Published on Friday, December 17, 2010 by The Guardian/UK
Now WikiLeaks has laid bare the lies and collusion, we pledge to not just witness but actively participate in its fight for democracy
We are writing this statement in support of democracy.
Since Sunday, 28 November, WikiLeaks and five major newspapers from around the world (the Guardian , the New York Times , Der Spiegel, Le Monde, El Pais) have been publishing redacted versions of leaked US diplomatic cables in an ongoing story that has become known as "Cablegate". The identity of the original leaker is – as yet – unconfirmed.
This is not the first leak of confidential documentation that exposes governmental lies – and it won't be the last. Secret information has long been used by elites to build and maintain power over huge populations of citizens, workers, armed forces and others. But when the secrets of the elite are revealed, the power they represent can be confronted and reversed.
Nor is this the first time that state (and other) forces of power have acted to prevent dissemination of information on the internet – and it won't be the last.
Sites have been removed by their hosting companies , servers seized by police or other governmental authorities, take-down requests issued under the rule of law
But the issues run deeper than this. As former
Power is abused in our name by governments and transnational corporations around the world
Now, we find we are witnessing a new level of info-struggle. We are witnessing how the emperor wears no clothes. We can see the lies made bare, we can see the posturing and propositioning that our governments participate in. We can see the collusion that occurs with transnational corporations and with global media giants. WikiLeaks and others are battling against powerful institutions bent on curtailing our knowledge of and influence over policies and structures that impact our lives
Thus, we pledge to not simply bear witness but to actively participate in this fight – for freedom of speech, for real democracy and for justice. We know this is only the beginning
Daniel Kahn Gillmor
Tachanka!  collective
London Indymedia 
Donnacha Delong, vice-president, National Union of Journalists
Yvonne Ridley, founder, Women In Journalism
Mike Holderness, freelance journalist
Pennie Quinton, freelance journalist and human rights campaigner
David Graeber, reader in social anthropology, Goldsmiths,
Plentyfact  collective
Sasha Costanza-Chock, fellow, Berkman Centre for Internet & Society, Harvard University
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