By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)
Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone
(continued from title) Actually helped the United States of America. We refer to Julian Assange. One that we have detoured around because we believe he is a financed or profit laden individual who has tried to harm the United States and our allies. Financed by who or what we do not know. Perhaps George Soros and others like him. We may have missed the information during all the preceding hullabaloo emanating from every print, broadcast and electronic news outlet, but for now it makes little difference. It will be important if Assange is arrested, throughly investigated and perhaps hung by the neck until he is dead or cut loose by our liberal court system to continue his mischief.
The question we asked above about the possibility of Assange helping more than damaging the United States, is posed in an article by Leslie H. Gelb writing for The Daily Beast, and the premise will surprise both liberals and conservatives and cause progressives and other extremist to stumble over their assumptions:
The Wikileakers dumped a vast pile of secrets to prove that the United States was selfish, stupid and wicked–but their revelations proved just the opposite. When you remove the gossip and obvious trivia that mesmerized the press, you clearly see what the Wikileakers never expected: A United States seriously and professionally trying to solve the most dangerous problems in a frighteningly complicated world, yet lacking the power to dictate solutions. U.S. policymakers and diplomats are shown, quite accurately, doing what they are supposed to do: ferreting out critical information from foreign leaders, searching for paths to common action, and struggling with the right amount of pressure to apply on allies and adversaries. And in most cases, the villain is not Washington, but foreign leaders escaping common action with cowardice and hypocrisy.
I have little difficulty jumping on Mr. Gelb’s wagon and urging the mule team forward for more revelation:
In explaining his deed publicly, Assange suggests that what he’s doing is uncovering American misdeeds and lies. His aim, he says, is to inform citizens of democracies and peoples around the world about what their leaders are really doing. Assange also insists he did this for transparency’s sake. Yet when he got to look inside, he didn’t see what was plain: that our diplomats were doing a good job. Indeed, when you turn off his nonsense and stop listening to the strange commentary on cable news and even on the front pages of great newspapers, when you actually read the cables, here’s what you see: American leaders and American diplomats trying to solve crucial world problems.
Mr. Gelb post excerpts from some of the cables and further comments on what he contends is the good sense and responsibility of American diplomats. You might be interested enough to gain his outlook and opinion of Mr. Assange and what Gelb believes his motives were and are. If so, here is the link to the second page of the article.
You should not be able to leave the article by Mr. Gelb without having formed an opinion of some depth, whether in agreement with Gelb or not. If you have difficulty forming an opinion, one way or another, there’s more to read from the links at the bottom of this article.
Thanks and a flap of the cap to Mr. Gelb and The Daily Beast. we leave you with more information on Mr. Gelb provided by The Daily Beast:
Leslie H. Gelb, a former New York Times columnist and senior government official, is author of Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy(HarperCollins 2009), a book that shows how to think about and use power in the 21st century. He is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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- Julian Assange: the man behind WikiLeaks (cbc.ca)
- Do you think Julian Assange violated the 1917 Espionage act? [Greg Laden’s Blog] (scienceblogs.com)
- WikiLeaks actions are damaging and should be prosecuted (Rep. Dan Lungren) (thehill.com)