First, if anyone still hasn’t read Clay Shirky’s article on wikileaks, please do so, here. It’s not that long, and it is written and reasoned well enough that anyone from any side of this conflict should be able to at least appreciate his arguments.
Why does no one seem to get the fact that Assange is, essentially,a journalist? He’s not the one that leaked the papers after swearing to keep them quiet: whether that was brave/necessary or not, we can at least accept that it is a crime. But Assange is simply the man who distributed the cables, and one can barely even claim that he is distributing it in an irresponsible manner, considering the limited nature of the disclosures so far. (On the other hand, was I ever wrong about them probably not containing anything interesting!). His arrest warrant is of course for an entirely different crime, but the way in which all wikileak‘s lifelines, in terms of hosting space, DNS providers, and money have been cut off, is ridiculous. Shame on Paypal, Amazon, Visa and MasterCard! The charges themselves are a little dubious: the details seem to be just a little bit off.
Oh well. I have a lot more to say, but other people have already said it better than I could. The Guardian has been doing really excellent coverage of this whole affair, and liveblogging it with some frequency, so keep your eyes tuned there. And of course on twitter.
In other news: I got a job! A job offer, rather, to work as a Junior Field Engineer in Schlumberger, which is a company that specializes in oil-field services. It’s a fairly tough job, in terms of both mental and physical demands- half of my interview was the panel trying to scare me out of the job, and there were a few horror stories during our celebration dinner, too – but it’s also a “life of adventure”, at least in some ways, and there are lots of opportunities for travel. Not to mention, the pay isn’t bad, at least by Indian standards, or even standards here on campus.
PS: I have just realized that I have unironically shared a video by Glenn Beck. I’m sorry, my feminist friends. I don’t agree with him, but it IS funny, and more importantly, it puts the “Assange’s a rapist!” allegations in some context. Unless he’s making it up, of course. I don’t think the alleged victims are making it all up, but I do think it’s likely that they’re being pressured in some way, regardless of the Swedish prosecutor’s objections.
- Pressure mounts on WikiLeaks, as net tightens around founder Julian Assange (guardian.co.uk)
- Arrest Of WikiLeaks Founder Prompts Backlash (npr.org)
- Twitter Responds to Accusations of Wikileaks Censorship (blogs.forbes.com)
- United States wants to put Wikileaks back in the bottle – Good luck with that. (inquisitr.com)