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Feature Article by Paul Rosenberg
Most people know the what about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks – that they publish secret information – but they don't know the why. And that's a great loss, because the reason behind all the leaks is both brilliant and illuminating.
It Usually Starts with the Cypherpunks
The first thing to understand is that WikiLeaks, like Bitcoin, came from the cypherpunks. In particular, WikiLeaks was spawned by a cypherpunk group that formed (spontaneously) in Melbourne, Australia.
In other words, WikiLeaks is the creation of some smart guys who were inspired by Timothy C. May, Eric Hughes, Murray Rothbard, and a few others. Assange was part of this group and an intriguing thinker in his own right.
Assange explained what WikiLeaks would be doing, and why, back in 2006, and you can still find copies of that work here. Given the worldwide recognition of WikiLeaks, it's a little crazy that this is so little known and discussed, but I'l
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