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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    Hephaestus (profile), 8 Dec 2010 @ 9:04am

    Well when I asked for you to cover this story ...

    When I (and other) asked for you to cover this story. What I was hoping for was a story along the lines of ...

    "WikiLeaks is not a website run by a lone individual but an organization. Jullian Asange spokesperson and editor-in-chief for WikiLeaks founded the web site in 2006 and serves on its advisory board. The arrest of Jullian Assange on 12-07-2010 has had little or no effect on the operation of wikileaks. Currently there are xxx mirrors .... "

    Throw in some decentralized and distributed systems stuff here.

    Explain how this attack on wikileaks has only spread the information further, and will multiply in the futures (ie Whac - a- Mole)

    Finished with one of you zinger last lines.

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