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In the wake of a decision by Swedish prosecutors to issue an International warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on rape charges, WikiLeaks staff have authored an editorial in support of their leader and a call for his defense.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives with bodyguards at a NGO conference at the United Nations office in Geneva, 11/05/10. (photo: Getty Images)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives with bodyguards at a NGO conference at the United Nations office in Geneva, 11/05/10. (photo: Getty Images)



PETITION: In Support of Julian Assange

Defend Julian Assange

By WikiLeaks Staff Editorial

18 November 10



Why Our Editor-in-Chief Is Busy and Needs to Be Defended

n October 2010 Julian Assange won the Sam Adams Award for Integrity. He has also been awarded the 2009 Amnesty International Media Award and the Economist Index on Censorship Award in 2008. It is important to remember that accolades such as these do not come without tremendous hard work.

The expose of the Afghan War Diaries was a moment of media history, orchestrated by Julian Assange. He brought together The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel, three of the world's most reputable newspapers to collaborate with WikiLeaks on exposing more than 90 000 secret significant action reports by the United States relating to the war in Afghanistan. This involved a huge amount of administration in order to co-ordinate all four media partners' publishing schedules and a lot of time to carefully construct the levels of trust needed to bring together three major newspapers who were also competitors.

Since 2007 Julian, WikiLeaks and the Sunshine Press have been behind international front page stories that have changed the world. However, every story exposing abuses by powerful organizations, whether they be from New York or Nairobi results in a counter attack. Such the importance and veracity of revelations must be defended. Immediately after the Afghan War Diaries he conducted seventy-six interviews in three days maximizing the impact of the disclosures. It is very important for WikiLeaks to create a global platform with which to reach all corners of the earth. This demonstrates to those who wish to expose wrongdoing and misconduct that there is a way to do so without putting themselves at risk. He remains a messenger who big governments and their agencies can, and constantly do, attack while all the time keeping the source of the information published safe.

Because of the nature of the work performed by WikiLeaks both the organization and Julian Assange are constantly under attack. Their servers are under attack. Their security is under attack and their work resources and finances are under attack. This results is a lot of time-consuming administration and means working through a lot of bureaucratic steps to re-establish the efficient running of an organisation. When finances are frozen, as was the case with Money Brokers Limited in August this year (the WikiLeaks account was closed because of "watchlisting" by the US after publication of the Afghanistan documents) it resulted in many letters back and forth, instructing a legal team to administer the situation and still to date there has been no resolution. In just the last 14 days he has met with more than 9 lawyers (excluding Swedish lawyers) in in defense of WikiLeaks' publishing activities, agreements and sources. Similarly, Julian Assange is subject to these sorts of attacks on a personal level.

He and WikiLeaks both have been attacked in the media by Leon Panetta, Director of the CIA, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and highest ranking officer in the US and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates not to mention the well recognized media personalities such as Marc A. Thiessen, a former bush administration chief speech writer and currently a Washington Post columnist who wrote "Assange is a non-U.S. citizen operating outside the territory of the United States. This means the government has a wide range of options for dealing with him." Christian Whiton, a Fox News contributor, said "WikiLeaks should be declared 'enemy combatants'," indicating they should be dealt with outside the law and Jonah Goldberg, a conservative syndicated columnist asked "why wasn't Julian Assange garroted in his hotel room years ago?"

Attacks such as these create an extreme need for security and he must always be conscious and personally vigilant - a task that is both time consuming and mentally exhausting. The major government players such as the CIA and the Pentagon do not stop at just Julian but also target many WikiLeaks volunteers or associates. Two volunteers and an American WikiLeaks spokesperson have been detained and questioned in the United States along with other individuals alleged to be participant to his publishing activities such as Bradley Manning, an alleged source who is being held as a political prisoner in the United States. Mr Manning's mother's house in Wales was raided by the FBI together with local police earlier this year.

The result is a constant need for legal and political support and managing this from afar and throughout many continents is no small task. Furthermore Julian Assange does not take these matters lightly having been privy to bad experiences in the past - while working on the extra judicial assassinations taking place in Kenya, two WikiLeaks' affiliates being assassinated.

Since the false allegations made about him in Sweden this August Julian has also needed to work extremely hard at ensuring the smear campaign launched against him has not affected the WikiLeaks brand. Making many public appearances and conducting interviews is absolutely necessary not to mention maintaining relationships with media partners who are so easily affected by such events.

In spite of the attacks against him, Wikileaks successfully released the Iraq War Logs in late October - a cache of over 400 000 US military intelligence reports relating to the war in Iraq. Due to the false allegations mentioned above the management of this leak was extremely difficult. However, he successfully made new lasting relationships and expanded the media partners to include Al Jazeera, Le Monde, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, SVT and also brought in Public Interest Lawyers and NGOs such as Iraq Body Count. The documents' release was increased to television as well as print media with two full-length documentaries being commissioned.

Julian Assange also readily offers to speak at many public events; especially those he feels will have a resonating effect on people's rights and liberties, ideals he holds close to his heart. Recently he presented at the United Nations Universal Periodic Review against the United States in Geneva where he offered up evidence from the Iraq War logs of the human right abuses such as the 109 000 deaths, 185 000 casualties, 66 000 civilian deaths and countless cases of torture conducted by America. The speech he gave lasted over two hours alone and the preparation for such an event is mammoth. During his stay in Geneva the Swiss government was so fearful for his personal security that they offered two International Police and two Swiss Police as his bodyguards for the duration, yet another indication of the severity of the danger he encounters on a daily basis. In late September he spoke in London for Index on Censorship regarding Security and censorship in the age of WikiLeaks.

In the coming months Julian Assange aims to carry on the invaluable work and service that WikiLeaks offers the public. In due course he intends on providing information, as yet publically unknown. He has stifled many illegal attacks and remains victorious on all legal attacks against WikiLeaks.

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+62 # Lynn Rosen 2010-11-18 23:02
Can the public at large sign a petition to support Julian? Let us join the fight en masse.
 
 
+7 # CosmicSurfer 2010-11-19 06:16
Quoting Lynn Rosen:
Can the public at large sign a petition to support Julian? Let us join the fight en masse.



Then start one.
 
 
+6 # God Dont Like Ugly 2010-11-19 07:07
Quoting Lynn Rosen:
Can the public at large sign a petition to support Julian? Let us join the fight en masse.

RSN has a petition supporting Julian Assange:
http://readersupportednews.org/julian-assange-petition
 
 
+37 # carol rose 2010-11-18 23:40
Keep up the good work and continue to speak truth to power, Julian.
 
 
-64 # Mark S. Dymally 2010-11-18 23:44
If Assange, is in-fact innocent, why is he still a fugitive? This may seem trite and all-to-obvious but if he is innocent then why not face the charges and clear his name in a duly adjudicated court-of-law? Assange's flight from the law looks all too much as if he has something hide?
 
 
+31 # Elin 2010-11-19 00:30
Mark...no it's not he that has something to hide, but the United Stated government that does, and they are now after him for "spilling the beans"
 
 
+1 # c.shahid fre4eman 2010-11-23 06:52
any time one expose the truth the white-mined people always desire to kill the one that dares do what is honorable. For as long as I have lived this has been a reality....you can't hide truth from God and as long the devil's people seek to cover up..there will be those whom will stand up against the satans of the world and expose the truth. God does not live in america
 
 
+30 # Dan Koon 2010-11-19 01:16
Mark, I think you are being incredibly naive. What Julian continues to expose through Wikileaks is not something that those whose deeds are now public would forgive should they get Julian in their grasp. Inform yourself of the trumped charges against him in Sweden. How consensual sex can turn into nonconsensual sex and therefore rape is probably a first in the history of jurisprudence.

Shame on you, Sweden, you old, you free.
 
 
+14 # Dion Giles 2010-11-19 02:31
Quoting Mark S. Dymally:
"Assange's flight from the law looks all too much as if he has something hide?"


Consensual sex which continues after the woman asks for it to stop is rape. The forces with a vested interest in framing Assange for this crime are overwhelming. If Assange could be guaranteed a fair trial, in open court and, most important, that a couple of US officials won’t present themselves in the courtroom and apply for him to be rendered (sorry, I mean extradited) to the USA for “trial” on a charge of espionage, then there might be something to be said for his going to court in Sweden. But the phoney nature of this prosecution is summed up in two paragraphs at the end of the NY Times story, reproduced by RSN at
http://www.readersupportednews.org/news-section2/
317-65/3984-breaking-international-arrest-
warrant-for-wikileaks-assange
Scroll to “In his statement on Thursday, ”. . . “which he did” and read it carefully before implying that Assange is evading justice. Or do you have a hidden agenda?
 
 
+15 # Ilya Shambat 2010-11-19 04:07
How naive. Have you not considered that there are many people, with power in the court system, who see Assange as an inconvenient and would either convict him without due process or have him extradited to Guantanamo Bay?
Learn about the real world a tad bit.
 
 
+8 # CosmicSurfer 2010-11-19 06:45
There are worse places than GITMO - Bagram for instance. The US continues to maintain and even expand her black sites....
This is one place we have NO "change we can believe in...."
 
 
+25 # Merschrod 2010-11-19 04:56
There is something fishy in the latest round of this case, i.e., reconsideration or renewed pressure on the Swedish judicial system. Why? Because while in Sweden Assange stayed on a month or so and made repeated attempts to be "interrogated" but those overtures were not accepted and the Swedish judicial system dropped the case and approved his exit.

Now they have a reconsideration and, instead of contacting him they go the fugitive route - a good strategy for attacking one's reputation.

#1 he did not flee, but was that a set up to make him look like a fugitive from justice?
 
 
+25 # spktruth 2010-11-19 06:43
Mark you dont get it. Scott Ritter the weapons inspector in Iraq spoke out "there are no wmd in Iraq", he was on TV daily. Then the guvmint put out a story he was a pedophile and oila he was off the air. This is nothing but an attempt to silence Julian by discrediting him. They dont need proof they just make the allegations and hope he is discredited. This brave man will be assassinated if they can get away with it...they will shut him up. I feel very sorry for people who have courage to do the right thing for the people of the world, and have to face the real criminals who operate in the shadows.
 
 
+11 # Hya 2010-11-19 09:25
Are you so naive Mark? Declare his innocence in a Court of Law? In which country today is anyone assured of justice in a Court of Law? The sad truth is that an innocent person is now deemed guilty unless he can prove his innocence - not the other way around! So many people make money from bearing false witness and obvious clues are not followed up precisely because a proper investigation would reveal the truth. Unfortunately Mr Assange has some very rough times ahead. He deserves the support of all truth seeking people around the world!
 
 
+37 # evie miller 2010-11-19 00:01
Free Assange
 
 
+40 # joyfulsunrisea 2010-11-19 00:04
Assange is a hero ~~~~ It is time to stop this madness and allow truth to prevail ~
 
 
+3 # Elin 2010-11-19 00:31
Let's get some really rich people in on this too.
 
 
+10 # muriel schnierow 2010-11-19 08:52
I Agree Assange is a hero-lets get the petition going
mclaire12
 
 
-10 # G Foote 2010-11-19 09:30
Agreed. Face the charges and allow the truth to prevail - before there is another victim.
 
 
-3 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-20 17:24
Quoting G Foote:
Agreed. Face the charges and allow the truth to prevail - before there is another victim.

Hmmm....seems like, gee, foot in mouth.
 
 
+4 # sabiha1 2010-11-23 01:40
Governments the world over are immoral, and their first casualty is Truth.We need more Julian Assanges to expose injustice for ordinary people to live in peace or simply to live.
 
 
-14 # rock 2010-11-19 00:05
Any chance that these charges are true?
 
 
+35 # Rhymer 2010-11-19 02:04
I don't know Assange personally, but everything I see about him and read about him makes me think he is much too deliberate and methodical to be sloppy enough to get involved with indiscretions such as sexual escapades. Remember when GM got sued and lost to Ralph Nader because they invaded his privacy by getting women to come on to him and try to seduce him. He proved this was what they did and compelled them through the court to admit to it and apologize publicly in addition to paying a large damage award to Nader. This is the way they operate. They know how to set up character assassinations and they own the media so they create supposed popular opinion. Assange is dealing with an international many-headed beast that has headquarters in D.C. If there's any way we can all help him I would surely like to know. Godspeed
 
 
-14 # G Foote 2010-11-19 09:28
[quote name="Rhymer"]I don't know Assange personally, but everything I see about him and read about him makes me think he is much too deliberate and methodical to be sloppy enough to get involved with indiscretions such as sexual escapades.

Rhymer - He and his staff have publicly admitted to his "indiscretions such as sexual escapades" with these women and many others. The question is whether or not he is willing to take "no" for an answer...
 
 
-19 # wageslave63 2010-11-19 16:03
It seems that for those who hate America rape is a forgivable crime. Let him stand trial for rape and then extradite him to the USA where he can stand trial for espionage. If he wants to avoid this perhaps he should limit his travels to places like North Korea and Cuba where he will be welcome.
 
 
+9 # geraldom 2010-11-19 17:40
Rape isn't a forgivable crime, but neither are war crimes & crimes against humanity. And, what Assange & Wikileaks did wasn't espionage. They simply divulged to the world what was freely given to them by men with consciences & souls, irrefutable proof of war crimes & crimes against humanity perpetrated by the United States.

And, "No!" People like me don't hate the America that is reflected by our Constitution, which, for all intents & purposes, has been rendered moot by both George Bush & Barack Obama. The United States, my country, has become a criminal nation. We illegally invaded & occupied two countries, & we're illegally attacking a third, Pakistan, & we're threatening a fourth, Iran.

The U.S. has caused the deaths, either directly or indirectly, of well over 1500 thousand innocent people as a result of these illegal invasions. Yes, I personally don't believe Assange is guilty of what he's being charged with, but compared to the destruction & death that the U.S. has caused as a result of the Bush & Obama administrations , the crime of rape is more than eclipsed by the crime of genocide.
 
 
+3 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-20 17:36
Quoting wageslave63:
It seems that for those who hate America rape is a forgivable crime. Let him stand trial for rape and then extradite him to the USA where he can stand trial for espionage. If he wants to avoid this perhaps he should limit his travels to places like North Korea and Cuba where he will be welcome.

It seems that those who hate America, like wageslave63, probably don't have a problem when their leaders commit mass murder, crimes against humanity, war crimes, treason...consp ire to undermine everything decent that we used to attribute to being American. Gee, I wish more people loved America enough to demand accountability from the most egregious criminals in our nations history and loved America enough to demand the highest standards of conduct from their leaders rather than holding onto the insane belief that what these leaders do are always right by default. I wish more people loved America to believe that the concept of American Exceptionalism. ..that if we do it, "it" is always the right thing to do because the rules that govern humanity simply don't apply to us because we're special..was a crock of shit. I wish more people simply loved the truth.
 
 
0 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-20 17:29
Quoting G Foote:
[quote name="Rhymer"]I don't know Assange personally, but everything I see about him and read about him makes me think he is much too deliberate and methodical to be sloppy enough to get involved with indiscretions such as sexual escapades.

Rhymer - He and his staff have publicly admitted to his "indiscretions such as sexual escapades" with these women and many others. The question is whether or not he is willing to take "no" for an answer...

The question is: Is it possible to convene a jury of people NOT stupid enough, to the last one, to ensure a fair outcome? The issue of his willingness to take no for an answer comes down to a certain he said/she said argument and lacking a time machine and the ability to transport a witness back in time to the scene itself, we will never really know. On top of this, the Swedish courts, from what I hear from Swedish citizens, are NOT reliable in such matters what so ever.
 
 
+21 # CosmicSurfer 2010-11-19 06:30
There is always a possibility but why on earth would someone like Mr Assange - a man with a target on his back put there by every shadow government and every covert operation on the planet...WHY would HE of all people be stupid enough to get entrapped?
Too easy, too coincidental and too soon after the US got handed its head.
Remember, you are dealing with a country that would out its own CIA operative allowing her group of spooks to be left out in the cold in the Middle East in order to manipulate a slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people; a covert organization that will even set up private citizens to be targets; a country who's citizens have been lulled into willful ignorance and the faux patriotic blindness of exceptionalism. ...He shows the emperor has no clothes and that IS a threat to the homeostasis of the dark side that wants to stay covert
 
 
+1 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-20 17:23
Quoting rock:
Any chance that these charges are true?

No and HELL NO!
 
 
+7 # byron Edelen 2010-11-19 00:18
Perhaps Reader-Supporte d News is the very organization to help with the petition suggested above by Lynn Rosen.
 
 
+21 # Nelson Cone 2010-11-19 00:37
This is the same thing they tried to do to Scott Ritter. The ultimate attack weapon - accusations of sexual misconduct. The public eats it up, true or false. It was false in Ritter's case and I am sure it is false in Julian's case.
 
 
+10 # GeraldT 2010-11-19 00:42
Assange is toast. If this charge doesn't stick there will be others following close behind - no matter what for, just anything to smear his name, keep him down and on the run. You don't muck around with the leaders of free countries who act like leaders of banana republics and escaped unscathed. Run, Julian! When you find a place to hide STAY THERE and work out a way to run your site from under cover.
 
 
+3 # muriel schnierow 2010-11-19 08:54
We cant let that happen!!
 
 
-12 # wageslave63 2010-11-19 16:07
North Korea would appear to be his best option. If he sneaks across the border they will probably send him to their Gulag for a few decades and he will be safe there from US extradition.
 
 
+4 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-20 17:38
Quoting wageslave63:
North Korea would appear to be his best option. If he sneaks across the border they will probably send him to their Gulag for a few decades and he will be safe there from US extradition.

Well, maybe YOU should go along for company.
 
 
0 # geraldom 2010-11-20 21:33
It's refreshing to see you back, Daniel. I thought you got lost.
 
 
-1 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-21 03:43
Quoting Harold R. Mencher:
It's refreshing to see you back, Daniel. I thought you got lost.

Nah! No way!
 
 
-31 # J D MATTHEWS 2010-11-19 00:59
Unfortunately in todays world all
security operations of every country
must be secret from their enemies. That has been the case since the Reveloutionary War. When our own citizens enter the Security service they know that releasing clasified information will land them in prision. Julian Assange released thousands of documents he was able to hack into or buy. Since their release ended up
giving aid to our enemies he should be arrested under International espanoge laws and be inprisiopned for life. He has chosen to act as a spy for forgien Governments and insurgence.
 
 
+12 # genierae 2010-11-19 08:28
Mr. Matthews: Mr. Assange's allegiance is to a higher law than man's. He is the kind of person who is willing to put his life on the line for his fellow man, and this is quite rare, unfortunately. It is only this kind of self-sacrifice that will overcome the evil in the world today, and so we must honor and support it in every way that we can.
 
 
-14 # G Foote 2010-11-19 09:43
And who becomes the arbiter of when it is okay to be above the law? There are many other power hungry despots in the world who would claim the same exemption.. Is this really the world that you want to live in?

When does rape become acceptable above man's law?
 
 
+10 # mary ann 2010-11-19 11:12
So you already know he's guilty of rape? Trial by public speculation? Ever heard of somebody being framed? And, you see Mr. Assange as a power hungry despot? Give me a break.
 
 
-8 # G Foote 2010-11-19 13:59
Mary Ann - I was refering to the post above. Is it is okay for one man to decide that it is okay for himself to operate outside of man-made law because he has an "allegiance to a higher law than man's"? Does he also get a pass on deciding which man-made laws he will adhere to and which ones he will choose to ignore? And to what extent?
 
 
+5 # Pat Williams 2010-11-20 03:07
Which man-made law? What Mr. Assange has been exposing is nothing less than egregious violations of the Geneva Conventions on war crimes and crimes against humanity of which the US has agreed and is thus a treaty that is part of our body of law. There is additionally 1994 law passed by our Congress in support of this treaty that goes as far as capital punishment. The US government was covering up these crimes. One can justifiably assert that covering up a crime is a crime. So how can Mr. Assange be committing a crime?
 
 
+6 # genierae 2010-11-19 13:26
G Foote: Mr. Assange released classified information of war crimes, and that is an heroic act. I didn't say he was "above the law", I said he was obeying a higher law. "power hungry despots" break laws of every kind and so they don't have a leg to stand on.

Julian Assange is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. And if I were him I certainly wouldn't turn myself over to be tortured.
 
 
-9 # G Foote 2010-11-19 14:20
"Classified" information is classified for a reason and it is illegal to disseminate classified information (in any country) to anyone without the requisite security clearance reason to possess it. Mr. Assange and his organization knowingly broke the law.

If "obeying a higher law" allows him to break the man-made law, then where does it stop? Does he get to decide which law he is allowed to break? Who else will take it upon themselves to declare that they are "obeying a higher law"? Who is the arbiter?

If you were in the witness protection program to protect your life, how would you feel about the classified information of your location being made public. Who decides what information they will make public? Is this really the sort of world that we want to live in? Is that really better than what we have now?
 
 
+5 # genierae 2010-11-20 08:46
G Foote: You speak of classified information as if it is something pure and untouchable, when in reality, much of it has been classified in order to hide crimes. Especially during the Bush administration. Republicans, for many decades, have corrupted our government to such a degree that we can no longer trust its integrity. War crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan have been covered up and justice has been thwarted by classifying these criminal acts, and you are defending this? Yes, Assange and his organization knowingly broke the law, but if man's law is used to hide evil acts, it needs to be broken. These evil acts caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents, including thousands of children. Where does it stop? Hopefully there will always be those such as Assange, who care more about their fellow man than they do about their own neck. There are many ways to be a hero, but risking your freedom and even your life, for the sake of mankind is to me, the highest kind.

As to your last paragraph, the parts must sometimes be sacrificed for the good of the whole. Just because this is hard to hear, doesn't make it any less true.
 
 
+1 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-20 17:57
I am simply aghast that you completely fail to realize that by your logic, all the government has to do is classify everything for it to be criminal for any citizen to know anything.
In my past I have held the highest security clearances this country provides. I can say that abuse happens. What I will say is this: a well informed electorate is what it takes for democracy to thrive. We like to classify all kinds of stuff PRECISELY because it will deprive the public of information that it has a moral right to have. The arbiter you are looking for is every single person of conscience that lives. What I question is our government's right to deprive the people it supposedly represents and serves from information it deserves to have. I am moved by the fact that in my name as a citizen, my government commits horrible crimes that were the average human being in a position to repel, even if lethal violence were necessary, would, and for doing so could even be killed. Are you completely incapable of questioning the moral authority of the government? Are you that big a dupe?
 
 
+1 # truthunveiled 2010-11-19 22:50
I have no doubt the CIA follows RSN and probably is responsible for the childish, naive comments about rape, just to divert the conversation from the real issue and the truth. To suggest that going to court has anything to do with a fair trial or outcome is laughable. The setup of Assange is tranparent. Wonder what kind of deal Sweden cut with the US?
 
 
+10 # AML 2010-11-19 08:54
Quoting J D MATTHEWS:
Unfortunately in todays world all
security operations of every country
must be secret from their enemies. That has been the case since the Reveloutionary War. When our own citizens enter the Security service they know that releasing clasified information will land them in prision. Julian Assange released thousands of documents he was able to hack into or buy. Since their release ended up
giving aid to our enemies he should be arrested under International espanoge laws and be inprisiopned for life. He has chosen to act as a spy for forgien Governments and insurgence.


Our Gov't. is caught in a lie and it is our duty to bring out the truth, no matter how inconvenient. I watched the film of the helicopter bearing down on innocent people, and the gunner did not even see that the people on the ground were not afraid; they knew it was one of ours. Why the gunner did not see this is beyond me. We can no longer say, "mistakes happen". It's not "my country,right or wrong"..we can no longer be sheep, blindly letting our government run roughshod over our rights. WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT, and WE need to right the wrongs.
 
 
+1 # genierae 2010-11-19 13:27
AML: Amen!!
 
 
+1 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-20 17:41
I get it J D...all a government has to do is classify EVERYTHING. Then, when anyone actually exposes information that every citizen has a moral, if not necessarily legal, right to know, then we can charge them with espionage and spying. Never mind that the government being exposed is committing criminal acts...yes, crimes against humanity, war crimes, treason...none of that matters of course because, in your mind, breaching security is the ONLY thing that does mind. How do I put this nicely? I can't. You're approach is as stupid as it is immoral. Thank God for Wikileaks.
 
 
+16 # weequash 2010-11-19 01:08
The same United States government entities that fabricated the deadly fog of lies leading to the senseless, genocidal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are now actively attempting to thwart and destroy the reputation and, if possible, life, of the brave, courageous Australian fellow who, through an act of conscience and self-sacrifice, exposed the countless atrocities, lies, murders, deceit and crimes of the United States of America. As an American citizen, I deeply lament the fact that the savage truth about our empire's machinations must come from outside the United States. Where are our serious, truth-seeking journalists? Corporatized pitchmen all....
 
 
+5 # genierae 2010-11-19 08:40
weequash: "our serious, truth-seeking journalists?" They are at MSNBC: Schultz, Olbermann, Maddow, and O'Donnell; online: HuffPost, RSN, Truthout, Common Dreams, Mother Jones, The Nation; etc, etc, etc. We have many outlets to go to for the truth, we just have to find and support them.
 
 
+13 # Joseph C. Stockett 2010-11-19 01:16
The arrogant elitist snobs operating beyond the pale of morality and international law are no match for Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks. I laud and praise Mr. Assange for telling the truth, something neither Mr. Obama nor Mr. Bush have ever learned to do. America is a second-rate power lacking moral authority or political credibility. Her brutal wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are doomed to defeat. Thank God for people like Julian Assange and WikiLeaks!
 
 
+13 # Another Julian 2010-11-19 01:32
Of course Assange is under attack from those in power who don't like their crimes exposed.

If they can't bring him down, they will of course try to smear him, and this is what is happening. Casting aspersions on someone's character is the last refuge of those who cannot deal with what Wikileaks revealed - extensive torture, killings of civilians and that the USA was directly involved in this and the UK condoned it.
 
 
-9 # IDontGetIt 2010-11-19 01:34
I wouldn't do the 'knee-jerk' liberal thing on behalf of these guys. I'd first like to know if they are anything more than self promoters and how exactly they've protected our right to know (they may very well have, it's just that I personally don't know). On the other hand, it's entirely possible that the U.S. Government is doing a little sabotage of it's own (again, I don't personally know with any certainty).
 
 
-15 # Steve S 2010-11-19 01:41
Julian Assange has a lot of powerful enemies. Most have targeted him directly, on grounds that his actions as the founder and leader of WikiLeaks are in some way illegal. Most or all of those charges are specious because of the jurisdictional issues that the article points out.

The big question is whether Assange's enemies have orchestrated bogus charges against him as an individual, since they haven't been able get him in his WikiLeaks role. That seems likely. However, suppose the charges are true. In that case, the importance of his work at WikiLeaks shouldn't make him immune to prosecution.

Elliott Spitzer made a lot of enemies when he tried to clean up Wall Street. His enemies did everything they could to bring him down -- and they dug up the genuine prostitution charges that brought him down in scandal. Sure, the charges were stuff that Republican politicians get away with all the time, but the charges were real.

Is it possible that Assange is as guilty as Spitzer was?
 
 
+7 # Steve S 2010-11-19 15:32
Correction: I re-read articles about the nature of the charges, and they sound thoroughly bogus.

Someone with as many powerful enemies as Assange probably can't do anything wrong without enemies discovering it. Having read the circumstances, it looks like someone bribed or intimidated the women into bogus charges.

And as for Spitzer, although the prostitution charges were real, they didn't justify the aggressive legal actions taken against him, and he didn't deserve to be deposed as governor. If he hadn't had powerful enemies, he would have owed his wife an apology, and paid a few thousand in fines after a plea bargain.
 
 
0 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-20 18:00
No
 
 
+9 # maddy 2010-11-19 02:33
How much is the elite republicans in the US paying Sweden, or the CIA threatening them to go after Assange out of revenge??? We all know how revengeful the republicans can be, especially the Bushs. Just remember Iraq.
 
 
+12 # CosmicSurfer 2010-11-19 06:51
This isn't an "elite republican" or "elite democrat" thing. It is a renegade shadow government working behind the scenes that is apolitical and runs regardless of the front man or party. The US political system is only a sideshow. It is the actual military industrial complex that is now multi-national, who has their signature here.
 
 
+4 # genierae 2010-11-19 08:48
CosmicSurfer: I have to disagree with you about the apolitical nature of our overlords. They are definitely Republicans. They support Republicans, they think like Republicans, and they hate like Republicans. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, its a duck.
 
 
-5 # brenda 2010-11-19 03:11
The Swedes are not like the USA politicians. He's been charged with rape and molestation, and I'm assuming those crimes were done in Sweden. Whether the charges are true, and steming from two seperate occurances or just one is beyond me. If it's a frame job, I hope he gets cleared. But if the crimes are true and legitimate, I will not have any sympathy for him.
 
 
+7 # Moonrise 2010-11-19 03:23
@Mark, if someone wants him framed, they will frame him well.
 
 
+12 # Murray Morison 2010-11-19 03:39
It would be helpful to know what we can do to help - also any details of the case that are not sub-judice.
Assange is a significant player in a world where certain powerful groups think they are above the law. He is showing how this is the case and it is causing real pain where pain needs to be felt.
 
 
+11 # antineocon 2010-11-19 03:59
clearly the guy has been set up by the western powers, who would prefer their wrongdoings be not exposed. He is a hero
 
 
+12 # Ilya Shambat 2010-11-19 04:05
This is one obvious case of false charges being leveled against someone seen by some as politically inconvenient. Both of the girls have continued to say that the sex was consensual. Meanwhile most real rape victims not only don't get justice but are blamed for it, brutally silenced, and in many cases killed. Not only are we seeing an obvious racket, but we are seeing more an insult to millions of women who actually have been raped and are being raped. Prosecute guys in Haiti who have been raping women exposed by the earthquake, prosecute guys in Congo who have been mass-raping women in war, prosecute students in Kenya who have mass-raped female students or guys in Afghanistan who have gone around with signs saying "We want to rape," prosecute Southern men who rape their daughters, leave Julian Assange alone.
 
 
+3 # wizzanywhere 2010-11-19 18:13
Well spoken.
 
 
+15 # mike 2010-11-19 05:15
He has already offered to speak to authorities but instead of doing that, the Swedish prosecutor brought this to the media. We should not only remember how Scott Ritter, (a UN Weapons Inspector in Iraq in the 1990's who tried explained that there were no WMD's in Iraq) was falsely accused of sexual improprieties but also how Daniel Ellsberg (a Rand Corporation official who exposed the 'Pentagon Papers') was maligned & his Therapist office was broken into.
The powers that be will go to great lengths to deflect the truth with constant personal attacks.
People around the world have the right to learn the truth!!!
 
 
+4 # genierae 2010-11-19 08:56
mike: Let's not forget how Republicorp has slandered and derided President Obama since before he took office. These haters are the same people who slimed Scott Ritter, and now are after Assange. If we want sanity to prevail, we must speak out against this madness, at all costs.
 
 
+6 # nb 2010-11-19 05:32
I feel so badly about what Sweden's statefeminists are doing to hero Julian Assange. I have already donated money after the Iraq War Logs to Iceland. I hope, he's got the money.

He is the most courageous,good -hearted, righteous, moral, incorruptible, intelligent man there is today.

In a world of deception, he is our only hope.

May God bless you, Julian.
 
 
-10 # nhawk 2010-11-19 05:43
For valid argument, you need to address the charges. His hard work, awards, and accomplishments are irrelevant to his guilt or innocense. I support and laud his work. Failure to deal with the charges plants the seed of doubt about his character, and the possibility remains that he may another hero with feet of clay. If false, his opposition hopes to make another invalid argument of guilt/lack of credibility by association. We must remember most people do not live in a "logical" world and lack basic critical thinking skills.
 
 
0 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-20 18:06
We need to address the charges? Why? Do they actually seem credible to you? Are you actually suggesting that the charges are even remotely seem plausible?
Look, I suppose I or you can "charge" anyone with anything we want to at any time. What on earth makes you think that under such circumstances, if we were charged we would be under any obligation what so ever to "address the charges"? Are you that naive?
 
 
+7 # Todd Williams 2010-11-19 06:58
Let's suppose for one moment that he returns to Sweden to face these charges. In custody, his life wouldn't be worth a plug nickel. Run, Julian, run. Don't let them catch you and keep exposing the bullshit. I feel sorry for the man. He's my hero.
 
 
-13 # G Foote 2010-11-19 08:18
[quote name="Todd Williams"]Let's suppose for one moment that he returns to Sweden to face these charges. In custody, his life wouldn't be worth a plug nickel. Run, Julian, run. Don't let them catch you and keep exposing the bullshit. I feel sorry for the man. He's my hero.

Rapists have now become "heroes". God save us...
 
 
+6 # HR 2010-11-19 09:54
G Foote seems to assume that because Assange was accused he is guilty.
Guilty or innocent, it doesn't change the value of the work he has done.
For all of our security it is important to look for ways to maintain Wiki-leaks as an organization that does not rise or fall on what happens to Julian Assange.
He is a hero for what he has done with Wiki-leaks.

Quoting G Foote:
[quote name="Todd Williams"]Let's suppose for one moment that he returns to Sweden to face these charges. In custody, his life wouldn't be worth a plug nickel. Run, Julian, run. Don't let them catch you and keep exposing the bullshit. I feel sorry for the man. He's my hero.

Rapists have now become "heroes". God save us...
 
 
-8 # G Foote 2010-11-19 10:59
HR - On the contrary, it would seem that the majority of posters in this forum assume that he is innocent and above these charges because he is a "hero" in their minds. It seems that even as the truth comes out and IF he is found guilty in a court of law, then these same people will trumpet in anonimity that he was framed. Let the court system continue to conduct its objective work and let the truth prevail.

To many on here it would seem that even a video of her screaming "STOP" would not even be enough. It would only be their hero being framed.
 
 
0 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-20 18:11
I assume that he is innocent because, in our country, that is Constitutionall y the operant assumption to make since we all are ALWAYS innocent until proven guilty. Yes, as a matter of fact, I assume he is innocent. The Swedish courts can even try him in absentia if they wish, but please, don't claim you know anything about the quality of the Swedish courts. If you did, you'd know what a joke they are. But of course, you've already tried and convicted him in your mind I'm sure.
 
 
0 # Mary George 2010-11-19 12:34
God help us if we convict before giving someone a fair trial. Just accusing him of being a rapist, doesn't make him one!
 
 
-5 # G Foote 2010-11-19 13:52
Mary - Not to worry... It is clear from reading these posts that he is innocent and being framed. Our prisons are full of innocent people who were framed...

Let's give the Swedes a little credit for doing there homework. If he is trully innocent then I certainly hope that will be the verdict. If he is guilty and set free after a trial then I hope that the father of one of these women is the first to find him.
 
 
-1 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-20 18:09
Quoting G Foote:
[quote name="Todd Williams"]Let's suppose for one moment that he returns to Sweden to face these charges. In custody, his life wouldn't be worth a plug nickel. Run, Julian, run. Don't let them catch you and keep exposing the bullshit. I feel sorry for the man. He's my hero.

Rapists have now become "heroes". God save us...

You know that he's a rapist? How would you know that? Oh? Because he's accused according to Swedish prosecutors who look like world class amateurs, who make their legal system look like a world class joke? This is your foundation for assuming that those of us who advise he stay away are doing so because we think rapists are heroes? Are you that stupid? Just wondering.
 
 
+2 # dring 2010-11-19 07:28
I admire Assange for his hard work and mission.I am also aware that Sweden is ranked # 1 in democracy.(none of the G20 countries at the Toronto photo-op made the top 10). Swedes take their democracy including justice system seriously.It was amusing that Michelle Obama recently suggested that democracy was a product of the US.The Swedish democracy goes back to Viking days,the Greeks further. I would be surprised if the country has succumbed to external influences;perh aps am being a bit naive.
In any case hope Assange gets cleared.
 
 
+5 # kalpal 2010-11-19 07:38
The USA demands the right to keep lying to its own citizenry in its effort to prosecute wars that should never have been started and whose published and articulatd fantasy premises were lies.

If the public is made aware of the truth it may react in a manner that would threaten the power of those currently in charge and force a change in leadership. The public does not understand that a different front man will not likely take power if the guys holding the leashes believe an actual change is in the offing.

Of course governments need not worry. American traitors like Jonah Goldberg will always scream foul when the truth is out. The public will stir but the truth will be suppressed by the right wing media determined to insure a handsome profit stream from war and its various costs and expenditures.

The welfare of our nation is never uppermost in the agendas of America's conservative covens. It occasionally is 4th in line but never higher.
 
 
-18 # G Foote 2010-11-19 08:14
I am trully stunned at the near universal support in this forum of a rapist. Give the Swedes some credit - they surely understood the gravity of the charges and the scrutiny they they would be under. I am proud of them for taking the necessary time to "get it right" instead of bowing to any pressure that may or may not have been involved.

Julian Assange is typical of any rapist - it is about using power over someone, not about the sex. He has made it clear that he feels that he is above the law, knows what is best for "us", and will use his power of persuasion to get whatever he wants, regardless of the price paid by others. He is no hero. In defending him you are doing no less than supporting him by pinning the next woman down for him. I hope that she is not a sister or daughter of yours!
 
 
+7 # Observer 47 2010-11-19 09:00
And you know for certain that Assange is a rapist....how, G Foote? Have you been to Sweden, interviewed the witnesses, and seen all the evidence? I doubt it.

On the other hand, I do know several things for certain: first, the investigation and the charges, including the timeline and the permission for Assange to exit Sweden, sound bogus, just on the face of it. And the timing couldn't be more convenient for those who'd like to silence Assange. Second, what Assange has revealed and will continue to reveal is extremely INCONVENIENT for a number of governments. Common sense and knowledge of the way the world works therefore tell me that the most likely "truth" here is that Assange is being framed.
 
 
-8 # G Foote 2010-11-19 13:24
The conspiracy theorists are out in droves... President Obama has ordered that Mr. Assange be framed and persuaded a Swedish prosecutor to press charges of rape against this man. And according to some on here, if that doesn't work then President Obama will order that he be assassinated. Is this the "truth" that the world needs to know?

As for the timeline, it would seem that Mr. Assange set that in motion, not any shadowy figure or foreign government.

I hope that the "truth" does comes out soon for the sake of the victims, justice and Mr. Assange. Will you accept a "guilty" verdict in a court of law or automatically assume that he is innocent and has been framed. It seems many people need to remove their blinders and give the Swedish court system a little credit.

Should we excuse illegal behavior by any public personality that speaks out against any government and assume that they were framed?

Stop the mob mentality and open your eyes and ears to ALL of the facts and not only to the ones that are convenient to what you want to believe...
 
 
+1 # Pat Williams 2010-11-20 03:27
Even though this sounds like a typical US government frame up, I would suspect that there might be some truth if it were one woman accusing him. But two? No. These are two separate consensual sexual encounters where the common denominator is a failed condom to cause each woman to change her mind during the throes of intercourse. That's just too much of a coincidence.
 
 
0 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-20 18:20
If you're so worried about mob mentality, I would suggest that you pay more attention to the mob being willing to overlook Bush, Chenny, et al's crimes against humanity, war crimes, the murder of millions based on lies. You seem to be getting your underware up in a bunch very selectively. We're militarily raping Afghanistan and Iraq and you're getting hung up on what appears to be an obvious smear job on Assange? Can you please get some perspective and direct your anger at the undeniably greater criminals worthy of prosecution?
 
 
+3 # geraldom 2010-11-19 12:20
I don't know if RSN will post this comment, but here it goes. Based on your previous statement that when a woman yells "Stop," even in the middle of consensual sex, if the man doesn't stop, you say it's rape.

The following is a hypothetical situation that should frighten even you, if you are a male. If a woman, for whatever reason, has consensual sex with a man with the goal of later claiming rape by claiming to have yelled "Stop!" in the middle of the sex act, who's to tell what really happened afterwards since this is usually a private affair without witnesses. If she did say "Stop!" & who knows if she really did, the man could've stopped when asked, or not. At that point it's "He says, She says."

Normally, if sex is forced upon a woman from the very start, there's physical damage that can be medically checked out by a doctor, but it has to be done relatively soon after the act & it appears that that didn't happen.

The bottom line here is that if a woman can claim rape under such fraudulent circumstances in the middle of consensual sex & actually get away with it, it should scare every man in the world who's even thinking about having sex.
 
 
-6 # G Foote 2010-11-19 13:45
Harold - You are absolutely correct. Keep in mind, however that in Mr. Assanges case there are two different women involved and he has been charged with sex crimes against both of them. Two does not make a pattern but it certainly makes the idea that he is being framed in some sort of global conspiracy far more difficult to believe.
 
 
+4 # geraldom 2010-11-19 14:14
Quoting G Foote:
Harold - You are absolutely correct. Keep in mind, however that in Mr. Assanges case there are two different women involved and he has been charged with sex crimes against both of them. Two does not make a pattern but it certainly makes the idea that he is being framed in some sort of global conspiracy far more difficult to believe.


You're right, it was two women complaining, but, if I were an intelligent U.S. agent, I'd think very much like you. One woman would not be enough to frame Assange.

The real acid test would be to investigate Assange's past history of sexual crimes, if any exist, & to investigate & find out if he has done something similar to women in other countries he's visited.

Juliam Assange is 39 years old, and, as far as I know, he has no past criminal record of any kind in terms of violent crimes. Now, all of a sudden two women in Sweden suddenly appear & claim rape, & just after Julian Assange's Wikileaks submits proof of war crimes & crimes against humanity committed by the United States.

Is it pure coincidence & serendipitous luck for the United States, or is it something more than that?
 
 
-1 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-20 18:23
You don't get it do you. The "pattern" you refer to is so incredibly unlikely, so unbelievable, that this pattern is a more likely persuasive argument for believing that they are lying.
 
 
+3 # G Foote 2010-11-19 08:20
Why do comments need to be "reviewed", aka censored on a site proclaiming to promote free and open information?
 
 
+6 # Tom Miller 2010-11-19 08:20
One should not blame the "victims", but under the circumstances, a good investigative reporter should be digging into their backgrounds. Who exactly were these "volunteers"? If they are being hidden "to protect their identities", we will never know.
 
 
+4 # peterjkraus 2010-11-19 08:37
This is a setup and stinks to high heaven. The powers that be don´t even try to invent a scenario that might be true: they go with the old rape charge that (at least in the U.S.) has a long history of railroading whistleblowers and other boat-rockers. Finding a compliant government to go along with your fantasy is no problem: just look at all the countries snookered or forced into the Afghanistan boondoggle.
 
 
+5 # Scott Galindez 2010-11-19 08:38
Quoting G Foote:
Why do comments need to be "reviewed", aka censored on a site proclaiming to promote free and open information?


We do not censor, What we don't allow is personal attacks, spam etc...

If we didn't review the page would be full of Viagra ads and trolls making personal attacks.
 
 
+2 # G Foote 2010-11-19 08:52
Thank you for the clarification.
 
 
+8 # Jay Arena 2010-11-19 08:42
Hands Off Wikileaks and Julian Assange!
 
 
-13 # Wm 2010-11-19 08:45
"...he successfully made new lasting relationships and expanded the media partners to include Al Jazeera, Le Monde, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, SVT and also brought in Public Interest Lawyers and NGOs such as Iraq Body Count."

This is unfortunately, a glaring problem. A real man of integrity doesn't have relationships or make agreements with the devil.
 
 
+11 # Fred Clinton 2010-11-19 10:21
It's not that I condone any crime that Assange may or may not have comitted, but isn't this really like the murderer of thousands calling an alleged rapist the 'bad guy'. I'm begining to feel as if every day the administration does something infuriating. Doesn't action of this kind begin with Erick Holder? Does he consider 'this' persuing justice, or even protecting the country?

Why isn't anyone else at least saying "Hey... wait a minute, the American people and the Congress of the US were lied too, and war crimes have been comitted. There are laws aginst this and baseball players are the only ones geting procecuted for it.

Why isn't everyone in the country really, really pissed?
 
 
+9 # Sirreal 2010-11-19 10:33
The U.S. government's security services are in full smear mode. After this smear, if unsuccessful, will come assassination. They will stop at nothing for profit. Money and oil is the goal.Wikileaks must be protected by those governments who now know the truth and have seen the evidence of war crimes committed in the name of America. During the Iraq and Afghan wars we know torture was committed by the U.S.
George Bush while promoting his book was asked if he ordered torture. Tapping his inner cowboy he not only admitted to but actually boasted of personally ordering the torture of prisoners of war. "Yes, and I would do it again to protect America" he said.

The entire Office of the President, Vice President and Cabinet should stand trial for these crimes.I am sure Wikileaks has much more information which will prove beneficial to prosecutors. Without Wikileaks the politically powerful will silence the truth. This is their goal.

Those who believe they are above the law be it American law or international law must be brought to justice and Wikileaks has the evidence.
The truth will set you free.
 
 
-9 # Vic 2010-11-19 10:56
Assange works for the US.
 
 
+4 # geraldom 2010-11-19 11:30
I checked out the Wikileaks website to see if I could send a message to them suggesting that they open up a legal defense fund for Assange, and, for some strange reason, at this critical juncture in time, when their leader is in deep trouble, Wikileaks is offline because they're currently undergoing scheduled maintenance.

You have to ask yourself what the hell is going on? Here you have millions of people who so want to help out, and they've cut off the only possible means of communication at the worst possible time.
 
 
+4 # Observer 47 2010-11-19 12:20
Are you sure WikiLeaks is the entity that has cut off the communication?
 
 
+3 # nb 2010-11-19 12:42
Quoting Harold R. Mencher:
I checked out the Wikileaks website to see if I could send a message to them suggesting that they open up a legal defense fund for Assange, and, for some strange reason, at this critical juncture in time, when their leader is in deep trouble, Wikileaks is offline because they're currently undergoing scheduled maintenance.

You have to ask yourself what the hell is going on? Here you have millions of people who so want to help out, and they've cut off the only possible means of communication at the worst possible time.


You can still help out by donating to Wikileaks in Iceland. That money can and probably is being used for legal & other defense
 
 
+2 # geraldom 2010-11-19 13:23
Quoting nb:
You can still help out by donating to Wikileaks in Iceland. That money can and probably is being used for legal & other defense


That's great, but how does one do that? Is there an address and, if so, how does one get it?
 
 
+3 # nb 2010-11-20 04:21
Quoting Harold R. Mencher:
Quoting nb:
You can still help out by donating to Wikileaks in Iceland. That money can and probably is being used for legal & other defense


That's great, but how does one do that? Is there an address and, if so, how does one get it?

Here is your link.

http://wikileaks.org/media/support.html

Pick a transfer of your choosing. I sent money to Iceland via direct transfer.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting Julian Assange in these hard times. He needs to be defended. Everybody can contribute in their own way, be it legal, financial or technical.

God Bless, Harold.
 
 
0 # truthunveiled 2010-11-19 23:10
Nov 19 2010 1:10AM EST www.wikileaks.org is online. Maybe you typed wikileaks.com by mistake.
 
 
0 # geraldom 2010-11-20 10:31
Quoting truthunveiled:
Nov 19 2010 1:10AM EST www.wikileaks.org is online. Maybe you typed wikileaks.com by mistake.


I believe that's exactly what I did. Thanks for your help. It was somewhat confusing when you put in the wrong suffix to a website address and it actually gives you a message associated with the site that you really want. I wonder why that's the case.
 
 
0 # geraldom 2010-11-20 10:45
Quoting truthunveiled:
Nov 19 2010 1:10AM EST www.wikileaks.org is online. Maybe you typed wikileaks.com by mistake.


Correction. I didn't attempt to put wikileaks.com in as a URL. I did a Google search on wikileaks, and I picked the wrong URL. The search result simply indicated "wikileaks," and it included in the result that wikileaks was currently undergoing scheduled maintenance. The URL itself was:

http://www.collateralmurder.com/

not wikileaks.org.
 
 
+2 # Stu Piddy 2010-11-19 12:31
Who cares really what he did?

There are two wars going on both which are illegal and based on lies. 100,00 are dead. American troops are raping women all the time.

Focus on the war, not on his "girl friends".

The whole point of this is to get the attention away from the war.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3w2mGQ7V3Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DmPdZjkjyY
 
 
-11 # G Foote 2010-11-19 13:36
I suspect that if it had been your sister or daughter involved, then it might have a higher priority to you.

American troops are not raping women "all the time". It's not a perfect system, but when rapes do occur they are investigated thoroughly, albeit under difficult conditions and when there is adequate evidence they are charged and tried. This is no different than what Mr. Assange is facing. He is not above the law - Man's Law or God's Law.

What are you suggesting is "illegal" about the war in Afganistan and what lies have been told to persuade the American government and people to send soldiers there? Was Al Queda framed for killing 3,000 Americans in the U.S. just as it is being suggested that Mr. Assange is being framed?
 
 
+6 # geraldom 2010-11-19 14:36
Quoting G Foote:
I suspect that if it had been your sister or daughter involved, then it might have a higher priority to you.


And, if you had a brother, a brother as old as Assange, and your brother has never been charged with any violent crime in his whole life, let alone sexual assault, and he had one of the most powerful countries in the world, the United States, after him for divulging war crimes and crimes against humanity against it, a country that has been proven to use torture and intimidation against people and prisoners to extract false confessions, a country that seems to have many other countries throughout the world, and apparently Sweden in this case, doing its bidding, what would you believe? What would you fear?

Something seems to be rotten in Denmark, as the saying goes. They should include Sweden in that statement, don't you think? When the United States wants someone out of the way as badly as they want Assange disappeared, there is absolutely nothing that the U.S. will not do to accomplish this goal.
 
 
0 # Frances 2010-11-21 23:38
You only have to read a few of the many stories of female US soldiers who have been raped. Look them up. They are all over the place. In Afghanistan, in Iraq, at other foreign and stateside based, at the Air Force Academy (remember Tailhook?)

It is a joke to say that the rapes in the military are investigated. Most women do not report until they get out because their commanders do not support them and the other (male) soldiers will see them as 'squealers.' And squealers get fragged.

If US male soldiers are willing to rape Us female soldiers, what might they be willing to do to foreign women who are on the "enemy" side?
 
 
+1 # julian bobow 2010-11-19 13:58
I think the people at Wikileaks should be prepared for the worst scenario and find alternate players who could step in to continue the work that Assange started.

JB
 
 
+3 # nb 2010-11-20 05:57
Quoting julian bobow:
I think the people at Wikileaks should be prepared for the worst scenario and find alternate players who could step in to continue the work that Assange started.

JB

They've probably have an emergency plan, but it won't be the same without Julian. He is the heart and soul of WL.
 
 
+3 # nb 2010-11-20 05:59
Hello everybody,

We can make it a little harder for the bad guys by supporting, everybody in his own way, the people we trust and believe in and who are in mortal danger; in this case it is Julian & Wikileaks.
 
 
+7 # Peter Edler 2010-11-19 14:20
I live in Stockholm and have been following this 'case' from day one. Assange tried time and time again to speak with prosecutors - to no avail. It still isn't clear if the two women who claim to have been raped were engaging in consensual sex with Assange SIMULTANEOUSLY. If so, wouldn't that weaken their 'case'? This seems to be about ruptured condoms during consensual sex. So Assange DID wear a condom, or two, both of which ruptured? Are you still with me? Interpol will be looking for a man who had consensual sex with TWO women, wearing condoms that ruptured, which makes him a RAPIST? And the world is to take this seriously? Or maybe the two women had sex with Assange on separate occasions, and the condoms ruptured BOTH times? Okay, I got it - Assange should be sentenced for being a REPEAT CONDOM RUPTURER. Why not. You gotta call it SOMETHING to make it stick, don'tcha?
 
 
+4 # Hannah 2010-11-19 16:05
eu acredito que Assange é inocente e se por acaso nao fosse,isto nao minimizar o terror na guerra do Afeganistao.la tem criminosos que nao admitem seu erro ou melhor seu crime tambem.entao porque nao ver o USA como culpado tambem?

Translation from Portuguese by online tool:
Assange I believe is innocent and if by chance it were not, this does not minimize the horror of the war criminals who have Afeganistao.la not admit their mistake or rather his crime tambem.entao why not see the USA as guilty too?
 
 
+1 # Peter Edler 2010-11-19 22:44
I mean of course he may be a Repeat Condom RaptuRIST!
 
 
+1 # nhawk 2010-11-20 06:22
Geeze people, I was only addressing valid/invalid arguments - on both sides. Other comments make excellant points re: Scott Ritter comparison and the excellant points on war crimes and human rights violations. Why are former members of the Bush administration still walking around w/o fear of prosecution? Bush confessed in his book and on TV. Where is the logic in this situation? There is none. As there is a lack of a moral compass amongst the most powerful.
 
 
+1 # Chuck Culhane 2010-11-21 07:24
Excellent point. A few years ago in A Buffalo, NY, newspaper (ArtVoice) the seasoned prosecutor who tried the Charles Manson case four decades ago, Bugliosa (sp?), said there are hundreds of legal venues in the United States which could prosecute Bush et al for their pernicious plots and actions. These people are responsible for countless murders and the rape of countries. And now Bush is smirking around the country with his memoir "setting the record straight." People better wake up and smell the corpses rotting around the world, that we, Americans, must account for and somehow come to terms with.
 
 
0 # RICHARD KIRKPATRICK 2010-11-21 21:09
This story has the smell of a setup, but it is compatible with war untruths and out right lies. The Pentagon wins again!
 
 
+1 # Frances 2010-11-21 23:32
the Pentagon will win only if we let it win!
 
 
0 # Frances 2010-11-21 23:31
It's 9:30 pm, Pacific standard time here in Seattle. I cannot sign the petition. I've tried 4 times, but it keeps erasing all the fields I entered with the notice invalid-code
 
 
+3 # Aristopus 2010-11-22 09:45
It's obvious Mr. Assange divulged information that military brass to be kept secret. Now they are giving him a hard time. Shows what childish bullies they are.
 
 
+2 # Devon 2010-12-01 20:08
These sexual assault charges are an obvious fallacy. This is what happens when a brave individual (and your organization) stand up to the secretive world of global politics. It's a rare occasion when the worlds so called elite are exposed, and this is one of them. I say good work Julian and crew, keep it up and I stand behind you 100%. I would love to donate to help with Julians legal fees.
 
 
+1 # nb 2010-12-02 07:10
Quoting Devon:
These sexual assault charges are an obvious fallacy. This is what happens when a brave individual (and your organization) stand up to the secretive world of global politics. It's a rare occasion when the worlds so called elite are exposed, and this is one of them. I say good work Julian and crew, keep it up and I stand behind you 100%. I would love to donate to help with Julians legal fees.


You can do that here:
http://wikileaks.org/support.html

1. Julian Assange Defence Fund

Please donate directly to the Julian Assange and other WikiLeaks Staff Defence Fund. These funds will be used exclusively for defence costs
 
 
-4 # UnoHoo 2010-12-02 20:39
Why did he RUN (like a coward) if he is NOT guilty?
 
 
+2 # tegs 2010-12-09 04:19
petition in support of julian assagne and wikileaks

http://www.avaaz.org/en/wikileaks_petition/?slideshow
 
 
+1 # Shaughn 2011-02-05 14:35
PLEASE EVERYONE STAND UP WITH THIS GUY ....HE`S A REALLY BRAVE MAN, STANDING UP FOR TRUTH AND FREEDOM
 

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