Truth in chains

Chris Floyd writes:

Well, they got him at last. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the target of several of the world’s most powerful governments, turned himself into British authorities today and is now at the mercy of state authorities who have already shown their wolfish – and lawless – desire to destroy him and his organization.

It has been, by any standard, an extraordinary campaign of vilification and persecution, wholly comparable to the kind of treatment doled out to dissidents in China or Burma. Lest we forget, WikiLeaks is a journalistic outlet – just like The New York Times, the Guardian and Der Spiegel, all of whom are even now publishing the very same material – leaked classified documents — available on WikiLeaks. The website is also a journalistic outlet just like CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox and other mainstream media venues, where we have seen an endless parade of officials – and journalists! – calling for Assange to be prosecuted or killed outright. Every argument being made for shutting down WikiLeaks can – and doubtless will – be used against any journalistic enterprise that publishes material that powerful people do not like.

And the leading role in this persecution of truth-telling is being played by the administration of the great progressive agent of hope and change, the self-proclaimed heir of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Barack Obama. His attorney general, Eric Holder, is now making fierce noises about the “steps” he has already taken to bring down WikiLeaks and criminalize the leaking of embarrassing information. And listen to the ferocious reaction of that liberal lioness, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who took to the pages of Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal to call for Assange to be put in prison – for 2,500,000 years:

When WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange released his latest document trove—more than 250,000 secret State Department cables—he intentionally harmed the U.S. government. The release of these documents damages our national interests and puts innocent lives at risk. He should be vigorously prosecuted for espionage.

“The law Mr. Assange continues to violate is the Espionage Act of 1917. That law makes it a felony for an unauthorized person to possess or transmit “information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation.” … Importantly, the courts have held that “information relating to the national defense” applies to both classified and unclassified material. Each violation is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

So there you have it. Ten years for each offense; 250,000 separate offenses; thus a prison term of 2.5 million years. Naturally, tomorrow the same newspaper will denounce Feinstein for being such a namby-pamby terrorist-coddling pinko: “Why didn’t she call for Assange to be torn from limb to limb by wild dogs, as any right-thinking red-blooded American would do!?”

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4 thoughts on “Truth in chains

  1. rosemerry

    I love the chorus of “putting innocent lives at risk” from the USA, of all places. Land of the free, home of the brave that attacks anyone vulnerable and unwilling to kowtow to it. Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia-how dare they argue. The terrible embarrassment of the revealed truth is certainly a reason for jail. The other media writers must await their turn to be imprisoned in the crowded jails of the leader of the free world.

  2. Vince J

    What about Karl Rove??? Hey Mr. Holder! What about that criminal? (Not that I care one bit for an outed CIA agent), but to shed light on the hypocrisy… What about Rove?

  3. Christopher Hoare

    Der Spiegel today mentions that at its launch, Wikileaks expected to be revealing secrets from dictatorial regimes whose greatest exercise of power is to control their own populations —
    “In a declaration of principle from its early days, the group wrote that it mainly hoped to receive documents from repressive regimes like those in Russia and China.”
    It seems that another fruit fell from the tree when the branches were shaken. The US Democratic Party has been unmasked — it is the very opposite of democratic. The regime of Obama has proven to be a clone of that of George W Bush in all respects — and a worthy companion of those regimes formerly supposed to be unparalleled leaders in lies and repression.

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