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Let Us Not Trade Democracy for Assange and His Ilk (Malagahoy, Spain)


"The conspiranoics may confabulate that America's secret services manipulate Sweden like a marionette and that Assange would be extradited to the United States only to be condemned to death by a kangaroo tribunal. I have read and heard it all. I have also read and heard that Hitler went into hiding at the North Pole and Elvis is still alive."


By Carlos Colón


Translated By Halszka Czarnocka


August 19, 2012


Melegahoy - Spain - Original Article (Spanish)

Swashbuckling former Spain Judge Baltasar Garzón: Most widely known for seeking to arrest and prosecute Bush Administration officials for war crimes, his latest assignment is to get Julian Assange out of Britain without being arrested.


BBC NEWS VIDEO: Ecuador President Correa Insists on 'Safe Passage' for Assange, Aug, 24, 00:02:31.RealVideo

I trust democratic governments more than Assange and cyber-pirates, Wiki-spies or hackers. I trust more in the U.K. and Sweden as defenders of human rights than in Ecuador. Amid the grotesque circus mounted by Assange and his lawyers, among whom is legal star Baltasar Garzon Real [the judge who sought to try Bush Administration officials for war crimes] one couldn't miss several alarming nuances - the most serious of which is the discrediting of politicians and parliamentary democracies.


This lack of esteem, which is not without cause, could lead to disenchantment with democracy, which always results in fertile ground for adventurers, demagogues, totalitarians, opportunists and other speculators of despair who appear in moments of social crisis, economic constraint and political suspicion, offering a dangerous trade: existing democracy for a more perfect “real democracy,” that always ends up in dictatorship or something even more corrupt.

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A few days back in the ABC newspaper, Ignacio Camacho was warning that Garzón or “Conde Sanchez Gordillo [banker convicted of corruption turned politician] could become Führers of the disillusioned.” Berlusconi was just such a figure, and on a grand scale, as was Gregorio Jesús Gil y Gil on a small one. Assange could be added to their number. His case, in essence, is similar to that of Marcial Maciel - a Mexican-born Catholic priest, founder of the Legion of Christ, accused of sex abuse with little boys and father of at least one child]: both are accused of sex crimes and sought refuge in a “holy cause” - defending Christian purity or freedom of speech and transparency - while their supporters argue that the accusations against them are due to conspiracies on the part of enemies of God (Maciel) or freedom (Assange) striving to end their work of redemption or liberation. In both cases, the Devil himself or demons of the corrupt, capitalist, neocolonial governments that pretend to be democratic are said to be behind the charges against them.



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But it so happens that it was the Pope who accused Maciel. In Assange's case, it is some of the oldest, most established and most advanced of our democracies. Among them, as the prosecutor of sexual offenses, is Sweden, one of the most admired democracies in the world. I don’t believe that the Pope serves the Devil, nor that Sweden is a totalitarian and corrupt country lacking respect for human rights where and the accused lack assurances of a fair trial.


The conspiranoics may confabulate that America's secret services manipulate Sweden like a marionette and that Assange would be extradited to the United States only to be condemned to death by a kangaroo tribunal. I have read and heard it all. I have also read and heard that Hitler went into hiding at the North Pole and Elvis is still alive. Too bad there are those who believe this and have more trust in the Web than they do in parliaments or opportunistic adventurers than in democratically-elected politicians.




La Hora, Ecuador: Assange-Correa: 'The Heart has its Reasons None of which Reason Knows'

SMH, Australia: Foreign Minister 'Rebuffs' Assange on Ill-Treatment; Garzon Hints at 'Surprise'

Globa & Mail, Canada: Ecuador Should Not Give Asylum; Assange Should Step Out, Defend

Independent, U.K.: Police to Arrest Assange 'Under All Circumstances' if He Tries to Flee

Adelaide Now, Australia: Assange Could Go to International Court

Dagens Nyheter, Sweden: Sweden's Image Smeared by Missteps and Accusations

Hoy, Ecuador: Ecuador's Embassy - and All Embassies - are Off Limits to British Police

El Universo, Ecuador: Assange Grateful to Ecuador for Taking Up His Asylum Request

Gusrdian, U.K.: Embassy Cables Did Not Harm U.S.: Assange Will Not Be Extradited

Telegraph, U.K.: Why do We Buy Julian Assange's One-Man Psychodrama?

BBC, U.K.: Ecuador Ruling on WikiLeaks' Assange Due 'on Thursday'

SMH, Australia: Assange Threataned with Arrest

El Universo, Ecuador: If Only Our President Would Have Dinner with Reporters

SMH, Australia: Australia Letter 'Spurs' Assange Flee

Guardian, U.K.: Assange Asylum Move is 'a Tragedy' for His Accusers: Lawyer

Guardian, U.K.: Julian Assange Requests Asylum at Ecuador Embassy - Live Coverage

Le Monde, France: Le Monde Names Julian Assange Man of the Year

Vremya, Russia: Good Riddance to the 'Zeroes': When the Nineties Turned Ugly

Die Zeit, Germany: If Only WikiLeaks Existed Before the Iraq War Began

Folha, Brazil: Testimony of Sex Charges Against Assange Don't Belong in Public

Guardian, U.K.: Ten Days in Sweden - The Full Allegations Against Assange

Libération, France: WikiLeaks: A War, But What Kind of War?

Le Monde, France: Le Monde Names Julian Assange Man of the Year

El Mundo, Spain: Julian Assange: The 21st Century 'Mick Jagger' of Data

Novaya Gazeta, Russia: An 'Assange' on Both Your Houses!

El País, Spain: Cables: Brazil Warned Chavez 'Not to Play' with U.S. 'Fire'

El Heraldo, Honduras: The Panic of 'America's Buffoon' Hugo Chavez

Jornal de Notícias, Portugal: If West Persecutes Assange, it Will What it Deserves

Correio da Manhã, Portugal: WikiLeaks: A 'Catastrophe' for Cyber-Dependent States

Romania Libera: WikiLeaks Undermines Radical Left; Confirms American Competence

Le Figaro, France: And the Winner of the Bout Over WikiLeaks is … America

News, Switzerland: Assange the Latest Fall Guy for Crimes of World's Power Elite

Libération, France: Who Rules? Hackers, the Press and Our Leaders - in that Order

Tal Cual, Venezuela: If Only WikiLeaks Would Expose President Chavez

Berliner Zeitung, Germany: Assault on Assange Betrays U.S. Founding Principles

El Universal, Mexico: WikiLeaks Revelations a Devastating Shock to Mexico

L'Orient Le Jour, Lebanon: WikiLeaks Makes 'Mockery' of 'U.S. Colossus'

Jornal de Negócios, Portugal: More than We Wanted to Know. Or Maybe Not!

DNA, France: The WikiLeaks Disclosures: A Journalist's Ambivalence

Global Times, China: WikiLeaks Poses Greater Risk to West's 'Enemies'

FAZ, Germany: Ahmadinejad's Chief-of-Staff Calls WikiLeaks Cables 'Lies'

Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudis Ask: Who Benefitted from WikiLeaks Disclosure?

Guardian, U.K.: Cables Portray Saudi Arabia as a Cash Machine for Terrorists

El País, Spain: Cables Expose Nuance of U.S. Displeasure with Spain Government

El País, Spain: Thanks to WikiLeaks' Disclosure, Classical Diplomacy is Dead

Guardian, U.K.: Saudi Arabia Urges U.S. Attack on Iran

Hurriyet, Turkey: Erdogan Needs 'Anger Management' Over U.S. Cables

Saudi Gazette, Saudi Arabia: WikiLeaks Reveals 'Feeling, Flawed' Human Beings

Frontier Post, Pakistan: WikiLeaks Reveals 'America's Dark Face' to the World

The Nation: WikiLeaks' Release: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy

Buenos Aires Herald, Argentina: Without Hypocrisy, Global Ties Would Be Chaos

Kayhan, Iran: WikiLeaks Release a 'U.S. Plot to Sow Discord'

El Universal, Mexico: WikiLeaks and Mexico's Battle Against Drug Trafficking

Toronto Star, Canada: WikiLeaks Dump Reveals Seamy Side of Diplomacy

Guardian, U.K.: WikiLeaks Cables, Day 3: Summary of Today's Key Points

Guardian, U.K.: Leaked Cables Reveal China is 'Ready to Abandon' North Korea

Hurriyet, Turkey: American Cables Prove Turkish Claims on Missile Defense False

The Nation, Pakistan: WikiLeaks: An Invaluable Exposure of American Hypocrisy

Kayhan, Iran: WikiLeaks Revelations a 'U.S. Intelligence Operation': Ahmadinejad

Novosti, Russia: 'Russia Will be Guided by Actions, Not Leaked Secrets'

Guardian, U.K.: Job of Media Is Not to Protect Powerful from Embarrassment




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