Your lionizing of Assange is merely your preening over the Emperor's New Clothes
[quote]He is nothing more than a punk seeking his 15 minutes of fame. he has found it - but like all things in life - what you get is not always what you wanted[
If a College wants to ban a website - as a private entity, that is their RIGHT. it is THEIR resources that are being used to access the site
This is a dangerous argument for the simple reason the learning environment in a University and in this cast Columbia University must be free of overt and covert intimidation. By extending your argument it becomes a justification fopr cHINA TO PREVENT ACCESS TO THE INTERNET Ion the grounds that state resources are used to either sustain or build the infrastrructure. We are living in an age when the broadband all over the world has enpowered people--both rich and poor, the political and the civil sopciety--alike to question those in power. Assange has done just that. I for one is not surpried at the implications of the leaks in the Af-Pak region as that is just whaT i HAVE BEEN SAYING. Now as good old Ben Franklin once said: I may disagee with you, but will defend unto death your RIGHT to express it. My position is somewhat similar. Hilary Clinto, just over a year back gave an eloquent plea for Internet Freedom. So is the USA setting an exa,ple. When China does the same, USA cannot raise a whimper of protest henceforth.
I do not think Julian Assange has done or said anything spectacular. If you read the website you will find only low level exchanges there and he has not in any manner compromised US security. Just as the non existent WMD were used as a false justification for attacking IRAQ, the Obama Administration is creating a scare in order to curb your freedom, and I think you will appreciate this point.
I am not lionising Assange, but I defend his right to express himself and be anti-establishment. I think his disclosures are barely worth the fury.