Take a step back from the screaming headlines for just a moment. The entire world is outraged at Julian Assange. He has assumed the position as public enemy no. 1 in short order. Interestingly enough, you don’t hear anywhere near the outrage for Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private that actually stole the cables. Sure, everyone thinks he should be prosecuted, but I don’t hear many people calling for open murder of him like they are with Assange.
This entire episode simply doesn’t pass the smell test. We are to believe that the F.B.I. has been aware of the theft of the cables for months, yet they could do nothing to stop it. Strange how I.C.E. and the Dept. of Justice were able to so easily shut down 82 websites yesterday that they considered illegal.
Then look at the cables themselves. They haven’t been vetted for authenticity yet. Already there is speculation on the possibility that some of them are fakes. None of them were classified higher than Secret. They were all available on a government intranet that had literally hundreds of thousands of users with access. Much of what has been reviewed already is simply confirmation of information already known. It seems that no vital state secrets have been revealed here.
The Farewell Dossier was a covert CIA operation from 1982. The Russians were building a natural gas pipeline across Siberia. They lacked the technical expertise for the software required to operate it. They knew the U.S. had it and put the KGB up to stealing it from us. We were on to them and the CIA let them steal it along with some tainted software code. In mid 1982 with the gas pipeline pumping at full capacity, a massive explosion rocked Siberia. So much so that NORAD thought it to be a nuclear test. The CIA told them not to worry. It took 14 years before the entire story came out that the CIA was behind it.
Today, we have Wikileaks seemingly able to do the impossible. They have obtained massive amounts of cables and released them publicly. Some of them are potentially very damaging and embarrassing to our foreign relations. The fallout could be extensive. In fact, it’s considered a matter of national security.
Now, what could be the response to this event? How about some new government authority to regulate the internet? In the interest of national security of course. To help keep us safe. Who could deny the government this authority? Not the American public, who will willingly go along with it.
I don’t buy it for a minute. I think the CIA was behind it the whole time. They merely let out enough rope for Julian Assange to hang himself. At best, the information released will only result in some embarrassment. No national secrets have been let out of the bag. And the government will get what it has wanted for years. The ability to regulate the internet. Assange will very publicly go down. Yet another good crisis not wasted.
Is Bradley Manning a criminal? Sure, and he will pay. Is Julian Assange a criminal? We’ll see. He’s a hero to some for exposing what goes on behind the scenes. He’s the scum of the earth to others and needs to be assassinated ASAP. Is the government going to take advantage of a gift on a silver platter? My money is on it. Will we ever know if the government was actually behind this set-up? Who knows, but we’ve seen it in the past. Look no further than the Farewell Dossier. Our freedoms are stripped little by little with each national emergency. 9-1-1 brought us the Patriot Act and the Dept. of Homeland Security. We see how far the TSA is taking their authority these days.
Wikileaks will likely restore some credibility with the planned release of internal documents from one of the big banks. Bank of America seems to be the consensus. Dish some dirt on what goes on behind the scenes at one of the evil, greedy, big banks and virtually everyone can get behind that. The same people who called for the end of Wikileaks may do a 180 and cheer some retribution against Wall Street. We’ll see.
Be careful what you wish for. In everyone’s zeal to see Wikileaks burn for their actions, we may pay a far greater price with more of our freedoms stripped away. No one can deny that the internet and free web access has changed the world