The idea that came to mind soon after I learned about Julian Assange’s arrest was that the United States and its allies have once again tried to mislead the world when they claimed that the rationale behind arresting Julian Assange was sexual crimes. By this I mean there are many examples that show beyond doubt that the US and its allies have successfully turned to misleading in order to have the majority of their citizens believe that their governments always make the right decisions. One example that’s worth mentioning here is the war on Iraq.
One of the reasons the Bush administration gave for invading Iraq in March 2003 was that the latter possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD). But the world discovered later on that no WMD had been found in Iraq, and that WMDs were just a pretext used for hiding the real reasons behind declaring war on Iraq: securing Israel and improving US access to Iraqi oil are two examples in point. By the way, the US is consumer number one of oil in the world.
The same is true for the reason Britain gave for arresting Julian Assange. Rape crimes are just a pretext Britain used to have the international public opinion believe that his arrest had nothing to do with the large number of classified US diplomatic documents his website has made public so far. That means that Britain arrested Julian Assange, not because he was accused of committing rape crimes, but because most of the secret documents Wilikileaks has published do not serve the interests of America and its allies around the world.
The arrest of Wikileaks founder not only shows that the US and its allies have resorted to misleading in order to hide the real reasons that led Julian Assage’s arrest, but it also shows that the US throws others with stones though its house is made of glass. Think of the harsh criticism the US has leveled at Iran and China for blocking users from having access to many websites, including Facebook and Youtube.
Furthermore, Julian Assange’s arrest bears witness to the fact that the US foreign policies are based on contradiction when it comes to Internet freedom. In other terms, the arrest of WikiLeaks founder contradicted what US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said in a January speech about Internet freedom: “Information has never been so free … Even in authoritarian countries, information networks are helping people discover new facts and making governments more accountable.” It’s beyond doubt that reporting the truth and holding western governments accountable, including the American one, is not only among Julian Assange’s objectives behind releasing thousands of US diplomatic secret cables, but it is the real whys and wherefores behind his arrest as well.
As a conclusion, the fact that Julian Assange’s arrest will not stop WikiLeaks from publishing other confidential documents was surely bad news for both Robert Gates and the US allies!