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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    Adam, 8 Dec 2010 @ 7:57am

    trumped up

    Let's take the State Department and DOD's view on this for one second. There's a guy you can't control fucking you up. You probably can't charge him under the Espionage Act or anything else under US law, or any other international law for that matter. How do you get to him? How do you do it in a way where he'd lose the most sympathy? How about funneling money to two women who seduce Assange and then accuse him of rape? Use the same backdoor money laundering schemes you've been using for years to prop up regimes, rebel groups, and any organization supporting your mission around the world for years.

    The way to figure out what's going on is to talk to people in the intelligence community. I'm sure this is a classic play in some circles.

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