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WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange

Democratic societies need a strong media and WikiLeaks is part of that media. The media helps keep government honest. WikiLeaks has revealed some hard truths about the Iraq and Afghan wars, and broken stories about corporate corruption. 民主社会需要强势的媒体,而维基解密正是这种媒体的一部分。媒体可以使政府更加诚实。维基解密已经公布了一些有关伊拉克和阿富汗战争的真相,以及有关企业腐败的新闻。
People have said I am anti-war: for the record, I am not. Sometimes nations need to go to war, and there are just wars. But there is nothing more wrong than a government lying to its people about those wars, then asking these same citizens to put their lives and their taxes on the line for those lies. If a war is justified, then tell the truth and the people will decide whether to support it. 有些人说我是反战主义者:但确切地说,我不是。有时候,国家需要参与战争,而这个世界不并缺少战争。然而,一个政府能犯下的最大的错误,莫过于向民众隐瞒战争的真相,并要求这些民众为谎言付出生命或税务的代价。如果政府真的拥有参与战争的合理理由,那么它应该公布真相,让人民决定是否支持战争。
If you have read any of the Afghan or Iraq war logs, any of the US embassy cables or any of the stories about the things WikiLeaks has reported, consider how important it is for all media to be able to report these things freely. 如果你读过任何维基解密公布的阿富汗战争或伊拉克战争记录,或任何一条美国外交电报,或任何一个维基解密报道的新闻,你就应该能够理解媒体自由报道这些事件的权利有多么重要。
WikiLeaks is not the only publisher of the US embassy cables. Other media outlets, including Britain's The Guardian, The New York Times, El Pais in Spain and Der Spiegel in Germany have published the same redacted cables. 维基解密并不是唯一一个报道美国外交电报的媒体。其他媒体机构,包括英国《卫报》、《纽约时报》、西班牙《国家报》和德国《明镜周刊》都公布了相同的编辑过的电报。
Yet it is WikiLeaks, as the co-ordinator of these other groups, that has copped the most vicious attacks and accusations from the US government and its acolytes. I have been accused of treason, even though I am an Australian, not a US, citizen. There have been dozens of serious calls in the US for me to be "taken out" by US special forces. Sarah Palin says I should be "hunted down like Osama bin Laden", a Republican bill sits before the US Senate seeking to have me declared a "transnational threat" and disposed of accordingly. An adviser to the Canadian Prime Minister's office has called on national television for me to be assassinated. An American blogger has called for my 20-year-old son, here in Australia, to be kidnapped and harmed for no other reason than to get at me. 然而,维基解密是其他这些媒体的统筹机构,也是遭到最多美国政府及其他国家攻击和批评的机构。尽管我是一名澳大利亚人而不是美国人,却被美国指责犯下叛国罪。美国国内要求特务“干掉我”的呼声不断。萨拉·佩林说我应该“像萨达姆那样被围捕”,共和党向美国参议院提出议案,试图将我列入“跨国威胁”名单,并依照跨国威胁分子予以处分。加拿大总理办公室的顾问在国家电视台呼吁刺杀我。一名美国博客作者甚至呼吁,到澳大利亚绑架并伤害我20岁的儿子,目的仅仅是为了抓到我。
And Australians should observe with no pride the disgraceful pandering to these sentiments by Julia Gillard and her government. The powers of the Australian government appear to be fully at the disposal of the US as to whether to cancel my Australian passport, or to spy on or harass WikiLeaks supporters. The Australian Attorney-General is doing everything he can to help a US investigation clearly directed at framing Australian citizens and shipping them to the US. 澳大利亚人民应该看得到,茱莉雅·吉拉德总理和她所掌管的政府正在无耻地迎合这些言论。在是否取消我的澳大利亚护照,或监控、羞辱维基解密支持者方面,澳大利亚政府的权利似乎已经完全被美国所支配。澳大利亚首席检察官正在竭尽所能地帮助美国人进行一项调查,目的显然是绑架澳大利亚公民并将其送往美国。

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