On The Arrest Of Julian Assange

from the this-is-what-we-cover? dept

To date, I had avoided all of the stories both about the allegations against Julian Assange in Sweden, as well as his arrest this morning. But people keep asking us to cover it. Frankly, I'm not sure what to say about it. Assange's former lawyer's writeup for Crikey, in which he presents a compelling, if extremely one-sided view of how Sweden appears to be "making it up as it goes along," is an interesting read but, again, it is extremely one-sided. Slate's more level-headed analysis of questions concerning consensual sex laws is also worth reading.

The reason I have not covered this is, while this whole thing has obviously become political, these charges do not, officially, have anything to do with Wikileaks. Perhaps the two cannot be separated but there's a lot of FUD flying from all sides on this right now and it seems rather early to comment on all of this.

However, I think the larger point is that too many are looking to connect this issue more closely to Wikileaks than it deserves to be connected. We're interested in Wikileaks from a public policy perspective and what it means for free speech, whistleblowing and journalism in a distributed world. I have no idea what happened between Assange and those two women in Sweden and it's difficult to see how adding any commentary on the matter at this stage really adds anything to the discussion.

Filed Under: arrest, julian assange, sweden, uk, wikileaks

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    BruceLD, 7 Dec 2010 @ 8:06pm


    The entire spectacle of the founder and the cable leaks have taken on a much more brilliant life of it's own, not to mention how the mighty and powerful world rulers are caught saying less than dignified things.

    Whatever the founder did with those chicks--who cares? I just thinks it's an incredible waste of tax dollars going after this guy.

    Did the government controlled police officials accomplish anything? If anything it martyrized and glamorized him as well as making the fight for transpency seem even more important.

    Did it quell the leaks? Nope.

    Did the contents get re-pandora boxed? Nope.

    Did the web site and it's numerous mirrors shut down? Nope.

    Do you think it's going to stop cable leaks from happening again? Nope.

    Do you think that making an example of him is going to scare others from doing the same thing? Nope.

    The next time it happens, those who act on leaks will be smarter in how they go about their actions. No one will be arrested and all of the information will be in the hands of the public.

    Yep. Arresting him will make a world of difference. NOT!

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