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The Man Without a Country

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With his native Australia abandoning him, and Sweden chasing him away with sex charges that clearly are not being pursued, Julian Assange may soon qualify as this century's "Man Without A Country."

Indeed, it is astonishing that no one has suggested yet that people like Daniel Ellsberg and Assange should be put aboard a naval ship and sent around the world much like the Flying Dutchman. Army Lt. Philip Nolan was denied any information about his native America after being convicted of betraying it.

The Flying Dutchman's ghost ship's crew occasionally would be spotted by a real-life ship and would try to send messages but all the intended recipients would already be dead.

Even China can't pull that off today with the world's greatest firewall.

The Australian media, like a good client state, rarely mentions that the Wikileaks leader is from Down Under.

The government warned that it might ask Sweden to imprison Assange if he went through with plans to release more secret documents on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, someone else apparently got to Stockholm first. Prosecutors leaked information claiming two women reported being sexually assaulted by Assange. Sweden also refused Assange a permanent resident permit.

Interestingly, two months after the sex charges were first leaked no charges have been filed. As of last week the Swedish prosecutor's office once again said it was still investigating the case.

Another Swedish government office, meanwhile, declined Assange a residency permit. The prosecutor's office said the sex assault case was not involved in that decision.

Pending U.S. criminal charges against a foreign national applying for permanent residence would certainly be of interest to American authorities considering the application.

Poor Assange. No mistake is too stupid to not pass on. Larry King, getting closer to journalism than he is accustomed, mistakenly thought Assange was walking off his show. The clip being shown actually was Assange walking out during a CNN interview when the reporter wanted to focus on the Swedish case.

King said rape is not trivial. If not, then why hasn't Sweden pursued the case? Why hasn't the mainstream media pressed the Swedish authorities to make a decision.

It has been said dozens of times already but this narrative reads like "The Millenium Trilogy" books of Stieg Larsson. Just like Lisbeth Salander, no baseless charge, no matter how disgusting, is too low to fling at someone who often wears what many see as a smirk.

Virtually every day a blogger, mostly Americans, talks about wanting to rid the world of this meddlesome blogger. Surely Assange would qualify as a "militant."

Bobby Kennedy dealt with similar people during his short presidential campaign in 1968. In Oregon a young man, shouting, demanded to know what RFK would do about the USS Pueblo. "It's not too late to enlist," Kennedy, a World War 2 veteran, replied.

Those who wish to condemn Assange would be well-advised to watch the documentary film, The Most Dangerous Man in America. This isn't the first time a choice has been made that placed a man in great danger when he could have kept his mouth shut.