It’s awful that the most ‘powerful’ countries in the world are hounding one man — Julian Assange. Entire countries that claim to be superpowers and developed are feeling threatened by one single individual. It says a lot about the countries and the said individual. It talks about how empty power
Some have suggested that the founder of WikiLeaks, who recently was sentenced in Britain to 50 weeks in jail for jumping bail seven years ago, should be viewed as a heroic defender of press freedom and the public’s right to know. But Julian Assange is no hero.
I’ve been one of the most strident critics of Julian Assange since journalist James Ball confirmed that Assange was passing highly sensitive US Embassy Cables onto the dictatorship of Belarus that could have been used to prosecute brave opposition activists.
It finally happened – Julian Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy and arrested. It was no surprise: many signs pointed in this direction.
Julian Assange is admirable because he chose to open up the can of worms that the world hides and the so called powerful leaders are feeling threatened by his revelations and want him behind bars.
Early Thursday morning, news broke that WikiLeaks’ co-founder Julian Assange had been arrested by London›s Metropolitan Police Service at the Ecuadorian embassy. It was later announced that Assange was arrested in relation to an extradition warrant on behalf of the United States for conspiring with former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to hack into a classified US government computer in 2010.
To sympathisers and celebrity boosters, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose extended furlough inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London ended in handcuffs this month, is a legend and a maligned whistleblower.
Julian Assange has been making waves, then and now. Back then it was because WikiLeaks published what the story terms as devastating material that Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning had copied from Iraq war logs and diplomatic documents, most notably video shot by American soldiers in an Apache helicopter
Navalny is another Julian Assange. He has the bravery and the guts to stand up to Putin. That he came back from Germany to resume his anti corruption fight when he could very well have remained in exile and saved his life, speaks of his grit (“Navalny’s mettle poses a threat to Putin’s authority,” Jan. 29, Gulf Today).