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If West Persists
in Persecuting Assange, We'll Get What We Deserve
all this doesn’t cause an earthquake that begins with civil society, we will
all deserve the plight of countries that we've hitherto classified as lacking
respect for human rights - or even fundamentalist. However, we won't feel
deprived of freedom, because this will, after all, prove we never truly desired
Translated By Brandi Miller
December 16, 2010
Portugal - Jornal de Notícias - Original
Rarely does the precarious
balance Western democracies are based on been revealed in such an obvious way.
The reactions of nations unmasked by the WikiLeaks disclosures show just how
rotten are the elites who hold power in our name. The case, as simple as it is,
1. WikiLeaks has published
evidence of activities that are dubious ethically and even criminal
- in some cases promoted by supposedly “decent” states.
2. The means used by sources
for passing on this information were irregular, but given the nature and crystal
clear public interest of many of them, it would have been condemnable not to
WikiLeaks, through its leader Julian Assange, will pursue an anti-American agenda. It may have been irresponsible not to filter data that may put people in danger, or that was irrelevant to the high values that Assange claims to defend. Such filtering is possible. All of which justifies more elaborate procedures such as those proposed by the new organization called OpenLeaks: to disclose what
it receives from anonymous sources by means of social communication and selected
by them for journalistic treatment, rather than disclosing it directly.
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4. Countries that we though
had mature legal structures like Sweden and Great Britain have, in the end,
proven terribly susceptible to political pressure. It is unacceptable to
persecute Julian Assange under the guise of the banal accusations of two
Swedish women who regretted sharing the sheets with someone they had only known
for a few hours.
5. If all this doesn’t cause an earthquake that begins with civil society, we will all duly deserve the plight of countries that we've hitherto classified as lacking respect for human rights - or even fundamentalist. However, we won't feel deprived of freedom, because , after all, we never truly desired it.
SEE ALSO ON THIS:
Correio da Manhã, Portugal:
WikiLeaks: A 'Catastrophe' for Cyber-Dependent States
Le Figaro, France:
And the Winner of the Bout Over WikiLeaks is … America
Assange the Latest Fall Guy for
Crimes of World's Power Elite
Who Rules? Hackers, the Press and Our Leaders - in that Order
Tal Cual, Venezuela:
If Only WikiLeaks Would
Expose President Chavez
Berliner Zeitung, Germany:
Assault on Assange Betrays U.S. Founding Principles
El Universal, Mexico:
WikiLeaks Revelations a Devastating Shock to Mexico
L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon:
WikiLeaks Makes 'Mockery' of 'U.S. Colossus'
Jornal De Negócios, Portugal:
More than We
Wanted to Know. Or Maybe Not!
The WikiLeaks Disclosures: A Journalist's Ambivalence
Global Times, China:
WikiLeaks Poses Greater Risk to West's 'Enemies'
Ahmadinejad's Chief-of-Staff Calls WikiLeaks Cables 'Lies'
Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:
Saudis Ask: Who Benefitted from WikiLeaks Disclosure?
Cables Portray Saudi Arabia as a Cash Machine for Terrorists
El País, Spain:
Nuance of U.S. Displeasure
with Spain Government
El País, Spain:
Thanks to WikiLeaks' Disclosure, Classical Diplomacy is Dead
Urges U.S. Attack on Iran
Erdogan Needs 'Anger Management' Over U.S. Cables
Saudi Gazette, Saudi Arabia:
WikiLeaks Reveals 'Feeling, Flawed' Human Beings
Frontier Post, Pakistan:
WikiLeaks Reveals 'America's Dark Face' to the World
WikiLeaks' Release: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy
Buenos Aires Herald, Argentina:
Would Be Chaos
WikiLeaks Release a 'U.S. Plot to Sow Discord'
El Universal, Mexico:
WikiLeaks and Mexico's Battle Against Drug Trafficking
Toronto Star, Canada:
WikiLeaks Dump Reveals
Seamy Side of Diplomacy
WikiLeaks Cables, Day 3: Summary of Today's Key Points
Leaked Cables Reveal China is
'Ready to Abandon' North Korea
American Cables Prove Turkish
Claims on Missile Defense False
The Nation, Pakistan:
WikiLeaks: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy
WikiLeaks Revelations a 'U.S. Intelligence Operation': Ahmadinejad
'Russia Will be Guided by
Actions, Not Leaked Secrets'
Job of Media is Not
to Protect Powerful
Wild Parties' Says Berlusconi
Read a Personal Appeal from
Founder William Kern
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