02 Mar 2011

Regardless of Your Position on WikiLeaks, Julian Assange is a Wingnut

Even though I am not a fan of WikiLeaks (because of how reckless it is with its information, not that something like that exists at all), I can see how other people might disagree on principle. Some people genuinely believe that all, or nearly all, information should be freely available to everyone.

But lets not fool ourselves… WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a freakin’ nutcase. In yet another illustration of his freak show self, he concocted some strange Jewish conspiracy theory, then retracted it, all within the same insane call to a reporter at some satirical magazine called Private Eye.

From The Guardian:

“He said that I and Private Eye should be ashamed of ourselves for joining in the international conspiracy to smear WikiLeaks,” Hislop writes. “The piece was an obvious attempt to deprive him and his organisation of Jewish support and donations, he said angrily, and he knew perfectly well who had written it. He then named a Fleet Street hack who had nothing to do with it.”

Hislop adds that Assange went on to claim that Private Eye was “part of a conspiracy led by the Guardian which included journalist David Leigh, editor Alan Rusbridger and John Kampfner from Index on Censorship – all of whom ‘are Jewish'”.

“I pointed out that Rusbridger is not actually Jewish, but Assange insisted that he was ‘sort of Jewish’ because he was related to David Leigh (they are brothers-in-law),” writes Hislop.

“When I doubted whether his Jewish conspiracy would stand up against the facts, Assange suddenly conceded the point. ‘Forget the Jewish thing’.”

I’d actually love it if there was some organization out there, headed by someone with both their marbles, and some semblence of morality, that could act as a whistleblower when they got information that showed someone, government, company or organization was doing something it said it wasn’t… without tossing information into the wind without regard for peoples’ lives it could put at risk.

 

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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.
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After a few years of blogging on other sites, Solomon launched ‘Rise of the Center’ – the precursor to Uniters.org, leading to a number of interviews and freelance opportunities, most notably covering the 2012 election cycle on WNYC.org – the website for the largest NPR station in the country, in New York City – and reported from the floor of the 2012 Democratic & Republican National Conventions. After a hiatus from politics, the horrific circus of the 2016 election, and more generally increasing extremism and corruption, brought him back to this project.
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5 thoughts on “Regardless of Your Position on WikiLeaks, Julian Assange is a Wingnut”

    1. Thats good to hear.

      A lot of the cables are things that nobody needs to know, like personal impressions of foreign folks that our diplomats have to deal with daily whether we like it or not. That made their lives harder, and strained relationships in places. Where our country was lying about something, that is fair game, but stuff like that is just stupid.

      What is downright evil was how they dealt with some of the Iraq intel. People died because of that, and not a small number.

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