This Julian Assange apologist bullshit has got to stop. I’ve never seen anyone (except maybe Roman Polanski) induce otherwise reasonable people to fall all over themselves defending a rapist. Like, okay, I get it. This is a very complex situation, that has a lot of different constituencies who are focused on different things.
Wikileaks is important. The work they did was incredible. But Wikileaks is not Julian Assange. The way we are treating Bradley Manning is deplorable. That shouldn’t happen to anyone, especially not someone who was ultimately doing the right thing for his country. But that doesn’t mean you can just brush a few rapes under the table. Adrian Chen did a great job yesterday explaining why it makes no sense to view Sweden’s demand that Assange face justice for his actions as some kind of international extradition bait-and-switch.
And Ecuador, I understand that you’re pushing back against the United States muddling around on your continent. That’s a completely valid thing to do. We are complete assholes, hegemony-wise. But when you’re saying stuff like this:
Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, has said Julian Assange should respond to the sexual assault allegations made against him by two Swedish women, even though the case would not in his view constitute criminal behaviour in Latin America. [The Guardian]
It might be time to reconsider your position. You’re bragging that rape is not illegal in the country you are in charge of? That’s not good, seriously. There is no such thing as “this guy would be a great guy if he hadn’t raped those women.” Sorry.