WikiLeaks Founder in Trouble

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

As you may all know, the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks released around 250,000 diplomatic cables over the weekend. While this has been all over the news due to the government worrying about national security, an interesting article has surfaced about Julian Assange, the man behind the WikiLeaks releases.

Found on Mashable, this article is about Assange and his recent charges of sex crimes. According to Swedish officials, Assange sexually assaulted two women on a WikiLeaks related trip to the country. Assange said that the charges were a test to get people to turn against him, but Swedish officials re-opened the case. The International Criminal Police Organization has a warrant for arrest.

Assange is a man of mystery, and many do not know too much about him. He chooses to live in secret, fearing that governments are out to get him (and he is right). These charges put him in a whole different light.

This man has never struck me as being very stable, so it is not too shocking that this has surfaced. However, I feel like he has shot himself in the foot, because now if he is caught and arrested, the United States could also try to get him too.

For a man so intent on getting the truth out there about other people, why is he so intent on keeping his secrets secrets (assuming the charges are correct)?

What do you think will happen to WikiLeaks if Assange is caught and jailed on these charges? Will that be a good thing or a bad thing?


Alejandro Caballero December 1, 2010 at 6:21 AM  

Taking into consideration that some news sources just look at his "leaks" as high-stakes gossip and a few blogs argue that he only wants to attract attention, I don't think there could be any positive outcome out of his arrest.
Perhaps his supporters will say that this is just another government tactic to stop him from leaking documents and, if it's true, then might might have just win a fight over those who try to supress "leaks."

Angela Niesz December 2, 2010 at 3:02 PM  

Candra, Assange may or may not have committed the alleged charges of sex crimes.

He cannot be judged at all on the charges until he is proven guilty because this may just be a way to get a hold of him.

If he does get caught, I think WikiLeaks will take a hard hit. I, personally, think WikiLeaks is a good thing because it's letting the public know what is happening.

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