(2010-11-28) Wikileaks Us Diplomatic Cables

WikiLeaks has a fresh batch of secrets, from 250k diplomatic State Department cables. Iran, North Korea, Hillary Clinton, etc.

The 5 biggest surprises.

Glenn Greenwald on 9 surprises.

Sarah Palin thinks they should have been stopped. First and foremost, what steps were taken to stop Wikileaks director Julian Assange from distributing this highly sensitive classified material especially after he had already published material not once but twice in the previous months? 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. His past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders? 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?

Nov28: Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee... sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday, demanding that whistleblower website WikiLeaks be deemed a "foreign terrorist organization" and it's founder declared a terror ringleader.

Dec01: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and possible Republican presidential candidate provided a harsh assessment of what he believes to be an appropriate punishment for the source of the latest WikiLeaks transmission of U.S. embassy cables, saying that "anything less than execution is too kind a penalty." "Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason," Huckabee said, according to a report from Florida Independent. "They've put American lives at risk."

Dec01: see 2010-12-01-AmazonStopsHostingWikileaks

Dec03: Ron Paul bucks the trend.

Dec04: see 2010-12-04-PaypalBlocksWikileaks

Dec06: good Tim Bray piece.

Would like to see some non-US leakage...


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