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200 turn out for Canberra Wikileaks protest

By johnboy - 16 December 2010 24

News.com.au reports that around 200 people (big for a protest in Canberra) have turned out to protest in support of the Wikileaks supremo Julian Assange.

The speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly, Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury, told protesters Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have severely embarrassed governments around the world.

“Simply being embarrassed is not a good reason to undermine fundamental rights,” he said.

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24 Responses to
200 turn out for Canberra Wikileaks protest
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XO_VSOP 8:54 pm
16 Dec 10
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Did Micheal Moore make a cameo this is big news ?

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Grail 10:12 pm
16 Dec 10
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Michael Moore the American mockumentary film maker, or Michael Moore the anti-everything ex-MLA from Canberra?

Not that either turned up, but these questions do arise from time to time :)

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cegee 10:35 pm
16 Dec 10
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Holden Caulfield 12:56 am
17 Dec 10
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Did anyone order a Code Red?

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Waiting For Godot 4:51 am
17 Dec 10
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Gee, 200 Canberrans protested on behalf of Assange. Meanwhile 350,000 people stayed away and did not support him. Says it all, really.

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Thumper 8:40 am
17 Dec 10
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He, Assange, appears to be taking on some sort of messianic complex if one is to go by his odd statement recently regarding imprisonment and solitary confinement.

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Buzz2600 8:55 am
17 Dec 10
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Waiting For Godot said :

Gee, 200 Canberrans protested on behalf of Assange. Meanwhile 350,000 people stayed away and did not support him. Says it all, really.

It says more about Canberrans, and their fear of offending their masters, than Assange.

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Jim Jones 9:09 am
17 Dec 10
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Waiting For Godot said :

Gee, 200 Canberrans protested on behalf of Assange. Meanwhile 350,000 people stayed away and did not support him. Says it all, really.

By this logic, everyone who failed to turn up to the ‘reclaim the night’ march is in favour of rape and violence against women.

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troll-sniffer 9:34 am
17 Dec 10
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Had I heard of the event I would have attended social priorities allowing of course, but I didn’t hear so much as a whisper… perhaps a goodly percentage of the 350,000 other Canberrans missing from the march were also similarly handicapped?

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p1 9:39 am
17 Dec 10
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p1 said :

By this logic, everyone who failed to turn up to the ‘reclaim the night’ march is in favour of rape and violence against women.

Oh My God! We are all doomed…. Noooo……

Really though, I think this whole thing is a combination of a massive beat up, and the first major (public) battle between “old media” and “teh intawebz”.

If all those cables had been stolen and given to the New York Times, they would have gone through them all in great detail, then made their own decision about what they should publish and what they shouldn’t. Which is exactly what wikileaks has done. Only the “old media” seem to be happy to publish what is being leaked to them, but are somehow distainful of what wikileaks has done, though it isn’t any different to what themselves have done through most of last century.

Sure, there may be some underlying political motives at play in the way this is done (is this an attack on US foreign policy and behaviour – or is it that any sane person shown the way the US work would be horrified?) but what media outlet can you name that is able to claim not a shred of bias? (personally I think the ABC is pretty centralist, but not many people would agree with me).

I have no idea about the actually charges Assange is facing, although the way the whole thing came up, was dropped, then reappeared, did have very suspicious timing.

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Steve D 10:15 am
17 Dec 10
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I suggest everyone take a look at WikiRebels: The Documentary | WikiLeaks & Julian Assange >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPglX8Bl3Dc Swedish Television’s Jesper Huor and Bosse Lindquist exclusive rough-cut of first in-depth documentary on WikiLeaks and the people behind it.

Wikileaks and Julian Assange have exposed, to varying degrees, a dark cultural underbelly. That is why so many politicians and their representatives are so shrill and venal at the moment.

In a lot of what Julian Assange has to say there is a strong element of democracies having lost their way due to the practices of their governments. Specifically, the withholding of information from their citizens to cover up wrong doing, shocking decision making and even murder. Personally, I could not agree more with what Julian Assange is saying.

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Steve D 10:16 am
17 Dec 10
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And if some parts of the documentary don’t bring a tear to ones eye I don’t know what will.

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Swaggie 10:59 am
17 Dec 10
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and if you said “Bradley manning” to all 200 I’d suggest a good percentage would have had no idea what you were talking about…bandwaqon…jump on….

Can Mr Rattenbury reveal how much he’s contributed to Mr Manning’s defence fund? It’ll be zilch I suspect.

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Jim Jones 11:47 am
17 Dec 10
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p1 said :

Really though, I think this whole thing is a combination of a massive beat up, and the first major (public) battle between “old media” and “teh intawebz”.

It’s not the first.

Napster and the music industry – the Murdoch dummy-spit about the evil internets and erecting paywalls around News Ltd (and the ongoing demise of the printed newspaper) – the publishing industry and online retailers (and now ebooks) – etc.

The significance really comes because, despite the fact that what Wikileaks is revealing is nothing new (or even particularly interesting most of the time), the autocratic response of governments towards Assange has been very telling. Wikileaks itself is almost unimportant, what we’ve learnt from this issue is that, despite the fact that most of the intelligent free-world is already living in a new paradigm regarding the flow of information, governments still believe that they can control the flow of information, and are prepared to shove people in jail on trumped up charges if they do anything that embarrasses the government.

Despite all the happy ‘freedom’ facade, western democracies are, at heart, quite autocratic.

It’s the nasty governmental response to wikileaks that is making Assange a martyr. If they had done the reasonable thing instead of desperately trying to shut him up (and casting him as some sort of evil anarchist), then almost no-one would care about him.

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Buzz2600 11:48 am
17 Dec 10
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Buzz2600 said :

and if you said “Bradley manning” to all 200 I’d suggest a good percentage would have had no idea what you were talking about…bandwaqon…jump on….quote]

Swaggie, you might be surprised to know that Bradley Manning’s plight was mentioned a number of times during the protest. Speakers highlighting the fact that he too has been held without charge to date (and is unlikely to see the light of day again for a very long time if the US get their way).

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