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Thinking people agree that Julian Assange is an asshat

But if what follows is true, a smidgen (or less) of sympathy is understandable:

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Apparently having consensual sex in Sweden without a condom is punishable by a term of imprisonment of a minimum of two years for rape. That is the basis for a reinstitution of rape charges against WikiLeaks figurehead Julian Assange that is destined to make Sweden and its justice system the laughing stock of the world and dramatically damage its reputation as a model of modernity.

Sweden's Public Prosecutor's Office was embarrassed in August this year when it leaked to the media that it was seeking to arrest Assange for rape, then on the same day withdrew the arrest warrant because in its own words there was "no evidence". The damage to Assange's reputation is incalculable. More than three quarters of internet references to his name refer to rape. Now, three months on and three prosecutors later, the Swedes seem to be clear on their basis to proceed. Consensual sex that started out with a condom ended up without one, ergo, the sex was not consensual.

The dude is wreaking havoc across the globe, essentially holding the world hostage to his demands, and the best the west can do is to charge the man with rape for not wearing a condom during consensual sex.

Pitiful.

H/T Don Surber.


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2 women, 5 different charge... (Below threshold)
charles davies:

2 women, 5 different charges.

Oh yeah it's only abut a condom. Keep believing that.

For someone who purports op... (Below threshold)

For someone who purports open access to all information allows justice to prevail, he sure is guarded about his whereabouts.

If the women did not agree ... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

If the women did not agree to it I see the point of the Law.

What if she became pregnant what if she contracted and STD? Both of those would have detrimental effect to her life and she did agree to increase
Julian is says he is an Anachist which means he wants to overthrow all governments and in general does acts against all laws. Therefore he should be held accountable to each and everyone he violates.

The got a murdering ruthless gangster on Tax Evasion. We should take him down anyway we can. I would prefer espionage but if Sweden has winnable case go for it.

What liberalism hath wrough... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

What liberalism hath wrought. Oh, for a condom to contain the sperm of leftist stupidity.

"The damage to Assange's re... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"The damage to Assange's reputation is incalculable."

Oh please. Are they serious?

Fact: Secrets are hard to k... (Below threshold)
eth:

Fact: Secrets are hard to keep. Cork out of the bottle. Problem ? Just as much the printed book once was. Question: what's next: E-Power to the people. Technology is a tread, it always was.. it always was unstoppable

"The damage to Assange's re... (Below threshold)
yttik:

"The damage to Assange's reputation is incalculable."

Okay, this really makes me angry. The guy is a fricken traitor engaged in an act of espionage against the US, and the author of that article is concerned about his "reputation"? Excuse me, what reputation? His good upstanding name?

It also pisses me off, these articles are based on info from his lawyer! Well duh, a lawyer's job is to prove innocence or at least attempt to trivialize the crime.

Use your head people. A man who has no boundaries and would force transparency on the US, with no regard for the lives he may put in danger, is quite capable of doing the same thing to women. What Assange is done to the US, to the international community, is very similar to rape. It doesn't take much of a leap to consider the possibility that he does the same thing to women.

A terrorist blows up a US e... (Below threshold)
jim m:

A terrorist blows up a US embassy in Africa killing over 200 people and obama cannot get a conviction for a single count of murder. With such incompetence you are surprised that these idiots cannot even find something to charge Assange with?

"The damage to Assange's re... (Below threshold)
cirby:

"The damage to Assange's reputation is incalculable."

The author's actual thoughts: "Oh, dude, I like, totally thought he was gay. I'm SOOOO bummed, I thought we had something going during all of those legal conferences."

Of course Assange isn't a t... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Of course Assange isn't a traitor (J.T. covered that very nicely last week). You can't be a traitor to the USA if you are not a part of the USA.

But you can be a hostile foreign agent, or a spy, or someone providing material aid to an enemy of the USA. The fact that we haven't seen pictures of his dead body just tells us this Administration is not taking Assange that seriously.

Me? I like the dead, stinking body option.

"The damage to Assange's re... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"The damage to Assange's reputation is incalculable."

What? That he's a narcissist? Even his own people realize that.

Too bad the US doesn't hav... (Below threshold)
olsoljer:

Too bad the US doesn't have an organization with balls the size of Mossads'.

"Too bad the US doesn't ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"Too bad the US doesn't have an organization with balls the size of Mossads'."

Too bad the US doesn't have an organization with the same level of competence.

To bad the US doesn't have ... (Below threshold)
yttik:

To bad the US doesn't have leader that cares about America. Nevermind his balls, I'd settle for a brain and a heart.

Put him on trial, execute h... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Put him on trial, execute him and live with the consequences. Yes we will have short term spillage at the same time it will make others think twice about doing crap like this.

The deaath penalty isnt a perfect deterrent but it is a perfect deterrent for repeat offenders.

If it was A-OK for slick wi... (Below threshold)
914:

If it was A-OK for slick willie to behave that way, its A-OK for Assuage.

sarc off...... (Below threshold)
914:

sarc off...

Condom? Too bad his daddy d... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Condom? Too bad his daddy didn't use a condom.

But now that he's here, a modest proposal for Sweden. Pull a giant condom over Assange's head, down to around neck level, leave it on for 20 minutes. End of problem.

Meh, elections have consequ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Meh, elections have consequences.

Welcome to the real world of government incompetence. As led by the biggest incompetent to ever lead the world's leading superpower as his decisions, or lack there of, impact on domestic and foreign policy.

Yes, I'm sure he's wracked by indecision but what the hell, he never made a hard call in his life so letting Assange twist in the wind wondering what his fate is going to be just tickles me to no end.

Assange, who is committing foreign espionage, is held hostage by an idiot that can't come to a decision on how to deal with it and all the while our country's reputation is getting trashed.

Sad to say but wasn't it the liberal's that were saying this during W's term? Isn't it ironic that what wasn't true then is true now?

This is sort of like indict... (Below threshold)
Jimpithecus:

This is sort of like indicting Al Capone for Tax Evasion.

Yes, I'm sure he's wrack... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Yes, I'm sure he's wracked by indecision but what the hell, he never made a hard call in his life...

I'm sitting here chuckling imagining Barry behind the plate as an MLB umpire. First pitch of the game, the crowd waits for the call. Nothing. He calls all the other umpires in for a conference, and wants to broker mediation betweent the two teams. He turns to the crowd and asks their views. He appoints a committee of umpires, players, and fans to decide whether it was a ball or a strike.

C'mon, SNL, this stuff writes itself.

Assange was obviously a sec... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Assange was obviously a security threat when he broke climategate, by releasing ten years of the Climate research/East Anglia IPCC emails. Where were you guys then?

Assange's real crime even a... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Assange's real crime even after having released climategate emails, that may be a small part of it, is not being a neo-con and instead opening the cables to the general public instead of 'routinely' funneling documents to the Israeli government. If Assange had just passed on received confidential state documents to the Israeli government as a member of AIPAC (who give milions to US congressman) he would be defended by the same neocons who are asking for his head. Is AIPAC a wiKiLeaks organization?

Larry Franklin, the 'go-to man on Iran' at the Pentagon under undersecretary of defense for planning Douglas Feith, carried a draft confidential finding on Iran out of the building and gave it to Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman of AIPAC's Middle East Bureau...

He (Rosen) maintains that his action of delivering the classified document to the Israeli embassy was standard operating procedure in AIPAC, and that he did nothing out of the ordinary, and that he should not have been fired. He is also threatening to name details of this routine spying.

The Neoconservatives say that the case should never have been brought, since it just criminalized the routine horse-trading in information typical of Washington.

Rep. Pete King (R-NY), who wants Eric Holder to prosecute Julian Assange of Wikileaks, hasn't objected to the cases against Rosen and Weissman being dropped, and hasn't asked for an investigation of AIPAC. One of the problems congressmen like this will have in crafting anti-Wikileaks legislation is that they may well be driving a nail into AIPAC's coffin, as well. King, who keeps accusing Americans of being terrorists, is also known as a long-time supporter of the Irish Republican Army.
Hypocrisy?

asshat yes, terrorist no. <... (Below threshold)
sillypuddy:

asshat yes, terrorist no.
Hang pfc manning and stop feeding into the attention whoring wikileaks side of this.


Let me contemplate for a mo... (Below threshold)
MichaelC:

Let me contemplate for a moment the implication in your sarcastic rhetoric, Crickmore. Doesn't really take more than a second actually.

Now, really Steve, Assange decides to participate in very clear and straightforward espionage during a time of war and you try to change the subject as though a failure to chastise in one case ought to relieve him of espionage charges in another. You have a weak mind and poor reasoning abilities Steve.

We've witnessed that for some time here on Wizbang and I, for one, just have to say, "Have you no shame at all?"

Steve C-With regar... (Below threshold)
Brian The Adequate:

Steve C-

With regards to the Climategate e-mails, Asange and Wikileaks is claiming credit, but they were at least 4 days late to the party. Wikileaks had it up on Nov 21, 2009, but they were published by real climate on Nov 17, 2009.

http://climateaudit.org/2010/11/30/assange-on-climategate/

But Steve, never let an inconvenient fact get in the way of your narrative.

Crickmore:Assange... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Crickmore:
Assange was obviously a security threat when he broke climategate, by releasing ten years of the Climate research/East Anglia IPCC emails. Where were you guys then?

Assange and Wikileaks didn't break the Climategate story.

Some of the climate skeptic blogs had the file on November 17, 2009. The file was available on a Russian server on November 19, 2009, and I downloaded a copy that night. Someone had an independent server spreading the file by Nov 20, and it was already getting some press. People tried to get Wikileaks to add it to their collection, but they weren't interested - at first.

They added it to their server on December 4, 2009. By that point, Climategate was already getting jokes on the John Stewart program...

That's not "breaking." That's "late to the party."

Wikileaks may have had a co... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Wikileaks may have had a copy on the 21st, but they waited almost two weeks to put it on their server.

To equate a conspiracy of r... (Below threshold)
skh.pcola:

To equate a conspiracy of rent-seeking "scientists" to the functions of the US government is pitiful, Crickmore. I suppose, in your leftarded worldview, voting irregularities on Dancing with the Stars is exactly the same thing as Democrats committing voter fraud on a large scale during federal elections.

I've been reading Wizbang for years and rarely comment, but I've identified you as easily the most sophomoric faux-intellectual on the blog. Your refutations and accusations are uniformly inane and generally nonsensical. Congratulations, Steve Crickmore! Thinking people agree that you are an asshat.

Rick, why do you have a Mar... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Rick, why do you have a Martha Stewart prison picture at the top of the article?

Climategate involved hackin... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Climategate involved hacking the information from cru, climatic research unit of east anglia. wikiLeaks just released the information as it has for dozens/hundreds of cases: China, it highlighted Chinese government cables dealing with dissidents and Kenya government cables of security police who were covering up killing of hundreds of youth. I take it there were no complaints with wikileaks acting as conduit for 'whistleblowers' then. It is only when it took on US state department secrets normally reserved for 3 miilion users from 20 year old service privates and up plus select MSM journalists like Bob Woodward, promising favorable coverage as the leakee, that the proverbial s..it the fan.

Why shouldn't the rest of us know that Russia is regarded by our state department as 'a mafia state'? I wonder why Condi Rice a PHD Russian/Soviet scholar didn't have the inclination to inform us, because it might embarrass Putin and therefore be a national security issue?


Vladimir Putin has secret assets hidden abroad, leaked US cables from the former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice allege. Citing opposition sources, Rice said Putin refused to install a strong successor when he stepped down as president in 2008 because he was afraid he could become the target of "law enforcement investigations".

Putin's objective at the time was to secure his "alleged illicit proceeds", the cables from her office said.
Other classified cables referred repeatedly to the "secretive Swiss-based oil trading firm Gunvor" as an alleged source of Putin's undisclosed wealth. The US ambassador in Moscow, John Beyrle, described the company as being closely connected to the Kremlin, and said its "secretive ownership is rumoured to include prime minister Putin".


Wikileaks was just a drop to redress the balance, lifting the curtain a little before returning to business as normal..hush hush secrets everywhere.

I noticied that Bill O'Reilly was hyper ventilating about WikiLeaks this week, saying they were traitors who "should be executed (perhaps shot in the head)-or put in prison for life, for embarassing the country".

But there was a time when a younger watchdog Bill O`Reilly realized that sealed documents, could be used to shield the public from facts embarrassing to the country, particularly the CIA, and should on the contrary, receive as much as coverage as possible.

I liked the passion of the younger 'sophomoric', asshat O'Reilly, or had more confidence him as a 'journalist, you guys prefer the older one. It is hard to believe the two O'Reillys are the same person, like the two Obama pre-2008Obama and obama 2010.

I take it there were no ... (Below threshold)
cirby:

I take it there were no complaints with wikileaks acting as conduit for 'whistleblowers' then.

Mostly because people either didn't notice, or realized that acting as a "whistleblower" against China for things everybody already knew they did was a bit weak.

Ditto for most of the other leaks they publish - they're things that don't really damage the governments involved, don't embarrass much of anyone (except for western governments who have been ignoring those things).

Pointing out Putin's stash of money? Please. That's not even interesting - it's what everyone EXPECTS him to do.

The recent State Department leak is much more damaging to Russia and china than anything released before - mostly because it shows what the US has been ignoring. If it hadn't embarrassed the US State Department, it would never have been noticed.

Among 'Thinking People' you... (Below threshold)

Among 'Thinking People' you are not.
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Rick, why do y... (Below threshold)
Rick:
Rick, why do you have a Martha Stewart prison picture at the top of the article?

That's funny as hell right there...

cirby, some people know the... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

cirby, some people know these things, but most of the population doesn't, and even if they do, they need to be reminded, not deluded. If our so called watchdog press was doing a better job, maybe wouldn't need wikLeaks, but as it is...
Did you see the CNN interview of Larry King with Putin this week, followed by his interview worlds'richest man? -you could be confused with the billboards- Carlos Slim has only a few billion more than Putin. Putin is rumored or alleged to have forty billion. King was speechless-I thought he was going to cry- when Putin said at the end of their love fest interview, Larry you are "the King" and he begged Larry to vist him in Moscow next year, and this is CNN our fearless msm cable network..supine would be a better adjective?

If Sweden were to detain th... (Below threshold)
John S:

If Sweden were to detain the fairy princess Assange, at least then the Russian secret service would be able to find him and do the right thing.




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