Make no mistake - this is the national security establishment, not just in Australia, but all over the West, laying down a marker - You publish our ‘secrets’ i.e. corruption, war crimes, flagrant disregard for human rights (spying) and we will bury you.
It started with Assange, it was never going to stop with him. The military industrial complex and the intel community will do anything to maintain its global hegemony.
We have a sitting senator - good ol’ Jimmy Molan, who in a proper democracy, would be thrown in the Hague for crimes against humanity. This was the commander who led the operation on Fallujah leading to the deaths of thousands of civilians.
Whistleblowers, and journalists willing to help them get their information out into the public are the lifeblood of a properly functioning democracy, if we allow the escalation of draconian measures against both whistleblowers and journalists, we can’t call ourselves a democracy. We just can’t.
This country and the world needs more Manning’s and more Snowden’s.