Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Squalid little irony

While Sarah "Issues" Palin calls for Assange to be "hunted down like an Al-Quaeda terrorist", take a look at those two excellent analyses of the growing Wikileaks controversy.

This is Johann Hari in today's Independent:

"There is a squalid little irony when you see people who are literally bombing innocent civilians every day feverishly accuse a man who has never touched a weapon in his life of being “covered in blood.” Wikileaks have hurt nobody. They redacted sensitive names. They held back any cables that could expose anyone to risk. They asked the Pentagon to help them by privately explaining where they believed there could be a danger – only to be rebuffed".

And this is one of Hagley Road's favourite bloggers, Justin McKeating:

"Let’s be blunt. The face of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, is a massive honking idiot. He’s made a series of classic errors. The first was not in getting himself diplomatic immunity…[...]Another mistake was failing to get himself accused of war crimes. Then he could have come and gone from the UK as he pleased. If only he led a racist organisation like the Ku Klux Klan, his website would still be able to accept credit card donations."

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