What an amazing situation.
Julian Assange is considered a terrorist and should be "hunted down" according to Sarah Palin, who seeks to become president of the USA. Mike Huckabee another Presidential hopeful as well as the Prime Minister of Canada suggest he should be assasinated. And for what - he has been just a very successful journalist - exposing information that the public need to know, in order to make informed decisions about those who govern us. Unfortunately we have been lied to about Iraq, about Afghanistan, about assylum seekers, about government activities of all kinds for so long that when these lies are exposed for what they are - when the truth is exposed for what it is - the governments seek to conceal, to hide and to destroy freedom.
Rather than listening to the messages, they seek to shoot the messenger.
In Australia the Prime Minister demands that the Federal Police undertake an expensive investigation, not because any Australian law has been broken, not because he is a criminal in any way, but as a trawling exercise to see if they can find any example of anything that would allow him to be prosecuted. How much money will be wasted on this activity - how much of our scarece resources wull be spent on a man who is innocent, rather than seeking to capture the real crooks and criminals of our system?
Julian Assange is currently in jail, because he had sex with out a condom. Wow! This can be considered a crime only in Sweden. I wonder how Pope Benedict XVI would feel about this - he believes we should all have sex without a condom - would he be considered a criminal in Sweden. And he is in jail - not because he has broken any British law, but because he has unknowingly fallen foul of a Swedish Law.
And the woman who began the persecution in Sweden has links with the CIA. Why should this not be a surprise.
"Journalism is the affliction of the comfortable and the comforting of the afflicted".
"Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air."
Henry Anatole Grunwald
"The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. [For] to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves-and the better the teacher, the better the student body."
"There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil - remain detached from the great"
Walter Lippmann (American Journalist, 1889-1974)
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