Bruce Sterling has posted a great, almost purple rant entitled The Ecuadorian Library, on Manning, Assange, Snowden, and the future of the surveillance/leak game that’s only now just beginning to be played with modern equipment. The information wants to be free, but the governments of the world will crush your sniveling, naked meatspace body in a cold, hard cell afterward. And yet miraculously there’s more to come. Maybe lots, lots more.
A summary of the arguments that Assange will face extradition to the US upon transfer to Sweden. It’s a legalistic hairball.
Did the UK seriously just threaten to storm the Ecuadorian embassy in London to retrieve Assange? I mean, seriously? They’re willing to violate longstanding international diplomatic norms to get someone who’s just wanted for questioning related to a relatively minor alleged crime? Right. This is all quite surreal.
After more than six months, Assange has yet to be charged with a crime in any nation, and he remains under house arrest.
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