This is just to say, as so many others have said, that whether Assange sexually assaulted some women is orthagonal to whether his actions at Wikileaks are important to the cause of liberty and the free movement of information; whether he should be accountable to the Swedish justice system is not determined by whether the United States has acted badly on the world stage, or even whether the timing and manner of his detention were political — which they surely were.
Further, shaming and blaming and repeating rape apologist tropes does not suddenly become a good idea just because someone who has otherwise done things that make him a hero to some folks is also accused of rape. It’s still bad, and it’s still wrong, to invoke rape apologist language to defend him, whether the accused exposes important truths or makes really good movies.
I have been silent only because I am presently overwhelmed with work, but now, when so many progressive men have shown that they’re only for ending rape when it’s popular, I wanted to make sure that everyone who might read this blog knows that I’m not on that side. Rapists should be accountable for rape, even if they are important people in many ways. Rape survivors ought not to be harassed, hunted and shamed for saying what happened to them, even if saying it causes problems for people who are doing important things.