Monday, March 4, 2013

Assange

Being sick, James and I are watching more TV than usual. Which means Netflix. We are in the middle of the Wikileaks/Julian Assange documentary on there. Have you seen it?

I remember when I first heard about him on NPR and it was all sex scandal stuff that just seemed so far fetched and bogus. Back then, I still really looked up to NPR as a balanced, honest news source. But I smelled a rat in that whole mess. Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK for, what, over a year now right?


And it is so obvious that they want to shut him up, they want him dead and gone and forgotten. But not for these made up charges (of consensual sex without protection). Rather, he is responsible for leaking anonymously submitted classified documents that reveal abuses and even illegal U.S. military activity.

One of Julian Assange's biggest supporters is Daniel Elssberg who released the Pentagon Papers in 1971, revealing what really went on in Vietnam. From his website, linked to his name, "Since the end of the Vietnam War, Ellsberg has been a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful U.S. interventions and the urgent need for patriotic whistleblowing." 

I think it is very important for us to be critical, inform ourselves and dig deeper.

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