The founder of the Wikileaks website is a left-wing anti-war guy named Julian Assange. He has made public hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents. His first round of military document releases a few months ago identified hundreds of Afghan civilian informants who were assisting the U.S. against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, putting those informants' lives in danger. Nice going, moron. A couple days ago, we had another round of classified document releases from Wikileaks, consisting of diplomatic cables, such as the one where Hillary Clinton asked American diplomats to spy on foreign ambassadors at the United Nations and collect their private information. You can bet that's going to do wonders for international diplomacy, as will the destabilizing Middle East Wikileaks revelation that the Saudis wanted the United States to blow up Iran's nuclear plants.
The source of the leaks to left-wing Wikileaks is alleged to be Pfc. Bradley Manning, a gay activist who supports progressive causes and listed The Rachel Maddow Show as his favorite television program on Facebook (no wonder the guy is confused), according to militarycorruption.com. Manning was arrested after he told computer hacker Adrian Lamo he was the one responsible for the leaks.
So, what do other left-wingers think of Pfc. Manning ? Do they think he is a traitor who "might already have blood on his hands," as Admiral Mullen said, or do they believe he is some kind of intrepid whistleblower ?
Why, he's an intrepid whisteblower for endangering American and Afghan lives and causing diplomatic turmoil, of course !! Code Pink held a Free Bradley Manning Rally already. Glen Greenwald of Salon.com is complaining about the harassment of left-wing Manning and Wikileaks. How dare the government be concerned about espionage by Manning and Wikileaks, eh ?!?! Noted left-wing idiot Michael Moore-on praised Bradley Manning. The lefties have started a Bradley Manning Support Fund for the beleaguered leaker of classified information. "Exposing War Crimes Is No Crime" wails the Support Fund. No ? How about putting Afghan civilians and American lives in danger during wartime ? Is that a crime ? Is espionage no longer a crime ?
If only Pfc. Manning had turned out to be a Tea Partier, then I'm certain the left would want him executed for treason and my blogger pal The Reverend could have prattled on about how his fantasy right-wing war has finally begun,...but alas, it is not to be.
The government certainly thinks Pfc. Manning has committed crimes, even if retarded left-wingers do not. Here is a list of charges against Manning so far.
The Obama administration is conducting an "active, ongoing criminal investigation" against Wikileaks, according to Attorney General Eric Holder (um, shouldn't they have figured this out three months ago ?), after ineffectually asking Wikileaks to stop the document dumps, as follows:
The Obama administration has told whistleblower WikiLeaks that its expected imminent release of classified State Department cables will put "countless" lives at risk, threaten global counterterrorism operations and jeopardize U.S. relations with its allies.
I tried to get on the Wikileaks website today, and I couldn't get in. I found out the Wikileaks website was under a mass distribution denial of service attack, but it doesn't do much good to knock out the Wikileak servers now. Wikileaks gave it's information to newspapers weeks ago.
Wikileaks and Julian Assange might be up against a more unforgiving enemy than the feckless U.S. government, according to The Daily Beast:
National-security officials say that the National Security Agency, the U.S. government’s eavesdropping agency, has already picked up tell-tale electronic evidence that WikiLeaks is under close surveillance by the Russian FSB, that country’s domestic spy network, out of fear in Moscow that WikiLeaks is prepared to release damaging personal information about Kremlin leaders.
“We may not have been able to stop WikiLeaks so far, and it’s been frustrating,” a U.S. law-enforcement official tells The Daily Beast. “The Russians play by different rules.” He said that if WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, follow through on threats to post highly embarrassing information about the Russian government and what is assumed to be massive corruption among its leaders, “the Russians will be ruthless in stopping WikiLeaks.”
Anatol Lieven, a professor at King’s College in London who specializes in Russian and military affairs, said he believed the Russians would be ready to consider aggressive cyberwarfare techniques to shut down WikiLeaks and its website, as well as violence and other threats against Russians who were believed to be informants. (American officials have said they have no direct evidence to suggest that Russia was behind the cyberattack that has shut down the WikiLeaks website since Sunday.)
“I doubt that they would consider assassination against Westerners who are involved in WikiLeaks, but as for informants in Russia, they would be in very serious danger,” he said.
The London-based Russian billionaire and newspaper magnate Alexander Lebedev suggested that a government raid on the Moscow headquarters of his National Reserve Bank this month may have been a response to recent contacts between his Moscow newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, and WikiLeaks.
I would not want to be in Mr. Assange's shoes right now. Assange gave an interview to Forbes earlier this month. Wikileaks is supposed to be unveiling a major U.S. banking scandal in early 2011, consisting of thousands of documents obtained from a major U.S. financial firm (Goldman Sachs ??? Those are some documents I wouldn't mind seeing).
Finally, I've read that up to 3 million people had access to the classified intelligence that Pfc. Manning allegedly stole. They say the increased access came after our myriad intelligence agencies all started sharing data to fight terrorism following 9/11. Exit question - is our government too enormous to do anything competently, or is this just the inevitable result of the information age ?
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