When Julian Assange published thousands of leaked government documents, some asserted that he was a terrorist who had put our troops into more danger. Apart from the fact that Mr. Assange isn't in control of our troops and this was really just a case of "let's kill the messenger," there is now a strong possibility that thousands will die simply because some in power would rather the truth be hidden from those who, by law, are the most powerful in the country. Namely, we the people.
In case you missed it, yesterday Ecuador granted Julian Assange political asylum in their country. Assange, who is currently in an Ecuadorian embassy in Great Britain, has been accused of (not charged with or indicted on) charges of sexual assault in the nation of Sweden. What he is actually accused of is having sex without a condom, something that is punishable by a small fine in Sweden and isn't even a crime in Great Britain or the United States. What Sweden, who has refused to question Mr. Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy, really wants is to bring Assange into custody in order to extradite him to the United States where he will face a military tribunal and be kept in solitary confinement for years, much like fellow whistleblower and fellow hero Pvt. Bradley Manning.
Britain has reacted with threats to "storm the embassy" and some have called for them to shut off the water and power to the building.
To put it simply, if the U.K. does anything other than let Mr. Assange get on a plane bound for Ecuador, they are declaring World War III. If Assange is killed or taken into custody, we will see attacks on British, American, and Swedish embassies worldwide by any country that actually believes in freedom, human rights, and obeying international law. And, unfortunately, we would be the bad guys.
What did Assange actually do? He told us what our tax dollars are paying for. The people who really should be arrested and imprisoned are those responsible for the crimes he exposed. Is protecting the asses of the world superpowers really worth another war, where similar crimes will once again be ordered and carried out? I don't think so.
As I've said before, the government's biggest crime is keeping secrets from it's people. The only reasonable explanation for state secrets is that they are doing something that is illegal and they don't want us to know about it. But I'll let you in on a little secret: as a taxpayer and a voter, I am more powerful than the politicians. It is up to us whether or not they remain in office. We are their boss. Therefore, we have a right and a responsibility to be able to look at any document they (our employees) produce. Julian Assange made that easier and now they want him out of the picture.
Had Iran or North Korea acted in the way Great Britain has, United Nations peacekeeping forces would have already been on the ground. But since two of the three aggressors are on the U.N. Security Council, that isn't likely to happen. This makes it even more likely that smaller and less powerful nations will band together against them.
Some will say that one man isn't powerful enough to start a world war. Tell that to Franz Ferdinand. To prevent a war, we need to see armed forces at all British, American and Swedish embassies around the world until Assange is in Ecuador. Tell the governments of the U.K., Sweden, and the United States that we the people will not die to keep their crimes hidden.