Julian Assange turned himself in to UK custody this Tuesday and he is being held without bail.
This interview with Assange was conducted in July 2010, following Wikileaks' coordinated release through the mainstream media of shocking footage and audio taken from a US military chopper's recording devices.
The recordings reveal a deranged killing spree by US pilots as they laugh with glee while shooting two dozen innocent Iraqi civilians to death, including two Reuters photographers. The purpose of Wikileaks' release was to raise consciousness about how US Tax Dollars are being spent and by doing so, to help US Citizens and their representatives in Congress to make more informed decisions regarding the management of the unconscionable (and in my opinion, illegal) war in South Asia.
This clip of the Assange interview was posted to YouTube by a person who considered this MSNBC news broadcast to be an example of "MoxNews: Unfair and Biased," and to somehow consist of unpatriotic news coverage. Ironically, all of the YouTube comments on his post are in *favor* of MSNBC's treatment of the subject and are harshly critical of the longest war in US history. One comment even refers to the person who posted this video as "treasonous" (presumably for his opinions). This is how polarized America has become.
Pcf. Bradley Manning, Army Intelligence Analyst who was accused of leaking this footage to WikiLeaks, along with millions of documents (which doesn't seem humanly possible) has been imprisoned for almost 200 days without a trial as of this writing. He is currently serving time in Quantico, VA.
Psychopathic bloviator, Ann Coulter has recently said that Manning's sexual orientation and his admission to "being in an awkward place" is the best argument for continuing the US military's policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell." I would argue exactly the opposite.
Assange is currently being held for trumped-up charges of sexual offenses. Despite the Swedish Prosecutor's statements to the contrary, it is widely viewed that these previously-dropped charges and the UK's denial of bail are due to pressure from the US Government, which has voiced the desire to extradite him to America and put him away for life, even though the bulk of the content he's revealed actually *supports* the objectives of the US War Machine, far more than it does anything else.
War is the biggest business in the US. If the US were not at war, the unemployment rolls would be double what they are today. These are the sad facts about a once-great industrial giant that used to manufacture everything it consumed and which once had the highest standard of living in the world but where now over 4 million Americans have walked away from their homes because their mortgages are over 25% higher than their properties' actual worth. Moreover, many homeowners have become unemployed or unemployable, under economic policies which favor shareholders over jobs for working Americans.
Assange may very well be the classic government patsy, whose WikiLeaks enterprise was enabled by US intelligence so he could be made into an example; to usher in a new era of Internet censorship and the refocusing of US war efforts towards Pakistan and Iran.