WikiLeaks 1 (letter)by Philip AyresNews Weekly
, December 25, 2010
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.