There's a new Kickstarter drumming up funds for a statue featuring Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden called Anything To Say? As the Wikileaks Twitter has given it a few shout outs, cynics among us may think Julian is the one behind the project:
If this is the case, then I can't think of a more flagrant example of egocentric narcissism, driven by a near pathological cult of personality. If it's just a 'monument to courage' spearheaded by unaffiliated third parties - as the Kickstarter states - then I've got nothing against it.
As you'll notice in the pic, one of the chairs is empty. Here's why:
"This is the reason for the empty chair. Each of us can climb onto it, however uncomfortable and vulnerable, and change our point of view. The work of art will travel from country to country and offer the opportunity for us to hear each other out and think. To be free, we need to be courageous. And courage is contagious."
The statue will be fashioned by Italian sculptor Davide Dormino. He features in the video plugging the fund, which is ironically very similar to the US Army's recruitment commercials. But then maybe that's the point. If this project's trying to convey anything, it's that every donation represents a brave move by the investor.
Sadly there haven't been many, as the statue is still short of it's target by about £80,000. Maybe if it fails, they can donate the money earned to Chelsea Manning's defense fund - who probably wasn't consulted about this project.
Julian Assange: Hero? Villain? Rapist? Statue? YOU decide.