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WikiLeaker-in-chief Julian Assange, who is languishing in self-imposed confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has kept himself busy by scraping more than one million documents from the US national archives. The latest collection of reports to be published on his news leaks website - some of which are labelled "NODIS" ( …

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Mostly harmless

Oh well at least he hasn't published classified information this time. However if he wanted to do the world a favour he should man up to his responsibilities and go sort out the accusations in Sweden.

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Re: Mostly harmless

Yes. He is being most cowardly.

If he truly was concerned about biased treatment (which I found highly unlikely before his hide in the embassy stunt) he could at least entertain us with madcap global adventures complete with 'Assange Sighted in Rangoon Escapes in Hang Glider' headlines. His hiding in a closet republishing public documents while begging for pocket money is no fun at all.

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Re: Mostly harmless

From The Register, just a few days ago:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/04/assange_extradition_unlikely/

Justice Stefan Lindskog, a senior judge from Sweden’s supreme court, has told an Australian audience..

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[/That] his personal view,..., is that Assange has done good works.

“At the end of the day Assange will be thought of as someone who made public certain pieces of information,” Lindskog says, adding that he feels many of Wikileaks’ leaks “were good for society and should not be punished.”

“The good made by leakage of such information cannot be underestimated,” he says. “It should never be a crime to make known the crime of a state.”

Me, I'm from the "You are what you do, not what you (or others) say you do" school... On the whole, IMHO, Assange's contributions have made the world a little better.

Now, if we can just arrest Bush and Blair and drag them to the ICC...

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western leaders held accountable???

over my dead body said thatch...

so you never know :-D

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Re: Mostly harmless

I agree completely. You are what you do. Wilileakes meh. No real impact other than a little embarrassment to a few people who are pretty embarrassing anyway.

The mess in Sweden though, that's a much more real thing. He should face his accusers. His actions in refusing to do so are those of the worst sort of coward. Until he acts in an honorable manner in regards to how he is accused of treating real people (not countries or administrations) his subsequent actions cannot be viewed as honorable.

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Re: Mostly harmless

And don't forget Barack 'I can kill anyone anywhere in the world without due process' Obama.

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>western leaders held accountable???

To be fair, one of the leaders convicted by the ICC was european = Admiral Doenitz

So if you lose a war against the Americans you can expect justice

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Re: Mostly harmless

To be fair I don't think he's being accused of a serious rape, just the light-hearted stuff Jimmy Saville got up to in the early days before he went a bit too far. On the other-hand wikileaks has not revealed anything that John Mcafee's spy network has already uncovered, so it's not like we need Assange anymore. We also have to bear in mind the credible intelligence that Julian Assange is capable of launching a political attack on the UK within 45 minutes. Perhaps we can just redefine the UK border such that on paper the Ecuador embassy is in international waters? Then the americans could go get him in a paper boat.

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Re: Mostly harmless

"...And don't forget Barack 'I can kill anyone anywhere in the world without due process' Obama..."

How dare you speak about Jesus like that!

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You mean Barack "I've got a Nobel Peace Prize so yah, boo and sucks to you" Obama?

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I notice that while he wants to bring US leaders "to justice", he only wants to bring certain ones to justice. I call BS. This is not justice. This is just politics.

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Osama ran for seven years before they got him. Ol' Julian won't live in a hillside cave without a cell phone so I suspect before his anniversary, the Met will 'ave 'im.

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Uh he's still president dude so how exactly did they "got him"? He won the second election, although I believe due to the rules he won't be able to run again next time.

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Osama ran for 7 years before they got him

7 years indeed. Then conveniently shot in the face, and even more conveniently 'buried at sea' the next morning. Sorry, we're just not that stupid.

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Re: Osama ran for 7 years before they got him

Are you seriously implying that bin Laden is not dead?

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Re: Osama ran for 7 years before they got him

How could anyone tell, if he's decided to keep a low profile?

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conclusion jumping

Don Jefe, nexsphil could be implying that bin Laden is not dead; another possibility is that he could be implying that bin Laden died several years earlier — say, of kidney failure in late 2001 or early 2002. We’ll have to wait for his autoexegesis.

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hmmm....

This man is quickly becoming very irrelevant; I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't change his name to "Roger"

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I enjoyed Channel 4 New's coverage of his Xmas speech from the Embassy balcony by basically taking the piss out of him.

Most entertaining.

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he's totaly hatstand!

excellent stuff

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Money

Assange is also chasing cash from WikiLeaks fans who want to see his "public library of US diplomacy" expanded by asking them to donate money - in euros - to his cause.

I guess the rich donors who got burnt when he skipped bail aren't willing to give this waste of oxygen more money so he is having to resort to the gullible public.

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Remember... he *couldn't* have told the donors in advance of his plans to seek Asylum, or they would have been criminally culpable if they didn't prevent it. At least some of them think he did the right thing.,

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Maybe the Ecuadoreans have got so p*ssed off they've started charging him rent.

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Talk about desperate chases for press coverage

Here I am bravely "leaking" public domain documents...

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Old news

All this talk of Wikileaks leaking more cables last week all led to this?

Nobody cares about the 1970s now.

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Although (re)reading I.F. Stone's "The Hidden History of the Korean War" is very interesting.

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No one cares except for those who were on Capitol hill at the time.

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Opps. There are a good number of them still there.

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Cue calls for Assange to be tried for treason. Once a secret, always a secret. etc.

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Re: Once a secret, always a secret.

Well, no actually. In the UK we have the thirty year rule, in the US I understand they have 25, 50 and 75 year equivalents when various categories of secret document are declassified...

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> Cue calls for Assange to be tried for treason. Once a secret, always a secret. etc.

All of these documents are already de-classified. They are all available to the public at the US national archives.

The only thing Assange has done is copy them to wikileaks and make them searchable. It's no big deal.

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Assange can be accused of many things and probably should.However, the 6 finger thing is just lazy slander as far as I can tell. Attack the issues not the man fer chrissakes!

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I don't know how brave he really is. Meh, if eventually captured/extradited by the US, he'll be put on trial, *maybe*, and and spend a few years behind bars, *maybe*. Not like he could be dropped and "lost" into Gitmo, he's too public a figure. The Swedish domestic charges are probably much more of a legitimate concern. The rest of it is him trying to puff himself up for later book sales.

I'd like to see him release some really good Russian or Chinese secret documents and see how long it is before he passes away of "natural causes". The Russians in particular have already shown how they deal with such things.

I do take exception to him primarily releasing just US docs though. If he was equally releasing data on everyone in the interest of "information needs to be free", then it would look more like he was sincere about it if it was everyone's dirt. But I suspect he doesn't want an anonymous visit from the FSB while in the Ecuadorian Embassy.

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Go on - tell me then!

Does he have a rent book? A stuntman for pizza delivery? Enquiring minds and etc...

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