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Assange's treatment says a lot about us

Discussion in 'Wikileaks' started by The Wrong Guy, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Quoted from http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/assanges-treatment-says-a-lot-about-us-20111218-1p0o2.html

    Assange's treatment says a lot about us

    Michael Pearce
    December 19, 2011

    As most Australians contemplate a traditional Christmas of over-indulgence and recuperation, we should spare a thought for one of our less fortunate compatriots. He lives in exile under house arrest, awaiting one last hopeful court appeal. He faces a perilous future should that appeal fail.

    He will then be extradited to a third country, merely for questioning about allegations of sexual assault which under Australian law would not likely result in any criminal charges.

    There he will be held on remand and incommunicado, and will be liable to further extradition to a fourth country, believed to have already instituted legal process relating to activities unconnected with the allegations of sexual assault. His prospects of a fair trial in that fourth country are negligible. Its vice-president has labelled him a ''high-tech terrorist''. The current front-runner to challenge the incumbent president in next year's election has branded him an ''enemy combatant'' who should be murdered.

    In Australia, the official response has been less extreme but still hostile. The Prime Minister and the then attorney-general both alleged he had broken the law, but have been unable to tell us which law. They have refused to retract this allegation even in the face of advice from the Australian Federal Police that no offence under Australian law has been committed.

    The Australian government has refused to intervene on his behalf with the foreign governments pursuing him, despite friendly relations with those governments. The activities in question have earned him the Sydney Peace Prize, the Walkley Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism in Australia, the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in the US and Liberty Victoria's Voltaire Award for Free Speech. The readers of both Time and Le Monde voted him person of the year for 2010.

    Contrary to dire predictions that those activities would imperil the safety of nations, all they did was shine a light into the dark recesses of international relations, exposing the uncomfortable truth behind the outward expressions of diplomacy.

    The accused man is, of course, Julian Assange, probably the most famous Australian in the world today. The price of that fame has been the Kafkaesque fate described above. It is easy to shrug and say he had it coming for daring, Prometheus-like, to take on forces far greater than himself. It is far harder to pause and question this complacent response.

    Imagine instead that he was the citizen of a country not obsessed with security at the expense of liberty; a country mature and self-confident enough to distinguish its own interests from those of its allies; a country whose political leadership could tell politics from policies; a country not riven by culture wars and marred by character assassination; whose citizenry could take offence at obvious injustice to one of its own and do something about it.

    The Christians among us might care to pray for such a country this Christmas. But we need to stop to reflect on Assange's fate and what it says about us and our country. What responsibility do we as Australians bear? These are uncomfortable questions, likely to disturb our usual summer torpor. But we need to ask them. Merry Christmas.

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  2. Assange's New Country Location Revealed

    https://eta.securesslhost.net/~pgpb...=586&sid=b214c540fe56b7acea497c06a094837f

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    Ms. Sarah Saunders: An Assange bail guarantor. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-12008653

    Click on the link below for a satellite shot of Rowden Farm:

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=TN3 9HP&hl=en&ll=51.082941,0.269428&spn=0.001471,0.004128&sll=51.082953,0.26979&sspn=0.001471,0.004128&vpsrc=6&hnear=Frant TN3 9HP, United Kingdom&t=h&z=19

    A nice Christmas surprise! This morning, from an anonymous contributor, we received information concerning Assange's new bail address in Kent. The address provided is shown below: together with the telephone number. In addition we have provided driving directions for how to bet there from Heathrow Airport. A nice country location typical of what Assange became accustomed to in Norfolk.

    Ms. Sarah Saunders
    Rowden Farm, Down Lane,
    TUNBRIDGE WELLS,
    TN3 9HP

    Tel: +44 1892750756

    Driving Directions From From Heathrow Airport

    1. Head west on Control Tower Rd toward Inner Ring W

    2. Take the 1st right onto Inner Ring W

    3. Continue onto Tunnel Rd W

    4. Merge onto M4 via the ramp to M25/Gatwick Airport

    5. At junction 4B, take the M25 S exit to M3/M23/Heathrow Airport/Gatwick Airport

    6. Merge onto M25

    7. Keep right at the fork

    8. Exit onto Sevenoaks By-Pass/A21 toward S'oaks/Hastings
    Continue to follow A21

    9. Merge onto Quarry Hill Rd/A26 via the ramp to Southborough/Tun.Wells
    Continue to follow A26
    Go through 1 roundabout

    10. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Nevill St/A267
    Continue to follow A267

    11. Turn left onto Down Ln
    Destination will be on the right

    Frant TN3 9HP

    eof

    Alan Taylor
    PGPBOARD Administrator
    London, England
  3. TinyDancer Member

    I don't understand why this information is being posted.
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  4. Anonymous Member

    'sup guise? U jelly?
    Sorry, but nobody with a scummy bedsit appeared to be able to put up the quarter of a million quid bail surety.

    /brb/ roast goose with a nice Chevalier Montrachet.

    Love, Julian.
  5. Anonymous Member

    Hopefully the Bank of America emails will be uploaded by Lulzsec soon, so we can celebrate the Year of the Leak in great style and raise a glass to Julian Assange for inspiring hundreds of people to empower themselves and to steal sensitive information from criminal companies in order to punish them via leaks in future. Here's hoping many more leaks - both military and corporate - are handed to the public soon. No more will disgusting people be able to profit from misery without the fear of being exposed. We have, among others, Julian Assange to thank for that.
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