Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy
It is, of course, a matter of degree. I'm not much of a fence sitter.
Well, you can disparage him if you like, there's lots on that band wagon.
I've already explained why I find it hard to join either of the bands. You may not think justice is in Assange's dictionary, but you'd be foolish to think that what the government does is necessarily on the side of justice. But like I said, you have to appreciate that at the least the government does take privacy concerns seriously, though sometimes it's convenient cover.
Think of it this way, it's debatable whether or not individual actions by the government are good are not, and it's also debatable whether or not releasing individual cables from Wikileaks is good or not. While actions by Wikileaks will likely cause harm to come to some, we know with absolute certainty that government actions thus far have lead to harm, and these cables make a culpable case that some things are being hidden from us. Since it's politicians, I think it's safe to assume that many of these things that are being kept out of the public serve political ends, such as keeping the outrage down. So, when a military mission languishes and is drawn out, we can equally make the case that the act of keeping information from the public has also probably caused harm.
I don't see it as black and white at all, and frankly I'm not sure how you can hold so much faith in the government position when you have so much to say about various government policies and where "the truth" meets reality.
Don't read my comments as sympathy for Assange, he knew, or should have known what he was getting into. I'm just not willing to make him a martyr one way or the other, if you catch my drift.