Artist

Banksy

During his tour in New York (Day 9) Banksy unveiled one of his most politically charged installations to date – the mural "Crazy Horse" with an audio guide that includes a clip from the Collateral Murder video published by Wikileaks.

The classified US military video was leaked by Chelsea Manning to WikiLeaks in April 2010. WikiLeaks released it under the title "Collateral Murder". The graphic video depicts the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff.


 

Mass surveillance is an important topic for many, including artists like Banksy and the WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange  (Amazon Atlas, Vault 7 and other reports).  

It’s important to remember that the amount of evil deeds power structures will commit is directly proportional to the amount of information they are permitted to hide from the public. We will not have a healthy world until power and secrecy have an inverse relationship to each other: privacy for rank-and-file individuals and transparency for governments and their officials. 
Caitlin Johnstone

 

Spying Operation

We assume the Banksy near GCHQ is drawing reference to us "spying" on the spies' for the public.
WikiLeaks also wrote on Twitter

From Twitter

Governments around the world are becoming increasingly greedy and unscrupulous in the way they sweep up and use our personal information. This is about showing that the law exists to keep the government spooks in check.
Rachel Logan, Amnesty’s legal programme director

 [ ! ] Open Letter to Banksy   

Artists for Assange (editors) and UK's Don’t Extradite Assange campaign hereby call on Banksy to help us now and bring to public attention the cruelty, torture and potential extradition of Assange to the USA. There he would suffer, for the rest of his life, for doing bold journalism that has exposed war crimes and human rights abuses as well as corporate and environmental violations and powers that perpetuate misery for profit.
We hope this message will reach you and our plea will reach your heart. We are not just defending an individual who has suffered so much for his principles, we are terrified for the future of journalism and our ability to be informed.