Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Julian Assange: International Criminal or Victimized Whistle Blower?

By now everyone has heard that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is in British custody:

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange surrendered to London police Tuesday as part of a Swedish sex-crimes investigation, the latest blow to an organization that faces legal, financial and technological challenges after releasing hundreds of secret U.S. diplomatic cables.
Assange was due at Westminster Magistrate's Court later Tuesday. If he challenges his extradition to Sweden, he will likely be remanded into U.K. custody or released on bail until another judge rules on whether to extradite him, a spokeswoman for the extradition department said on customary condition of anonymity..." (SOURCE)

And I think that the Obama Administration probably considered him a whistle blower until his leaks began to burn them too... And interesting this arrest comes right on the heels of Assange telling Time magazine that Hillary Clinton should resign.

But, what I'm wondering is...why? Regardless of whether you think he's a whistle blower or a glory seeker that is willing to risk lives to garner attention...Do you think the Swedish sex charges charges are real or too convenient? Are there any 'noble intentions' that would warrant leaks of this nature? For those that oppose his actions, would any motivation on his part be acceptable?

And, Rush had the best monologue I've heard on this yesterday...

He's wondering why Mr. Assange has yet to leak all the "proof" that 'Bush Lied' to go to Iraq. And where is the irrefutable evidence that Bush was behind the 9/11 attacks. And where are the cables detailing how Karl Rove was going to out Valerie Plame. And the ones detailing the evil plot to have Haliburton take over the world... If the 9/11 Truthers were on to anything...wouldn't there be SOMETHING leaked in these thousands of cables and correspondences...?

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