State Dept: U.S. to Host Free Speech Event

us dos logo seal This is remarkable.

Today, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested, on December 7th, a date that will. . .well, you know. Also today, the State Department announced that the U.S. will host a World Press Freedom event on May Day, 2011.

Are you calling me a liar? I saw it on Facebook (thanks Jason Seagraves), how could it not be true? But in the slim chance that something incorrect could be posted on the Internet, I noticed the link in question is the actual “state.gov” U.S. Department of State domain, http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/12/152465.htm.

Who knows how long this embarrassment will remain online, but in case it goes away you could always check the Internet Wayback Machine to see the way it was. Excerpt:

Press Statement
Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
December 7, 2010

The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 - May 3 in Washington, D.C. UNESCO is the only UN agency with the mandate to promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom of the press.

May 1st a.k.a. May Day, may celebrate other things throughout the world, but in the U.S. it’s “Loyalty Day,” originally “Americanization Day” in 1921. Perhaps Hillary Clinton will preside over that Witches’ Sabbath next Beltane. Have a happy Walpurgis Night!

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