Leak? A deluge of irony

Wikileaks founder wanted by Interpol

Wikileaks founder wanted by Interpol

Julian Assange, spokesperson for the Wikileaks website, was today arrested in London.

No, it wasn’t a case of Six or Five clocking the right bloke as he headed into Stockwell Tube, Assange was already in court, where he was told he would be refused bail and extradited to Sweden (if he manages not to be rendered somewhere else) in connection with a rape charge there. There are ample other places on the net where you can satisfy your suspicion – simply from the timing, no? – re these charges.

I just want to share some irony pilfered from the Guardian’s News blog. That, on the same day Assange is arrested, The US State Department announces:

The United States is pleased to announce that it will host Unesco’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from 1-3 May in Washington, DC.

And if that wasn’t gall-bladder-shattering enough:

The theme for next year’s commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals’ right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information. We mark events such as World Press Freedom Day in the context of our enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age.

How many fingers am I holding up?


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