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Here's a list of three things that you are unlikely to do, at least in this order:

1.       Watch a Swedish movie called The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2.       Read about the Swedish sex charges against Julian Assange
3.       Book a vacation to Sweden

I am always amused by the strange impact of unintended consequences. Julian Assange simply wanted to release some embarrassing information, have hot sex with a Swedish babe then have hot sex with an acquaintance of that same babe one day later. That's just one example of why the Swedish language has 400 words that all mean "and your cute friend is next."

But things didn't turn out as Assange hoped.  The unintended consequence of his actions is that he managed to make Sweden look like a country that's governed by congenital idiots and populated with nothing but crazy sluts and lawyers. And don't get me started about the quality of their condoms.

To be fair, I don't know if Assange's alleged broken condom is because the product was defective. We have good evidence that Assange has the world's biggest set of nuts, so assuming some degree of proportionality, he'd put a strain on any brand of condom that didn't have rebar ribs.

Assange had a lot of help making Sweden look like the last place on Earth that you would want to take your penis. The aforementioned megahit movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, makes the place look like a snow-filled ass cave that Jeffrey Dahmer lived in before he got a raise. (It's a good movie otherwise.)

If you haven't read any background about the so-called rape charges against Assange, you really should. Apparently Swedish laws are unique.  If you have a penis, you're half a rapist before you even get through customs. And if your condom breaks, that's jail time. What I'm saying is that the Club Med in Sweden is a nervous place.

I was having a hard time making up my mind about Assange. On one hand, he might be hurting the interests of my country and putting people in danger. Death to him! On the other hand, a little extra government transparency might prevent more problems than it causes.  Hero!  It was a toss-up. Then Sweden turned Assange from a man-whore publicity hound into Gandhi.  Advantage: Assange.

The one thing I know for sure is that I'm a fan of the hackers who are dispensing vigilante justice. Here's another unintended consequence: The hackers could end up organizing over this issue and ultimately forming a shadow government of their own, if they haven't already.  I welcome my hacker overlords.

Prediction: The governments of the world can't let Assange become a martyr. He would be too powerful. They'll pressure Sweden to release him on some sort of technicality.

 

 

 
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Dec 8, 2010
"Released on a technicality"?? Are you serious? You don't think the timing of this whole episode is just a teeny bit suspicious? Assange has embarrassed America and a bunch of governments it does business with (including the UK) and now all of a sudden there are sex charges against him?
Do you have any idea how unusual it was for Assange NOT to be granted bail after an accusation like this?
He is being refused access to lawyers because the staff of Wandsworth prison (one of the biggest in London) are allegedly "not equipped to deal with visitors".
The whole thing stinks.
 
 
Dec 8, 2010
It's a bit rich being told my country's being governed by congenital idiots by an American. Not that i think much of them myself...
 
 
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Dec 8, 2010
I don't think that Sweden is somehow extraordinary dump. The way how the U.S. cope with this affair is as stupid as possible - makes more harm than the leaks itself. Paypal/Amazon/MasterCard/Visa... seem to be only puppets of U.S. government, Sweden probably as well.
Curiously, I didn't noticed any charges against Assange - so, it seems that (U.S.) government can take (illegal) pressure against (legally) innocent person that is even not its citizen (or maybe subject). I'm sure that they would kill him, if it would help; sed manifestation of power abusing in the country once proud to values like "freedom of speech".
 
 
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Dec 8, 2010
I believe in more government transparency. The question is, has more damage been done under the protection of government secrecy than has been prevented by that same secrecy. Its easy to find examples of government secrecy causing problems. Look at the Gulf on Tonkin Incident, the over through of Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran in 1953 or more recently the invasion of Iraq.

You would be hard pressed to find examples where government secrecy actually kept something bad from happening. The exception is during a time of war. Obviously if you're fighting an actual war you need to keep your battle plans secret. But even in that scenario there are things that you don't want to keep secret. Atrocities committed by either side for example.

I think that most people are good. There are bad people in the world though. The problem is that the bad people tend to gravitate towards government and you end up with a higher percentage of them there. The more transparency you have in government therefore, the better the chances that the good people can keep the bad people in check.
 
 
Dec 8, 2010
Scott

Please read "Daemon" and "Freedom". You will enjoy it :), the hacker resistance reminds me of that.

http://www.amazon.com/Daemon-Daniel-Suarez/dp/0525951113
 
 
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Dec 8, 2010
I dunno. I'm mostly for transparency, and WikiLeaks has revealed quite a few serious wrongs, with little evidence of any direct harm. This most recent set of releases walks the thin line between too much transparency and too many secrets, and I haven't decided which side I think it falls on yet. Clay Shirky has a great post about his own ambivalence about it: http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2010/12/wikileaks-and-the-long-haul/.

Julian Assange, on the other hand, well, he should face his day in court. What transpired, as near as I can tell, wouldn't amount to rape by American laws, but if true...well, continuing to have sex with someone who's telling you to stop? That's tantamount to rape in my book.

I also find it hard to believe that the charges themselves are a result of some government conspiracy, and I even left my tin-foil hat at the office today. The fact that Interpol made him such a high priority target I can believe was the result of US pressure, but the charges, nah - not buying it.
 
 
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Dec 8, 2010
The leak has come around to haunt Mr. Assange.
 
 
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Dec 8, 2010
Love your stuff, huge fan, disagree on this one, though it's funny as hell.

First, it is quite likely that some of the Afghanis mentioned in the first set of leaked documents are already dead. They were exposed as informants and the Taliban looks dimly on informants. Some of the national figures in less stable countries cited in this second set are also imperiled. While they blustered about the US publicly they accepted our help privately. This served both our national interests and theirs. They may now become targeted by death squads. An acceptable tradeoff?

Second, you are a public figure. If someone cracked your email and Quicken accounts then published what I found, you would probably have little recourse. I have experience cracking sites. Would you, then, welcome this hacker overlord into your online world?
 
 
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Dec 8, 2010
I'm from Sweden, and what intrigues me is that you'd only consider going to Sweden if you could hook up with some Swedish girls.

My view on Wikileaks is clear. If this had been the 1940s, Assange would gladly have tipped the Germans off about D-Day.

Regarding Assange himself, though... I don't know. I certainly believe more in our system of justice than in any so-called 'leaks' from the police, published on biased news sites. Furthermore, I guess you've already read that they need him to be here for questioning and such. This thing won't necessarily go to court. So, if he knows that he didn't commit a crime, why has he been running?

I agree with you about the Swedish girls, though. They're all crazy. That's why I stopped dating girls from Sweden a few years back, and focused on other countries. :)
 
 
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Dec 8, 2010
While the rape accusation has been repeated quite often, it does not seem to stand on a solid foundation:

http://qwstnevrythg.com/2010/12/anna-ardin-cia-2/

So get your popcorn, this is going to become VERY interesting...
 
 
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Dec 8, 2010
"The governments of the world can't let Assange become a martyr."

How many rapist martyrs do you know? (MLK Jr. doesn't count. The 60s are not subject to Swedish Law.)
 
 
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Dec 8, 2010
Well here in Australia it has been found out that Sebnator Arbib has been disclosing confidential security information to the USA i.e. treason. Yet our Prime Minister (Julia Gillard) is taking no action. Arbib is one of the people that orchestrated the overthrow of the last Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. He obviously has intentions for leadership himself and has been vocal about Assange's puported wrongdoing. The only person that has done anything wrong here is Arbib. It is a sad day when people get arrested for publishing documents (whistleblowing) and sedition is the infringement of the most basic of human rights in democratic countries (free speech). Sweeden is a puppet hereof the USA and extrdition papers are already prepared for extradition to the USA.
 
 
 
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