Monday, November 29, 2010

Wiki Fallout

It's amazing how much trouble one little thumb drive can cause. Of all the revelations coming from this insidious, disgusting act of treason against western civilization perhaps the most stunning is just how much secret information can fit on a 2G memory stick, and how easy it was to obtain. More on that and the leaks in general in this excellent assessment.

Personally I'm no fan of pie-eyed moralists like Assange but I do confess a small amount of sinful delight in seeing a man who so whipped Bush over his "secrecy" get hoisted on his own transparency petard by another liberal through real transparency. At the same time it's also conflicting because the leaks evoke sympathy for said individual--every government needs a secure vehicle for sending candid assessments back to their capitals (even of the ass-kissing variety).

Sure, somebody needs to think of a creative way to handle anaracho-moonbats like Assange before they destroy western democracy but unfortunately knowing our current crop of politicos they are just as likely to 'handle it' by trying to regulate the internet.

Anyway they're news now so I'll read along with all the others, including message traffic from the Yemen area; the New York Times has already provided this detail:
“We’ll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours,” Mr. Saleh said, according to the cable sent by the American ambassador, prompting Yemen’s deputy prime minister to “joke that he had just ‘lied’ by telling Parliament” that Yemeni forces had carried out the strikes.
This shouldn't be news to anyone, even to folks in Yemen, but it confirms a long held notion about the two-faced game Arab leaders play with the Great Satan. Good grief, some of these Arabs might as well get together with McCain for a few bars of "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" based on their hatred of all things Persian. In the meantime, economic aid backed by the US Navy does still get results, doesn't it?

By the way this same Yemeni tinpot was once chummy with Saddam, indeed there have been some strange activities reported there (not widely) in the past two years, such as visits from former Iraqi Ba'athist officials still on the lam. Imagine some inconvenient revelation tumbling out in the docs about ties between a country harboring Awlaki-AQAP and the Sunni Iraqi insurgency, for instance? Or would Mr. Sunshine even allow it? In other words, how does anyone know Assange is providing the full picture and not cherry-picking what he's got to fit his own ideology?


LASunsett said...

I have a solution to this problem.

Debbie said...

Like I said, most of this is already out there, not anything really new, I don't see what the big deal is concerning the "content" of this batch of documents.

But to the taking and releasing of any classified documents, no matter what their content, is illegal and both Manning and Assange should be tried and executed in my opinion.

Right Truth

A.C. McCloud said...

Well, LA? We are all ears!

Debbie, not sure Assange can even be tried here since he'd have to be extradited. It's doubtful he'll ever return to the US, at least anytime soon.

Manning, if found guilty, should swing in a public fashion but since he's a dual UK citizen that probably won't happen either.

To me the main damage here is in the process.. this is how diplomacy is done. I thought lefties loved diplomacy.