This is the most sensible thing I’ve read so far on L’Affaire Assange:

The main reason why Wikileaks causes so much anxiety with our journalists is that they haven’t really faced the fact that the watchdog press they treasured so much died under George Bush. It failed, and instead of rushing to analyze this failure and prevent it from ever happening again, instead of a truth-and-reconciliation-commission-style effort that would look at how could this happen, mostly what our journalists did, with a few exceptions, was they just went on to the next story. The watchdog press died, and what we have is Wikileaks instead.

jump to watch Jay Rosen’s video:

Jay Rosen on Wikileaks: “The watchdog press died; we have this instead.” from Jay Rosen on Vimeo.


Sources say Scotland Yard will be arresting Assange in the next few days. What’s the over/under on the plane transporting him to Sweden going down, or a slip-and-fall in the prison where he bumps his head?

The thing is, it’s not just this one guy. Despite all the spittle from our politicians of both parties that he needs to be hanged, or that he’s a “terrorist,” killing him won’t stop the leaks. He’s the conduit. WikiLeaks is a network, it’s bigger than just him. There are a lot of pissed off, beaten down, broken down people working in our institutions, whether they be the government, the military, or corporate America, and leaking the truth that the oligarchy would rather not be aired is about the only tool at their disposal in fighting back.

@SanFranLefty: He’s right, that Rosen dude – our press failed us spectacularly because they were afraid Ari Fleischer would call them America-haters … Wikileaks has no such fear.

@blogenfreude: But the thing is, Assange isn’t an America-hater per se, he just seems to hate hypocrisy and greed. Did you see the Forbes interview?

My only nit to pick here is that the watchdog press died under Reagan, not the Bushes.

It doesn’t change the validity of the point, though.

@SanFranLefty: All this “Assange is going to die accidentally on purpose” stuff is a bit too tin-foil-hat for me. If he’s going to the pokey, nobody’s going to touch the guy. Seriously. Why would they? Alive, he is a built-for-purpose scapegoat. Dead, he’s a martyr.

If he eats right and exercises, dude will die a few days short of his 110th birthday. Book it.

@tom.streeter: True – or it was, at best, on life support.

@chicago bureau: If something happens to him, the floodgates will open. No more embargoes.

The Cable Gate archive has been spread, along with significant material from the US and other countries to over 100,000 people in encrypted form. If something happens to us, the key parts will be released automatically. Further, the Cable Gate archives is in the hands of multiple news organisations. History will win. The world will be elevated to a better place. Will we survive? That depends on you.

@SanFranLefty: Our secret police? I think we should bet on whether or not they get the right plane.

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