Names and addresses of accusers of Wikileaks' Assange now being posted on the internet 

The names, addresses, phone numbers and photographs of the two women accusing Julian Assange of improper sexual conduct have been leaked on to the internet. I'm obviously not going to link to any site disclosing this information, but I do think highlighting the comments from those publishing this information is worth highlighting:

People first started emailing me Ardin and Wilen’s information on Tuesday night, when Assange was arrested. I didn’t post it until after I’d thought carefully about what would happen. I’m not interested in vigilante justice, and I don’t want to see either of them raped or killed. I realize that if either of those things happen to one or both of them, I’ll have played a big role in making it happen. I’m not going to try to evade blame.

Posting their addresses and phone numbers isn’t intended to encourage vigilantism, but to send a bigger message to women like Ardin and Wilen – if you lie about being raped, this is what will happen to you. Your anonymity will be compromised, your life will be laid bare for all to see, and your name will be destroyed. No rape shield law or journalistic ethic can protect you. You will suffer as the man whose name you vindictively dragged through the mud has suffered.

I want women to see that their choices have consequences. If enough false rape accusers have their identities and personal data exposed to the jeering Internet hordes, others will think twice before they accuse men of heinous crimes for petty and selfish reasons.

Now you may think that Assange is being victimized by Sweden's politically correct sex laws, or worse yet, you were duped by an unreconstructed anti-Semite and all around lunatic into believing these women were "honey traps" working for the CIA -- but nothing justifies putting a target on the backs of these women. The validity of their accusations should be decided by rule of law, and the broader debate over Wikileaks is no excuse for indulging your misogyny in the name of your own selfish interpretation of "justice." The fact you won't evade blame if these women end up raped or killed, doesn't make you courageous. It just makes you an [expletive redacted].

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