Monday, December 6, 2010

What the hell. Let's start now.

What do you guys think is going on here?

Revealed: Assange ‘rape’ accuser linked to notorious CIA operative

By David Edwards

My first thought connected to this whole mess, back in the summer when these charges first emerged, I'll admit it, was "That scumbag!" Such is the power of an accusation of rape. My second and third and fourth...mostly concerned the CIA and some head-shaking and dark muttering about the CIA.

Why has this salacious story hijacked most of the popular commentary around WikiLeaks? If the CIA is involved and their operative "laid a honey trap" (hello problematic phrasing!) and then "cried rape"... huh. I can't even type that sentence out without a long, slow head shake. There is a possibility this may be true. Many things are possible. It would be very clever to use a really tired trope that manages to devalue women's experiences of rape at the same time it congratulates a fiendishly clever temptress. Jesus. You couldn't go with murder, CIA?

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