What hath Assange wrought?

In the post-Cablegate world, where both the unauthorised discloser and the unauthorised publisher can apparently spread leaked information without consequence, the US is not the only victim. Indeed, it is with some cruel irony that the same papers who received cables from Julian Assange — who has devoted his life to published confidential material — are now publising leaked information regarding the criminal case against him in Sweden.

Lawyers cry foul over leak of Julian Assange sex-case papers

LAWYERS for Julian Assange have expressed anger about an alleged smear campaign against the Australian WikiLeaks founder. Incriminating police files were published in the British newspaper that has used him as its source for hundreds of leaked US embassy cables.

In a move that surprised many of Mr Assange’s closest supporters on Saturday, The Guardian newspaper published previously unseen police documents that accused Mr Assange in graphic detail of sexually assaulting two Swedish women. One witness is said to have stated: “Not only had it been the world’s worst screw, it had also been violent.”…

I sympathize with Assange, but in promoting the leaking of information with impunity and disregard for its consequences, he has unleashed a monster, that will lash out at everyone and anyone until there is a complete overhaul of the legal regime that draws a line between the preservation of confidentiality and whistle-blowing on improper information.

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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7 Responses to What hath Assange wrought?

  1. Alfred Russel Wallace says:

    The biter bit…..

  2. Thomas says:

    He’s hardly been doing this without consequences.

    He’s been living in semi-hiding for much of the last several years and he was in jail on politically motivated charges as recently as last week.

  3. Bradley Manning sits in solitary confinement- I hardly think that’s “without consequences”

  4. slim says:

    “DISREGARD for consequences” was the original.

  5. Ralph Hitchens says:

    Assuming (generously) that Assange beats the Swedish rap, will he ever find another Bradley Manning? Is not Manning the source of 1) the “Collateral Murder” video, 2) the Afghanistan classified military reports, & 3) the leaked State Dept. cables? All from SIPRNet? I’m wondering if Wikileaks is a “one-trick pony.”

  6. Roy Berman says:

    Ralph, you do realize that Wikileaks was around for a few years before the (allegedly from) Manning leak? Sure, this stuff has been the most high profile but they released plenty of significant stuff before (and plenty of it having nothing to do with the USA), and I think it’s safe to assume that the recent publicity will inspire a lot more people to send files their way. Also, I believe that the Afghanistan reports you are referring to came from a different source.

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