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Why is Internet freedom different for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks than protestors in Egypt?

In a major policy address, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton challenged autocratic regimes in the Middle East and elsewhere to embrace online freedom and the demands of cyber dissidents or risk being toppled by tides of unrest.

Meanwhile, the US government’s legal hunt for Julian Assange the founder of WikiLeaks continues in a magistrates court in Virginia when the Attorney General seeks a disclosure order on Twitter to obtain the names, dates and locations of anyone using its services to communicate with WikiLeaks. The new demands could affect thousands of individuals all over the world, including Australia, Britain and the US.

There is serious concern among Mr Assange’s legal team that other internet companies, including Google and Facebook, may have buckled under the US Patriot Act and surrendered their information.

According to a WikiLeaks source, the new tactic is an “attack on the right to freedom of association – a freedom that the people of Tunisia and Egypt, for example, spurred on by information from WikiLeaks, have found so valuable”.

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4 Responses to “Why is Internet freedom different for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks than protestors in Egypt?”

  1. Great question. Great post. It is so frustrating. Under OUR constitution, Wikileaks should be protected under freedom of the press, freedom of speech. But as you point out, the horrible Patriot Act has put us all at risk.

  2. […] Enter WikiLeaks to take on a job shirked by our “free press”. […]

  3. it is interesting that such a double standard should be so openly used and defended. Is it a case of the US State Dept under Hillary Clinton does not really care what others think of her?

    Is it a case of, “I have the power and you don’t” type of thinking.

    If that is the case i feel sorry for the US State dept.

    Even if they were to successfully kangeroo court a trial on Assnage and execute him, a million others would take his place. One gets what one resists. Look throughout history

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