If Assange Were In China, US Politicians Would Be Cheering Him On

from the transparency-means-different-things-when-it's-about-you dept

We've pointed out the general hypocrisy of US politicians calling for an end to internet censorship, while threatening Wikileaks at the same time. If you want to see some real irony, check out the fact that Senator Joe Lieberman, who has been the loudest voice in pushing for censorship of Wikileaks and of others in the press, just so happens to be a member of the "Global Internet Freedom Caucus." Yeah, except here in the US.

Along those lines, Martin Varsavsky points out the obvious: if Julian Assange were a Chinese citizen, publishing Chinese government documents, the US would likely be cheering him on:
Lately I have a strong feeling that the Chinese must be rejoicing at all the "retroactive law invention" that is going on in the West to put one man in jail. Because if Assange had been a Chinese citizen promoting transparency in China we would be lining up to give him the Nobel Prize. We can't demand transparency from others and censorship for ourselves.
In fact, as Evgeny Morozov notes, Russia's Ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin is already using the US's reaction to Wikileaks to say what a joke "freedom of the press" is in America. That tweet is in Russian, but the Google translation is:
In my opinion, the fate of Assange says the lack of media freedom in the West, the presence of political persecution and human rights violations.
What's really stunning, beyond just the sheer uselessness and impotence of the US government's response to Wikileaks, is the fact that it's inevitably destroying any moral high ground on claims of freedom and support of free speech we might have once had. In the end, I would expect that to have a much bigger impact than anything that's in the actual leaked cables.
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  1. identicon
    Darryl, 12 Dec 2010 @ 5:06pm

    IF he was in China, he would be DEAD

    There is no hyprocracy here, except at techdirt..

    MIKE mike mike...

    If Assange Were In China, US Politicians Would Be Cheering Him On

    That headline, mike would have to the most stupid, bitter, wrong, and nieve statement ive seen you make for a long time.

    DO YOU honestly believe that Mike,, HONESTLY ?????

    Why do you allways "MAKE UP" what you think politicians and authorities are saying..

    As if you somehow know better than THEY DO, what their motives are.

    But from your commentry, it is very clear that you knowledge of actual events, and facts is very weak..

    Yes, based on the very weak factural knowledge, you make the most stupid, and purile climes I have seen from anyone.

    And you consider youself somehow a responsible person, making responsible comment ???

    this shows me, clearly you are a one show pony, incapable of non bias, and not willing to learn facts when those facts may contradict your believe system..

    You cant stand to hear the earth is round, when you want to convince everyone its flat..

    You also appear to have some idea, that America hates China

    Is that what you think mike ???

    Lets see here, America borrows, millions,,, NO TRILLIONS of dollars of china each year...

    But you think they hate each other, or that America would be happy to give it to china.

    Mike you are so out of touch with reality, its a wonder you can even find your way out of your house in the morning, let alone find your way to work.. !!!!!!!

    Just amazing... some of your statements are classic, and will once day come back to haunt you..

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