Something is Rotten

The Strange Case of Interpol's Red Alert on Assange, and the US Attack on WikiLeaks

In most countries, including the US and UK, these would not pass the test to be considered a crime, much less qualify as a category of “rape," but Swedish authorities, who in all of this year have only submitted one other request to Interpol for assistance in capturing a sex crimes suspect, asked the international police agency to issue a so-called Red Alert for Assange, who was subsquently asked by police in the UK, where he was staying, to turn himself ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Dwight Rousu - Dec 12, 2010 - 10:20 AM PST
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Edited by: Jon Mitchell - Dec 13, 2010 - 8:17 AM PST
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by Jon Mitchell - Dec. 13, 2010

I found this to be a powerful and convincing interpretation of the peculiar circumstances surrounding Assange's arrest.

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Dec. 13, 2010

A well laid out set of facts and circumstances of the attack on a news source for purely political purposes directly contrary to the intent of the first ammendment.


“There is a long tradition of the use of rape and sexual assault for political agendas that have nothing to do with women’s safety. In the south of the US, the ... More »

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Michael Shaver
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by Michael Shaver - Dec. 13, 2010

Dave Lindorff's column featured on "truthout," "Something Is Rotten" is a well researched piece concerning the current plight of WikiLeaks Julian Assange. Instead of attacking the issue head on he progressively moves from point to point building his argument like a defense attorney in front of a jury. Mr. Lindorff starts with the allegations of "sex by surprise" emanating from Sweden as he embarks on a journey examining the facts while determining their validity and pertinence to this case. He includes all the pertinent information to substantiate his claims and he adds a couple of hyperlinks so the reader may investigate further. I personally think this is an excellent piece that speaks to the real threats of this case which ... More »

Over the weekend I watched Fareed Zakaria's GPS. A portion of the program was dedicated to debunking Glenn Beck's claim that 10% of all Muslims were terrorists. Watching Fareed destroy Glenn's argument was well worth the time but it is something I am remembering now that I think deserves repeating. Glenn Beck's producer tried to substantiate his claim by using a dictionary definition of what a terrorist was and what terrorism is, in this definition it became very obvious that just ... More »

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - Dec. 13, 2010

As I wrote here earlier, this kind of attack on a news source for purely political reasons is a threat to the First Amendment as profound as the Nixonian attack on Daniel ... More »

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Steffen Koehler
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by Steffen Koehler - Dec. 14, 2010

This was an interesting story that gave information not widely reported in other media. However, the story did not provide evidence in two important assertions: First, the source for the details of Assange's alleged crimes (perhaps this journalist gave them in an earlier piece, but the source should be mentioned here to substantiate the assertions. Second, the journalist asserts that "The long arm of the US is hard to miss here" with no support whatsoever. He then gives background on other malfeasance in the past by the US, which is a serious topic by itself, but he does not provide any link to the Assange case. This turns what could be a good story on how Assange is being hounded on bogus charges into an anti-US rant.

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by jellygamatku - Dec. 15, 2010

think journalism should be free, neutral and impartial. Must have the spirit. Spirit to fight for justice, peace and prosperity for the community. Journalism must be brave. Dare say that wrong is wrong. The truth is true. The value must be adhered to, if not then there goes the meaning of journalism itself

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