In Australia, which is not the source of any leaking or the site of Wikileaks web hosting, Gillard and her echoes are so certain of Assange's criminality and risk to democracy and world peace that they've assigned an entire battlefield of Australian soldiers, intelligence officers and officials to investigate whether Assange has breached any Australian laws.
Soldiers are on the case!
Intelligence officers are on the case!
Officials are on the case!
I assume a few lawyers have also been asked to contribute to the
A couple of months ago Assange was accused of rape. In general, given the tiny proportion of rapes reported to police, and the even tinier proportion of that number resulting in convictions (most rapists walk free), I'm inclined to assume guilt, or at the least something iffy going on. Not so when I first heard of the allegations against Assange. Sure as shit a set-up. As bold as brass and as clear as daylight. The arrest warrant is at the ready, and Assange will be in jail soon enough, for something he didn't do, but it will keep him off the streets and away from computers, possibly for years.
I'm not fond of consipiracy theories; for the most part, don't even find them amusing, but I suddenly see a conspiracy sprouting on the anus of democracy, and it's making me a little queezy.
"AS THE net [err, that was no pun intended, right?] closes around WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the notorious whistleblower has accused Prime Minister Julia Gillard of betraying him as an Australian citizen in her eagerness to help the United States attack him and his organisation.
So far, the only charges that may be brought against Mr Assange relate to an alleged sex assault in Sweden. Mr Assange's lawyer in London, Mark Stephens, said that neither he nor Scotland Yard had received the new arrest warrant from Sweden. Mr Assange has denied the sex assault allegations.
[In relation to Assange's son, who lives in Oz and has posted online in defense of his father - and good for him ... ] The 20-year-old software developer's comments were posted on an American blogger's website yesterday in response to the blogger's calls for the former Box Hill High student to be physically harmed or kidnapped in a bid to flush out his father."Because that's what democracy, capitalism and the free world is all about, right?
Assange has and will continue to provide an organisation and infrastructure for receipt and publication of material that would otherwise never be made available to the public. Much in the way that old media has always done, albeit, less so nowadays, given all the cutting and slashing of investigative journalists and budgets.
So too MSM outlets republish Wikileaks content. Some are even given pre-launch preview material, so that they have plenty of time to read, assess, and edit their own copy - hot off the press as soon as Wikileaks hits the publish button.
If Assange is guilty of a crime, so too are hundreds of media outlets, and regardless of whether they are all charged and found guilty (ha!), or only Assange is deemed chargeable and guilty, our collective trip in a hand-basket to the seventh level of hell will be swift.
The fifth estate, if ever it were to stand up and fight to the death - now is that moment.
PM has betrayed me: Assange