I was going to post about this with lots of footnotes. It was going to be well researched and documented. But my heart just wasn’t in it. Yes Julian is scum of the earth, a muckraker who revels in creating hate and discontent. Who seemingly cares for little else other than “putting it to the man” and collateral damaged be damned. And that seems to be what bothers me most about him. At the end of the day it is not going to be the senior people in any of the organizations, agencies, or governments, who fall due to his release of classified documents. The ones who have the greatest potential of being at risk for any of this, are going to be the “grunts”. The lowest runged at the Department of State (or those who are at embassies away from the “mother ship” at DC), those foreign nationals who interacted with either the State Department, or other “alphabet agencies/agents”, who are now at risk of being found out or exposed. And despite what folks at the Department of Defense or the Pentagon say, perhaps even some of the troops on the ground. Will the information “leaked” directly place any in harm’s way, probably not (as evidenced by what has thus far been made public). Might it set the stage for something to happen, or provide incentive to those who are actively engaged against us to push harder in their attacks? I would have to think “yes” is the answer. And if so, then at least indirectly, Julian’s actions put at least some of the (potential) blood on his hands.
Having said all this, should we be bringing him up on charges? As I understand it he has not broken any laws that warrant our active pursuit of him. He is not an American citizen, so treason does not apply. He did not actively “steal” the documents in question. So it would seem at least for now, legally he is in the clear. (And please, let’s just ignore the trumped up “rape charges” for now. That is a smoke and mirror show or punch and Judy show I am not sure which. Grasping at
condoms err straws is more like it.)
BUT the man is a moral reprobate, his ethics stink, if tried based on the content of his character, he would at best be imprisoned for life, and at worst, be (and should be) lined up against the wall for the firing squad of morality, so they can take their best shot.
Which brings us to what in my mind is the more important concern.
What, if anything, is being done to those who “leaked” this classified or sensitive information to Assange? For all the screaming about “traitor” and “treason”, these are the individuals who should be caught, charged, prosecuted, sentenced, and have said sentence carried out with all due haste. It does not matter if they are disgruntled military (as is the supposed case with one individual), or some other federal employee(s). Yet we hear little, if anything, about this side of the story. You want hangings, firing squads, or any other method of sending one to their maker, these are the folks who are most deserving. Assange is, at the end of the day, nothing more then a mouthpiece, (potential) convenient scapegoat, and possible martyr. And though he willingly set himself up for the first two, he is not deserving of martyrdom.
Oh, and one final note on all this. Am I the only one who sees the irony of the following?
Wikileaks confirms WMD’s existed in Iraq. Yet, this is the first person who should fall, due to traitorous actions of those who provided the information, and a government who has been notoriously slow in responding (if at all) to this event? From the President on down, it has been nothing but damage control, and spin. What were our intelligence agencies doing in tracking this before it blew up. And if they knew, why wasn’t something done before the fecal matter hit the oscillating air moving device?
More as the mood strikes, and my memory of what else I wanted to post about comes bubbling back to the surface.