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A Handful of Ironic Nuggets About Wikileaks

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1. Julian Assange, that globe-trotting internationalist has made it crystal clear that he’s in favor of total transparency in government by going after probably the single most transparent government on the planet, here in the United States. When America has its secrets, say in arenas of diplomacy and defense, there’s usually – not always – but most of the time, a justifiable and defensible reason. In short, he’s going after the wrong target. I’d like to see how far Mr. Transparency gets with say, China, or Russia, France, or even Britain. Now you’ve gone after the low-hanging fruit, what’s your next destination? Red Square? The Forbidden City?

2. One of the ironies of the diplomatic cables crisis is that it exposes Assange’s anarchist supporters as the rent-a-mob they truly are. If they’re not ‘Freeing Assange’ they’re ‘Liberating Palestine’. Too bad that the nations that suffered the most Wikileaks cables collateral damage were the the (supposed) Arab nation allies of the Palestinians. Now Al-Jazeera is getting in on the act, releasing documents that show how the glorious PA leadership was prepared to privately deal away one of the supposedly sacred planks of their ‘negotiating’ strategy.

3. Assange is a self-aggrandizing anarchist, a self-appointed destroyer of the status-quo. Which is a tad ironic. Because in the unlikely and unlucky event that secretive megalomaniacs like Assange ever achieve real power, it’s almost certain that the first convenient casualty would be the transparency they supposedly craved.


Written by coolrebel

January 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm

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  1. By the way, D. Vogt, thank you for commenting!


    January 24, 2011 at 6:56 am

  2. Of course, it's no surprise, but the US remains the low-hanging fruit of world secrecy. Take away the US from the Wikileak portfolio and nobody would ever have heard of it.


    January 24, 2011 at 6:55 am

  3. WikiLeaks was founded with the premise that it would publish documents from any source. It did — including banks and non-American countries. I don't think it's surprising that in the end most of the documents ended up coming from countries where people weren't literally afraid of their lives while leaking said papers.

    D. Vogt

    January 24, 2011 at 6:46 am

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