If Assange is surrendered by the Ecuadorian government to the UK, it will no doubt provoke outrage and public demonstrations in his support. It will also suggest that his arrest may have been the impetus for the recent escalation in feigned neoMcCarthyist fervor. Some have suggested that the only recourse left to support Assange at this time may be civil disobedience
We are hardly the first to point out that if his asylum were to be revoked in any way, dangerously inept intelligence agencies, especially the CIA, would continue to operate outside the purview of public vision. We would have lost an important public voice warning us of the dangers of artificial intelligence, and any pretense to an authentic free press. As outlets like the Guardian, The New York Times and The Washington Post have seemed only too eager to cannibalize the work of a journalist they also persecute, the public must understand that the implications of Assange’s asylum, if lost, would reach far beyond petty political outcomes.