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Julian Assange is a rape suspect who skipped bail

Friday, 17 August, 2012

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Brendan O’Neill, the editor of spiked, gets it exactly right in “Here’s why Julian Assange is the most annoying and arrogant person in the whole world“. Snippet:

The liberal set’s beatification of Julian Assange reached stratospheric levels of stupidity in recent years. A fanboy book on Wikileaks by Guardian journalists Luke Harding and David Leigh said Assange was ‘like Jason Bourne’, and then went further and said he was a mix of ‘Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela’. He is ‘brave, uncompromising and dangerous’, they said, as part of the Guardian‘s mission to ‘put [him] on the moral high ground’. Time magazine made him a runner-up in the 2010 Person of the Year Award. He was held up as an otherworldly creature capable only of speaking the truth, in particular by the Holy Trinity of international publications that initially published his revealed wisdoms: the Guardian, the New York Times and Der Spiegel. When Assange found himself being slated by American officials, who said they would quite like to feel his collar, an American journalist said we were witnessing ‘the persecution of truth itself’. The notion that Assange was some kind of Messianic embodiment of truth was taken to its logical conclusion by one conspiracy-theory website, which said: ‘Just like Jesus of Nazareth, Julian Assange had a mission to reveal the truth. Now, just like Jesus, he faces persecution and/or death on false and trumped-up charges.’

The campaign by Assange supporters that the allegations against him do not constitute rape is particularly perverse, and it’s eerily reminiscent of the disgusting celebrity defence of Roman Polanski, who fled arrest in the US over the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl. Julian Assange must be deported to Sweden to face the rape allegations against him.


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