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MatthewHSE: Real-world people *will* die as a result of his site. Real-world wars may even be fought. And governments aren't going to change anything anyway, except perhaps try harder to keep leaks from happening. So everything Assange calls "collateral damage" is really just fodder for his ego trip.
bhonda: I wonder what would be different if Assange lived in the middle-east somewhere...
There is absolutely no way ASSANAGE (or whatever his name) could obtain all this information had it not been feed to him by intelligence angents. These are the only people who posess massive amounts of it.
A senior official at the online payments firm said the State Department had told it that the activities of the website were illegal in the US.
they'll at least handle the privilege of that information in a responsible manner
The reason we elect officials...Completely wrong. The reason we elect officials to take decisions is because interminable referenda would simply be impractical, a) for logistical reasons and b) because most people are incapable of absorbing and processing the information (even if it could be disseminated).
my thoughts then and now run along the lines of Thomas ŕ Becket
Political risk in making a martyr of Assange
Further, there was material that revealed acts of criminality on the part of British intelligence officers.
The British government made a martyr of Wright by fighting a furious legal battle not just in Australia (where Wright lived) but around the world, making itself look foolish and Wright rich.
There are a few lessons from this regarding WikiLeaks.
...pundit commentary over the weekend has tried to portray Assange’s exposure of classified materials as very different from — and far less laudable than — what Daniel Ellsberg did in releasing the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Ellsberg strongly rejects the mantra “Pentagon Papers good; WikiLeaks material bad.” He continues: “That’s just a cover for people who don’t want to admit that they oppose any and all exposure of even the most misguided, secretive foreign policy. The truth is that EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.”
Labor suffers in WikiLeaks backlash
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