Don’t Get Assassinated

When I tell my wife to be careful, it’s almost automatic. Thinking about it more, I think I seek to communicate the following things:

  • Drive defensively
  • Pay attention on the road
  • Keep your phone about
  • Don’t leave your belongings unattended

These days, people are saying “be careful” to Julian Assange at every opportunity. Of course, I’m talking about the head of WikiLeaks. One of the most recent examples of this commen was during a TED talk a few weeks ago just after the infamous Afghanistan leaks.

Marshal Brain from How Stuff Works weighs in:

Clearly Assange is making waves. He runs a site that exposes secrets kept by powerful people, and he is unlikely to stop exposing those secrets.  […]

What is the next logical step in a chain of escalation? In cases like this, where a person is doing something that powerful people do not like, the next step can be assassination. It is the ultimate way to silence someone. There is no judge or jury, and there is no way to reverse it.

When people tell Assange be careful, they do so with pure earnestness in their eyes. They’re almost pleading. They of course, mean something entirely different than when they say the same words to their spouses. They seek to communicate:

  • Check under your car from bombs
  • Stay away from windows
  • Use a pseudonym at hotels
  • Travel with accessible weapons
  • Be very wary of airplanes
  • Know who prepared your food

August 27, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Reading. Leave a comment.