Julian Assange

The U.S. government has stepped up its campaign against Julian Assange, pressuring the Swedish government to issue a warrant for Assange’s arrest for an alleged sex crime.The international community has gotten into the act, with Interpol issuing a warrant for Assange’s arrest. No doubt this is because the release of diplomatic cables undermines the time-honored practice of secret diplomacy. Leftists are opposed to secret diplomacy as a matter of principle. People who live under “moderate” Arab governments have a right to know that their leaders have been urging the U.S. to attack Iran. The American people have a right to know that Hillary Clinton has ordered U.S. diplomats to act as spies. After the October Revolution, one of the first things the Bolsheviks did was publish the secret treaties. They believed that the people of Europe had a right to know how their governments’ planned to carve up the continent.

Assange is hated by the mainstream media, who believe in the government’s right to keep secrets from the people. The world has changed since the days when the New York Times published the Pentagon Papers. The Times and other media outlets have become willing participants in the government’s current imperial project. They helped the Bush Administration with its “weapons of mass destruction” deception during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq.

We should support Assange in his struggle to bring truth to the people.

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