From the master of hypocrisy, Gerard Henderson...
There is much to be said for the biblical injunction ''You shall know them by their fruits''. The warning is appropriate to Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, who profess to be trail blazers in advocating the right to know and in opposing government interference in the lives of citizens.
Yet, right now, the Australian-born Assange remains a guest in the Ecuador embassy in London, from where he provides statements to the media. Assange is a particular favourite of the ABC, with recent appearances on Lateline, The Drum and 7.30. As Human Rights Watch has documented, President Rafael Correa has recently subjected journalists in Ecuador to public denunciation and retaliatory litigation.
The American-born Snowden remains a guest of Vladimir Putin's government in Russia. Journalists are less safe in Russia than any other European country. Moreover, Putin's administration has a ruthless attitude to opposition.
Yet Assange and Snowden continue to use the territory of intolerant regimes to lecture the world on freedom. Assange refuses to travel to democratic Sweden to face questions concerning allegations that he sexually assaulted two women.
Not long ago, Assange and his supporters were anticipating success in this year's Australian election. His WikiLeaks Party ran candidates for the Senate in Victoria (where Assange headed the ticket), NSW and Western Australia. On June 10, Assange said on Lateline the WikiLeaks Party had nationwide support of ''between 25 and 28 per cent''. On June 15, The Australian reported Assange's intention to take his new party to the US, Britain, India and more.
First, there was Assange's self-delusion about his support base. This was followed by the evident delusion of some of the Assange Fan Club, who realised he was intolerant and stubborn. This led Leslie Cannold to quit the Senate ticket in Victoria.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/julian-assange-edward-snowden-hypocrites-over-vladimir-putin-ecuador-20131104-2wx5n.html#ixzz2jiA8oeEx
Actually, Assange has about 70 per cent support in this country, despite being a weirdo. And talking of stubborn, intolerant, don't go past so fast the little shit Tony Abbott... But hypocrisy is where Gerard excels... It runs in his veins like a good chard runs in those of a loony leftie... Yep the rabid right is full of it...