Michael Moore and Julian Assange: A WikiLeaks Love Story
The controversial filmmaker best known for directing "Bowling for Columbine," "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Sicko" is joining a long list of outspoken celebrities by contributing $20,000 of his own money to aid WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's bail fund. A London magistrate set bail at $380,000 for the internationally marked man on Tuesday and now awaits a possible appeal from Swedish authorities.
Why would Moore contribute to Assange's bail fund?
"Openness, transparency -- these are among the few weapons the citizenry has to protect itself from the powerful and the corrupt," writes Moore in a public letter published on his website. "What if within days of August 4th, 1964 -- after the Pentagon had made up the lie that our ship was attacked by the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin -- there had been a WikiLeaks to tell the American people that the whole thing was made up? I guess 58,000 of our soldiers (and 2 million Vietnamese) might be alive today.
"Instead, secrets killed them."
Moore goes on to take issue with New York Rep. Peter King's contention that WikiLeaks is a terrorist organization.
"And indeed they are! They exist to terrorize the liars and warmongers who have brought ruin to our nation and to others," Moore explains. "Perhaps the next war won't be so easy because the tables have been turned -- and now it's Big Brother who's being watched ... by us!"
Moore says he is offering the services of his website, servers, domain names and "anything else" he can contribute to Assange's cause.
Other notable figures supporting Assange's bail fund include human rights advocate Bianca Jagger, socialite Jemima Khan, British filmmaker Ken Loach and journalist John Pilger.
Read the entire letter on Mike's Blog.
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