Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Once again, Australia's favorite media gadfly Julian Assange is being hauled
before agents of the law. (Hooray says Vanessa!)

Last Friday, a judge in Britain denied the WikiLeaks founder's appeal against
extradition to Sweden. Assange will be shipped to the land of Volvos to face
questioning for a pair of rape charges made against him.

No one likes being interrogated by the law or being accused of so-called wrong
doings, but it's hard to shake the feeling that Assange isn't going to accept
his fate reluctantly.

As events over the past few months have shown, he is an irredeemable attention
hog/media whore who loves the spotlight, even if it's for the wrong reasons.

This is not Assange's first brush with courts and police. While in his early 20s
in his homeland Australia, he was arrested and charged with computer hacking.
Among the sites he would later brag about infiltrating was the U.S. military's
MILNET. Characteristically, he adorned himself in knightly armor - he was a
"white hat" hacker merely sniffing around to expose the vulnerabilities of
various networks. But good guys on an honest mission don't typically brag about
breaching military security. Good guys don't brag, period.

In my opinion, he is extremely lucky that the military, or the U.S. government,
hasn't grabbed him and dumped him in a stockade for the rest of his life - or
worse. As is well documented, Assange obtained his famous hauls of diplomatic
cables and other sensitive material by effectively stealing them with a
well-placed accomplice. Most of those cables didn't contain particularly
shocking or revelatory material; what's worse, it's very possible that by
publishing them, the safety and security of many people on government payrolls
throughout the world could be seriously compromised. It's well known that
Hillary has been sweeping up Assange's mess for the pass few months.

Although he portrays himself as a hero fighting for truth and honesty, at the
end of the day Assange is a self-promoting hustler of dubious morality. So it's
not surprising that he's going to be interrogated by the Swedish authorities.

He should, in fact, count his blessing's lucky that he's not in much deeper
trouble... yet.

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