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August 21, 2012
by: David McLaren

The Case Against Julian Assange


What is it thatís making governments in the West so afraid of information?

Britain has platoons of police surrounding Ecuadorís embassy in London lest Julian Assange tries to make a break for it. The PM is threatening to storm the placeóan act of war by the way. Not that Ecuador would win, but still.

Itís positively Kafkaesque. This small, one story embassy on the ground floor of an apartment building is besieged because some guy leaked a lot of embarrassing information. He hasn't even been charged with anything.

There are no reports of harm to secret agents; no military objectives compromised. But a lot of thuggish back-room chicanery (not to mention war crimes by our side) has come to light. Maybe thatís why the US has a secret indictment signed, sealed and waiting for his delivery.

Our own government is not nearly so dramatic. But it is just as paranoid. Mr Harper has cut the long-form census. Heís axed the world-class Experimental Lakes Area. Heís muzzled our scientists. He sees no data, hears no data and speaks no data on everything from crime to climate change to the cost of jet planes.

The demos in democracy is you and I. If our governments can't be transparent, if they are so afraid of scrutiny that they suppress or process or dismiss what we, the people, should know, and if the media doesn't do its job, then it falls to you and I with help from whistleblowers like Julian Assange.


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Posted: 2012-08-21 12:04:19

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