Assange: "You can't ground Spider-Man"

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  1. Brainspore says:

    …with a focus on the freedom of speech and press transparency issues that make Ecuador an odd place for a whistleblower to seek asylum right now. Not that America or the UK are much better.

    Independent watchdog groups like Reporters without Borders and Freedom House both rank the US and UK well above Ecuador*, though we all have a long way to go if we want to catch up with Finland.

    (*On average. Individual results may vary.)

    [EDIT to add: I'm aware that Freedom House's neutrality has been questioned by some since they are U.S.-based, but their rankings seem to fall pretty well in line with RWB.]

  2. Dan Hibiki says:

    what unfortunate end credit music.

  3. Paul Renault says:

    Is this the episode where the President quotes the line: “The USA is the only country that is safe from a coup d’état…because it’s the only one that doesn’t have a US embassy”?

  4. Boundegar says:

    Well Assange should clearly flee to a coutry that values openness, transparency, accountability, and welcomes whistleblowers.  Maybe the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

  5. atimoshenko says:

    It is sad that such a self-serving individual was the one who happened to start such a publicly-valuable organisation.

    Attacking Western secrecy while cosying up to the regimes of Ecuador and Russia is like critiquing capitalism by praising Stalin. 

    • novium says:

      That’s not as rare an argument as one might hope. And it’s very hard to counter- where do you start with someone who sees Stalin’s worst atrocities as mere bad press or perhaps misplaced enthusiasm? It’s always disconcerting when you realize you’ve got to rework your argument to include support for premises that shouldn’t need to be established (like, oh, “Purges? Not a good thing.”)   

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