I’m really sorry that I still see anyone defending Julian Assange in fucking 2022.

Apart from the sexual abuse (a big thing to gloss over), he was a willing agent of the worst countries on the planet. There is a lot of evidence he worked with Russia’s FSB in essentially destabilizing operations.

He belongs in jail.

@szbalint the probleme is not about his life and choices, the problem is about setting a precendent on journalism and information. That's why people still act against his extradition. Not seeing this is a problem to me. I'm not sayin he's a clean guy, i'm sayin united states should not put their hands on him.

@Nemo @szbalint Agreed -- due process, freedom of the press, and whistleblowing are still things to defend. Assange turns out to be an asshole, but you work with the court cases you get...

@Nemo Does it set a precedent if Assange is convicted? No. As he is not a journalist.

Isn’t it worrysome for freedom of speech though if that happens? Also no. What he did is very specific and I do not worry about it setting any examples.

There are literally hundreds of other civil liberties related cases that are more important than his.

@szbalint how is showing truth and informing not journalism ? How is a case this mediatized, about this very subject, not important ? It seems like you don't care. Good for you. But i wouldn't mix your interest in the matter and the importance of it, as it clearly is a different problem. US trying to shutdown people who revealed horrible stuff they did is a big world problem, no matter how you see it.

@szbalint I left the Diem25 advisory board because it felt like an Assange cult (I was told we couldn’t even talk about his problematic behaviours) but – as others have stated in the replies – the real problem here is that what the US government is trying to do is to set a precedent that can then be used against any journalist or whistleblower.

@szbalint (They’re clever enough to know not to come after someone everybody loves. But if you don’t defend the rights of those you dislike, then those you love will lose those rights too.)

@szbalint The allegations you list are entirely unrelated to the charges he faces. Why do you think he was never charged on those grounds? And have you nothing to say about the actual charges?

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