In the lefty press this week, I've seen a lot of gnashing of teeth around Equador's decision to no longer keep Julian Assange in asylum. Supposedly, this is a great threat to the freedom of the press -- a travesty of justice were Assange to be eventually extradited to the US.

This might have been true once upon a time. After all, Anonymous saved the 2008 election by preventing Karl Rove from stealing the presidential election from the rotten electoral system of Ohio. And Assange has done a whole host of good things for internet freedom, including assisting Edward Snowden.

But times change. Perhaps Assange's extended time in that room in London made him too squirrely. The last thing Assange was famous for was being Vladimir Putin and Trump's finger puppet by editing and releasing Hillary Clinton's email server contents. And let's not forget that Assange has never been cleared of those rape charges in Sweden.

Fact of the matter is, the White House may not even want Assange on US territory. He might provide valuable testimony to Robert Mueller on all the events surrounding Roger Stone, Guccifer 2.0, etc. That could be very inconvenient to President Cheeto.

We will have to see what happens next.

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Comment by koshersalaami on July 24, 2018 at 5:14am

I would agree about Assange’s current status. By the way, I know Assange less in terms of what he did with Snowden than what he did with Manning. Some people may equate them but I don’t at all. Snowden released information based on whether that knowledge would help Americans run our own country. Manning released data based on whether it was secret, and he released information that was harmful to our country and our allies without considering whether this information was useful to the public. Sometimes information is actually secret for our benefit. I appreciate what Snowden did but I am not a fan of Manning or Assange. 

Comment by old new lefty on July 24, 2018 at 5:48am

Thanks for the heads up. I had completely forgotten about Bradley/Chelsea Manning.

Comment by Maui Surfer on July 24, 2018 at 6:07am

Assange will eventually get it. What he is a mirror to the masses on what the Internet actually is. Unfortunately, for him, his ego about being an alpha nerd got him in big trouble. He was right about a lot of things, he also swung the US election to a dictator. Girls in Sweden hate him for taking advantage of their promiscuity, which is bizarre all alone, but he is still a fucking asshole though a great example of someone who will go down in herstory, and digital is a long time.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on July 24, 2018 at 10:29am

Never trusted his motives even when it appeared he ws being useful to progressive causes. He has always appeared, to me, wholly self-involved, smarmy.

Comment by koshersalaami on July 24, 2018 at 1:03pm

What he could have potentially cost the American people is immense and unconscionable

Comment by Ron Powell on July 24, 2018 at 1:33pm

it's always about money...period.

To think otherwise is being naive or foolish.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on July 24, 2018 at 2:33pm

What a bunch of fucking tools y'all are...

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Comment by alsoknownas on July 24, 2018 at 2:56pm

Troll.

Comment by Maui Surfer on July 24, 2018 at 4:09pm

Ron, in 99 percent of the time I will always agree with your statement that it is all about the money. However, super nerds like Assange have a bizarre need for ego boosts that verify, simply because they took the immense time, and boy does it take time and effort and discipline, to understand the telecommunications infrastructure and the technology underlying the Internet, the protocols, etc. and all the hacks, of which there are too many to even list and it grows each day anyhow, well, they have an incessant need to know and fell, and be recognized for, knowing these things which the average human, as the last election clearly proves, will never understand. That is one of their currencies, though money is just a part of their work as it is indeed always there. There are NO minimum wage victims involved here, although some engineers in places like Bangladesh get paid spit for similar work, and are simply physically stuck where they are by dictators, military, etc.

Comment by Maui Surfer on July 24, 2018 at 4:11pm

Kind of like Trump's bizarre ego needs, only with recognition for brains instead of cash.

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