Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Pros/Cons Of Prosecuting Julian Assange

While the US Justice Department debates the wisdom of filing criminal charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Sweden has filed an arrest warrant for him for an alleged rape in that country. That arrest warrant for Assange via Interpol will make it even more difficult for him to travel between counties. What are the pros and cons of Sweden or for that matter the United States of America arresting Julian Assange? The charges facing Assange in Sweden have nothing and everything to do with the mischief he has been up to on the world stage via his Wikileaks website in recent months. While there are many supporters of Julian Assange around the world, I do not count myself as one of them. To me, Mr. Assange is on a one man mission to promote himself at the expense of the military, politicians and soon at least one large bank in the United States.

So what are the pros and cons of the United States arresting Julian Assange on espionage charges? The biggest thing on the pros side is that Assange would be removed as a free man to stick his finger of rebellion in the face of nations around the world via his access to classified secrets that have been leaked to him. However, the cons of the US arresting Julian Assange and putting him on trial might be even bigger than the initial good feeling many people would experience once he is finally behind bars. Throughout history, people like Assange have popped onto the public radar and promoted themselves at the expense of others, like military personnel serving in Afghanistan. The last thing the United States of America and other nations around the world want to do is turn Julian Assange into a hero, which is is not.

While the pros of arresting Julian Assange might seem like a good idea in the short run, in the long run it would be a disaster for any nation who puts him on trial. Rightly or wrongly, most of the time when a character like Julian Assange makes the choice to take on the governments of the world, old age is something they do not live long enough to experience. The only thing the governments of the world can do to finally put a stop to Julian Assange's actions, is to discredit him in a way that people, newspapers and the media stop paying attention to what he has to say. Most of the time, people obsessed with personal self promotion like Julian Assange - will eventually be brought down by their own arrogance of narcissistic greatness.

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