The west has just become a giant banana republic
AUGUST 16, 2012
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has made an admirable habit of enraging western governments over the last few years, particularly the United States.
Most notably, his release of classified diplomatic documents in 2010 proved ruthlessly embarrassing, shining a spotlight on the absurd,
petty little world of international relations.
Ever since, the US government has done everything it can to stop him. Short of assassination. They shut down his website, but mirror sites instantly popped up. They sought legal action, but their efforts have been impeded by the bureaucratic deftness of his attorneys. They froze his bank accounts… but donations have poured in from all over the world.
Along the way, Uncle Sam co-opted a number of allied nations to set aside their principles for the sake of US interests–
Switzerland rolled over immediately and shuttered Assange’s bank accounts.
Australia (his home country) has remained conspicuously silent on the matter, raising not a single word of protest in his defense. One high ranking Aussie politician even publicly suggested that Assange should be killed.
Sweden has happily played along, trumping up dubious allegations about Assange and issuing an international arrest warrant.
And now there’s the UK, where Assange has been based. The British government located and arrested him, yet after his legal team was able to secure bail and delay extradition, Assange sought refuge at the Ecuadoran embassy in London. He’s been living there for two months in violation of his bail.