He is one of the worlds fascinating people. Some hate him because he threatens to rock the boat. Some love him because he threatens to rock the boat. I think he has a value in today's society that cannot be underestimated. The amount of secrecy that we have permitted our governments to get away with, encroaches on the realms of insanity. The blind faith that people have trained their minds to accept, through their persistence in belief in a non-existent deity, is so easily tapped into by today's government.
I am so glad that Ecuador stepped forward and offered him the protection that should have been given him by the UK. I am ashamed of the UK government's attitude towards him. I will be going back to the UK for election day, so I can express my sentiments for them clearly.
Thank you Ecuador, for being stalwart supporters of the rights to free speech.
Sadly, in my short 58 years, it is clear that 'rocking the boat' is a deeply moral act. As an employee, one can be cooped by manipulators with a self interest that can destroy lives. As a citizen, we can at times be manipulated with flowery words and emthy promises to sacrifice our own interests and personal integrity. More more brick pulled from the wall I say....
We have a vote to name "Julian Assange" as Humanist of the Year 2013!
There is a virtual press moratorium on him in the UK. He has to do something pretty spectacular to even trigger newsprint, and the only newspaper that ever gives him coverage, albeit minimal, is the Guardian, which is a liberal paper for the reasonably well-educated, rather than any of the tabloids. Your Huffington Post gives him more coverage. Sometimes the government of my country really really disappoints me.
Evidently wikileaks is about to publish a whole raft of new stuff. I hope it has something in the next batch that catches the UK government with its pants around its ankles. It's not the general population of the UK that is anti-Assange, it is the UK government and its ability to neuter the press that disgusts me,
Free speech? Yes, sure.