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Assagne’s Leaked Police Report and Lack of Self-Awareness

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A bit of irony yesterday from the New York Daily News – not only has Wikileak’s founder Julian Assange’s police report been leaked, but his legal team is pretty pissed about it.

According to the Assagne camp “the purpose can only be one thing: trying to make Julian look bad.” But as more details come out about the rape case, the more questions arise. When we in the United States hear “rape” we immediately conjure thoughts of a repulsive mix of violence, coercion, force, and sexual assault, which is why its so hard to quantify false rape charges, and why rape cases are so damming.

In Sweden, though, the concept of rape is a bit different, highlighted by the dual facts that 1) only 20 percent of rape accusations go to trial and only half result in convictions and 2) Sweden casts a large net over what they consider rape. These are the things that Assange’s supporters trump up in his defense.

Here in the States, though – where Vice President Biden recently called Assange a terrorist – this kind of thing is a PR nightmare. I, for one, am a staunch supporter of what Wikileaks is doing, although I do think Assage is a gigantic douchebag, but for those who think that its just a-okay for the government to do whatever diplomatically and seal those documents up for decades, this is not helping his already skewed image. When the word “rape” is brought into the conversation, few will care that “Miss W” consented to having sex with Assange, then they stopped, then she woke up with him having sex with her (“Miss A” also consented after Assange’s, strong comings-on).  He publicly refers to himself as a gentleman, though few would agree that this is gentlemanly behavior. The courts will decide if this is rape or not, but little doubt remains that Assange does need a healthy dose of humility.

The sad part, too, is that this hilariously ironic lack of self-awareness and self-interest will, largely, be missed by the public. Yes, its funny that the master of the leaked document is deriding the leak of documents directly related to him. What’s worse, though, is that he could have played this right into his hands. Instead his legal team goes to the press wreaking of the same closed nature as the governments Assange hopes to hold accountable. If anything the leaked documents show that Assange is the asshole we all knew he was to begin with, but his status as a rapist is questionable, at least in the sense that it is not 100 percent cut and try. He could have used that to his advantage. Instead, we sit here and laugh at him.

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Written by Matt

December 23, 2010 at 1:42 am

Posted in Wikileaks

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