Gonzalo Lira http://gonzalolira.blogspot.com/ with a balanced assessment of Julian Assange and Wikileaks. I’m guessing Part II won’t be so balanced. I already see his point about the new McCarthyism. Let’s see what our deep Republican thinkers have to say about Julian Assange. Since Republicans are the keepers of Liberty, Truth and Freedom, I’m sure they are suportive of Mr. Assange.
“Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty.” – Mike Huckabee
“Assange is not a ‘journalist,’ any more than the “editor” of al Qaeda’s new English-language magazine Inspire is a ‘journalist.’ He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands. What if any diplomatic pressure was brought to bear on NATO, EU, and other allies to disrupt Wikileaks’ technical infrastructure? Did we use all the cyber tools at our disposal to permanently dismantle Wikileaks? Were individuals working for Wikileaks on these document leaks investigated? Shouldn’t they at least have had their financial assets frozen just as we do to individuals who provide material support for terrorist organizations?” – Sarah Palin
These fascists are two of the leading Republican candidates for President in 2012. Hitler was elected to office too.
Let’s see what an American who REALLY believes in the truth has to say about Wikileaks:
“In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, however, we are in big trouble. The truth is that our foreign spying, meddling, and outright military intervention in the post-World War II era has made us less secure, not more. And we have lost countless lives and spent trillions of dollars for our trouble. Too often “official” government lies have provided justification for endless, illegal wars and hundreds of thousands of resulting deaths and casualties.” - Ron Paul
The Case of Wikileaks, Part I—The Hacker’s Treehouse
This is the first of a two-part examination of Wikileaks. Part II, “The New McCarthyism” will be posted on Thursday morning.
It’s only when you poke the beast that you get a sense of its true nature.
The American government, media, and corporate establishment are all in a tizzy over the latest poke from Wikileaks:
The “whistleblowing” site (it really isn’t, but I’ll get to that in a minute) is releasing excerpts from a cache of some 250,000 diplomatic cables and other documents. These cables were sent from various American embassies back to the State Department between 1966 and 2010. The leaks have been dripping out since November 28, revealing a whole host of tawdry but so far trivial tidbits of American diplomatic behavior.
None of the “secrets” revealed by Wikileaks are really secrets: They’re mostly confidential appraisals of the U.S.’s allies and rivals; much of it is gossip, or merely pedestrian—demonstrably so:
Of the 251,287 documents Wikileaks has obtained, 134,000 are outright unclassified; 102,000 are classified “confidential”; and 15,652 are classified as “secret”. Source is linked here, confirmation is linked here.
None of these documents are classified “top secret” or higher—anyone claiming that they are “top secret” or that they “put lives in danger” is at best exaggerating, and at worst lying.
The reason none of the data Wikileaks acquired was “top secret” or higher in its classification is because the data in question was accessed through the SIPRNet system (Secret Internet Protocol Router Network) that the U.S. government has set up. This is a sort of parallel internet for the Department of Defense and the State Department. Three million people have access to SIPRNet, which by design handles at most “secret” documents. Material rated “top secret” or higher in the classification scale use a completely different system, accessed by far fewer individuals.
So the latest Wikileaks “revelations” are actually not particularly important, in and of themselves.