Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Feb 2011 23:11 UTC
In the News "So why do all these American reporters, who know quite well that they get praise and money for doing what Assange has done, stand in a silence that can only be called cowardly, while a fellow publisher faces threats of extradition, banning, prosecution for spying - which can incur the death penalty - and calls for his assassination? [...] U.S. journalism's business model is collapsing; the people who should be out in front defending Assange are facing cut salaries or unemployment because of the medium that Assange represents. These journalists are not willing to concede that Assange is, of course, a publisher, rather than some sort of hybrid terrorist blogger, because of their self-interested prejudices against a medium in which they are not the gatekeepers." Great article - focussing on the US, but just as applicable in the rest of the world (except the great nation of Iceland, obviously). The internet could very well become the single most important 'invention' in human history. We must stand guard against our governments getting their filthy, inefficient, censoring, controlling, and damaging hands on it.
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no death penalty
by JoeBuck on Tue 8th Feb 2011 01:38 UTC
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I agree with you that the American news media are worse than useless, that the treatment of Bradley Manning is heinous, that the Swedish charges are suspicious. But the US doesn't have an Official Secrets Act like the UK does, and it's difficult to see what Assange could be prosecuted for in the US. Simply receiving leaked classified material and publishing it is something American journalists do on a regular basis.

There's no death penalty for spying that could be imposed here. If anything were to happen to Assange, it would be extra-legal; some of the people connected with the security services in the US, as well as in a number of other countries that Wikileaks has angered, are basically thugs.

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