I firmly believe that whistle blowers play an important role in a democratic system of checks and balances – they are however routinely villainized as being “unpatriotic, or worse, a communist – predictable labels when a valid defense cannot be offered.
The current administration has pursued and prosecuted more whistle blowers than any other administration in history – even that of the previous administration…… so much for “transparency” huh?
Julian Assange has in my opinion done a worthy service in the past, but the Assange of today is not the same Assange of yesterday.
Assange currently comes across as something of a spoiled attention seeking brat craving the spotlight – I believe this is the result of Snowden having diverted attention away from Assange and garnering the lion’s share.
His focus on Hillary Clinton is personal and not service oriented – granted there is plenty of blame to direct at Clinton for a number of things – but whistle blowers as should the media should operate impartially seeking to inform minus personal agendas and egos.
Ecuador apparently having had enough of Assange’s personal vendetta and attempt to influence the election from afar has pulled the plug on his internet connection – this of course will lead to speculations of conspiracies and the usual inanities by those who hear nothing but footsteps and creaking floors in the dark, but the truth is Assange has allowed his ego to get in the way and overplayed his hand, doing not only a disservice to whistle blowers in general but also marginalizing them and setting the stage for an even heavier handed crackdown.