Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Anonymous/Assange/Atkin and George

Good to know for certain what side 'Anonymous' are on, as they attacked British government websites, apparently to show their support for Julian Assange, who is wanted in Sweden to answer allegations of sexual assault.  There is a good deal of talk about sexual assault at the moment, what with George Galloway making it clear that "not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion", and his soul mate Todd Atkin in the USA suggesting that "If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Why, one wonders, does Anonymous not turn its attention to the Government of Ecuador, which is in the process of returning Belarussian dissident Alexander Barankov to almost certain execution in his own country. Details in The Guardian here.

Perhaps Barankov can be persuaded to seek asylum at the British Embassy in Quito, and then we could swap a fugitive from Swedish justice for a fugitive from Belarus tyranny. But then of course Wikileaks have already given details of other Belarus dissidents to the Belarus government, through the good offices of notorious right-wing anti-semite Israel Shamir (see Index on Censorship, here), so Assange and Anonymous and Galloway and assorted cronies are all one-up on democracy as it is and it seems there's bugger-all legitimately elected governments can do about it. I suspect Anonymous regards itself as a left wing operation.  Doesn't smell like that does it?  Then again, perhaps it does...

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