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January 04, 2011

Awesome: Tyrant Toddler Julian Assange Might Just Have Murdered Zimbabwe Opposition Leader

He prances and preens like he's some kind of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, but he's really a child running around with a shiny new toy of scissors.

Zimbabwe's last best hope is probably going to wind up getting the death penalty thanks to Captain Oblivious' utter inability to do any sort of homework. Selectiveness is difficult, requiring hours of reading and evaluating. Better just to put all of Pfc. Manning's cables out there and let other people, like insane dictator Robert Mugabe, figure out what it all means.

Mugabe has tortured this guy and tried to kill him multiple times. Last time round, he only wounded Tsvangirai, but did manage to murder his wife. Julian Assange has given Mugabe pretext to do what he's been trying to do secretly for years, now finally "legal." Because WikiLeaks has exposed that behind the scenes, Tsvangirai was agitating for sanctions and restrictions on Zimbabwe diplomats' travel.

Publicly, Tsvangirai opposed the measures out of political necessity. In private conversations with western diplomats, however, the ascendant Tsvangirai praised its utility in forcing Mugabe's hand in the new unity government.

Now, in the wake of the WikiLeaks' release, one of the men targeted by US and EU travel and asset freezes, Mugabe's appointed attorney general, has launched a probe to investigate Tsvangirai's involvement in sustained western sanctions. If found guilty, Tsvangirai will face the death penalty.

And so, where Mugabe's strong-arming, torture and assassination attempts have failed to eliminate the leading figure of Zimbabwe's democratic opposition, WikiLeaks may yet succeed. Twenty years of sacrifice and suffering by Tsvangirai all for naught, as WikiLeaks risks "collateral murder" in the name of transparency.

Before more political carnage is wrought and more blood spilled – in Africa and elsewhere, with special concern for those US-sympathising Afghans fingered in its last war document dump – WikiLeaks ought to leave international relations to those who understand it – at least to those who understand the value of a life.

Take a bow, Julian. Thank God we have you to protect us all against secrecy. Like the horrible secrecy of an opposition leader hoping to depose an insane, murderous tyrant.


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