Ellsberg: “EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.”
Making the same arguments as the Nixon Administration. Is that how many members of the press and elements of today’s government want to play this?
I was somewhat ambivalent about the leaks. But after listening to the attacks, I think they were important, now. When scared politicians are calling for the assassination of someone just for releasing information leaked to them, for being a journalist, then what has the US become? A banana republic?
If your government is true and effective and good, information like this just allows it to self-correct. The fact that everyone is acting like cockroaches running from the light leaves me disappointed.
Also, Futurismic has a good point here.
Complications arise from the nature of the accusations levelled at Assange, however; rape is a contentious issue at the best of times, and when combined with a highly polarising political story like Wikileaks”¦ well, let’s just say there’s a whole lot of FAIL going on, mostly involving pro-Assange folk leaping to the assumption that the charges are trumped up, and a subsection of those folk springboarding from there into the realms of casual and institutionalised misogyny ““ you know, “liberal laws mean women can call rape whenever they’ve decided they didn’t like the guy after all”, that sort of thing. Assange becomes the victim of the narrative, while his accuser becomes a lying manipulative cock-tease”¦ which is pretty much the standard narrative surrounding rape cases of much smaller profile than this one, sadly.
Which Jim Hines further amplifies on here.
I don’t know if Assange is guilty or not. But I’m disgusted with how we so often and so quickly leap to attack and condemn the alleged victims in cases of rape.