Friday, December 3, 2010

On Wikileaks

At the moment, I'm a bit swamped. However, I do keep up with some news, including of course the controversy surrounding WikiLeaks. A few links that have some pertinent commentary follow.

First, Fourth World Eye:
Cablegate, the Wikileaks exposure of State Department conspiracies for lying and spying, does not spell the end of secret government in America, but it is a beginning. By hosting a site for whistleblowers to leak official documentation of high crimes, Julian Assange and friends have put the president and his cabinet on the defensive, and the authoritarian mindset on display. Understanding how this mindset has corroded American society and turned citizens into servile sycophants might in time undermine this institutional injustice.
Next, I want to mention Arthur Silber, who has written extensively on Wikileaks since this past summer. Start with A Cause for Genuine Thanksgiving, and then read Bring the Bastards to Their Knees, On WikiLeaks: You Force Me To Repeat Myself, I Hate Authority -- Well, Except for My Authority!, and finally P.S.: They'll Lie About Everything. There you'll get a decent idea of what WikiLeaks means and why our overlords absolutely hate it.

Julian Assange recently answered a number of questions by Guardian UK readers.

In an earlier interview, Assange mentioned that WikiLeaks has its sites set on a major US bank. No wonder we have US Congresscritters calling for his head. After all, our elected public servants surely know where their bread is buttered. If leaked banksters' files cause bank stocks to plummet along with those campaign donations, well there will be absolute chaos within the halls of Congress. OMG!

In the meantime, while our government schemes to somehow shut down WikiLeaks and make Assange disappear in some mysterious black bag, our economy continues to misfire, Congress refuses to budge on extending unemployment benefits for those in need, and more Americans will be going hungry tonight.

4 comments:

Don Durito said...

There is no good coming out of WikiLeaks.  It is a viloation of national security, and much of the information that is being leaked is causing real harm to people overseas.  The leaks about the government knowing things wans't all that bad, as we already knew they knew such things.  It just confirms it.  But other information that is being leaked should NOT be leaked like this.

The Private that released the information is a terrorist of his own making, and should be fully prosecuted for treason!

Don
http://www.tdbellenterprises.com/dbblog

Don Durito said...

If I can blogwhore a bit, my own coverage of this starts with this post can continues from there for four more (and one last one - at least for now - coming, probably tonight).

And Don - you might want to cut back on the Kool-Aid. Remember that exactly the same thing and more was said about the summer release of documents related to Iraq and Afghanistan, that people would be killed and WikiLeaks had "blood on its hands." Months later, the administration admitted it could not cite a single case where anyone had been harmed as a result of the release.

Don Durito said...

By all means Larry, "blogwhore" all you like. :)

Don Durito said...

some thots (de moi) on RSF's criticism this summer of Wikileaks:

http://josemcalatayud.net/blog/?p=369&cpage=1#comment-2221

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