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The good news about Assange - Input Junkie
December 17th, 2010
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The good news about Assange
If the prosecution against him is politically motivated (I think that's the way to bet-- I also think that what he's accused of is really rape, but I don't know whether he's guilty), then we've got a chance of getting it verified.

I don't think an international hunt for someone who was accused of being a serial killer would be put together as quickly as what we've seen against Assange.

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From:bemused_leftist
Date:December 17th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
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There's a third possibility: ambitious prosecutor and lawyer.

The best account I've seen of the story is at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Fears-of-STDs-sparked-case-against-WikiLeaks-boss/articleshow/7066340.cms

Finally some decent real journalism. Not snark, not silly. They interviewed associates of the parties, checked many sources.
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From:stevemb
Date:December 17th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
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It's interesting that this batch of releases got more attention than earlier ones that (as far as I can tell) were no less a breach of national secrecy. The explanation that makes the most sense to me is that this one got the attention of TPTB because it embarrassed them by putting their petty backbiting and sniping on public display.
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From:bemused_leftist
Date:December 18th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Maybe it's not what was just released (State Dept cables) but what was rumored to be released next: stuff from Bank of America and BP.
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From:malkingrey
Date:December 17th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Serial killers only get police departments and victims' families and (if they're high-profile enough) the FBI mad at them. Assange managed to enrage and/or embarrass not just one national government, but a whole bunch of them at once.

I think one of the morals of the story is that if you're going to make that high-profile an annoyance of yourself, it behooves you to make certain before you start that your private life is squeaky-clean. They'll still make life a living hell for you if you get them mad enough, but there's no point in deliberately making their job any easier than it has to be.
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From:richardthinks
Date:December 17th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
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I don't know, carefully cultivating a persona as a "colourful character" might be the best defense of all. It's worked recently for Eric Cantona. Trying to out-clean the mud-slinging machine is a losing proposition. Even if you provide nothing for them to latch onto (somehow), calumny is so well developed in the media that it's bound to find expression, even when nobody's deliberately trying to smear you.
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