Victor Davis Hanson: Julian Assange’s EgoLeaks

Roundup: Historians' Take

[NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, the editor of Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome, and the author of The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern.]

Julian Assange, the public face of WikiLeaks, is, among many things, cowardly. Courageousness would involve meeting with Iranian dissidents, Russian journalists, Pakistani Christians, or Chinese human-rights activists — and then releasing any confidential information that they might have about the torment institutionalized by their countries’ authoritarian regimes. That would be risky to Assange, however, since such governments do not customarily go to court against their leakers; they gulag them — or liquidate them.

So, instead, Assange navigates through the European northwest among the good-life elites whose economic and security protocols he does so much to undermine. Being summoned to a trumped-up Swedish hearing for being an exploitative cad who fails to wear a condom in his ephemeral hook-ups is not the same thing as being dragged into the basement of the Pakistani intelligence service or appearing in an orange jumpsuit on an al-Qaeda execution video. Why does not the peripatetic Assange at least drive about, say, the back roads of the Middle East, Mexico, or Central Africa in his quest for conduits to spread cosmic truth and justice?...

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Arnold Shcherban - 12/31/2010

US, well-known Pan-American mainstream-media commentator, "senior fellow" such as Mr. Hanson, who operates under the cover of the First Amendment, and of all American establishment or self-made investigative journalist who shows imperial ("evil empire"?)dirty laundry
(such as war crimes and "intellectual autism" of its diplomats) despite the easily foreseen retaliation of the world's only superpower and its bribed allies?
I think the answer is in the question.

Stephen Kislock - 12/10/2010

How about the United States helping with the Coup in Honduras, because Zelaya was going to raise wages by.60 cents.

OK professor, where were you on this subject and did you confront Secretary Clinton on this sad action?

Before throwing stones, look in the mirror, if you can stand the sight.