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Larry Flint Hustles $50 K to Assange Defence Fund
And tells the readers of HuffPo why he did it.
DRUMS (Rixstep) — Larry Flint writes for the Huffington Post today, explaining succinctly why he too supports WikiLeaks and is donating to the organisation and Julian Assange's defence fund.
Let's get something straight: Julian Assange is a journalist. You can argue that he is not practicing journalism the way you think it should be practiced - releasing classified US state department documents - but he's a journalist nonetheless. And for many of us he's a hero.
I'm sick and tired of the politicians and political pundits treating this man as if he were a criminal. If WikiLeaks had existed in 2003 when George W Bush was ginning up the war in Iraq, America might not be in the horrendous situation it is today, with our troops fighting in three countries (counting Pakistan) and the consequent cost in blood and dollars.
Here's what I know about censorship: the free flow of information is ultimately less harmful than the impeded flow of information. A democracy cannot exist without total access to the facts.
What's wrong is that a concerned outsider - an Australian publisher, not our own vaunted mainstream press - exposed the secret documents. For that Assange has been hit with dubious criminal charges because his condom failed during a sexual encounter. Give me a break.
Julian Assange should not face a prison sentence. We should have a ticker tape parade for this brave man.
If I am able to reveal what I know, everyone will realise this is all a charade. If I could tell the British courts, I suspect it would make extradition a moot point.
- Björn Hurtig
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