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Julian Assange: Hero or Asshole?

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | December 8, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | December 8, 2010 |

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Notwithstanding the recent, and possibly bogus or exaggerated (if you believe even Glen Beck) allegations of sexual misconduct against Julian Assange, and if you can divorce Operation Payback from the central debate, would you classify the editor and spokesperson for Wikileaks a hero or an asshole? Specifically, does the release of thousands of classified documents serve or harm the public interest? Is it responsible journalism or a gross abuse of the First Amendment?

(Hat Tip: Rykker)

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