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tedeng Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 12:58 PM
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5. Rachel perpetuating the negative narrative
I love Rachel, but this is the first time recently where I'd wonder about motives because RMS is always the sharpest angle with the best background about the story.

Michael made some great points and in the end torched her misrepresentations, his point about our government having mis-behaved for the last decade and that as a consequence, we need to err on the side of more visibility and not allowing selective shoot the messenger memes to persist again.

Rachel made a couple comments which I thought were intended to distort: 1) "Wikileaks dumped all these documents".. In fact they could be criticized for the Iraq and Afghanistan doc dumps in their totality, but they've really allowed the participating papers to define which documents were of interest to readers in their countries with the recent embassy revelations, I suspect the number that have been released are still less than 1% of the quantity provided to the Int'l newspapers, and 2) when she stated " that the two women went to the police for essentially date rape charges" that seems intended to distort based on what we know. The Guardian has reported at (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/17/julian-assa... ) on the parties statements, and you can certainly find serious concerns with what is reported, but I think to summarize it to a "essentially date rape charge", overlooks the actions and motives of the women following the events, the delay in them approaching the police, and their stated purpose of having Mr. Assange tested for STD in going to the police. The purported charges are serious, however given what we now know about the way the US pressures other governments, why can't we consider that it is going on in this case, and demand clarity from our media?
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