I found this article tonight by Andrew Wilkie. He was a former intelligence officer who spoke out against the Australian Government in respect of the legitimacy of Australian involvement in the war in Iraq.
The article raises questions about whistleblowers being smeared for speaking out. Democracy is about freedom of speech so these issues run to the core of what our society stands for. Do we listen to some and not others because they differ? Do we undermine or find ways to discredit them in the game of influence? or do we learn what real democracy is and embrace differences with courage? I think of Don Dunstan who stated ‘keep the bastards honest’. I really like that down-to-earth statement.
Australian member of Paliament believes Assange has been set up:
Former intelligence official and independent MP Andrew Wilkie says the rape charges brought against WikiLeaks’ Australian founder Julian Assange “could definitely be a set-up”.