Frank Ball, Tweed Heads
Julian Assange has been arrested for exposing war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. If extradited to the US he will be subject to intense interrogation, sleep derivation and all the niceties that Gitmo style incarceration have to offer.
No one has died because of ‘Wickileaks’ disclosures. In fact the major cause of death was a US helicopter who massacred unarmed civilians in Bagdad during the Iraqi war. See ‘Collateral Murder’. This was a war crime as was the attempted coverup.
Since his arrest Assange has been subject to a number of attacks on his character and held up to ridicule for his behaviour in the Embassy – this is all a diversion and part of an effort to discredit him to erode public support.
At issue here is freedom of the press and the duty of journalist’s to protect whistle blowers as their informants. We ignore this at our peril