Assange Still Free, Freedom – Not So Much

by Jason Lightner September 21st, 2012 | Independent Ideas
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In a report by The Sydney Morning Herald, an interesting twist in the Julian Assange sexual assault affair was revealed.

According to a 100-page document shown to Assange’s lawyers, Swedish police attempted to make their argument for the extradition of the Wikileaks founder to Stockholm for questioning. It seems, however, that all the Swedish police did is make the case for the opposite.

The documents in question said that two separate forensic laboratories were unable to find decisive evidence of Julian Assange’s DNA on a torn condom submitted by one of the two women claiming to have been assaulted. Interestingly enough, what those same labs believed to be Assange’s DNA has shown up on a different condom provided by the other woman.

Meanwhile, Assange is still holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy, fearing extradition to Sweden as he fears he may very well be handed over to the United States due to his involvement in Wikileaks.

And so now we have even more evidence to paint the very likely picture that the charges against Assange are trumped up at best, and a smokescreen for U.S. extradition at worst.

Here’s a question – why is Sweden so intent on questioning Assange? He’s denied any wrongdoing and, if I’m not mistaken, he doesn’t actually have to answer any of their questions. They could certainly ask the questions of him in writing, although I can imagine how that might be less exciting than a face-to-face encounter.

But in all seriousness, Assange has yet to be charged with any sort of crime, while Sweden and the U.K. are treating him like public enemy #1. I get the feeling he’s probably just not very well liked.

Through all this, Ecuador is showing just how effective and delicate the whole embassy relations business is. For a country with a lot less power, they certainly aren’t afraid to stand up to the big guys.

It seems Assange is safe for now.

On a different topic, but still speaking of embassies… In light of the recent shenanigans in Benghazi, I wanted to point something out.

If your people riot at the drop of a hat over a cartoon of your silly prophet, and are so completely devoid of self-control that your women need to cover their entire bodies so the men don’t become adulterous or turn into sex-crazed rapists, perhaps your religion isn’t one of peace, after all. Maybe it’s just like any other religion; a superstition created in order to exact control over people who are either too afraid or too ignorant to think for themselves.

Here’s the thing, folks – If you want democracy and all that comes along with it, you’re going to need to get used to freedom of speech. That means keeping it together when someone writes a story about gay Jesus and gay Muhammad getting married in San Francisco by the corpse of Freddy Mercury, while everyone in the pews sings “We Are the Champions”.

You know that whole “freedom isn’t free” thing? It works both ways. If you want to have a society that is truly free, you’re going to need to get used to the idea that people are going to sometimes do things that you yourself wouldn’t do; maybe even things that you don’t agree with or that you find distasteful. Things will be said, and things will be done, and you’re going to get really uncomfortable, and you’re going to have to be an adult and deal with it.

This is part of being in a civilized society, so if you can’t cope with it and you feel the need to take someone’s life, maybe you should do society a favor and start with yourself.


On a completely unrelated note, what’s up with me agreeing with Rick Santorum all of a sudden?

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