Of course, there is no doubt that social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook were important in providing the quick communication systems for the protestors which assisted them in toppling their oppressive leaders, but Assange points out that the leaked US cables were seminally important.
He says that, for example, as the cables showed that the former Tunisian president Ben Ali was corrupt and that the information was internationally known, the Tunisian army was more confident to launch the attack on the government. He adds that the domino-like happenings which had spread to Egypt mean that Wikileaks can and should take credit for liberating some 80 million Egyptians from the dictatorial rule of their ex-president, Hosni Mubarak.
Assange is based in London currently on bail for extradition to Sweden on charges of sexual assault on two women. There is widespread speculation that the charges are the result of a deal done between the Swedish and American governments to enable him to be rendered to Guantanamo Bay as a ‘military combatant’ upon his extradition to Sweden.
Do you think Assange is a power of good for the world? Should he take credit for the rise of ‘people power’ in the middle east and Africa today? Let us have your views…
[Foreign Affairs Contributor]
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- Assange links WikiLeaks to Egyptian revolt (news.theage.com.au)
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