The Watering Hole: Tuesday, December 7th – Julian Assange arrested

picture source: merkuronline.com

The BBC reports:

The founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police.

The 39-year-old Australian denies allegations he sexually assaulted two women in Sweden.

Scotland Yard said Mr Assange was arrested on a European arrest warrant by appointment at a London police station at 0930 GMT.

He is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court later. (read all)

Don’t mess with the High and Mighty.

Don’t get me wrong here. If Julian Assange is a rapist, he will have to suffer the consequences. So should every rapist in Sweden or elsewhere. But do they? In 2007 only 13% of the 3’535 cases of rape reported to the police resulted in even the start of legal procedures, let alone a trial or conviction. I wish the police everywhere would be as adamant as in this case when it comes to dealing with rapists. Rich man’s son Carl Hirschmann in Switzerland was out on bail in no time. He’s haunting the clubs once again.

Take a look at Mikhail Chodorkowski. He’s in a labour camp in Siberia serving a nine year sentence and is again accused for some more crimes, to make sure he stays where he’s at. His real crime? Not tax evasion or fraud (though you don’t get to be the richest man in Russia by being a nice and straightforward fellow), you just don’t go to jail for that when you’re really rich in Russia (or elsewhere). He challenged Vladimir Putin politically.

Don’t mess with the High and Mighty.

Both Julian Assange and Mikhail Chodorkowski are answering to legitimate charges and no celebrity bonus should apply. But both are treated differently than others who have allegedly or really committed the same crimes.

Question: Wikileaks has published classified information from the Afghan  and Iraq war. Wikileaks has published the diplomatic cables. Both time their plans were announced beforehand and no action taken. Now wikileaks announces to publish secret e-mails from a bank. And a cyber war between those who cave to government pressure and the witty hacker community starts on their behalf. Now why would that be?

This is our Open Thread. You know what to do. The internet is still the place to voice your opinion, I don’t know for how much longer, however.