the reader if they detect it. As far as the message, don't worry so much. No government tells their citizens everything, and all that was leaked was things we already knew or didn't matter much.
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:iconluvataciousskull:
luvataciousskull Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the heads-up and comments! :D
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Nosvertu Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob, thanks for listening.
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CSnyder Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
and the US didnt arrest him, they had nothing to do with it
facts are lacking in your artist's comments
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Frantic1892 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Assange has not been charged with pedophilia (nor is he suspected of it). As for the rape charges, both involve consensual sex. In the first case, Assange had allegedly agreed to wear a condom, but then didn't (which is rape under Swedish law). In the second, the woman allegedly withdrew her consent mid-coitus (which is rape under Swedish law). And I didn't see anywhere in the artist's comments that suggest that Assange was arrested by the US. The USG is trying to shut Assange up, though; they've put heavy pressure on various financial companies, online businesses, and web hosts. That, and painting him as a terrorist and traitor.
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CSnyder Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
you can read about here
unless you arent interested in facts [link]
the US did not arrest him, he wasnt charged for anything having to do with freedom of speech
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:iconcsnyder:
CSnyder Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
they havent done the trial yet, how can you say it was consentual, you werent there
and she was 17, he is alot older=pedophile
he was arrested in england by the english, US can not arrest anyone in england by law, he is being extradited to sweden where he committed the crime
learn the facts and stop making them up
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:iconcrystalpox:
crystalpox Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
How can you say it wasn't? Neither were you.
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:iconfrantic1892:
Frantic1892 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
a) The details of the charges have been widely reported in the press.
b) The age of consent in Sweden is 15.
c) I didn't say that the US arrested Assange. I said they were trying to shut him up.

That enough facts for you, genius?
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:iconcsnyder:
CSnyder Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
details or not you are still wrong
how do you know what the US is trying to do?
end of conversation
go troll someone else's comments
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:iconluvataciousskull:
luvataciousskull Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
There's no better way to show how wrong you are in an argument than to say "end of conversation".

There's no reference of pedophilia ANYWHERE on the Wikipedia page. Not only that, but I never, not once, said that Assange was arrested by the US, or even at all. I did point out that the US Government does seem to want to shut him up, and the argument in America is if he's a hero or a villain.

Its pretty apparent what you think, and that's fine. But, please, make sure you actually study the issue a bit more before posting your thoughts.
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:iconfrantic1892:
Frantic1892 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
I was distracted... I originally wanted to compliment you on your artwork! Really solid work, mate.
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:iconluvataciousskull:
luvataciousskull Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, thanks, man! :D
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:iconfrantic1892:
Frantic1892 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Wow. That has to be one of the most pathetic capitulations I've ever seen. You're right, "conversation" with you is pointless.
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:iconcsnyder:
CSnyder Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
how bout what he was arrested for, pedophile and rape
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