There has been much furore over Julian Assange's uncontrollable leakiness, but it doesn't sit right with me. What has he actually leaked? A mass of evidence demonstrating that politicians the world over are corrupt, lying, backstabbing, two-faced, vengeful, petty, untrustworthy and far more interested in their own careers than in the people they were elected to represent.
Okay, who out there didn't already know that?
England has just lost the World Cup hosting to Russia, in what was very probably a politically motivated vote although nobody can prove that at the moment. The UK political response?
One - Find a Russian working in parliament and accuse them of spying. Maybe she is, maybe she isn't, but the timing of this discovery is far too convenient.
Two - Cancel the Olympic junket for the officials who voted England out. Personally, I don't think taxpayers should be paying for luxury accommodation for people who earn far more than any of us. The junket should never have existed. It did, and withdrawing it in response to losing the vote can only be described as petty.
So we didn't need the leaks. The nature of the beast has been plain for all to see for a very long time.
If further evidence of petty vindictiveness were needed, those rape charges against Assange have been revived all of a sudden. Even though they had been quietly dropped for lack of evidence, they are now subject to an Interpol arrest warrant.
Now, these leaks have been claimed by the countries involved to put national security at risk. Releasing State secrets is a crime in itself. Stealing them is espionage, handling them and passing them on is at the very least 'handling stolen goods'. Why are there no warrants out there with those things on them? There are no mentions of charges relating to the leaks. Such charges would be irrefutable because he put the stuff on his website and told the world he did it. Charges relating to national security issues could see him put away for a long time. He is not being charged with those things. Instead, he is to be arrested for alleged rape using a case that had already been dropped by prosecutors.
All the leaks so far are embarrassing but hardly national security. So the American government holds the UK government in contempt. Why wouldn't they? Everyone here does. So the Boss of Afghanistan is happy to sneer at those who die to help him stay in power. He's a politician, they all do that. No surprises there.
Remember those cartoons that set the whole of Arabia and beyond into the streets shrieking 'I keel you'? They were furious at what they saw as personal humiliation in the public press. We shrug off satirical cartoons here, but in the Muslim world they don't. They take such things very seriously indeed. All the same, they can't be allowed to kill people in other countries just because their feelings are hurt.
The American politicians are calling for Assange to be killed. Sarah 'Sixgun' Palin has called for him to be hunted down like Osama bin Laden. She should maybe have used a successful manhunt as a comparison, but maybe she doesn't read the news. Why? Because he has embarrassed them with revelations that they really are just as arrogant, devious and unpleasant as we already knew they were. So they storm into the newspapers and TV shrieking 'I keel you'. The difference is, these people have the ability to arrest and quietly 'disappear' people. Legally.
It had to come to that, didn't it? All that legislation allowing people to use 'hurt feelings' as a case for the prosecution, as typified by the story Banned has today. Harsher and harsher penalties for more and more trivial comments must eventually lead to a judge saying 'We find that you made this person cry a little bit' and then putting on the black cap. The politicians calling for a hit on Assange are just ahead of the game... and not very far ahead at that.
The leaked stuff doesn't seem to include any actual state secrets, at least none that really matter. I wonder if he's been handed a load of duff info with a few real Emails to destroy his credibility? Next, he plans to release a lot of UFO information. That should put Wikileaks right in there with the crank brigade. I have no opinion on whether UFOs are real or not, but some of the people obsessed with them are very strange indeed.
Assange is a danger to the machinations of state because one day he might get hold of something really important, and publish it. He might find their plans to turn the world back into Middle Ages serfdom, and it would be so much easier to brush off such a revelation if he's been discredited.
I don't think they'll kill him. That would make a martyr of him, and we'd all then be certain he was really on to something. I think they'll let him have a load of duff info, wait for him to publish it and then point and laugh. Once that's done it becomes easy to dismiss anything else as 'conspiracy theory'.
Then again, they don't need to kill him. There are plenty of State drones willing to do it for them, in the mistaken belief they will be rewarded.