Assange. This is all I ever want to say about him.
I just got sent an email on the Occupy list in support of Assange and asking for further support. This is my reply:
“Woah, wait, what? What does the prosecution and legal status of one individual have to do with the global mission of Occupy? Assange is not Wikileaks embodied. Let’s not waste our time and energy on one person when we have far more urgent tasks.
“For example, this week there has been a renewed focus in the UK media on tax due to a number of celebrities having their tax affairs aired in public. Our time would be much better spent focussing and publicising on this issue which could have much wider implications.
“This strategy also has the advantage of not supporting a possible rapist, which is surely awkward to do whilst remaining compliant with the safer spaces policy all UK Occupy camps adopted at the Edinburgh conference in December.
“Sorry for the rant guys, but I feel that this is a diversion from the mission of Occupy, and could make us an unsafe space.”
As you can probably tell, I don’t have a lot of time for possible rapists.