As embarrassing WikiLeaks documents continue being released to the mainstream media, the response from frustrated commentators ranges from “execute him” [Mike Huckabee, Fox] to “hunt him down like the Taliban” [Sarah Palin] to ignore him as “delusional” [Jeffrey Toobin, CNN]. In both cases, the dangers are real.
Huckabee’s call for the death penalty was one-upped by Tom Flanagan, a former adviser to Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, who suggested on CBC that he be assassinated, perhaps by a drone.
Thus far not a single person in the political or media establishments has defended the rights of Assange or WikiLeaks, while at the same time filling their outlets with the [apparently] illegally-obtained documents.
Tom Hayden has sent a complaint to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the string of epithets issued against Assange by “legal analyst” Jeffrey Toobin last night. If and when Assange is arrested, extradicted or goes to trial, experts like Toobin already have reached their verdict, based on their personality assessments rather than the evidence and law.
The Peace and Justice Resource Center is urging all advocates of fairness to demand objective and thorough coverage of the case as it unfolds.