It's unlikely that I will be getting a job with the Federal Government, given my age and disposition these days, and so, despite warnings to people to not comment on Wikileaks if they hope to get a Federal job in the future, I can make a statement: This week's Saturday Night Live opening skit of Wikileaks as TMZ is hilarious!
I started laughing as soon as the actor playing Julian Assange came on. When he said the Wikileaks founder's name, I thought of the evil Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter series.
I laughed harder as the skit continued, whittling Wikileaks down to a political gossip rag. However, I also thought, while sometimes gossip magazines, websites, and TV shows can ruin reputations, Wikileaks could cause someone to be killed, at least the Pentagon says so. (If anyone from the CIA, FBI, or Justice Department reads this, please remember that I have worked at a Federal facility before and have yet to spill one secret.)
But about my mind linking Julian Assange to Bellatrix Lestrange, Bellatrix never hides the identity of the object of her affection or with whom she wants to curry favor. So, on the surface, the only thing these Assange and Lestrange appear to have in common may be how their names sound similar.
However, considering that Bellatrix feverishly serves a dark lord (Voldemort), we must also wonder if someone greater and more sinister than Assange pulls his strings or who is Julian Assange really? Is he really just some hacker turned publisher? He's perceived to be a man of mystery by some, and Sarah Palin's dubbed him a terrorist. Consider the source on that last one. And then there are those Swedish rape charges.
Furthermore, can we follow the money for Wikileaks? A few speculated a while back that Wikileaks is funded by the CIA (That theory makes little sense to me, but who funds it is a secret). Whoever's propping it up financially is probably chuckling in luxury suite somewhere right now.
After its Wikileaks's release in November of cables embarrassing heads of state and diplomats, governments around the world, including ours, are after Assange. His actions however, cannot be called treasonous by America, a point made at the end of the SNL skit, since he is not an American citizen.
How could the son of theater people get himself into so much trouble? Maybe he learned from them how to create a spectacle. Speculations aside, Assange speaks for himself, answering readers' questions at the U.K. Guardian.
Each day he becomes more the pop icon, a digital Robin Hood in some corners, the butt of jokes in others. Slate takes a humorous poke at the Wikileaks controversy with "What Julian Assange Wrote on Obama's Facebook Page," and even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's found a way to joke about the leaks (through gritted teeth perhaps. The SNL skit has Wikileaks TMZ looking up her skirt, literally).
Let's hope for Assange's sake, he doesn't meet Lestrange's fate.