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  • Julian Assange's Sordid Ego Trip

    After hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for two months, Julian Assange was granted asylum in Ecuador yesterday to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted on charges of two counts of sexual assault.

    Assange wanted to take on the mightiest government in the world by publicizing massive amounts of sensitive U.S. government documents on his website WikiLeaks. In reality, he turned out to be nothing more than a self-centered, rather sordid little man with a martyr complex that has driven him to claim political asylum where none could possibly be justified.

    Assange has grandiosely announced that he will be making a statement at 2 p.m. on Sunday outside the Ecuadorian embassy. Still, there is no doubt that he has managed to create an international conundrum involving at least three governments—the Ecuadorian, the British, and the Swedish—as well as that of the United States, the initial target for WikiLeaks.

    Assange says he fears extradition to Sweden because that country might in turn extradite him to the U.S., where he preposterously claims that he would face torture and execution for treason.

    Ironies abound in this case. Assange claims that WikiLeaks is a tool for freedom of expression. Yet the Ecuadoran government of Rafael Correa is notorious for allowing no free media. Assange claims that government transparency is his goal, yet the governments he is fighting—the Swedish, the British and the American—are solidly democratic, hardly something that can be said of the communist regime in Ecuador.

    And as for seeking political asylum to escape charges of sexual assault, it is outrageous and against international conventions. Meanwhile, U.S. Private Bradley Manning, who trusted Assange and naively leaked thousands of U.S. military records on Afghanistan to Assange, will pay for it by facing justice.

    At this point all that remains of WikiLeaks, as one writer on its Facebook page noted, is “spam for donations and links about Assange’s personal mess.” Dating back to 2007, WikiLeaks for years sprung leaked documents on the world, such as Guantanamo Bay interrogation manuals, U.S. diplomatic cable traffic, and military documents relating to Iran and Afghanistan. However, since 2010, when Assange got into trouble in his adopted country of Sweden (where he had settled because whistle-blower protections are particularly strong), WikiLeaks has not posted anything of significance and is at the point of going broke.

    British authorities have promised to arrest Assange if he leaves the embassy grounds, so Sunday could present a new twist in the story. Still, while WikiLeaks has risked American lives in Afghanistan and Iraq, chances are that Assange will not do anything to risk his own hide. It would not be like him.

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    6 Responses to Julian Assange's Sordid Ego Trip

    1. @work4solutions says:

      2 allow secrecy in ANY entity is 2 invite the unscrupulous to abuse-Assange MAY be a sleaze but what is being covered that we SHOULD know?

    2. Julian Assage Too says:

      Harsh words for a man standing for your free speech rights too – and demonstrating poignantly that there are none. These documents are sensitive because they hide crimes and embarassments of the disgusting US government and its colonialist empire gained through massive breaches of international law and basic human dececy. Their revelation gives us information about the world we all live in thar otherwise would remain hidden for our lifetimes. Shame on you and your cowardly apologism.

    3. Russell says:

      Paragraph 1: Everyone knows where he is so how can he be said to be hiding? There are no charges pending against them so it is misinformation to say that there are.

      Paragraph 2: Ad-hominem attacks abound here. Helle is Ms. Logical Fallacy of 2012. You can say whatever you like but it doesn't make it true and it would appear, at the very least to Ecuador, that political asylum is well justified.

      Paragraph 3: More hyperbole here. It's completely subjective to say "grandiose".

      Paragraph 4: Here she continues on with the nonsense that his fears are "preposterous". Ecuador doesn't think so, I don't think so and plenty of people around the world don't think so. Screaming out loudly like a banshee doesn't make it so.

      Paragraph 5: Here she uses the phrase "solidly democratic" as if it precludes all the sorts of secretive and/or nasty things these governments get up to. It doesn't.

      More of the same follows.

      This is a disgraceful, transparently biased piece of "journalism". This woman is a joke.

      • CforUS says:

        Nothing you say can justify Ecuador's attempts to circumvent the legal process that will very likely find Julian Assange (a probable sexual predator) guilty of the crimes he's accused of. Even if he were to be found innocent or acquitted on a technicality, the rule of law must be allowed to prevail in the end. Turning Ecuador into a haven for sexual predators is not in their best interest, regardless of what Rafael Correa thinks.

    4. David says:

      Hear! Hear!

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