- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Magnetic Island, the island off the coast of Queensland, Australia where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange lived as a child, is considering putting up a monument of the hometown boy:
Islanders are hosting a picnic at Picnic Bay on Sunday, to voice their support for the freedom of information fighter, the Townsville Bulletin reports.
They will also discuss plans to erect a monument to Mr Assange, to mark his childhood island home, and as a symbol of his battle for truth and justice.
Local activist David "Crusty" Herron, who in the past has floated the idea of Wikileaks-inspired public urinal in the past, believed a proper monument was still a good idea.
"He’s an award-winning journalist, who has shown the little bloke that he can’t be pushed around," he said.
Recent polls show that while Australians are split on their views of Assange, most support his legal case. The Ecuadorean government will likely soon announce a decision on whether to grant asylum to Assange, who is currently holed up at the country’s embassy in London.