Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Wikileaks mastermind Julian Assange has finally been arrested in connection with leaks. And not the ones that have largely revealed America's most closely guarded diplomatic secrets.
Instead, Assange has been charged with two counts of rape for having (what he claims are) consensual sexual encounters...but not using condoms when requested. While this may not sound like the world's biggest crime, just consider the possibility of more little Julian Assanges being born into the world, and you'll understand why his capture was considered a top priority by Interpol...the world's largest police agency with "pole" right in its name. (ba-da-boom!)
Seriously, it seems strange that a person responsible for untold diplomatic destruction and dissemination of state secrets would be jailed on what sounds like a minor charge. Wikileaks has recently revealed secret facilities which are of critical importance to our defenses, and Assange has additionally threatened that if he isn't treated well, he'll release the password for the already widely-downloaded "Doomsday Files" which theoretically contain information which will make the previous leaks look like nothing. Welcome to the brave new world of cyber-blackmail.
Assange is said to be worried about his personal safety while in custody, and has requested "protection." We encourage authorities to grant that request...to exactly the same extent that Assange did for his sexual victims.