Thursday, 22 September 2011


It's ironic that Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has been trying to stop the publication of his "unauthorised" autobiography by Canongate, a small UK publisher. The self-appointed crusader of free speech has been hoist by his own petard. I used to think he did us a favour by blowing the cover of secretive government.

However, this week Andrew White wrote a short message on Facebook (which has infuriatingly changed its format) from St George's Church in Baghdad: "I am afraid to say that the situation for the Jewish community here is now very serious, as it is for the two people who help them. Their names have also been published by Wikileaks. We have no option but to try and get them all out of here. This is such a serious issue and Wikileaks obviously do not care if they threatened the lives of already the most at risk community in the world. Any credibility they ever had has now gone as far as I am concerned. Will you please pray for their safety until we can get them out."

Someone recently told me that a lot of the "rioters" were out on the streets because they had never learned empathy. This seems to me another and more sinister case of lack of imagination or empathy. And this instance, there's no excuse.

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