Look, I’m a big fan of accountability and transparency in government. This jackass goes too far. He even pissed off Stephen Colbert, which you can see in this interview:
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Exclusive – Julian Assange Extended Interview|
Then I read this story from the BBC. Apparently, not only is he wanted on alleged rape charges, but he’s trying to leak US military plans. Do I think we’ll ever go to war with Russia? Probably not. Anything is possible, but I would seriously doubt that war with Russia is imminent or even likely. The important thing is, what if he leaks some other more important information? A current war plan against North Korea, Iran, or something similar?
Here’s the honest truth — it is perfectly acceptable for the United States — or any other — government to keep secrets. Foreign policy and military strategy are particularly important to keep secret because a) they are extremely complex issues, especially for amateurs and b) they can give other nations unfair advantages over the United States.
Even if Mr. Assange does not accept money for his work — and I’m pretty sure he asks for donations, but I can’t access the site so I can’t verify that — he’s still, essentially, guilty of espionage. And that’s totally unacceptable. I hope he, or his source (ideally both) end up in prison where they belong.