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Updated Jun 20, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Why Wikileaks founder should be granted asylum

You all know about Wikileaks.

You know there was no earth-shattering information leaked. We all knew that America was worried about Pakistan's nukes.

We did learn that Hillary Clinton tried to find out if the Argentina's President, Christina Fernandez, was taking any medication for her bad mood swings. Embarrassing, but not earth-shaking.

We knew that Russia was a virtual mafia state. We knew that Muammar Qaddafi had a voluptuous Ukranian nurse.

The Wikileak that told us that Turkey's foreign minister was an exceptionally dangerous Islamist was embarrassing -- we didn't want them to know that we knew.

Many of the leaks that dealt with Abu Ghraib and the tortures came from Wikileaks. The countries in which the U.S. has nuclear arms stored came from Wikileaks.

Now Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, is seeking asylum.

I disagreed with a number of items released. I had no problem, for example, with water boarding if it saves one American life.

But Assange is a perfect example of why political asylum exists. Equador should realize that freedom of the press is urgent, we here in America are watching a lap dog press, MSNBC changes stories to make Mitt Romney look bad. The New York Times reports anything it can to embarrass Romney while Fox News shows Obama in the worst light (by the way, that's fine with me).

Julian Assange wore the cloak of whistle blower and should not be punished for that. He is the ultimate whistle blower and though some of the reports embarrassed our own leaders, we all call for transparency.

Let's not imprison those who open dark corners, those who shed light on governments.

About the Author


Jay Lawrence is a "true" conservative believing that less government is better government. Jay graduated from Columbia College in Chicago and went to WJPS in Evansville Indiana. Then on to bigger and better, Peoria. Illinois. Jay made it to Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Cleveland before coming to KTAR. Lawrence enjoys all sports and has played most, but has been a baseball fan above all and enjoys the Diamondbacks particularly when they win, tolerates the team when they lose. Favorite memories are opening day for Major League Baseball in the Valley and sitting in row three along third-base line when the D- backs won the World Series. One other memory he'll always carry with him, the time he spent with the Beatles and stood outside a nightclub finding dates for the Fab Four in Cleveland. Lawrence's musical tastes are eclectic, from classical to rap with country thrown in. He'd be just as likely to attend a Phoenix Symphony concert or ballet as he would a George Strait concert.

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