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Julian Assange to UN: “End Obama’s Regime of Secrecy”

From Democracy Now!:

“ – Speaking via videolink from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addressed a side meeting of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday evening.

(The rush transcript will follow soon.  Ah.  Toolwielderhas it now.  Most coverage says he ‘mocked’ OBomba and Cameron.  And Glenn Greenwald’s up on ‘Communicating With the Enemy” under Article 104 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).  Lord love a duck.)

Thank you, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.  All the best to both of you; we owe you a great debt, imo.  I don’t know what else to say, so I’ll let a Roman philosopher speak for me.  For all of us, maybe.

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”

~ Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.)

 (h/t: Isaiah)

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