Surely it must now be obvious to even the most ardent supporters that their hero 'hacker' is a publicity seeking narcissist. Sure, Assange revealed what we already knew -- that the US is a criminal nation guilty of the most heinous war and other crimes against humanity. But how do WikiLeaks 'revelations' compare to existing accounts in the public domain of America's conscious child-killing embargo policies which killed over 500,000 INNOCENT Iraqi children? It seems to make all the difference if Secretary of State, Albright, openly admits that DELIBERATELY killing more children in Iraq than did the Hiroshima atomic blast, is/was "worth it" -- but does official admission, more recently: "we came, we saw, he died," make extrajudicial proxy murders/assassinations, legal?
Or how about the one million plus civilian deaths -- Lancet and Johns Hopkins studies -- that followed the illegal (based on lies) American invasion of Iraq, when invading forces laughingly made a bee-line straight for the oil ministry in Baghdad? How do WikiLeaks' revelations compare to those accounts of KNOWN war crimes?
If you're looking for more current criminal activity from the world's leading civilian killing, criminal nation, look no further than its criminal Drone campaign, which continues to murder civilians in spite of audible murmurings of breaches of International Law and human rights conventions. There's 'no doubt about it,' Assange is a real 'Shirley' Holmes.
Lame revelations aside -- it 'wasn't' previously known (in convents) that Australian politicians (Mark Arbib was not the exception) openly grovel to Washington; seek confirmation from Stephen 'kneepads' Smith, 'brown nose' Howard or 'doormat' Gillard! However, what we do know is that Assange callously exploits people to the hilt, which does lend some credibility to the accusations of sexual misconduct by two Swedish women; notwithstanding one is clearly a CIA asset.
Every time I see that blonde Aussie narcissist I think of fellow blonde Aussie narcissist, Kevin 'photo-op' Rudd, what do they put in the water down there, or is it a rogue blonde gene?
How much press and support does REAL HERO Bradley Manning receive for allegedly supplying the data that made glamour boy Assange famous and how much financial assistance does Manning receive from the millions Assange wastes in legal fees on himself?
Then there's the awkward latest revelations -- courtesy of the Oz ABC -- that Assange hadn't even written the computer code that WikiLeaks relied on to ensure the identities of leakers could not be determined? The code was written by a real 'gifted' hacker who chose (as real hackers do) to remain ANONYMOUS! He has since withdrawn his work from WikiLeaks which effectively ends all future contributions.
So we are left with only two real 'talents' Assange seems to possess, deftly playing the moronic mass media and his ability to extract huge financial support from people with more money than brains! No one could deny Assange's consummate skills in that regard, though he did make a mockery of a security ankle monitor that UK regulators are now reviewing!
Whatever Ecuador decides in relation to Assange's asylum application we can be assured that the front pages haven't seen the last of 'user' and narcissist extraordinaire, Julian Assange.
US policy of using drone strikes to carry out targeted killings 'may encourage other states to flout international law'
The US policy of using drone strikes to carry out targeted killings presents a major challenge to the system of international law that has endured since the second world war, a UN investigator has said.
Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, fears that Barack Obama's CIA-run programmes in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere will encourage other states to flout long-established international human rights law.
In his strongest critique so far of drone strikes, Heyns suggested that some attacks may constitute war crimes.
Addressing the same meeting, organised by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Pakistan's UN ambassador in Geneva, Zamir Akram, called for international legal action to halt the "totally counterproductive" US drone strikes in his country.
Heyns, a South African law professor, said: "Are we to accept major changes to the international legal system which has been in existence since world war two and survived nuclear threats?"
Some states "find targeted killings immensely attractive. Others may do so in future," he said.
"Killings may be lawful in an armed conflict but many targeted killings take place far from areas where it's recognised as being an armed conflict."
If "there have been secondary drone strikes on rescuers who are helping [the injured] after an initial drone attack, those further attacks are a war crime."
Akram said that US drone strikes had killed more than 1,000 civilians in Pakistan. "We find the use of drones to be totally counterproductive in terms of succeeding in the 'war against terror'. It leads to greater levels of terror rather than reducing them.
"The only rules are through the international legal system. What are the possibilities of pursuing the international legal option in trying to deal with this problem?"
International frustration over Washington's continued policy of using drone strikes surfaced during this week's sessions of the UN's human rights council in Geneva.
The US has defended its actions as self-defence against al-Qaida and has refused to allow judicial scrutiny of the programme.
On Thursday, the Obama administration issued a fresh rebuff through the US courts to an ACLU request for information about targeting policies. Such details, it insisted, remained classified.
Hina Shamsi, the director of the ACLU's national security project, said: "Something that is being debated in UN hallways and committee rooms cannot apparently be talked about in US courtrooms, according to the government."
The ACLU estimates that US drone strikes have killed as many as 4,000 people in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia since 2002. Of those, a significant proportion were civilians.