WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will remain in a London prison until a British court takes up a Swedish request for extradition for questioning on sexual crime allegations. An international group of former intelligence officers and ex-government officials have released a statement in support of Assange. We speak to one of the signatories, Daniel Ellsberg, the famous whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War in 1971. “If I released the Pentagon Papers today, the same rhetoric and the same calls would be made about me,” Ellsberg says. “I would be called not only a traitor—which I was then, which was false and slanderous—but I would be called a terrorist… Assange and Bradley Manning are no more terrorists than I am.”
Carl Bernstein believes that Julian Assange is doing the right thing. This video covers several different aspects of the Wikileaks story. If you have read even a portion of the Wikileaks cables, none of it isn’t anything we didn’t know or didn’t suspect and there is nothing that should surprise anyone. Most of the information is low classified information. In the future, there will be many people getting rich off of books written based on this information.
It appears everyone, except the media, knows where Julian Assange is located. Assange has volunteered to come in, but the Swedish government rejects that and issues an arrest warrant. There are many questions concerning the charges and what is and isn’t true. No one should make judgments about that issue, until a court decides. Questions remain, however, just what is going on?
In the meantime, Wikileaks has had to move its servers as everydns.net has kicked him off. Amazon.com withdrew its support of hosting Wikileaks’ files, causing Daniel Ellsberg to call for a ban on Amazon.com. Paypal has also suspended the Wikileaks donation account again, but there are still ways of donating. If Assange and Wikileaks weren’t ruffling feathers, companies wouldn’t be succumbing to US pressure.
The US military is pressuring their soldiers to stay away from reading the cables. Columbia University is doing the same thing to their students. The Library of Congress has also blocked access to Wikileaks on their staff computers.
Pissing off this many people in such a short amount of time usually means you’re doing something right.