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[–] Cid 1 point 44 points (+45|-1) ago  (edited ago)

According to the EFF:

In 2011, after the protests began in Syria, Palestinian-Syrian software developer Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil kept the world updated on unjust arrests occurring in the country. He worked with his global contacts in the information technology world, including EFF activists, to disseminate information to Syrian contacts on how to stay safer online.

Looks like he was fighting the good fight and now might be paying the ultimate price for it.

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[–] frenchtoasters 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

A real man of the people

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[–] HoneyNutStallmans 1 point 15 points (+16|-1) ago  (edited ago)

People like him are actually refugees that need protection from political persecution. Enough with this fucking "refugee crisis". It's a migrant crisis. This would be a real refugee.

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[–] freedumbz 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

So why was he sentenced to death though? I'd love to know why they did this exactly.

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[–] freedumbz 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

It's plausible.

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[–] luckyguy 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I wonder what he was working on that they didn't like. Maybe they didn't like the Damascus hacker space. I'd hope it would be something more specific than that.

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[–] DJexs 3 points 23 points (+26|-3) ago  (edited ago)

He is accused of spying for foreign governments. Could this be the reason that the western media wants his release and this is so important? Because he is a spy? There are literally thousands of political prisoners in the middle east. 10 where killed last month in egypt and nobody in the west gave a shit. Now this man who is accused of being a spy, is being paraded about in the media as a "freedom activist" when he is accused of being a SPY. If this man isn't a spy why has the western media not made a big deal about all the other political prisoners? many of which are more influential. [1] [2] [3 [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] People are proclaiming this guy a hero but not even saying what he is being accused of. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, its probably a duck. If he is just a computer programmer why has the syrian government hid his location. No special ops team is gonna rescue some computer activist, they would extract their asset. I am not trying to be a dick or belittle anyone but the hard honest truth is the media doesn't care about people like this, unless there is an agenda. Think back to the Iranian girl who testified in congress. We have soldiers on the ground and are at war, to circumvent checks and balances and public opinion its called other things. But you cannot take anything that comes from the propaganda machine as 100% true without even looking in to it. This person is accused of being a spy. What is more likely the MSM cares about a computer nerd from the middle east, or they are being feed the stories to bolster public opinion and try and save an asset. He could be totally innocent and this will be the first case of MSM ever caring about an average brown skinned person in the middle east. But there is a damn good chance this person is an asset.

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[–] luckyguy 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

Interesting how the article didn't mention that.

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[–] tame 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Good question. It certainly seems strange that all the rest are merely statistics but this guy is somehow way more important.

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[–] Mother_Lover 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Great insight. I'm not seeing a many big news networks covering it though.

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[–] Atarian 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

It's a sorry state of affairs when I suddenly give a shit when it's an open source advocate.

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[–] Cid ago 

Are you apart of the technology world? Death always hits closer to home when it's one of your own.

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[–] Atarian ago  (edited ago)

I don't work in IT but I've been a devout FOSS user and evangelist since I first installed Slackware in 2004.

I think you're right. It's always more personal when it's one of your tribe.

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[–] eldorann 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

He reported on events in a corrupt country from within said corrupt country.

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[–] 3273222? ago 

Wait. If he was secretly sentenced, why isn't he just dead and how did BoingBoing find out?

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[–] dv1155 6 points -3 points (+3|-6) ago 

By all means, let's bring this Sharia law to the US.

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[–] JJEvil [S] 3 points 10 points (+13|-3) ago 

What does Bashar Al Asad's SECULAR government imprisoning, torturing and likely executing this man have to do with Sharia law?

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[–] Fagtardicus 3 points 0 points (+3|-3) ago 

it MIGHT be secular, but its very much influenced by sharia

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