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The Nation published a thoughtful article yesterday detailing why we should all be concerned about Assange's arrest:
The indictment focuses on one brief period in March 2010. According to the indictment, Manning, who had already leaked the vast Defense Department databases exposing an assortment of US abuses—what WikiLeaks called the Iraq War Logs—was trying to hack into a particular database without her own credentials. The indictment, citing decrypted chats, says Assange “agreed to assist Manning in cracking a password.”
All of us were lied to about the reasons we went to war in Iraq, since there actually were no "weapons of mass destruction". Obviously, Saddam Hussein was very bad guy, but the cost to our country, both in terms of dollars and lives, was too high a price to pay to get him removed. Let's also not forget the fact the Dick Cheney's former company, Haliburton, made a $39 billion profit from the war.
Here is another key phrase from the article:
But this indictment raises far more consequential questions, especially coming from an administration already committed to attacking press freedom on multiple fronts. In that context, this is a politically motivated prosecution.