The past 72 hours has held one of the strangest disharmonic convergence of free speech events I have ever seen.
(1) On Tuesday, President Obama flourished his pretty rhetoric on free speech to the United Nations (UN):Those in power have to resist the temptation to crack down on dissidents.(2) A day later, the Sydney Morning Herald published U.S. Air Force documents classifying Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange as “enemies of the state,” an action in sharp contrast to Obama’s rhetoric about the importance of protecting dissent in a democracy.
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