I keep ending up in wonderfully unproductive “debates” about the ongoing Assange case. So I just want to state a few things for the record:
Even if this is all a CIA plot …
Even if the Swedish government, well-known US government lackey that it is, is only pursuing rape allegations made against Julian Assange because they have a cunning plan to extradite him to Guantanamo Bay …
Julian Assange could have prevented this whole thing in one easy step: by not raping anyone.
I don’t really think that’s too much too ask.
But QoT! the rape apologists [when it's An Hero of theirs] cry. Maybe those evil jezebels sent him Mixed Signals.
Then Julian Assange was perfectly capable of thinking, “Hmm. I’m not getting clear signals here. Maybe I should remove my penis and check that everyone’s on the same page.”
But QoT! This is only being done to detract from Wikileaks’ work!
Number of mentions of Julian Assange on Wikileaks’ About page: none. Not counting the newsfeed sidebars. Seems to me that any self-respecting “not-for-profit media organisation … network of dedicated volunteers around the globe” should be more than capable of getting on with things without one figurehead. I mean, Julian Assange can’t be the only smarmy self-promoting crusader for free information out there. How about getting Kim Dotcom on board?
Silly QoT. Julian is super-important. He’s the glue holding Wikileaks together / the front man / the face of Wikileaks. An attack on him is an attack on the whole endeavour, even when that attack is “being accused of rapey acts which his lawyers agree occurred”.
Sorry, defenders. If I wanted to sign up to an organisation headed by an accountability-free megalomaniac which occasionally manages to accidentally do some good in the world, I’d have stayed Catholic.
But QoT, clearly you just hate Julian Assange because he’s a man. And you just think women can never tell lies. And anyone who dares to level the slightest criticism against Our Holy Leader is a Zionist. And the real problem is that there might be a secret US plot behind all of this, and anyway rape culture is just part of the global hegemony so once we conquer that we promise to stop being rape apologists.*
*Not even making up ANY of those comments.
Special thanks: to the others fighting the good fight whenever this topic comes up, and in the most recent Standard comment threads that means McFlock, Pascal’s Bookie, and rosy, plus everyone who gave support to their comments, and anyone I missed once I had to stop reading the goddamn email notifications.