Recently, Richard Stengel, managing editor of “Time” Magazine, was able to interview Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. Stengel, speaking with Charlie Rose, claimed that Assange is a sort of information anarchist who is out to bring down central government establishments. I think we all know already that governments lie, and manipulate, to achieve their purposes. So do many ordinary individuals and companies. A thoughtful investigation of a few TV commercials, political ads, and reality shows would make that fact abundantly clear without any help from Assange.

Assange is described as naive regarding the potential damage of his securing classified documents and dumping them onto the world stage. Imagine how surprised he must be now to find that European law enforcement agencies have him on a watch list.

I am reminded of Shakespeare’s Mark Antony who, after making his familiar stirring but manipulative “Friends, Romans, Countrymen…” speech, says to himself, “Mischief, thou art afoot. Take thou what course thou wilt.”

The Wikileaks people are much like terrorist car bombers who set off explosives in public places without regard to who might be passing by at the time. And now we hear some commentators expressing concerns for Assange’s First Amendment Rights under the Constitution. Assange is Australian. It’s time to settle this argument about who exactly is entitled to protection under the U.S. Constitution. Prosecution of Assange and his collaborators for espionage might be a good place to start.

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