There is an interesting article on the Julian Assange arrest in the Guardian here, which makes some interesting points. Most of the comments, however, seem to be things like this:
The whole thing is a charade designed to distract us from the leaks.
I have to politely disagree here. Although the timing is highly suspicious, there is nothing to link the arrest to his WikiLeaks activities. This case is about Assange’s personal activities, rather than the cables. Whether he is guilty or not, I don’t know. I couldn’t possibly judge. Unlike some on the left…
This has been perhaps the most worrying thing about the whole situation: a quite frankly disgusting attempt from the left to smear Assange’s accusers. It is interesting how quickly respect for women goes out the window when a hero of the left is accused of such behaviour. Here is an interesting article that shows the extent that the defenders of Assange have gone to try to discredit these women.
It is hard not to draw parallels between this case and the situation surrounding Roman Polanski last year. Not just because both men flit around the world to avoid consequence, but because of the way that people have tried to defend shameful actions in their private life because of things they have done in the public arena. The Guardian article sums up the argument thus:
…it also underlies the assumption that a man’s good behaviour in public life somehow neutralises bad behaviour in private…
This kind of dangerous thinking from the left leads to apologies from people like Whoopi Goldberg, who claimed that what Polanski did wasn’t ‘rape’ rape. Well, no. No one is above the law, especially with such despicable acts. At the very least, Julian Assange has a case to answer in Sweden. And if it is indeed just to cover to deflect from the leaks, I’m sure that Assange will leak the documents himself at a later date.