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Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Anonymous to Glenn Beck: You don't understand us

By Melissa Bell
Glenn Beck Anonymous
Anonymous and Glenn Beck (Right: Paul Hanna/Reuters Left: Helayne Seidman)

The attacks on Web sites have petered off and Julian Assange free on bail. What's a social revolutionary movement to do?

Over the past few days, not much has been heard from the Anonymous camp, the loose group of computer users who have fought to defend WikiLeaks, until today. When the group decided to pick a polite fight with Glenn Beck by posting an open letter to the talk show host. To get attention? To get his support? It's unclear from the letter. As Business Insider reports, Beck has been supportive of WikiLeaks the past few weeks. The letter, though, says he has misunderstood Anonymous:

You spoke of revolution as though it is necessarily a bad thing. Let us remind you that America was founded upon revolution. Furthermore, the world we live in today is the result of numerous revolutions that have occurred throughout human history - many of them being positive, and resulting in advancements for all of humanity. You seem to imply that we are revolutionaries. We do not object to this - in fact, it pleases us.

Perhaps this is Anonymous' move to get a little of the Beck love showered on them and perhaps an invitation to his show. The letter signs off with this: "You are welcome to talk to us at anytime. We will answer any further questions you may have. After further dialogue, perhaps then you will see that you and we are not so different."

Read the full letter here:

Mr. Beck,

We have no problem with those who criticize us. We understand that freedom of speech includes the right to speak out in criticism of those whom you may not agree with. We have many critics, and we respect their first amendment rights.

However, in your recent comments, it seems that you and/or your editing team have mixed up a few details during your research on us. We at Anonymous wish to set the record straight, so that you and your audience will be better informed about us and our objectives. Hopefully, this will reduce some of the anxiety you may feel towards us in the process.

You see, Mr. Beck, we are not an organization. We have no leaders. We have no official spokesperson. We have no age, race, ethnicity, color, nationality, or gender. Anyone who claims to speak for all of us is, quite frankly, a liar. To be clear, the gentleman known as Coldblood was not sanctioned by anyone but himself to speak on our behalf.

Your attempts to formally link Anonymous to Wikileaks were misguided. We are not formally linked to Mr. Assange, to Wikileaks, or the break-off operation, Openleaks. To reiterate, we are not an organization of any kind.

You spoke of revolution as though it is necessarily a bad thing. Let us remind you that America was founded upon revolution. Furthermore, the world we live in today is the result of numerous revolutions that have occurred throughout human history - many of them being positive, and resulting in advancements for all of humanity.

You seem to imply that we are revolutionaries. We do not object to this - in fact, it pleases us.

Neither Wikieaks nor its founder have been charged with any crime in connection to any of the published leaks. Thus, we at Anonymous see any actions directed at silencing Wikileaks as an assault on our freedom of information and the freedom of those at Wikileaks to publish as they see fit.

Whether young or old, political or apolitical, moderate or hard-liner, the issue of freedom of speech and information affects us all. Please do not aspire to make the Wikileaks issue more divisive than it already is, Mr. Beck.

We embrace everyone from all walks of life, from all corners of the earth, to join us in our quest to protect and further enhance not only our rights to freedom of information and freedom of speech, but all of our human freedoms.

You are welcome to talk to us at anytime. We will answer any further questions you may have. After further dialogue, perhaps then you will see that you and we are not so different. Anonymous can be anyone, anywhere, at anytime, and that includes you and your audience as well, Mr. Beck. We simply wish to see the freedoms of all Americans and all citizens of Earth to be at the very least maintained, and wherever possible, strengthened and enhanced to their fullest extent.

Signed,

Anonymous

By Melissa Bell  | December 16, 2010; 11:59 AM ET
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Comments

Call the whambulance, hackers are misunderstood

Posted by: john1513 | December 16, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

AN ODD COUPLE INDEED! But both are faced with the same obstacles when it pertains to freedom of speech. Wikileaks and it's supporters have made no distinctions between the two.

Posted by: inewsmaster | December 16, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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