The money quote:
“El drama no ha hecho más que empezar. Una organización de comunicación libre, basada en el trabajo voluntario de periodistas y tecnólogos, como depositaria y transmisora de quienes quieren revelar anónimamente los secretos de un mundo podrido, enfrentada a aquellos que no se avergüenzan de las atrocidades que cometen pero sí se alarman de que sus fechorías sean conocidas por quienes los elegimos y les pagamos. Continuará.”
“The drama has only just begun. A free media organization based on the voluntary work of journalists and technicians, functioning as a repository and transmitter for those who want to anonymously reveal the secrets of a rotten world, facing those who are not ashamed of the atrocities they have committed but are alarmed that their crimes might be known by those who elect and pay them. To be continued.”
Although Castells is wrong on that last part. At this point, you would have to be willfully ignorant to not know anything about torture, rendition, etc. The majority of Americans simply do not care. It is true though, that the power elite (political, military, media, corporate) does not like to have its dealings exposed to day light.
No wonder then when political and military information is revealed, the media and corporate sides of the power elite rush to the rescue of the others: the media by shifting the issue to shooting the messenger, and the corporate side by kicking Wikipedia off its servers.
And the strident reaction from media organizations exposes their lapdog status once and for all. It is up to civil society organizations such as Wikileaks to watch the watchers (literally), at their own perils, of course.
Or maybe Julian Assange might be the 21st century Emmanuel Goldstein, and the cable news networks are running the long version of the 2 minutes of hate.