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17th-Dec-2010 07:51 am
Muhommad Caraciture
Assange condemns investigations
By the CNN Wire Staff
December 17, 2010 9:32 a.m. EST

[...] Leaders of the United States and some other countries have said that releasing the documents threatens lives, national security and international relations. WikiLeaks and its supporters say the public has a right to know what goes on behind diplomatic doors. [...]


Right to know? RIGHT TO KNOW!?!?

Tell me, Mr. Assange, by what RIGHT do you claim to have need to know classified FOREIGN military and diplomatic documents?

"Right to know"? You are a SPY, sir! You are a practitioner of ESPIONAGE!
17th-Dec-2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
There's some boundary between his seeming 'complete openness' position, and the over use of classification to hide corruption, or lesser embarrassing choices. Whether JA is wrong or very wrong, we still need a way to limit what get classified to what really needs to be classified.
18th-Dec-2010 11:41 am (UTC) - As a U.S. citizen, *I* need to know.
And since Assange is publicizing it, he is not really falling ito te 'really wrong' category - no more than the whuistled blowers on Warergate did.

We need to be looking more at our policies for classified info than the person who publicize it - take him down, and we're simply playing 'whack a mole'.
18th-Dec-2010 12:32 pm (UTC) - Re: As a U.S. citizen, *I* need to know.
Please see the definition of espionage.

If someone with access to classified information, on their own, steals that information and just GIVES it to China (no material compensation) and China accepts it, is China at fault?

YOU BETCHA! So is, of course, the person that handed over the documents.

We have laws in this country that protect whistle blowers. Exposing corruption and fraud is one thing; this is NOTHING like that. This espionage, pure and simple.
18th-Dec-2010 12:52 pm (UTC) - Re: As a U.S. citizen, *I* need to know.
I diI looked it up. He did not give the information to another entity, he PUBLISHED it. Big difference. What an entity does with published info is not the responsibility of the publishing entity.

And why were snarky comments recorded anyway, that stuff needs to be kept private - as in NOT recorded at all.
18th-Dec-2010 02:01 pm (UTC) - Re: As a U.S. citizen, *I* need to know.
He did not give the information to another entity, he PUBLISHED it. Big difference

Wrong. NO difference. With Mr. Assange's publication of the classified documents, he has knowingly passed on that knowledge to China, Russia, Venezuela, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, and anyone else that wants to take down America.

What kind of information got passed on? Lets recall the video of the Apache helicopter that shot the reporter that had embedded himself with the terrorists, for example. Publication of that information revealed tactics, techniques, procedures, protocols, and capabilities to the enemy. He is HELPING the bad guys. He has NO "right" to that information, and neither do you or I.

It IS the responsibility of the publishing entity to not disseminate classified data. If he had any integrity, he would have returned that information to the country of origin. Julian Assange is an enemy of the United States.

What I am hearing from you is an attempt to justify your desire to know, not your "right" (if such a thing exists). You have demonstrated no "need to know" beyond your own political voyeurism.

Edited at 2010-12-18 02:01 pm (UTC)
18th-Dec-2010 02:47 pm (UTC) - Re: As a U.S. citizen, *I* need to know.
BIG difference. One cannot hold video game designers liable for school shooting sprees, so hold Assange liable is just as silly.

Besides, how do you KNOW what he published is a national security risk, habe you seem it? You advocate not trusting the government on other issues, so why do you automatically trust them when they scream 'National Security Risk'? You didn't believe them when they said government run health care would create 'death panels', who why believe them now?
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