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Abandoning Julian : Comments

By John Pilger, published 18/2/2013

WikiLeaks is a rare truth teller; smearing Julian Assange is shameful.

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Certainly raises questions about freedom and many issues of law.

The UK has spent more than $4 million to "guard" him http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2279579/Police-watch-Ecuadorian-embassy-Assange-hiding-close-3m-Scotland-Yard-says.html?ito=feeds-newsxml - Perhaps the UK considers it well spent?

Wonder what Wikileaks can reveal about Ben's fate.
Posted by plantagenet, Monday, 18 February 2013 8:38:11 AM
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if there is a criminal case against Mr Assange, can it not be conducted either in Scotland or The Hague?
Otherwise it'll turn out to be like the Cardinal Mindzenty stalemate, benefiting no one and obscuring a truth that should be shouted from the rooftops over to an ignorant and acquiescent world bogged down in supeficial pleasures and limited vision.
Posted by SHRODE, Monday, 18 February 2013 10:21:38 AM
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Julian Assange set out to use stolen information to damage the West and America in particular. Why would he do this? He is wanted in Sweden (a very responsible and fair nation) to answer charges of rape, but he remains holed up in London. Why, if he is innocent? As usual, John Pilger sees a hero when the real image is a somewhat grubby, eccentric misfit.
Posted by Pliny of Perth, Monday, 18 February 2013 11:13:11 AM
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I'm sure Julian is a nice boy, maybe a bit naughty.

The problem is from the perspective of the average punter, is that hiding in the Ecuadorain embassy, he looks as guilty as hell. Not really freedom fighter material.

Now the US might put a bag over his head and transport him to somewhere nasty if he leaves the embassy but the US has shown no sign of that so far.
Posted by Cheryl, Monday, 18 February 2013 11:19:08 AM
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According to reports in the press, Assange has nominated for the Senate in Victoria in the next Federal election.
What a feather in Australia's cap if he were to be elected!
@Cheryl posted 18 February 2013 11:19:08 AM - Your naivety would be touching were it not so dangerous. Have you not followed Obama's record on whistle blowers? The man has the tolerance for criticism of an Idi Amin.
Posted by halduell, Monday, 18 February 2013 11:34:51 AM
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I stand corrected halduell. We have a Senator in SA, a Mr Xenophon, who has done bugger all for the last five years except getting kicked out of Malaysia. I'm sure Julian could have his seat. Or possibly we could elect Julian to be our special senator for the Ecuadorian Embassy for Life - which has an Idi Amin ring to it.
Posted by Cheryl, Monday, 18 February 2013 12:50:02 PM
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