Instead of buying a burrito for lunch, Michael Moore helped buy the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by contributing $20,000 of his own money to Assange’s bail fund. According to a blog post written by Moore on today’s Daily Cos, “We were taken to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had a WikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull it off. The only reason they thought they could get away with it was because they had a guaranteed cloak of secrecy. That guarantee has now been ripped from them, and I hope they are never able to operate in secret again. So why is WikiLeaks, after performing such an important public service, under such vicious attack? Because they have outed and embarrassed those who have covered up the truth. The assault on them has been over the top…”
Whether you like Moore, or think he is an overblown ass – or think, like The UN, Time Magazine, Brazil, and Russia that Assange is a heroic rogue journalist trying to change the world for the better, or if you side with The US government, Amnesty International, and Reporters Without Borders in calling Assange a lawless security danger, or even if you see both sides and aren’t sure, you’ve got to respect Moore’s fearless spending for the forces of whatever cause he’s currently fighting for. Then again, it would be easier to respect him if he wasn’t so damn patronizing. If Moore really wanted to do us a favor, he’d go make an album with Wyclef called Good Intentions, then burn it.