Who Can We Trust Regarding Julian Assange?
The argument is that Julian Assange revealed truths that put American lives at risk. To date, I am unaware of any casualties resulting from Wikileaks’ revelations, but let’s for a moment assume this argument has merit. If it is just and lawful to imprison a foreign journalist for costing American lives by revealing the truth, isn’t it worse still for Americans to tell lies that lead to American deaths? And since the United States was lied into a war in Iraq, a war that has so far cost the lives of nearly 7,000 Americans, shouldn’t the people who participated in the lie spend the rest of their lives in prison, as Julian Assange is destined to do? This would include the entire U.S. media and the entire political class. Let’s throw Tony Blair into gaol as well, because he is every bit as much to blame for lying us into Iraq. This would seem to be the logical first step if one were concerned about setting a precedent that would save American lives. Wouldn’t it?
Nearly 7,000 lives lost due to the lies told about Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction. Add to that 30,000 wounded. Add to that 1 in 5 soldiers who served in Iraq ending up with PTSD. I’m not good with numbers, but that seems way worse than the hypothetical damage caused by any secrets Julian Assange revealed. In fact, I’ve never heard anything as bad as a stubbed toe that anyone could blame Assange for.
If we are willing to say non-American lives also have some degree of worth, the amount of deaths resulting from the lies of our media and politicians regarding Iraq approaches a million, according to some estimates. Let me remind you that these are not theoretical deaths that could conceivably result from the lies of our thought leaders, these are real blown apart and decomposing corpses we’re talking about.
But somehow the lies that caused so much death to U.S. soldiers aren’t worth punishing, while the non-existent casualties and theoretical damage caused by Julian Assange must be dealt with in the harshest of terms, lest others be tempted to follow in Assange’s truth-telling footsteps and potentially place American lives in theoretical jeopardy.
I’m starting to believe it’s not American lives those who wish to imprison Assange care about. The more I think about it, the more I realize that all those politicians and media figures who told all the lies and cost so many Americans (and others) their lives are the same ones who are so concerned that Assange might be taught a lesson. Go ahead, Google what the architects of the Iraq War think about Assange. George W. Bush cancelled a speaking engagement when he learned Assange would be speaking at the same event. Bill Krystol had this to say about Assange and Wikileaks: “Why can’t we use our various assets to harass, snatch or neutralize Julian Assange and his collaborators, wherever they are? Why can’t we disrupt and destroy WikiLeaks in both cyberspace and physical space…? Why can’t we warn others of repercussions from assisting this criminal enterprise hostile to the United States?” On and on, the same people who are concerned with the truth that may cause harm to befall Americans are those who employed lies to cause immense harm to befall Americans (and others) in real life.
Boy, I wonder who’s telling the truth here? The numbers and the clout seem to belong to those who told and continue to tell lies that result in immense suffering and death not only to Americans but to millions of people around the world. I mean, the entire media and political elite couldn’t possibly be lying about the danger posed by the truths revealed by Julian Assange, right?