Tag Archives: Julian Assange

Ass = Assange

Oh dear, Slutwalk London. On Saturday you’re marshalling crowds of women in fishnets and bras to chant “my dress is not a yes” and promoting petitions insisting that the Home Office should prosecute rapists. Come Tuesday, you’re taking to Twitter to issue statements objecting to the extradition of Julian Assange to face rape allegations in […]

Mendacks

Ecuador has granted asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange two months after he took refuge in its London embassy while fighting extradition from the UK. It cited fears that Mr Assange’s human rights might be violated. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK would not allow Mr Assange safe passage out of the country. But […]

Spycatcher and Wikileaks: history repeats

[To be cross-posted at the Fortnightly Review in the coming week or so] Who enjoys reading spy fiction, or watching spy movies? I do. There’s something interesting about espionage. Perhaps it’s the secrecy which makes it so fascinating. People love to know secrets: it reflects the broader idea that if something is scarce, it must […]

Comparative Law 101: Roman law v Common law and Julian Assange.

I wrote a long comment on a lengthy LP thread concerning the Wikileaks brouhaha earlier. I wrote it because there is a great deal of what seems to be willful misunderstanding of the differences between Roman law and Common law jurisdictions. I have reposted it below. Originally I was going to do a detailed analysis […]

Wikileaks and the brave new world of freedom of information

Having just completed a conference presentation on the history of the law of breach of confidence and control of government information, I am very interested in the recent release of confidential US government cables by media site Wikileaks. Wikileaks’ own website has this to say about their organisation and aims: WikiLeaks is a not-for-profit media […]