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John Pilger resolves my #wikileaks dilemma

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

While I am not known for being short on opinions, I have found myself utterly ambivalent on the question of Julian Assange, which is to say I am not sure what to think about him as a cultural, media and political entity.  As a person, I have loads of opinions about him, including:

  • Both Julian and Assange are terrible names, and are doubly awful in combination.
  • Depending on the photo, he can either look like the kind of person who might be cast to play the villain in the porn spoof of a Bond film or the type of husband who takes his wife’s name and wears a BabyBjorn carrier around his emasculated torso.
  • He is almost certainly a narcissistic megalomaniac.
  • He wouldn’t look out of place in possession of a windowless white van.

But is the whole Wikileaks thing a positive development for the world or not?  That is the hot topic around which I struggle to summon any enthusiasm.  Obviously, Wikileaks is an immensely good thing as long as the revelations contained therein continue to push KRudd inexorably towards the door marked EXIT.  In a broader sense, I am neither shocked nor horrified that diplomats turn out to be incorrigible gossips with a propensity for stating the obvious.  It doesn’t strike me as earth-shattering that the Americans think Berlusconi is crooked, Putin thuggish or Sarkozy vain.     As a rule, I err on the side of more disclosure rather than less and have a nagging suspicion that good democracy and secretiveness have a directly inverse relationship.

But then came John Pilger to bat for Assange and I am ambivalent no longer!

While I am a unapologetic creature of the Left, I have had nothing but disdain for John Pilger since I was too young to even know the meaning of the word “sanctimonious”.  If Pilger is on the Assange team, with his furrowed brow and holier-than-thou tut-tut-tutting, then stand aside while I collect my torch and pitchfork and join the witch-hunt.

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  1. Samantha
    December 9, 2010 at 17:40

    Brilliant post, PQ!

  1. December 17, 2010 at 10:32

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