Julian Assange is telling Obama to “do the right thing”. Ah, if only it were so simple.
One of the complicating factors is Assange’s charges: rape of two Swedish women two years ago. Most people presume they are making that s*** up. But wouldn’t it be ironic if he did after all, as he’s been comparing himself with the feminist crusades of jailed band members of Pussy Riot?
“Assange attempted to draw parallels between himself and the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, three of whose members were convicted and jailed this week for a performance denouncing President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.” [MSNBC]
So many people have pointed out the obvious, but I’m gonna go ahead and say it again anyway: Julian Assange could have in fact raped two people. In which case, I really don’t care what government conspiracies he’s trying to blow the lid off of– he should do his time. And preferably his life thereafter should be veritably ruined, for being an asshole.
And if that were the case, not only would he have made a sham out of the Wikileaks truth concept, but he would be a sick, manipulative, narcissistic @#$%^&* for identifying himself with the PR plight. Really, I wasn’t going to say anything ’til I saw that. The possibility is just too horrific to ignore. (Have you read the accounts? Don’t look good.)
Of course, what will probably happen in this case is what usually happens: even if he is a rapist, and even if there is a trial, the rich, powerful white dude will walk away because he’s– well, a rich, powerful white dude. Either that, or someone will give him safe harbor.
On a separate note, Laura Croft Reborn…after surviving rape? I don’t want to hear your fantasies, male-dominated gaming community!
And: “In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is.” Funny, and insightful, you should read it.