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Just the Fibs, Ma’am

Posted on Dec 1, 2010
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It’s a sad day when working journalists condemn those who would pry loose a few secrets from the national security state. Glenn Greenwald has done an excellent job tracking the hypocrites, hacks and access addicts. His latest target is Joe Klein (right), who describes WikiLeaks’ work as a “human disaster.”

Read Klein’s full blog post here. The line that Greenwald references below is: “If a single foreign national is rounded up and put in jail because of a leaked cable, this entire, anarchic exercise in ‘freedom’ stands as a human disaster. Assange is a criminal. He’s the one who should be in jail.”

Glenn Greenwald on Salon:

Do you have that principle down?  If “a single foreign national is rounded up and put in jail” because of the WikiLeaks disclosure—even a “single one”—then the entire WikiLeaks enterprise is proven to be a “disaster” and “Assange is a criminal” who “should be in jail.”  That’s quite a rigorous moral standard.  So let’s apply it elsewhere:

What about the most destructive “anarchic exercise in ‘freedom’” the planet has known for at least a generation:  the “human disaster” known as the attack on Iraq, which Klein supported?  That didn’t result in the imprisonment of “a single foreign national,” but rather the deaths of more than 100,000 innocent human beings, the displacement of millions more, and the destruction of a country of 26 million people.  Are those who supported that “anarchic exercise in ‘freedom’”—or at least those responsible for its execution—also “criminals who should be in jail”?  

How about the multiple journalists and other human beings whom the U.S. Government imprisoned (and continues to imprison) for years without charges —and tortured—including many whom the Government knew were completely innocent, while Klein assured the world that wasn’t happening?  How about those responsible for the war in Afghanistan (which Klein supports) with its checkpoint shootings of an “amazing number” of innocent Afghans and civilian slaughtering air strikes, or the use of cluster bombs in Yemen, or the civilian killing drones in Pakistan?  Are those responsible for the sky-high corpses of innocent people from these actions also “criminals who should be in jail”? 

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Greenwald explains that he’s not singling out Klein, but using him to illustrate a wider trend, where advocates of war and destruction bemoan the human danger of WikiLeaks’ work.  —PZS

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By glider, December 3, 2010 at 3:48 am Link to this comment

Chris Hertz,
Yep, I bet the instructions were to use their talents to lure Julian into sex without a condom with whatever ploy was necessary so as to establish DNA evidence.  The rest will be lies for payment.

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By Chris Herz, December 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment
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We think the Swedish sweeties ran what the KGB called a “kompromat” and what the CIA calls an “honey trap” on Mr Assange.  Yeah, maybe he should have kept it in his pocket, but that I know from my own experience is difficult when a fine looking woman says otherwise.
What will happen now is that he will be held temporarily in Britain or in Sweden until arrangements can be made to put him away for good in some US supermax.
I have appealed publicly to President Hugo Chavez Frias of Venezuela to offer Julian Assange shelter in their embassy in London and to make facilities available in his country to Wikileaks.  I hope others will join in.

Chris Herz

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By JohannG, December 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment

Good thing Joe Klein is an Entertainer, NOT a
journalist. As a journalist he’d be a disgrace.

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By gerard, December 2, 2010 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment

From Klein:  “If a single foreign national is rounded up and put in jail because of a leaked cable, this entire, anarchic exercise in “freedom” stands as a human disaster.”

One might ask:  How many foreign nationals were rounded up and put in jail in “black prisons” around the world by the “Allied Forces” fighting illegal wars in the Middle East” Why is this not regarded as “an anarchic exercise” and “a human disaster.”

There are a number of similar questions which I won’t go into here, but they are screaming for answers.

If WikiLeaks can stop the maddness, more power to them.

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By Blackspeare, December 2, 2010 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment

I strongly doubt any of the information revealed by Wikileaks will put anyone in jeopardy——it more of an embarrassment than anything else.  However, remember, whomever is an agent for one country is a traitor to another.

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By lasmog, December 2, 2010 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

That seems to be one of the defining feature of our plutocracy; the powerful are never prosecuted for their crimes.  The architects of the Iraq invasion are now our senior statesmen, earning fat fees for their memoirs and speeches.  The bank executives who brought us the credit crisis have retained their ill gotten gains, their executive positions and have seen their bonuses increased.  And guys like Klein simply feed off the system, never directing their scrutiny at anyone wielding any actual power.

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By surfnow, December 2, 2010 at 10:06 am Link to this comment

This is why at Nuremburg the propagandists were considered war criminals. Klein is a despicable neocon enabler.

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By glider, December 2, 2010 at 9:45 am Link to this comment

It is offensive to hear the Orwellian warmongers such as Hillary fain a concern for endangering lives while they work full time keeping the MIC death mill operating as efficiently as possible. The only life they care about is the one executing their personal agenda.  Collateral deaths are not on the radar for these “evildoers”.  Hardly noble!

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By Peter Knopfler, December 2, 2010 at 1:48 am Link to this comment

Every body has dirty underwear, so some leaked out, and
like before maybe these Wiki Leaks will shorten the War
of move it to Yemen, Ya Man they are already bombing,
another leak, King Abdullah hates Iran, Israel reported
that 6 months ago,the information is not new for many
and all new for a lot. Julian should get an award for
bravery beyond the call of duty, thanks Julian and
lets be patient they say there is more.

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By Rudolfo, December 1, 2010 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment

Zionist shill Greenwald wants Assange to be hunted down and arrested, here is what he says in the small print ...

“On the issue of the Interpol arrest warrant issued yesterday for Assange’s arrest:  I think it’s deeply irresponsible either to assume his guilt or to assume his innocence until the case plays out.”

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, December 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment
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The liberal class is dead.  When they hear the truth they turn over in their graves.

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