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The reaction of the French government to Wikileaks


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The current revelations of American embassy cables have brought a predictable response from the notoriously secretive French government:

1.30pm: The French government described the leaks as an attack on democracy.

Government spokesman and budget minister François Baroin said France was made aware of the cables before their release and pledged to support the United States, a Nato ally, in defending diplomatic secrecy.

Speaking to Europe 1 Radio he said:

"We are very supportive of the American administration in its efforts to avoid what not only damages countries' authority and the quality of their services, but also endangers men and women working to defend their country."

"Authority and democratic sovereignty are threatened by such practices ... If there was such a thing as a French WikiLeaks, we would have to be inflexible (in dealing with it)," he added.

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[quote user="5-element"]So we learn that our president is "susceptible". To know that is a major security risk, and  a right attack on democracy, isn't it? I fear for Assange, though.[/quote]

The pundits suggest that Assange will have something hidden with a password to be used on his death of such gravity that to the contrary there will in fact be self interest in preserving his skin with due care and attention.

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Cool. Classic espionnage/counter-espionnage. Do we know what has happened to the charges of rape, etc., that were quite obviously fabricated against him in an attempt to discredit him? And even in the event that he would still disappear, is there anyone who would take over, a lieutenant, or a team?
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There's a high profile British media lawyer who is the legal advisor for WikiLeaks doing the rounds of the UK's media outlets right now.  How long before his office is broken into, which of course would be a huge coincidence but nobody in their right mind would do such a thing would they .................

As for Sarkosy being authoritarian and thin-skinned, there a few million French people could have sent the same cable I think.  We were chatting about this with some French people at the kine yesterday and they think the whole thing is a great laugh and down here in the predominantly socialist bit of the south-west, lots of Gallic shrugs and 'well, that's not news/new is it'.

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[quote user="pachapapa"]

[quote user="5-element"]So we learn that our president is "susceptible". To know that is a major security risk, and  a right attack on democracy, isn't it? I fear for Assange, though.[/quote]

The pundits suggest that Assange will have something hidden with a password to be used on his death of such gravity that to the contrary there will in fact be self interest in preserving his skin with due care and attention.

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It appears Asssange has loads of stuff on the way a certain big US bank has been doing business...  Maybe enough to bring it down .

http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2010/11/29/an-interview-with-wikileaks-julian-assange/

 

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As far as I understand it (from Swedish friends) it is not a rape charge as we would understand it.  The case had already been reported back in August and immediately dismissed by the highest prosecutor in Sweden.  Then a politician intervened and

reported the case not in Stockholm, but Göteborg and there the prosecutor

started the investigation, for which Julian is now wanted for

questioning. And to be graphic, the charges are one incidence of

spreading out Anna's legs against her will, although the sex that came

after must have been willing. And one case of starting sex with Sofia

while she was asleep. But she was already naked and in bed with him.

If Julian is extradited to Sweden then, in theory, he should be 'safe' as Sweden has no extradition treaty with the UK due to the ability of US courts to apply the death penalty.

This is quite amusing reading.

Whilst most of the recent releases seem to be catty gossip, Wikileaks can be credited for bring the video of the cold blooded shooting of the Reuters news staff in Iraq - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0&has_verified=1 and the recent legal changes that followed the disclosure of the Kaupthing collapse http://www.huffingtonpost.com/naomi-wolf/interpol-the-worlds-datin_b_793033.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=120710&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily+Brief

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