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Assange Handed Sydney Peace Medal 199

hihihihi writes "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation's Gold Medal for 'exceptional courage in the pursuit of human rights.' It is only the fourth time in the organization's 14-year history that the prize for extraordinary achievement in promoting peace with justice has been given out. Previous winners are Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda. Foundation director Professor Stuart Rees accused the Australian government of demonizing Mr Assange and aiding US efforts to behave like a totalitarian state."
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Assange Handed Sydney Peace Medal

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  • Awarding the idea (Score:4, Insightful)

    by jhoegl ( 638955 ) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @01:07AM (#36103110)
    I like the fact that they are awarding the idea of open government and open corporatism, but what has been released that has been worth all the hub-bub?
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Iraq war documents, for example.

    • by aarggh ( 806617 ) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @01:20AM (#36103164)

      I like the fact that they are awarding the idea of open government and open corporatism, but what has been released that has been worth all the hub-bub?

      We could tell you but the U.S. gov would then probably have to kill you!

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      leaked diplomatic cables have been instrumental in the "arab spring"

    • by traindirector ( 1001483 ) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @01:29AM (#36103206)

      what has been released that has been worth all the hub-bub?

      Here's an article listing some of the revelations from 2010 [].

      • - The Obama administration worked with Republicans during his first few months in office to protect Bush administration officials facing a criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies that some considered torture. A "confidential" April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid obtained by WikiLeaks details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.

        HOOOLY SHIT! 8-(

        I guess the conspiracy theory that the rivalry is all for the cameras is true, like the Looney Tunes Wolf and Sheepdog they're best buds again after they punch out of work...

        • Well, the rivalry may be true, but once the election is over, they may cover each other's backs, in the hope that the other party will do the same thing when the current president's term is over.

    • Re:Awarding the idea (Score:5, Informative)

      by metacell ( 523607 ) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @04:23AM (#36103932)

      The Iraq war documents exposed that the number of civilians killed had been downplayed by the US military. If we are going to safeguard human rights, we first need to know the truth.

      The "Cablegate" documents showed that my own country's toughened copyright legislation was due to pressures from the USA.

      One of Wikileaks' most recent leaks exposed child slavery and prostitution in Saudi Arabia, which the Saudian government denies exists.

    • The cables were the tipping point that led to the Jasmine Revolution. It's not necessarily a peaceful outcome, but it is a step in the right direction when oppressed populaces dispose of their own Western-backed dictators so that they can democratically elect their own leaders.

      The ultimate outcome is uncertain, but at the very least, those people will hold a lot less hostility towards Western countries and their people if they're laying in a bed they made with their own hands instead of in one a Western pow

  • by Black Parrot ( 19622 ) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @01:54AM (#36103290)

    Did he know before they announced it?

  • Sydney says: Me too! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by donscarletti ( 569232 ) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @01:59AM (#36103306)
    So it's been around 14 years, so basically before Assange it has only awarded one prize to someone who did not already have a nobel peace prize at the time of the award. Having grown up in Sydney I have got to say I am pretty uninterested in this me-too institution. Since I doubt many Australians will do anything worthy of the attention of the Norweigian government or whoever awards these things, maybe starting with Assange they can make it a sort of domestic competition with lesser criteria.
  • Bradley Manning? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 12, 2011 @02:13AM (#36103362)

    I'm just saying.

  • Manning? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by muffen ( 321442 ) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @03:49AM (#36103798)
    Bradley E. Manning [] should get this price, he is the real hero. He put his life on the line to release this information, what did Assange risk?
    Manning was held naked in a prison cell without windows for 23 hours a day, Assange won't even go to Sweden to face the charges for sex-crimes (not even after being assured he will not be sent to any other country without britains concent). []
    • Re:Manning? (Score:4, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 12, 2011 @04:10AM (#36103888)

      Assange won't even go to Sweden to face the charges for sex-crimes (not even after being assured he will not be sent to any other country without britains concent (sic) ).

      There are no charges.

    • Re:Manning? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by LordLucless ( 582312 ) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @04:14AM (#36103896)

      Not to disagree with you on Manning being a hero, but why should the criteria be how much they "risked" rather than how much they accomplished? Wikileaks has released more than just Manning's material.

    • by FriendlyLurker ( 50431 ) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @06:44AM (#36104390)

      The Sweden "court system" for this issue is almost a regular medieval political circus []. Look at what Sweden has all but promised Assange in his "fair" trial: Solitary confinement before trial without access to his lawyers. Closed door secret court - no one will hear let alone be able to refute any testimonies. Three of the four judges to be (or appointed by) politicians! Not to forget that the case was closed [] before being reopened by, you guessed it, a politician - apparently because they say the girls did not know they were being raped at the time and it is up-to their court of laypersons to decide (I kid you not, crazy system Sweden has, huh). The rabbit hole of deceit by Swedish authorities goes way deeper than most would like to see however - in this case starting with the Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny, lawyer Mr Claes Borgström and their relationship with the Swedish Democrat party [] which stands to gain from this circus.

      Who in the right mind would not try to fight for a fairer trial than this? I don't care if it is Assange or anyone else, Sweden should be ashamed of these "courts", if you can even call them that.

      The only good thing coming out of this abuse is the increased scrutiny on the very broken European extradition laws [] - and perhaps some Swedish rethinking their leaders (although the last election shows this to be unlikely).

      • by Co0Ps ( 1539395 ) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @08:15AM (#36104934)

        I'm Swedish and this is 100% accurate, +100 Insightful. The Swedish justice system is a huge embarrassment and completely broken. Hopefully this case will shed some light on it so it can be fixed.

        You also forgot to mention two other interesting facts of Claes Borgström, both of which you can find in his Wikipedia article []. First of all he was the attorney of Thomas Quick, a case that is one of the biggest scandals in Swedish justice history. Basically Quick was mental and admitted to a whole bunch of murders he never committed and was sentenced guilty without a shred of evidence. Secondly Claes Borgström is an extreme left wing feminist nutjob that thinks men has a "collective guilt" against women and should pay a special tax for being men.

    • by lwsimon ( 724555 )

      Bradley a hero? It seems to me he simply leaked everything he could get his hands on. That makes him a traitor, not a hero.

      Now, had he had a grievance with the way things are being done, found evidence of wrongdoing, and released that - he might have a case for being something other than a simple traitor. He didn't do that, though - he downloaded everything classified he could and sent it to a foreign national who he knew would disclose it to the enemies of the US. That's espionage.

      If you agree with him

    • by AP31R0N ( 723649 )

      The only award that traitor should get is the privilege of making little rocks out of big rocks for the rest of his life.

  • by lyinhart ( 1352173 ) on Thursday May 12, 2011 @06:42AM (#36104376)
    How ironic. I have varying opinions on all the past recipients named, but all of them have actually been the center of conflicts, more so than defusing them. So in retrospect, Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize wasn't such a bad idea since most folks agree on global warming and don't launch armed conflicts about the issue.
    • I thought Al Gore won because all you have to do is play a recording of his voice on a battlefield to get all combatants to fall asleep.
  • "Both side" have gone full retard.

    Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
  • (Accepting physical objects as gifts when you're Julian Assange) = (bad idea).

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder. -- Dr. Laurence J. Peter