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This post is about Julian Assange, not Valerie Plame or Nicole Kidman. The above photo is supposed to be of Assange, but then I realized I'd rather look at Plame and Kidman than Assange's bloodless mug. It's a matter of blog aesthetics, but I do have a justification. Plame and Assange both have to do with things being outed, (as does Don't Ask Don't Tell), and Kidman is supposed to play Plame in a movie. That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it.
Now for today's story:
Wikileaker Julian Assange published hundreds of thousands of classified government military and diplomatic secrets. He said he did it because he is for "transparency." Assange, however, has recently discovered his transparency limit, along with a newfound respect for privacy. Mr. Assange is zealously guarding the privacy and secrecy of...Mr. Assange:
Incriminating police files were published in the British newspaper [the Guardian] that has used [Assange] as its source for hundreds of leaked US embassy cables.
In a move that surprised many of Mr Assange's closest supporters on Saturday, The Guardian newspaper published previously unseen police documents that accused Mr Assange in graphic detail of sexually assaulting two Swedish women. One witness is said to have stated: "Not only had it been the world's worst screw, it had also been violent."
Bjorn Hurtig, Mr Assange's Swedish lawyer, said he would lodge a formal complaint to the authorities and ask them to investigate how such sensitive police material leaked into the public domain. "It is with great concern that I hear about this because it puts Julian and his defence in a bad position," he told a colleague.
"I do not like the idea that Julian may be forced into a trial in the media. And I feel especially concerned that he will be presented with the evidence in his own language for the first time when reading the newspaper. I do not know who has given these documents to the media, but the purpose can only be one thing - trying to make Julian look bad."
Mr Assange is facing criminal allegations in Sweden over claims by two women that he sexually assaulted them while he was in the country earlier this year.
Another supporter close to the WikiLeaks founder said the leak appeared designed by the authorities in Sweden to jeopardise Mr Assange's defence. "There has been a selective smear through the disclosure of material. That material, in Swedish, was passed to a journalist at The Guardian," a source said. "The timing appears to have been cynically calculated to have the material published in the middle of the bail application and the appeal."
There are so many things I could say here, such as...I guess Assange was for transparency before he was against it, or...what goes around comes around, or...talk about your perfect karmic symmetry (the Buddhist version of 'what goes around comes around').
I don't want to come across as filled with schadenfreude here (though I can't help a bit of schadenfreude-itude), but it's a supernova of mega-irony that Assange and company only realize why some things should be kept out of the public domain when Assange's butt is the one on the line. As for the privacy of others, and the consequences others may pay when Assange outs their secrets, Assange and like-minded hackers could care less.
Julian Assange, meet...Julian Assange. Do you like him now ?