About Valid Values
On Valid Values you can find portraits of people who are linked to WikiLeaks in various ways. Among them are human rights lawyers- and activists, artists, journalists and ambassadors. Learn about their values by looking at their portraits and by reading their personal statements.
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is charged by the US government with publishing war crimes committed by that same government. He could face 175 years in jail.
Democracy is in danger when it becomes a crime to publish truthful information. This isn’t just an attack on journalism. It’s an attack on the future of democracy.
The values of governments that start wars by lies, manipulate the media with propaganda and spin, violate human rights or commit war crimes are evident. They don’t care much about truth, transparency or the rule of law.
In a real democracy the media would monitor, investigate and report misconducts by governments to give the public a balanced view. When journalists are colluding with governments, that balance is gone.
Shortly after publishing the war crimes, Julian Assange became victim of a campaign to manipulate the public opinion with lies, fabricated evidence and made-up allegations. After investigating the case, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture stated: “In 20 years of work with victims of war and political persecution I have never seen democratic states ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual with so little regard for the law”.