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Paul Barratt is on the money!

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Again today most of the media is soaking up the Assange story.

Two articles I decided were particularly interesting.  The first tells us that the USA is about to formulate charges against Assange.  No surprises there, that has been expected for some time.

The second article, by Paul Barratt, a former intelligence analyst and a former secretary to the Defence Department, looks at the future. The article is headlined “The net will win against deception“.

In closing, he observes:

Julian Assange will no doubt pay a heavy price for his role in this inevitable development, but in the long sweep of history he will be seen more as hero than as villain.

I agree with him.  His opening sentence is also very telling:

Governments had better get used to WikiLeaks and realise that feeding the public misleading drivel has become much harder.

Yep.

From what I have read that has been released (I make no claim to have read anywhere near all of the news reports) I can’t say the media seem to have published anything likely to have risked lives.  The USA has a fairly lowly ranked military person in custody for the major leak.  I am still left wondering how important those 250,000 cables really could have been if they were easily available to one of such low rank.  If they really were SO critical to the safety of the lives of Americans, and presumably the lives of allies of America (e.g. Australia), then America had no business making them available to the person in question.  Either way, there is a problem somewhere and it doesn’t seem to be Julian’s problem.

As I observed in an earlier post on this topic, perhaps what we are really seeing here is that too many emporers have no clothes.  Naturally, that is a little upsetting for said emporers, I am sure.   Hell hath no fury like diplomats and politicians laid bare, it seems.

I encourage everyone to read Paul’s article.  He has some very interesting observations and facts about this whole saga.  I will be keeping a watch for further commentary by Paul.

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Written by Robyn Dunphy

December 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm

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