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Julian Assange the Scarlet Pimpernel of Cyberspace

Our modern version of the famed fictional Pimpernel, Sir Percy Blakeney, Julian Assange, has outraged the United States and given its citizens a chance to see its government at work abroad – and it’s not a pretty sight.

Bureaucrats the world over hate like crazy to see their blunders, double-dealing and incompetence exposed to public gaze.

But more Americans seem annoyed by the leaks than by the imperial diplomatic hubris of their elected government.

For cynical professionals, WikiLeaks showed business as usual in US foreign policy.

The US media and Congress have been blasting WikiLeaks for “treason” or “terrorism,” and demanding it be silenced. US media and Congress seem to have forgotten about free speech. Or the right of Americans to know what their government is really up to around the globe.

Some of America’s dimmer Republican politicians called for charges of “terrorism” against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Terrorism has become America’s catch-all charge for annoying or rebellious activity, much as the Soviets used to charge people with being “enemies of the state.”

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks is at least doing in part what America’s elected leaders and supposed free media should have been doing: telling citizens what’s really going on.

[Excerpt of an article by Eric Margolis, veteran jounalist]

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