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Jornal de Notícias, Portugal

If West Persists in Persecuting Assange, We'll Get What We Deserve


"If 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 it."



Translated By Brandi Miller


December 16, 2010


Portugal - Jornal de Notícias - Original Article (Portuguese)

Founder, spokesperson and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks Julian Assange: Life on the Internet will never be the same.  

AL-JAZEERA VIDEO: Frost over the World - Extraditing Assange, Dec. 18, 00:23:29

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, is frightening.


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 act.


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.   



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.




Correio da Manhã, Portugal: WikiLeaks: A 'Catastrophe' for Cyber-Dependent States

Le Figaro, France: And the Winner of the Bout Over WikiLeaks is … America

News, Switzerland: Assange the Latest Fall Guy for Crimes of World's Power Elite

Liberation, France: 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!

DNA, France: The WikiLeaks Disclosures: A Journalist's Ambivalence

Global Times, China: WikiLeaks Poses Greater Risk to West's 'Enemies'

FAZ, Germany: Ahmadinejad's Chief-of-Staff Calls WikiLeaks Cables 'Lies'

Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudis Ask: Who Benefitted from WikiLeaks Disclosure?

Guardian, U.K.: Cables Portray Saudi Arabia as a Cash Machine for Terrorists

El País, Spain: Cables Expose Nuance of U.S. Displeasure with Spain Government

El País, Spain: Thanks to WikiLeaks' Disclosure, Classical Diplomacy is Dead

Guardian, U.K.: Saudi Arabia Urges U.S. Attack on Iran

Hurriyet, Turkey: 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

The Nation: WikiLeaks' Release: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy

Buenos Aires Herald, Argentina: Without Hypocrisy, Global Ties Would Be Chaos

Kayhan, Iran: 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

Guardian, U.K.: WikiLeaks Cables, Day 3: Summary of Today's Key Points

Guardian, U.K.: Leaked Cables Reveal China is 'Ready to Abandon' North Korea

Hurriyet, Turkey: American Cables Prove Turkish Claims on Missile Defense False

The Nation, Pakistan: WikiLeaks: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy

Kayhan, Iran: WikiLeaks Revelations a 'U.S. Intelligence Operation': Ahmadinejad

Novosti, Russia: 'Russia Will be Guided by Actions, Not Leaked Secrets'

Guardian, U.K.: Job of Media is Not to Protect Powerful from Embarrassment

ANSA, Italy: WikiLeaks: 'No Wild Parties' Says Berlusconi


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