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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by LighthouseJ on Tue 8th Feb 2011 12:31 UTC
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yay, more of Thom's diatribes about wikileaks.

Assange started Wilileaks with noble and idealistic goals of revealing everyones' secrets, but since descended into an anti-US outfit. Have you read what's in the leaked cables? They contain less of scandalous acts, and more about state-to-state communiques from other countries that need help with a particular issue. Think about it, we really haven't found a smoking gun, just introspection into how the US State department views and interacts with other countries -- totally benign if you ask me. I think that's where a lot of people misunderstand Wikileaks, because they believe it reveals something new, but really just confirms their anti-US bias because it's been an anti-US act.

Then Thom wraps it all up in a "ohhh, we need to save the noble reporters! for shame!" to give our expected outcry some purpose. Maybe Thom can fit Keith Olbermann's timeslot on MSNBC.

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