For Jemima Khan truth is what is important. She feels passionately that democracy needs strong, free media. Elected governments, big corporations, politicians, organizations, lawyers and individuals lie to us all the time. It is very important for us to have true information about what is going on. As Bradley Manning puts it “without information you cannot make informed decisions as a public”.
The problem is that WikiLeaks – whose mission statement was “to produce . . . a more just society . . . based upon truth” – has been guilty of the same obfuscation and misinformation as those it sought to expose, while its supporters are expected to follow, unquestioningly, in blinkered, cultish devotion.
Jemima Khan is aware that Julian Assange “is no more vulnerable to extradition to the US from Sweden than he is from the UK” contrary to the claims made by WikiLeaks. In fact he is less vulnerable to extradition in Sweden. Not one person has been extradited from Sweden to the US for political or military crimes in the last 50 years. Sweden did not even extradite the CIA defector Edward Lee Howard in 1992 even though the US did its best to get him.
“I don’t regret putting up bail money for Assange but I did it so that he would be released while awaiting trial, not so that he could avoid answering to the allegations.”
“It may well be that the serious allegations of sexual assault and rape are not substantiated in court, but I have come to the conclusion that these are all matters for Swedish due process and that Assange is undermining both himself and his own transparency agenda – as well as doing the US department of justice a favour – by making his refusal to answer questions in Sweden into a human rights issue.”
Jemima Khan understands the fundamentals. It is about truth. If you are working for openness and transparency you cannot lie and deceive just like the people you are trying to expose. If you are working for openness and transparency you cannot have a lawyer like Jennifer Robinson who in a brief for Australian MPs is making 57 misrepresentations of facts.
Jemima Khan impresses me. I just wonder what Julian Assange and his supporters are going to call her now. Is she, just like every other critic of Julian Assange, someone who is paid by “dark forces” just to get Julian Assange locked up forever in the US? Is she a traitor? A CIA-agent?
Jemima Khan has looked at the facts of the case and she has come to the conclusion that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are not telling the full truth. And since she is passionate about the truth she writes an article about it. If Jemima Khan can make this evaluation, anybody can.