The Globe and Mail posts an interesting twist on Julian Assange’s egomania.
Apparently, Mr. Assange is threatening to release his full collection of unredacted files if the Swedish government brings him in for the two counts of rape he faces in that country.
I have to wonder… why did Mr. Assange decide to stop there? I mean, once you get in the business of extorting personal favors from governments, you might as well go whole hog. Personally I’d ask for money, but since Mr. Assange seems to eschew such material things, his first demand will probably be for more Swedish women to rape. But then again, why even ask? Just go over there and take it. If Sweden’s willing to give you immunity on past rapes, why wouldn’t they cave on future ones as well?
Clearly, the two Swedish women whose consent Mr. Assange didn’t much care for were asking for it. After all, if they didn’t want to be raped, they’d have their own cache of informants and human rights activists to hold hostage and counter-lobby with.
Remember: if you defend yourself from rape prosecution by holding a gun to the head of a scared dissident, you’re not a contemptuous scumbag… you’re a hero of radical transparency!