This morning I’ve seen a host of blog and Twitter posts in which the rape charges in Sweden against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange were attributed to “the Pentagon.” (The rape charges have since been dismissed but the “molestation” charges have not.) The Pentagon has been very displeased with the release of the Afghan war documents.
A large group of people seem enthusiastic about following Wikileaks’ lead in attributing these charges not to possible misconduct on Mr. Assange’s part, nor even to Sweden’s hyper-sensitive legal system, but to a secret conspiracy by “the Pentagon.” OK. I’m willing to entertain the possibility. But here’s what I want first. Read the rest of this entry »