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Going after Assange would be mistake

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves the City of

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London last year. Photo Credit: AP

Thank you for your rational editorial regarding the activities of Julian Assange ["Don't make him a martyr," Dec. 16]. My concern since his arrest is that the United States would use the sex charges to pressure the Swedes, in order to get their hands on him.

I am glad you reported the truth about WikiLeaks, in that it is blanking out names of people who could be in jeopardy if they came to light.

The biggest issues are freedom of the press, freedom of speech and how prosecution of this man could put our journalists on a level with those in countries that control their media such as Iran, Russia and China. Our Fourth Estate must be kept intact in order to keep the government honest.

I am still very afraid the United States will try to prosecute him. Don't do it. The Europeans and Russians are already laughing at our hypocrisy.

Jennifer Zahn

Westbury


Instead of dealing openly and honestly with our government's lies that WikiLieaks exposed, our government is now attacking the whistle-blower himself, trying to substantiate some trumped-up charge against Julian Assange for conspiracy.

What else would our government do? We've learned from experience in the Valerie Plame case, and not that many years ago regarding Daniel Ellsberg's exposure of our lies with regard to our involvement in the war in Vietnam, that our government will stoop to any level to defend its lies with further fabrications and phony accusations - to keep the spotlight off our own wrongdoings.

We, the public, ought not let ourselves be fooled by such tactical avoidance of the truth. It's time to keep the spotlight on our government's illegal and immoral acts - such as President George W. Bush's fallacious justification to Congress to authorize war against Iraq - and not give primary focus to the public exposure of such facts.

Only in this way can we deal constructively with the tragic loss of lives and astronomical financial expenditure, deal openly and honestly with the horrendously uncomfortable consequences of such behavior, and make appropriate reparations.

The question is, are we brave enough to do it?

Robert Shorin

Syosset

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