As much as it is possible to know a person through the media, I’ve always thought Julian Assange comes across a bit vain, self-absorbed, self-important, maybe a bit dim, but with his heart in the right place. Shortcomings aside, the unfair treatment of Assange ironically only serves to make him more important than he would otherwise be, and it further de-legitimises an international order discredited by its failure to deliver justice for the crimes of Abu-Graib, Guantanamo, the GFC, and countless other examples of institutionalised greed, theft, criminal violence and mass murder.
Pilger is a hero of mine but I had to think seriously about sharing this as I think he’s had better days. Dare I suggest, he is no longer as capable of championing the cause. Hard to watch, I reckon.