The name Julian Assange means different things to different people. For some who supported Hilary Clinton, the man is worse than satan himself, both deserving of the same fate, but that is driven more by emotion and “butt hurted’ness” than it is by true conviction. They simply hate Donald Trump. The left loved Wikileaks when it helped their cause.
For those who love liberty and are Constitutionally minded, Julian Assange is a hero, right up there with Edward Snowden. He is a man who has been forced into a life enclosed in an embassy for years over what he has done for the good the people and the truth. Such a man is hard to find, to say the least. If nothing else, we all should attain to really hold steadfast to our principles to such a strong degree and in the face of such massive opposition, regardless of our thoughts on the man himself.
Then there are the one’s who wish greatly to see Julian Assange burnt at the stake in a witches hat because he leaked material that was classified, even though Wikileaks is quite mindful to put no agent in harms way. Regardless of which side of the argument one may find themselves agreeing with, we have learned today Assange is debating REALLY standing by his word. Assange has said that is Obama freed Chelsea Manning when he departed office, that he would allow himself to be extradited to the USA to face what is sure to be a lopsided and biased trial.
Not sinceoversaw those who bravely tried to bomb Hitler will a man have to face such an unfair trial as that which awaits Assange. His lawyer has waffled on just what Assange is doing in regards to the promise, but it is still worth looking into.
The case for Manning is one of bravery as well, regardless of which side of the fence one stands on while viewing him….um her…and her deeds. While talk about the gender confusion of Manning could drone on for pages upon pages, those concerns must be factored out if the case is to be looked at without a tabloid feel to it.
Manning basically found that the number of reported dead in Bush’s wars (wars that Trump said was a terrible idea even then) were being greatly undercounted. Worse still these were civilian deaths, and even worse than THAT, it was to the tune of .
One fact is that we must not attack the leaker and dispel the facts found in the leak. Just like if a cop gets a tip that a drug deal is to go down on “Street X” and they are there to meet the deal, so is it if Manning tells us that our tax dollars are going to fund a war that is killing more innocent people than it is killing terrorists. Even if we choose to punish Manning, his facts are still facts. His facts mattered because the blood is on the taxpayer’s hands if they refuse to see it the truth, which was that Bush was doing a terrible job leading the war.
Terrorists hide in the city among the people just like the Vietcong used to do and the Nazi’s before them, but to just start sending out our nation’s boys and girls into risky exposure to kill those who are part of what we are defending instead of the enemy in most cases is something that needs to be known.
The notion that Manning put the nation at risk or helped the enemy is not true to the extent that by bombing civilians, even by error, this creates terrorists where there was none before. This puts the nation at far more risk. After a few family members get attacked in the name of freedom, those that lost those family members no longer care as much about freedom.
They don’t care about sharia oppression, oil, or Syria either. What they do care about at that point is getting a gun, joining anyone (even ISIS), and fighting those that killed those that were loved. This is exactly in every way what happened, and Manning was the one show told the world that it was coming and why. He did not put us at risk.
This is exactly in every way what happened, and Manning was the one who bravely told the world that it was coming and why. He did not put us at risk any more than a car alarm put its owner at risk. Manning said that we were lied to and that we should all duck because….things were going to get bad. Looking at ISIS today, it seems that what he warned about did happen.
Julian Assange, who has helped tell the world just how evil the leaders of the planet really are, agreed to come to the US, though now it is less certain. Perhaps he will get some sympathy from who, while not likely aiming to, helped Trump a bit just by proxy with his leaks, even if not by motive or intent. On the other hand, with Trump already facing moles and rats in his own circle he may use poor Assange as an example, in which case he will wish that he had not made the Manning promise to begin with.
This could easily go either way for Assange.
We do know that without some leakers, changes like what Karen Silkwood did within the cancer inducing power industry would never have been exposed and untold numbers may have died. It should be noted that even while she was not in a government role, it did cost her her life. She was both poisoned and run off of the road, which killed her. To this day no one knows what happened to her car that night, only that damning papers were missing that she was known to be transporting.
However, without tight oversight, we would not have nuclear secrets at all! Bill Clinton showed us how badly that can go and we now see nuclear weapons from China pointed at the US as a grim result of it. Imagine if someone planning a strike on ISIS decided to leak for the good of Allah. That can not be permitted to happen, either, so we need to proceed with great caution when addressing such issues. Meanwhile, that that leak
Meanwhile, those who leak are going always know that they are doing so on the basis of morality, and morality in some cases is illegal. Sometimes it needs to be for the good of millions and other times it must be freed no matter the cost.
The difference can be minuscule, but vital, and as such should be addressed outside of the realm of normal politics.
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