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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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Gerry-Built 8:09 pm 18 Dec 10

Kerryhemsley said :

Assange is being positioned as some sort of world saviour

Saviour? Hardly… but can you seriously believe that the world’s Governments are all getting pissy because some of the secrets about how they operate behind the scenes have come out? They should all be ashamed rather than trump up charges to try and get him locked up, or worse still, assassinated as several US pollies have suggested. He’s no hero, but he is (or should be) getting some governments to seriously think about how they conduct themselves…

Jim Jones 5:49 pm 17 Dec 10

Yeah, sorry, P1 – I was mixing your comments up with another posters. My bad. I agree with you completely.

p1 4:47 pm 17 Dec 10

A minute ago you were talking about competing media modes, which is what I was addressing. Now it’s onto ‘Assange is arrogant’ because he’s releasing previously unknown information – which seems to me to be a very silly argument.

Wow, either I’ve communicated even less clearly then normal, or you are miss reading my intent totally. Maybe both.

What I am saying is that the media keeps talking about Assange as being “a leaker”, while I see him (his organisation) as being exactly the same as all the other media organisations. He had the documents first, and got to go through them, picking the interesting bits, editing things he didn’t want released for whatever reason and then choosing how the information goes out. This is exactly what the newspapers would have done had the cables been sent to them, yet he is being painted not as a journalist but something else.

At no point did I mean to suggest he is arrogant (although some of his statements make me think he sometimes is), and at no point did I intend to suggest I don’t like him or that others shouldn’t. I think he deserves quite a lot of respect for doing what he has done.

Jim Jones said :

You do realise that Assange is not exactly the first person to leak government information, right?

Actually, he isn’t leaking government information at all, he is simply publishing it.

Jim Jones 3:57 pm 17 Dec 10

p1 said :

Jim Jones said :

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.

First might have been an exaggeration, but those things are not exactly the same.

I’m talking not of creating content and them profiting from it, but rather the feeling of a moral right to be the one who decides what the public is told and what it isn’t.

A minute ago you were talking about competing media modes, which is what I was addressing. Now it’s onto ‘Assange is arrogant’ because he’s releasing previously unknown information – which seems to me to be a very silly argument.

You do realise that Assange is not exactly the first person to leak government information, right?

Famously, there are such examples as The Pentagon Papers and Nixon’s tapes. Would you level the same accusation of ‘arrogance’ against the people who leaked this information?

I get the impression that you don’t really have an argument – you just don’t like Assange. Which is pretty irrelevant really, he’s not the person who leaked the information, he’s just releasing it.

Regardless, no man is a god or devil – we’re all just men.

… except for women, who are not.

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