Julian Assange was arrested on Tuesday in London on Rape charges. The alleged charges come from a Swedish warrant was issued in connection with sex offenses. There are rumors (now charges) that Assange committed rape in Sweden. The same warrant was issued last month, but the warrant was invalid because it was filed improperly. The charges are “one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape.” All charges are alleged to have occurred at one time in August of 2010.
Julian Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks is the company that released 251,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables. The release of these secure correspondences by WikiLeaks is considered to have an adverse effect on U.S. national security. Assange disagrees, he believes we should all know what our governments are up to at all times. One would agree unless it has to do with the security of all the people of the U.S and countries abroad.
Julian Assange is an Australian businessman who believes in the freedom of the press. However, releasing documents that may hurt a whole nation is ludicrous. Assange wrote “democracies require strong media to keep government honest and WikiLeaks helps fulfill that role.” (msnbc.msn.com) Keeping our democratic governments in check is important, however, releasing information that hurts national security is giving valuable information to terrorists that want us all dead. Julian Assange is guilty in the matter of weakening national security for America and its allies. Leaders in the U.S. are now considering Assange a most wanted terrorist.
WikiLeaks calls Assange’s arrest an attack on freedom of the press, but it will not have an effect on their work. Their work will continue as planned. Before the arrest, Assange threatened he would release many more documents if he were arrested. His detention will likely increase the possibility the U.S. will bring Julian Assange up on charges, this was reported by the New York Times on Monday. The U.S. is contemplating charges against Assange under the Espionage Act. He may be brought up on charges of terrorism.
Governmental conspiracy theorists will likely believe these rape charges were orchestrated by the U.S. to put Julian Assange behind bars. Once behind bars, the U.S. will have the ability to get their hands upon the online cyber terrorist. PayPal has permanently restricted the account used by WikiLeaks. This move by PayPal will slow the process of donations to the company and likely put them in a financial mess. Logical thinking people will realize WikiLeaks has stepped over the line and committed what some believe acts of terrorism.
What will come out of this arrest of Julian Assange? A case was opened against Assange in August of 2010 for possible rape and sexual harassment. The charges were dropped because the authorities in Sweden did not believe Assange committed rape. The theory is that Sweden will arrest Assange and then give him over to the U.S. where he will go up against charges of Espionage. It is believed because Assange released secret U.S. documents, Afghani civilian lives will be in danger from the Taliban. WikiLeaks and Assange may have taken freedom of the press a few steps too far in this matter and many people want Assange to pay for this with his life. Amazingly, Assange was the leading candidate for Time Magazine’s Person of The Year.
The New York Times