Julian Assange Arrested

Julian Assange seen after being taken into custody by UK authorities.

Associated Press

Julian Assange seen after being taken into custody by UK authorities.

Shomudro Gupta, Staff

Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday. London’s Metropolitan Police apprehended Assange after the Ecuadorian government dropped Assange’s asylum status for “repeatedly violating international conventions and protocol of coexistence.” Assange was initially granted asylum by Ecuador due to allegations of sex crimes that he faced in Sweden. According to the governmental bodies responsible, Assange was detained “on a warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court” as well as “on behalf” of U.S. law enforcement, who recently filed a formal extradition request. The indictment revealed by the U.S. Department of Justice showed that he is currently facing one computer hacking charge related to one of the largest leaks of government secrets as well as possible extradition to the United States, where he could possibly face heavier charges.

Lincoln ended his Gettysburg Address with the phrase “…government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth”. The U.S. government is as far from that phrase as absolutely possible. It is not a Government of the People. Rather, it is the Government of Special Interests and Insidious Beings, those who wish to undermine the fundamental principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A government of the people, or rather a government of supposed “representatives” shouldn’t keep secrets from its own. If the government has no insidious interests and has secrets that genuinely pertain to matters of national security, then those shouldn’t be leaked on the basis of other Insidious Interests. If the government does indeed have insidious interests with regards to the NSA and CIA spying on the average American and with regards to the illegality of the Iraq War, it is the people’s right to know. In that case, Assange was in the right, albeit a “chaotic good”, with regards to his methods of leaking information. The revocation of his asylum status on the utterly vague basis of “repeatedly violating international conventions and protocol of coexistence” is downright suspicious, to say the least. If he were to be extradited and imprisoned on extremely harsh charges, it would indeed be a dark day for Freedom.