Thursday, 16 December 2010

Julian Assange - hero or villain?

I don’t think WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange walks on water. The hero worship he’s received in some quarters smacks of Leftie glee at the discomfort of the authorities rather than any genuine espousal of diplomatic transparency.
Let’s see some Chinese or Russian secrets exposed or those of any regime where dissident journalists put their lives on the line.
Some of the ambivalent attitude to Assange among both the public and media can be traced back to the rise of whistleblower WikiLeaks at the same time as the loss of trust in our governing establishment.
In Britain politicians of every persuasion are accepting the invasion of Iraq was a mistake; they themselves have been caught fiddling their expenses; and the Pope has to go round the world apologising for his priests.
In a less cynical climate WikiLeaks would find it harder to make the case for its release of sensitive cables. In future diplomats will be thinking twice before exchanging their opinions, if they believe their thoughts will continue to be subject to public scrutiny.
The WikiLeaks-inspired news that some of Iran’s neighbours favoured a US nuclear strike against the country is calculated to raise tension in the Middle East – and would have much better been left unpublished.
The irregular manner the Swedes have pursued the rape claims against Assange in their eagerness to get him extradited from the UK has raised suspicions of political motivation. However such are the powers of a European arrest warrant that he is likely to be handed over to the Swedish authorities in the New Year.

1 comment:

  1. Well GC. Is the Wikileaks saga evidence of a totally free press, or could it perhaps be interpreted as a kind of massive cyber attack? Asks Jaffa.

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