Manning ally: "The antics of Assange ... reflect negatively on us all"

David House, an ally of Private Manning, speaks out against Julian Assange

David House, close friend of alleged Wikileaks source Private Manning and one of the US Government's key witnesses in the grand jury aimed at indicting people involved in the organisation, has launched a forthright attack on Julian Assange, the head of Wikileaks who is currently esconsed in the Ecuadorian embassy where he is seeking asylum.

House, who tweets as VoxVictoria, wrote the following (read from the bottom, as ever):

As long as #WikiLeaks remains icon of the Open Government movement, the antics of Assange will continue to reflect negatively on us all. 

As long as #WikiLeaks is controlled by Assange, the shortcomings of Assange's leadership will continue to put WikiLeaks' supporters at risk. 

The alleged actions of Bradley Manning have not been edified by the missteps of #WikiLeaks under the direction of Julian Assange. 

I have and will continue to place foremost priority on the support of Open Government whistleblowers and activists. #WikiLeaks 

Assange deviated from these core values. Either he must be replaced at #WikiLeaks, or WikiLeaks must be displaced within OpenGov movement. 

Please, donate to the Bradley Manning Defense Fund: #Manning #WikiLeaks 

With Assange slightly incommunicado in the embassy, it remains to be seen how this attack on his leadership will go down within Wikileaks and the wider movement.

David House arrives to testify at the Wikileaks grand jury on June 15. Photograph: Getty Images

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Is anyone prepared to solve the NHS funding crisis?

As long as the political taboo on raising taxes endures, the service will be in financial peril. 

It has long been clear that the NHS is in financial ill-health. But today's figures, conveniently delayed until after the Conservative conference, are still stunningly bad. The service ran a deficit of £930m between April and June (greater than the £820m recorded for the whole of the 2014/15 financial year) and is on course for a shortfall of at least £2bn this year - its worst position for a generation. 

Though often described as having been shielded from austerity, owing to its ring-fenced budget, the NHS is enduring the toughest spending settlement in its history. Since 1950, health spending has grown at an average annual rate of 4 per cent, but over the last parliament it rose by just 0.5 per cent. An ageing population, rising treatment costs and the social care crisis all mean that the NHS has to run merely to stand still. The Tories have pledged to provide £10bn more for the service but this still leaves £20bn of efficiency savings required. 

Speculation is now turning to whether George Osborne will provide an emergency injection of funds in the Autumn Statement on 25 November. But the long-term question is whether anyone is prepared to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis. Health experts argue that only a rise in general taxation (income tax, VAT, national insurance), patient charges or a hypothecated "health tax" will secure the future of a universal, high-quality service. But the political taboo against increasing taxes on all but the richest means no politician has ventured into this territory. Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has today called for the government to "find money urgently to get through the coming winter months". But the bigger question is whether, under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is prepared to go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.