Mostly got that right:
The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, who is wanted in Sweden over claims he sexually assaulted two women, was in Wandsworth prison tonight after a judge refused him bail at an extradition hearing in London.
In the short term the plan seems to be:
– count on the public’s ability to ignore the story when presented with titillation. Never under-estimate the stupidity of society! When faced with a choice between thinking about the implications of finding out that your democratic institutions are self-serving, and lying to you, or thinking about someone else’s genitals, it’s genitals every time.
– limit Wikileaks access to funds. Rely on the self-interest of financial institutions to keep them from maintaining a relationship with an entity about which completely un-proven accusations have been made. It’s obvious at this point that Wikileaks, as an organisation, has not broken any laws. The fact that it has uncovered the US government using diplomats for espionage, and breaking conventions on the treatment of the UN is also irrelevant – nobody is even talking about bringing charges.
In the medium term, it looks like idiot senators like Lieberman can be relied upon to hound the traditional press into restricting the material they publish. If Wikileaks can be silenced, or at least the public distracted from its fate, keeping the traditional press in line will become much easier.
The big prize is in the long term: using shock at being exposed within the system as momentum to get new legislation passed to improve the press protections afforded to the government. If everything is going to plan, we should start to see this being floated pretty soon… if it isn’t already.
Several big mistakes in the previous entry:
– obviously hadn’t thought through the implications of maintaining a focus on Assange, and how easily the public would be distracted from the real issues by the mention of genitalia.
– although i understood that releasing the insurance file wouldn’t affect the eventual outcome for Assange, i’d under-estimated the systems ability to convince people that this isn’t about them, this about Assange.
If there is a lesson to be learned here it is that if you plan on taking on the system you need to keep your cock in your pocket. It’s the oldest trick in the book, but it’s still working…