December 25th 2010


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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: China: absolute power corrupts absolutely

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Prime Minister Gillard's mishandling of WikiLeaks

UNITED STATES: WikiLeaks founder should face criminal charges in US

THE GREENS: Why Liberals and Labor must preference Greens last

EUTHANASIA: Wrong response to epidemic of isolation among seniors

CULTURE AND CIVILISATION: Why C.S. Lewis wrote his science fiction trilogy

RUSSIA: Will Putin challenge Medvedev in 2012?

TAIWAN: WikiLeaks rattle Taiwan's external relationships

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: Offended by the offended

ENVIRONMENT: Frog extinction: another 'global warming' myth

SEXUAL ANARCHY: From temptation to tolerance to approval

OPINION: Greens' flawed policies burden families

WikiLeaks 1 (letter)

WikiLeaks 2 (letter)

Logical flaws in push for same-sex marriage (letter)

A miracle for Nicholas? (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Parents, police perplexed at rise in cyber-bullying / Stalin's American dupes exposed

CINEMA: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, in 3D (rated PG)

BOOK REVIEW: THE TYRANNY OF GUILT: An Essay on Western Masochism, by Pascal Bruckner

BOOK REVIEW: TALES FROM A MOUNTAIN CITY: A Vietnam War Memoir, by Quynh Dao

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WikiLeaks 1 (letter)


by Philip Ayres

News Weekly, December 25, 2010
Sir,

I hope News Weekly is not going to run an anti-Julian Assange article. I say this because I think it would be a very "bad look" for a journal that presents itself as in favour of freedom.

In six words, "Journalists encourage leaks; journalists publish leaks". Daniel Ellsberg is an obvious analogy to Assange, but the principle runs widely. [Editor's note: Ellsberg was a US military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation, In 1971 he embarrassed the US Government by releasing to the press top-secret Pentagon papers on the US conduct of the Vietnam War].

George Washington did not preside over a secret state, or a coercive state, and while diplomatic correspondence should be secure, it's up to governments to keep it secure.

Kevin Rudd is dead right on this, and Julia Gillard looks like a lackey who would even surrender our rights as citizens to a request from Washington leading straight (or indirectly) to a lock-up in the US.

Philip Ayres,
Glen Iris, Vic.




























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