Can Julian Assange compare to the Rolling Stones in terms of public fame and elite rejection? In this lighthearted holiday analysis of the WikiLeaks saga, columnist Quico Alsedo of Spain’s El Pais depicts Assange as a man who enrages the ruling classes and is loved by the common man – as was Jagger – but with a difference: Assange has also exposed the major media as apathetic, ineffectual, and nursing at the teats of those in power.
For El Pais, Quico Alsedo writes in part:
Besides starring in a tale not to be topped in the world and having exposed more than a few of the mysteries of power – which will not soon be forgotten, Julian Assange has acquired something even more potent: the power to polarize, shake things up, and leave no one indifferent to his visage, just as skanky and provocative as the Rolling Stones’ famous tongue. His groupies demand a tell-all.
As much as we whine about the constant media diet of WikiLeaks, Assange is clearly the ultimate Mick Jagger of the digital age. He’s done it all: blown the whistle on the truth of Yankee diplomacy; outlined a map of the web woven by the world’s economic and political powers; revealed widespread journalistic apathy; and sounded the death knell for today’s information business, thereby scaring the hell out of the old ladies of the news world.