Glenn Greenwald on Wikileaks

I don’t have anything terribly insightful to say about the most recent Wikileaks controversy, but I wanted to pass along the following from Glenn Greenwald, who I think has a pretty good take on things.

The WikiLeaks disclosure has revealed not only numerous government secrets, but also the driving mentality of major factions in our political and media class. Simply put, there are few countries in the world with citizenries and especially media outlets more devoted to serving, protecting and venerating government authorities than the U.S. Indeed, I don’t quite recall any entity producing as much bipartisan contempt across the American political spectrum as WikiLeaks has: as usual, for authoritarian minds, those who expose secrets are far more hated than those in power who commit heinous acts using secrecy as their principal weapon.

First we have the group demanding that Julian Assange be murdered without any charges, trial or due process. There was Sarah Palin on on Twitter illiterately accusing WikiLeaks — a stateless group run by an Australian citizen — of “treason”; she thereafter took to her Facebook page to object that Julian Assange was “not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders” (she also lied by stating that he has “blood on his hands”: a claim which even the Pentagon admits is untrue). Townhall’s John Hawkins has a column this morning entitled “5 Reasons The CIA Should Have Already Killed Julian Assange.” That Assange should be treated as a “traitor” and murdered with no due process has been strongly suggested if not outright urged by the likes of Marc Thiessen, Seth Lipsky (with Jeffrey Goldberg posting Lipsky’s column and also illiterately accusing Assange of “treason”), Jonah Goldberg, Rep. Pete King, and, today, The Wall Street Journal.

The way in which so many political commentators so routinely and casually call for the eradication of human beings without a shred of due process is nothing short of demented. Recall Palin/McCain adviser Michael Goldfarb’s recent complaint that the CIA failed to kill Ahmed Ghailani when he was in custody, or Glenn Reynolds’ morning demand — in between sips of coffee — that North Korea be destroyed with nuclear weapons (“I say nuke ‘em. And not with just a few bombs”). Without exception, all of these people cheered on the attack on Iraq, which resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 innocent human beings, yet their thirst for slaughter is literally insatiable. After a decade’s worth of American invasions, bombings, occupations, checkpoint shootings, drone attacks, assassinations and civilian slaughter, the notion that the U.S. Government can and should murder whomever it wants is more frequent and unrestrained than ever…

I’m just left wondering where all of these folks were when Cheney and company leaked the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame, which, as I understand it, really did cost operatives their lives, and weaken our intelligence gathering capabilities in the Middle East.

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4 Comments

  1. Edward
    Posted December 2, 2010 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    If we had a real press in America, we wouldn’t need Wikileaks.

  2. Ted
    Posted December 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    I hear that Wikileaks went down last night, once it became know that Amazon was allowing them to use their servers. I guess Amazon chickened out once it became public knowledge and pulled the plug. The day before there was a denial of service attack directed at Wikileaks. Now they’re after Assanage on rape charges. Funny how all this stuff starts happening once you release a few documents that make the people in power look bad.

  3. Edward
    Posted December 3, 2010 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Wikileaks had their DNS pulled, so you won’t be able to find them at their old address. Most of the material can still be found online by following the directions here though.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/efjbb/wikileaks_how_to_keyword_search_cablegate_using/

  4. Edward
    Posted December 22, 2010 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Wikileaks is going after Bank of America.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/confirmed-bank-of-america-is-the-wikileaks-target-2010-12

    And Bank of America is snapping up hundreds of domain names in preparation.

    http://www.finextra.com/news/fullstory.aspx?newsitemid=22124

    Can’t wait.

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