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Julian Assange’s recent release of 250,000 diplomatic cables, via WikiLeaks, have made him a marked man. The government of the United States wishes to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act while some say Assange deserves hero status for bringing these revelations.
Assange is currently on mansion arrest in England while he fights extradition back to Sweden. He is wanted for questioning in two cases involving rape allegations. Rape is defined differently in Sweden, but the allegations are no less serious. Assange recently accepted over one million dollars to pen his memoirs, so whatever you think of his actions, they have certainly brought him a degree of wealth as well as unparalleled journalistic infamy.
As a former active duty Marine I empathize with our government’s position. As a private citizen, I am appalled by what some of these cables reveal. One thing is clear about Julian Assange. He has made an impact.
The New York Times reports on a parent so distracted by her Blackberry, her son is forced to bite her leg to get her attention. We’ve covered how technology affects both parents and kids (See our recent Child Behavior column on “lapware”) and we’ll continue to look at the many angles of this issue in the coming months.