the sweden-based news site, http://www.thelocal.se has published more detailed information about julian assange’s accusations. calling the accusers miss A and miss W. if what the local writes is true, miss W could conceivably have grounds for claiming that julian assange raped her. assange, co-founder of wikileaks–the website that’s got the u.s. pentagon’s panties in a knot, is out on bail in the uk and faces extradition back to sweden. if this all sounds like a scene from the next james bond movie. well you can bet it’s the one starring that aussie guy.
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everyone from bianca jagger to michael moore dug deep into their (huge, in the case of moore) pockets to bust wiki leaks founder julian assange out of, as he described it, his victorian prison. and now assange is under mansion arrest somewhere in suffolk england.
is julian assange the left’s answer to glenn beck? is assange really a true lefty? this austrailan mathematican/physicist/ex-hacker is not your traditional journalist. his drive for transparency isn’t necessarily the mantra of he left.
–making a gross generalization, the mantra of the left (as well as the right) tends to fall more along the lines of ‘let’s expose any and everything that runs counter to our groups’ core beliefs.’
has assange become a rock star? seems that way. what with hanger ons like jemma khan and bianca jagger. is he an important figure for the 21st century. and isn’t wikileaks and not julian assange more the important issue because assange is just one member of an international, decentralized network of transparency seekers. could we even call them journalists? probably not. maybe not even editors in the traditional sense. more like organizers. but wikileaks is definitely a modern news organization.
this is not an accurae headline. ron paul used a whole 5 minutes to ask poignant questions about the wikileaks scandal. he nailed it with:
‘Why is the hostility directed at Assange, the publisher, and not at our governments failure to protect classified information?’
‘Are we getting our moneys worth of the 80 Billion dollars per year spent on intelligence gathering?’ –’we’ meaning americans.
whether or not you believe the charges against julian assange are trumped up or not. we have to give it to matt drudge for running the headline of the week ‘horny hacker.’ today the guardian newspaper and politics today note that neither visa nor mastercard will allow their cardhold users to donate to wikileaks.
it is clear that if bradley manning downloaded classified info from the formerly most powerful country in the world, that he should be prosecuted. and maybe 52 years in prison isn’t quite long enough.
but for politicians to be calling for the murder of the head of a news organization. that’s just beyond creepy.
julian assange, like his aussie countrymate rupert murdoch, controls the international media like no other. but his rise is infinitely more impressive than that of rupert murdoch given that assange is v. much anti-establishment and made his mark as a hacker, apparently using the moniker mendax.
as a bit of a blast from the recent past, we’ve decided to post this nice little tidbit of assange when he was interviewed for the ‘tea with the economist‘ section of the economic rag.