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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-10 09:46 PM
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10. For me it is personal in an odd way. I grew up with a violent authoritarian
father who was very respected in the community. To see the person he was behind the mask was impossible. My father did not want anyone to see him in any way other than as a powerful figure. I have real issues with authority figures - I don't like or trust them but I find it extremely difficult to see beyond the mask they project. These cables are like airing out dirty laundry and corrode the mystique that surrounds powerful people.

I also feel for Assange because I am the black sheep of the family and reviled by relatives who think I didn't respect my father. I never revealed anything out of total fear but acted in ways that cast me in a bad light. So when people like Assange, reveal things that embarass the powerful, I feel it in the depth of my soul and am enabled to see the powerful as human. I am sure that many people living under authoritarian rule are as transfixed as I by Assange and his wikileaks.
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