What about Julian Assange?

A few ABC reporters and one News Limited reporter get raided by the AFP for publishing classified material and the media class go apoplectic in defence of free speech, a free press, public interest and holding government to account.

Julian Assange is facing extradition to the United States on 18 charges also relating to publishing classified material, which if convicted would mean a life sentence (i.e. 175 years) and the media have been totally, utterly silent.

Why aren’t the Left crying for Julian Assange? Where is the outrage? Where are the protests? Where are the demands that the government do something?

The sanctimonious posturing of the media class this past week is only matched by their rank hypocrisy having sat silent on free speech, academic freedom, and press freedom each and every time the politics suited their Left wing agenda.

I can only assume that Julian Assange has been universally abandoned by the Left because be committed a political crime having played his part in exposing Hillary Clinton for being, well Hillary Clinton, and hence costing her the US presidency.

Hence the top award for sanctimonious posturing and rank hypocrisy goes to Damien Cave of the New York Post who labels Australia as arguably “the world’s most secretive democracy” in the wake of the AFP raids but makes no mention of the United States piling on 18 charges against Julian Assange for the exact same crime.

The AFP raids is no road to Damascus moment for our media class. The outrage over freedom of the press, free speech and public interest is purely tribal. Next week they will probably be leading the charge to deny Jordan Peterson or Milo Yiannopoulos a visa arguing they shouldn’t be given a platform to speak in Australia.

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51 Responses to What about Julian Assange?

  1. Herodotus

    The sanctimonious posturing of the media class this past week is only matched by their rank hypocrisy having sat silent on free speech, academic freedom, and press freedom each and every time the politics suited their Left wing agenda.

    It’s a fair cop.

  2. Karabar

    The 48th anniversary of the publishing of the Pentagon Papers has just passed.
    A 1996 article in The New York Times said that the Pentagon Papers had demonstrated, among other things, that the Johnson Administration “systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress”.
    For his disclosure of the Pentagon Papers, Ellsberg was initially charged with conspiracy, espionage, and theft of government property, but the charges were later dismissed after prosecutors investigating the Watergate scandal discovered that the staff members in the Nixon White House had ordered the so-called White House Plumbers to engage in unlawful efforts to discredit Ellsberg.
    In June 2011, the entirety of the Pentagon Papers was declassified and publicly released.
    The hypocrisy of the enemy of the people is astounding.

  3. billie

    arrr but now you’re talkin’ hate speech and that’s different

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    The AFP raids is no road to Damascus moment for our media class.

    I haven’t been tracking the story much but I do get a giant sense of ho hum from the public.
    Which suggests the public regards the raided ABC journalists as deserving everything they got.
    Bit hard to get credibility back when you’ve so comprehensively trashed like they have this last decade.

  5. Neenee

    Why aren’t the Left crying for Julian Assange? </blockquote

    Indeed. And why are the Right so silent, apathetic and inactive? Who is in power here?

    Compare Peter Greste.

  6. Roger

    The sanctimonious posturing of the media class this past week is only matched by their rank hypocrisy having sat silent on free speech, academic freedom, and press freedom each and every time the politics suited their Left wing agenda.

    They doth protest too much methinks.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    why are the Right so silent, apathetic and inactive?

    Because the Right knows who the enemy are.
    As Trump has said several times.

    Until journalism is freed from the Gramscian capture of the enforced credentialization process the press is going to stay the enemy of the Right. The Right will do as they do now: get their news and analysis from uncredentialled bloggers, who are the real journalists these days.

  8. Lee

    The lefty luvvies were cheering on the AFP when at first they raided News Corps Annika Smethurst (before the ABC).
    Of course that was “different” because she works for the evil Murdoch empire.

  9. Sydney Boy

    Dunno what news you are watching. The rabid left media (New Daily, Guardian, etc) are demanding Assange’s release.

  10. Robber Baron

    Lots of [email protected] pes have happened in Sweden of late. The media class have not been reporting about such [email protected] pists. Assange appears no different to the RoP [email protected] pists in the eyes of the media.

  11. Perfidious Albino

    Quite a few aging swampies protesting the ‘torture’ of Assange out the front of the British High Commission in Melbourne again today. Low key VicPol presence.

  12. Critical Mass

    Speaking of journalistic malfeasance, could Laura Dinglebat be extradited to Woop Woopia on charges of Waffle collusion and obstruction of logic?

  13. Zatara

    Why aren’t the Left crying for Julian Assange?

    Because unlike the left-loving press it appears Assange is purely anti-establishment, seeking to gain power and fame by attacking the powerful and famous. Otherwise he is basically non-partisan.

    They loved him when his actions embarrassed the Bush administration but he became persona non grata when he peed in Hillary’s corn flakes.

  14. Carpe Jugulum

    At one time the left were his biggest advocates

    Go. Figure.

  15. Tel

    Not one person “raided” at the ABC has been charged with anything, nor will they be punished in any way. The only reason for the “raid” was so they could save a bit of face while handing over the details of their “confidential” source (who will be punished).

  16. Dr Fred Lenin

    Why would the global fascist left activite dole bludgers be protesting in Melbourne ? Assange helped to beat hilarity clinton and the globalist plot by exposing her lies ,they should be advocating the death penalty for his treason ,the Swedish rape charges were nothing when they thought he was one of them ,they will be advocating he be punished for that too. If he gets 175 years in the USA how long will the alpbc spies get here ? Probably a suspended sentence of two hours and a $1. fine with time to pay. ( the alpbc will pay the fine using our money)_

  17. Jannie

    It is slightly ironic that Wikileaks probably helped Trump get across the line with the leaks about the Hilary’s emails and Benghazi. I am betting that the people hunting Assange are the same deep state people that tried to set up trump with the Steele dossier. I am hoping that Trump is not part of it and will pardon Julian after or even before conviction. Doesn’t look that good so far.

  18. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Trump should intervene for Assange. Fair’s fair.

  19. W Hogg

    I’ve seen a bit of support for Assange. It’s hard to keep it going for 8 years.

  20. tgs

    Sydney Boy

    #3042638, posted on June 14, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    Dunno what news you are watching. The rabid left media (New Daily, Guardian, etc) are demanding Assange’s release.

    Yep.

    Your recent posts have been fantastic JtG but this one seems a bit off base.

  21. Empire 5:5

    Quality post.

    Their ABC is MIA on Assange. Their ABC is outraged at loss of immunity.

    The terminal media class is being slowly backed into a cage and now they know it. They will snarl and snap. Be sure to poke them with sticks at every opportunity. It is the righteous thing to do.

  22. Bad Samaritan

    BoN (5.57pm). Love that link…

    Headline screams Trump tweets: Press “is enemy of the American people”.

    Tweet actually tweeted ““The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and many more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!”

    And there is still some sort of claim that Trump is not correct in his assessment? Liars gotta lie.

  23. I quick search of Guardian via google found this editorial;

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/09/the-guardian-view-on-julian-assange-it-would-be-wrong-to-extradite-him

    Not sure I’d call that a glowing character reference. Maybe be there are other more affirmative stronger articles in Assange’s favour, but I have not read them as yet.

    IMO Assange should not be prosecuted by the US. They should drop the charges against him. With that Trump should also pardon Manning and Snowden.

    As for the off again on again rape charge against Assange, that has to be fought and answered. Better to have that resolved, (hopefully, because I don’t know either way) be found innocent rather then left hanging around.

  24. bollux

    Pollard was released on November 20, 2015, in accordance with federal guidelines in place at the time of his sentencing.[
    I guess it depends on what “free” means.

  25. Crossie

    Bradley Manning whomstole the government documents and gave them to Assange only got 35 years for his treachery and then got pardoned within a few years by Obama. What’s more, while in jail Manning “transitioned” to Chelsea at taxpayers’ expense and even thought he would run for senate at the last election.

    Like others have already pointed out, Assange’s crime is that he hurt Hillary’s chances. All over the world it seems to be that the crime doesn’t matter but who committed it. Equality before the law is getting quite a beating.

  26. Crossie

    Until journalism is freed from the Gramscian capture of the enforced credentialization process the press is going to stay the enemy of the Right. The Right will do as they do now: get their news and analysis from uncredentialled bloggers, who are the real journalists these days.

    Journalists with their self-obsession resemble theologians of the Middle Ages who debated how many angels can dance on the head of a pin while almost everybody else is getting their news from elsewhere like bloggers or even each other. Social media leaves the journalists in their dust.

  27. Clam Chowdah

    And boy is Chelsea ugly. He looks like a rat with a bit of lippy.

  28. Empire 5:5

    Clam Chowdah
    #3043139, posted on June 15, 2019 at 9:58 am
    And boy is Chelsea ugly. He looks like a rat with a bit of lippy.

    That is what he is.

  29. mem

    On the subject of freedom of speech witness the outrage from the left AAP media,, Guardian and ABC egged on by none other than the discredited Michael Mann, hokey stick artist in regard to Will Happer doing his research.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/14/white-house-physicist-sought-aid-of-rightwing-thinktank-to-challenge-climate-science
    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/06/william-happer-trump-administration-climate-change
    And the reply from the Heartland Institute https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/heartland-institute-responds-to-ap-story-on-will-happer

  30. Tel

    Like others have already pointed out, Assange’s crime is that he hurt Hillary’s chances. All over the world it seems to be that the crime doesn’t matter but who committed it. Equality before the law is getting quite a beating.

    The very fact that Hillary, Brennan, Comey, Clapper, and company are still out of prison (while people who have done quote trivial things are behind bars) tells you all about the problems with US law.

    Assange systematically went about pissing off a lot of powerful people … there’s always consequences to this.

  31. wazz

    Tel said – Assange systematically went about pissing off a lot of powerful people … there’s always consequences to this.

    So true Tel –

    I have watched the DVD “Risk” a few times – gives many insights into WikiLeaks and JA and his surrounding people.

    JA was a hacker long ago and I doubt you ever take the “hacker” out of the boy.

  32. Crossie

    Assange systematically went about pissing off a lot of powerful people … there’s always consequences to this.

    Didn’t journalists liked to brag that they are there to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted? Assange followed at least half of that dictum and paid a high price so he has some of my sympathy, the ABC snowflakes none at all.

  33. jupes

    … for the exact same crime.

    No. Assange gave classified military documents to the enemy in war time.

    He deserves the death penalty.

  34. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Poor old Julian.
    It’s not the first time a drunk woman has regretted her poor decision-making the next day and then decided to make the man’s life into hell as futile revenge.

    Yeah, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation if Mr Assange and the two Swedish hotties had each excercised a bit more responsibility in who they allowed themselves to boink and under what circumstance.

    Also if the CO of the AH64 in Iraq had actually followed international law and treated suspected terrorism as a police matter instead of a free-for-all shooting gallery then he wouldn’t have given his soldiers an unlawful order to fire on the journalists. To win hearts and minds you need boots on the ground. Boots who can ask questions for 30 seconds and save a whole lifetime of kerfuffle.

  35. J.H.

    It’s a pretty open and shut case against him….Firstly he released secret military information during a time of war, conflict or ongoing military operations.

    Secondly… This is also about stolen property, not just releasing information. Julian Assange is guilty of receiving stolen property. It is illegal to receive a stolen painting, book, car, etc…. It is also illegal to receive stolen information.

    As to receiving and releasing stolen secret information during wartime? I guess you could thought experiment a different circumstance….. What if 1944 era Julian Assange received and released secret information and cables about D-Day? I’m sure history would have remembered Assange poorly on that account, whether on not the release of secret information resulted in any deaths.

    As for moral questions?….. We all agree to abide by the law. So breaking the law has its consequences whether it be a moral or immoral law, whether it be Modern America, Nazi Germany or ancient Rome. Martyrs cannot escape their fate, heroes cannot escape their risk. It’s up to you if you are going to break the law on behalf of the rest of us. It was Julian Assange’s decision to do what he did.

    We will argue about it in the interim…. and he will reside in prison. Sometimes that is the lot of the activist. It’s wise to be stoic about it, because the fact remains. He broke the law knowingly.

  36. Arky

    It is also illegal to receive stolen information.

    ..
    Ah bullshit.

  37. Jannie

    Yes, Bullshit J.H.

    What’s more, Every single day the MSM publishes and broadcasts the leaks of the day, usually before its official. Its the oxygen of the entire media class, and they call it journalism.

  38. Tel

    Remember the climate scientists and their emails? The journalists attempted to tell us, “You aren’t allowed to read these! These were stolen emails!!” but then they decided they would explain to us what it meant, because hey no one here is smart enough to figure out that journalist don’t get any different privilege to any normal person.

    Has anyone seen articles in the NYT where the source is someone “close to the matter” but “not authorized to speak to the public” and who oddly enough does continually feel the need to keep speaking to the public despite being instructed not to do that. Funny the NYT never gets raided and these mysterious leakers never get found. But stolen, right?!?

  39. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    We all agree to abide by the law.

    What?

    So breaking the law has its consequences whether it be a moral or immoral law, whether it be Modern America, Nazi Germany or ancient Rome.

    No no no no no.

    20th century jurisprudence demands that laws of evil regimes can never be valid. There are limits to positivism. HLA Hart flogged Devlin in those debates. It is also the point of Aquinas’ work on political economy hundreds of year earlier.

    What if 1944 era Julian Assange received and released secret information and cables about D-Day? I’m sure history would have remembered Assange poorly on that account, whether on not the release of secret information resulted in any deaths.

    What if? Then the deep state would actually have a point. They don’t.

    Amazing how many on the alt right are reviled by the deep state but cannot tolerate Assange.

  40. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    It is also illegal to receive stolen information.

    If everyone is told the information or once it hits public domain, this becomes completely absurd.

  41. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Can’t cuck the Tuck.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/04/11/tucker_carlson_what_was_julian_assanges_crime_he_embarrassed_everyone_in_power_humiliated_hillary_clinton.html

    Wicked? The rest of his life in prison? Idi Amin ate people, and never faced this kind of scorn in Washington. Not even close. Nor, for the record, was Amin ever extradited. He died at 78 in his own bed, leaving behind 43 loving children. So what’s going on here? A couple of things. First, Julian Assange embarrassed virtually everyone in power. He published documents that undermined the official story on the Iraq War and Afghanistan. He got Debbie Wasserman Schultz fired from the DNC. He humiliated Hillary Clinton, by showing that the Democratic primaries were in fact rigged. Pretty much everyone in Washington has reason to hate Julian Assange. Rather than just admit that — “he made us look like buffoons, so now we’re sending him to prison” — they’re denouncing him as, you guessed it, a Russian agent.

    So if the law must be applied with zeal and zero discretion, the Democrats MUST be prosecuted under the RICO Act.

    If the “official story” in the wars were total bulldust for no operational reason, then the US government has been carrying on like a tinpot nation.

    Obama, who initiated this witch hunt along with the lying slut who made up the “r*pe” case are truly wicked people.

    He is being persecuted for standing up to all powerful and arrogant government with no accountability in a nation which is apparently a republic with democratic elections, among other checks and balances, such as the best charter of liberties in the world.

    Laay quote swiped from wiki:

    Critics of the release included Julia Gillard, then Australian Prime Minister, who said the act was illegal, and the Vice-President of the United States, Joe Biden, who called him a terrorist

    Fucking LOL.

  42. Colonel Crispin Berka

    What if 1944 era Julian Assange received and released secret information and cables about D-Day?

    Yes, yes let’s talk about exactly that scenario. What if a 1944 era Julian Assange had done exactly the same with secret-rated D-Day information that 2010-era Assange did with Collateral Murder and the Iraq War Logs. So what 1944 era Julian Assange would have done was receive records of battle casualties, enemy sitings, and troop/asset movements that had been leaked by someone else within the allied forces, and then publish them 10 months after D-Day had already happened. This might in theory allow an already-vanquished enemy to find out how they’d been beaten – past tense – if it had not already been obvious from their own soldier’s observations. With to date not a single name known of any informant or coalition asset who suffered by the release of this information. How’s that D-Day analogy holding up?

  43. Clam Chowdah

    Fuck Julian Assange.

  44. Kneel

    No. Assange gave classified military documents to the enemy in war time.

    He deserves the death penalty.

    Given recent legislation that considers web sites to be “publications”, how is JA not a “publisher”?

    In any case, said classified documents exposed war crimes by the very same people who started their high-and-mighty war on moral grounds. Even ignoring the individuals involved, who have never been charged, why is there no outrage from the left at these war crimes, and instead their focus on how “bad” JA was for exposing them?
    If JA “deserves” capitial punishment, so does the Their ABC and all involved in the ABC “espionage” against Australia. On the other hand, if Their ABC are not charged, neither should JA be charged.
    In my view, the Australian govt should demand that JA be returned to Australia, and he should never be extradited for any publishing that is factual, ever. Neither should anyone else. If existing “whistle-blower” legislation does not cover it, then that legislation needs to change so that exposing government (sanctioned) crimes is never illegal – this is the main job of the fourth estate, it cannot be made illegal at the whim of the government of the day for journalists to do their job!

  45. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Kneel, J.H., everyone:

    Once again, why bother obeying the law?

    We live in a country where:

    1. We can have retrospective criminal law.
    2. We can have criminal law targeting an individual.
    3. The legislature can create deeming provisions to get around what has been declared unconstitutional.
    4. We have statutes of limitations subject to legislative whim.
    5. We have strict and absolute criminal liability, as well as civil offences which do not require the same standard of proof as criminal liability.
    6. There is no guarantee of a jury trial, even Federally where you simply cannot be tried “not on indictment”.
    7. You can be indicted simply by a matter of administrative law – a senior crown prosecutor signs an indictment, you may never be party to a commital before a magistrate or a judge, no US style grand jury.
    8. No double jeopardy – people have been retried multiple times for the same crimes until the prosecution strikes paydirt.
    9. Criminal law provisions can see post sentencing restrictions on people if the persona designata doctrine is not breached (basically an extension of no double jeopardy)

    Why bother obeying the law – you can be put in gaol for obeying the law.

  46. Stimpson J. Cat

    Imagine actually thinking Assange is the enemy.
    Really low energy take.

  47. Clam Chowdah

    Imagine actually thinking Assange is the enemy.
    Really low energy take.

    Righto

  48. Empire 5:5

    Julian Assange is guilty of receiving stolen property. It is illegal to receive a stolen painting, book, car, etc…. It is also illegal to receive stolen information.

    Guilty you say? The MSM didn’t even cover the trial then.

    I’ll say one thing for JA – he has a knack for drawing the statanists out of the woodwork.

  49. Clam Chowdah

    You don’t publish classified material. End of.

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