The “Julian Assange” Dilemma: criminal or champion of justice?

Aurora Ceccotti

by Aurora Ceccotti

Julian Assange on the homepage of his infamous secretive document-sharing platform Wikileaks. Credits: Alamy

On Tuesday, November 18th, the Assange rape investigation was dropped.

The co-founder of Wikileaks, however, still has to face 18 charges from the USA. He is, for instance, accused to have leaked thousands of classified documents and having broken into a Pentagon computer.

The figure of Assange is incredibly controversial: on one hand, it may be argued that the charges he has to respond to are not legitimate as he was simply providing an alternative source of information, which is one of the essential features a democracy needs to have to be defined as such. On the other hand, it could be claimed that he acted against the law, meaning that he has to respond to rightful accusations.

  • What are the implications of leaking sensitive, secret information?
  • How can the harmful use of these information be avoided?
  • Can the charge of rape be considered as what Chomsky defines as the “flak” filter, used by the ruling power as a tool to enhance propaganda and preserve its control over masses?

Suggested readings and reports:

  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/julian-assange-rape-charge-dropped-sweden-191119140206831.html
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c82wm9yvv05t/julian-assange&link_location=live-reporting-story
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-11047811?intlink_from_url=

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