Sady Doyle, blogmistress at the feminist blog Tiger Beatdown, has started a Twitter campaign to get Michael Moore to apologize for dismissing rape allegations against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, whom Moore bailed out of jail earlier this week. Not only did Moore call the charges "hooey" (watch that here) he repeated false statements by Assange's attorney that the Wikileaks founder was accused of nothing more serious "a broken condom," and claimed Assange has not been charged with a crime (watch that, and see Moore laugh about the "so-called crime," here.)

In fact, Assange is charged with holding one woman down and raping her, and with raping another woman in her sleep.

"Never, ever believe the official story," Moore wrote on his blog.

But definitely believe the powerful attorney who just got caught lying about the charges against his client.

Take it away, Sady (it's long, but worth reading):
A man has been accused of rape by two separate women. He fled the country in which he was accused. He is fighting extradition, so that he won’t have to go back to that country and face charges — even though there are spectacularly low rates of conviction for accused rapists*, he just doesn’t think that he should have to go through the system, for whatever reason. And you know who’s posting bail for him?

Fucking progressives. That’s who. Including one man who has, for some years now, served as one of the most prominent and recognizable faces of the American left, filmmaker/rabble-rouser/all-around champion of the Truth and the Little Guy, Michael Moore. He’s put $20,000 hard, cashy dollars on the line, so that Julian Assange, white male left-wing darling, will be able to get out on bail despite posing a substantial and acknowledged flight risk, and despite the fact that he evidently is working to avoid facing the charges of his accusers. And why is that? Well, as per Michael Moore’s lengthy diatribe on the subject, which contains exactly one paragraph about the rape charges, his reasoning is as follows:

For those of you who think it’s wrong to support Julian Assange because of the sexual assault allegations he’s being held for, all I ask is that you not be naive about how the government works when it decides to go after its prey. Please — never, ever believe the “official story.” And regardless of Assange’s guilt or innocence (see the strange nature of the allegations here), this man has the right to have bail posted and to defend himself.

In other words: Never, ever believe the women who are accusing Assange of rape. Never, ever believe the allegations that he forcibly held a woman down and raped her, never, ever believe that he raped a woman while she was unconscious. “Regardless of his guilt or innocence” — and it’s clear that Moore has chosen to believe in his “innocence,” despite the fact that Assange’s working to avoid being tried for the crime — help him.

Believe Michael Moore when he tells you that giving $20,000 in bail is fair, because WikiLeaks is important, because the government keeps secrets, and for a lot of people, “secrets killed them.”

Sorry, but you brought this upon yourself. No one can hide from the truth now. No one can plot the next Big Lie if they know that they might be exposed.

Says Michael Moore. But hey, Michael, you know what exposes a Big Lie, a lot of the time? Rape allegations. You know who knows all about big lies? Women who have been raped. Raped, sometimes, by powerful men within our communities; raped by men who were beloved and supported by those communities; raped by our fellow progressives. And we didn’t report, because we knew no-one would believe us; because we knew we’d be shamed and smeared and lied about and harassed until we agreed to go away and let the Big Lie continue to exist. You want to employ the phrase “secrets killed them?” Women who have been raped know all about how secrets can kill people. And how, often, it’s telling the secret that gets you killed. Ask the women who are pressing these charges — their names have been so widely leaked, in one case by your fellow “progressive” media dudebro, Keith Olbermann, that it is possible to find their home addresses, their personal blogs and social media accounts, and to track their activities and personal lives. I’d imagine that they are very much in fear for their lives, due in large part to people like you, Michael Moore, who are insisting that they should not be believed.

If you agree that it's possible to support Wikileaks and still believe that all rape allegations should be investigated, tweet @MMFlint with the hashtag #mooreandme.

* According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), only an estimated 40 percent of sexual assaults are reported. Of those, only  50 percent of rapists are arrested. Overall, only 6% of rapists will spend a day in jail. Meanwhile, according to the FBI, only 8 percent of rape accusations in the US are "unfounded," but not necessarily false.
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