December 16th 2010
Saving Assange from Fox News
While former Magnetic Islander Julian Assange languishes in solitary confinement at London's Wandsworth Prison, a reader, Mr Mike Shearer, writes to highlight the attitude of Rupert Murdoch's Fox News commentators, Bill O'Reilly and Lt Col. Ralph Peters and why Assange should never be handed over to the US.
The O'Reilly Factor, the most watched cable show in America, had a short segment in which Brett Solomon from GetUp in Sydney and the American Lt Col Ralph Peters were “interviewed”.
Below is the best transcript I can derive because both Peters and the interviewer interrupted and talked over Solomon. You can see the YouTube copy (here).
BS: From our perspective I think it's important to ensure that [Julian Assange] is not actually demonised … Australians are basically saying that we don't want to see our citizen being persecuted and called a terrorist … [unintelligible interruption] … treated with the same respect that an American would be treated in America.
Interviewer: Well OK Ralph, I'll let you take that.
RP: That's the biggest crap(?) of bull since Bill Clinton said I did not have sex with that woman, as Clinton stated …
BS: You don't believe in the rule of law...
RP (interrupting): I do believe in the rule of law
BS: … or that a person should be tried? I mean, what you have said and many others have said is that he should be assassinated.
RP: Here's a fundamental problem. Assange is a cyberterrorist in war time, he's guilty of sabotage, espionage, crimes against humanity, he should be killed. I mean, absolutely.
BS: Actually the sapce between the citizens and the government needs to be reduced. We've seen essentially, and as Glen Beck says, that you know Assange is actually the Man of the Millenium. Why? Because it stops governments from lying to their people.
[At this point both the interviewer and Peters talked over Solomon]
Interviewer: Hell, I could care, I mean, that's just juvenile... I
mean, who cares?
RP: What we've been hearing from him is babytalk. We want him to die.
BS: We're talking about an Australian citizen...
Actually, an ex-Townsville (& Magnetic Island) Australian citizen.
(It is worth remembering that The Townsville Bulletin is also owned by Rupert Murdoch. Ed.)
Julian Assange graphic: George Hirst
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