The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange languishes in a British jail tonight. He is being denied bail despite offers of surety from Jemima Khan, Ken Loach and John Pilger
I have been out most of the day and was thinking of what light weight pre Christmas fare I could offer the readers of the Raccoon, trudging round John Lewis for the Nth time my blackberry pinged off the above message from Channel 4 News.
The heavy hand of the US State department is all over this, you can smell the rotting flesh. When the good ol’ boys start shouting for Liberty a la Ms Palin, it is not for the likes of you and me non Americans, freedom for all stops at the US border. The rest of us are merely chess pieces.
Europe, Africa and South America was the potential battle ground in the cold war, not the Bering Sea. Africa I have seen for my own eyes the devastation and waste of the ‘cold war’. Pax Americana relied on bankrolling and supplying any tinpot dictator as long as he could demonstrate that he was not a ‘commie’.
9/11 had the desired effect, it wounded the United States spiritually. Americans no longer felt safe on Main Street, previously this protection had been provided by the expanse of the Atlantic and Pacific. Coupled with a ‘big government’ that on the security front leaked like a sieve.
Much of the Wikileaks material is not life threatening, it is just embarrassing to a monolith that likes to operate in dark corners.
I do not know much of the detail about the alleged swedish rape case, but Assange has stated he is innocent, therefore until tried by a Court he remains innocent.
My fear is that the extradition to Sweden is a cover for a covert extradition to the States, where senior politicians have been frothing at the mouth about making a ‘hit’ on Assange. Clearly in the light of the lynch mob mentality in the States, he is not guaranteed a fair trial.
This man is clearly not a flight risk, as his face is on every screen across the world.
It is now time to choose your sides, big Government or Liberty, the Government fearing the People or People fearing the Government. In Libertarian cirles it is called the ‘endarkening’.