says Obama is downplaying the
importance of the leak of thousands of classified documents. But he
won’t be able to laugh off the latest allegations. We have now learned
that with quick action he and his White House Staff may have been able
to limit the damage, but they were too incompetent to act.
video interview blows this scandal wide open.
Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks talk with Judge Napolitano
of Fox News (02:03)
When asked by Judge Andrew Napolitano of
Fox News why he should not be held responsible for potential deaths
caused by the leak,
Julian Assange, the founder of
that he contacted the White House about the leaks before they were
released and asked them to review them. The White House’s
They were too busy golfing, partying with
Paul McCartney and spending the summer vacationing. In subsequent
email conversations Assange’s people clarified that they sought this
response through the New York Times.
This is the part of the
puzzle which could explain why Obama and his supporters have been trying
to downplay this leak as unimportant.
says Obama is downplaying the importance of the leak of thousands of
classified documents. But he won’t be able to laugh off the latest
allegations. We have now learned that with quick action he and his
White House Staff may have been able to limit the damage, but they were
too incompetent to act.
video interview blows this scandal wide open.
When asked by Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News why he should
not be held responsible for potential deaths caused by the leak,
the founder of WikiLeaks,
answered that he contacted the White House about the leaks before they
were released and asked them to review them. The White House’s
They were too busy golfing, partying with
Paul McCartney and spending the summer vacationing. In subsequent email
conversations Assange’s people clarified that they sought this response
through the New York Times.
This is the part of the puzzle which
could explain why Obama and his supporters have been trying to downplay
this leak as unimportant.
Obama Administration Is Okay With Leaks
says the White House has instructed federal departments and agencies
to take immediate steps to try to prevent any future Wikileaks-like
"The recent irresponsible disclosure by WikiLeaks
has resulted in significant damage to our national security," wrote
director of the Office of Management and Budget Jack Lew, in a
memo posted this morning at the OMB website. "Any failure by
agencies to safeguard classified information pursuant to relevant laws…
is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."
department and agency that handles classified information is being
instructed to create a "security assessment team" to review the
implementation of procedures to safeguard such information, a review to
include making sure that no employee has access to information beyond
what is necessary to do his or her job effectively.
instruction seemed a reference to US Army Private Bradley Manning, an
army intelligence analyst arrested who was stationed in Iraq and is
thought to be the source for the hundreds of thousands of documents
leaked to Wikileaks. Manning was arrested in May and is awaiting
It was unclear why this memo is being released
now, after the third Wikileaks document dump, instead of after the first
Heads in the sand alert! The
Pentagon just released a study that
sayshomosexuals could serve with no harm, but
homosexualharm America by leaking all these
I'm fairly convinced
that Obama was fine with these leaks. They hurt America's image.
Then I found this comment
from Rush Limbaugh:
"Who says everybody's worried this WikiLeaks
stuff, at least the stuff I'm reading, is gonna damage US
credibility. Isn't that the idea? Isn't that the point
of this administration? Isn't this the exact kind of thing
Obama's been looking to do? Isn't this the exact kind of thing
this administration, this guy has hoped for, less respect for the
United States? Great respect for him, but less respect for us?
Well, it's hurting Britain, too, but damn the Brits need to be hurt
because, you know, they hurt Obama's grandfather. Don't forget
now, Obama took the Churchill bust out. The Brits deserved to
get hurt, the colonialists out there taking over and colonializing
all these different peoples of color, the Mau Mau Revolution,
Obama's grandfather, or father, whatever, got his butt kicked by the
Brits. So, look, I mean doesn't all this kind of make sense? "
If you think
this is an exaggeration, remember
from 11/27/10, of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal
Periodic Review? It shows the humiliation of our nation in front
of some of the worst despots in the world.
America bad! Obama good! That was the message presented
by Obama's representatives to the kangaroo court.
You have to ask
yourself, if Homeland Security can
shut down 82 websites for alleged copyright infringement, why can't
they shut down Wikileaks for espionage?
cares? 9/11 Terror Trials? Whatever. Closing
Guantanamo? Later, dude.
Attorney General Eric Holder is on
his way to Switzerland
to lobby for the World Cup. After all, Obama does have his
WikiLeaks Hit By Powerful
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) – The WikiLeaks website said
it came under a
forceful Internet-based attack on Tuesday morning, making some of
the content, including the controversial "Cablegate" documents,
inaccessible for hours to users in the U.S. and Europe.
10 gigabits per second -- that's a whole lot
The site appears to have responded by switching its
main hosting base from Sweden to the U.S., making it available again.
On Tuesday, traffic to the site went to Amazon.com Inc.’s
server-for-rent service, based in the U.S.
The site, which
distributed a trove of U.S. diplomatic documents on Sunday, said in a
Twitter message on Tuesday morning that it was under a "distributed
denial of service attack," a method commonly used by hackers to slow
down or bring down sites. WikiLeaks didn’t identify the attackers.
"We are currently under a DDOS attack," according to one tweet early
Tuesday. Shortly after 9 a.m., another tweet was sent, saying, "DDOS
attack now exceeding 10 Gigabits a second."
The site, which is
devoted to releasing anonymously submitted documents, also came under
attack Sunday, but Tuesday’s attack appeared to be more powerful.
Calls to Amazon.com were not immediately returned. Bahnhof,
the Swedish Internet company that has been WikiLeaks’ main host, had no
immediate comment on Tuesday.
In a typical denial-of-service
attack, remote computers commandeered by rogue programs bombard a
website with so many data packets that it becomes overwhelmed and
unavailable to visitors. Pinpointing the culprits is difficult.
WikiLeaks said the malicious traffic was coming in at 10 gigabits
per second on Tuesday, which would make it a relatively large effort.
According to a study by Internet security company Arbor Networks, the
average denial of service attack over the past year was 349 megabits per
second, 28 times slower than the stream Wikileaks reported.
Sunday’s attack didn’t stop the publication of stories based on messages
leaked from the U.S. State Department in several major newspapers.
WikiLeaks had given the media outlets prior access to the diplomatic
cables to publish in conjunction with their Sunday release on its site.
The cables, many of them classified, offer candid, sometimes
unflattering assessments of foreign leaders, ranging from U.S. allies
such as Germany and Italy to other nations like Libya, Iran and
Fox News is reporting that the US State Department cut off WikiLeaks.
WikiLeaks Abandoned By Corporate Backers
reported in October, that WikiLeaks, a site that often makes the
government of the United States (U.S.) growl, was finally abandoned by its
corporate backers. Lately, this site became famous for publishing
secret documents about U.S. military activities in Afghanistan.
Loading the news has angered the White House and Pentagon.
site also published the testimony of Iraq war veterans about the
massacre by U.S. troops in Iraq.
Julian Assange, founder of
WikiLeaks, accused the U.S. government was behind the termination of his
relationship by Moneybookers. However, CNN reported the U.S.
government denied these allegations. News closure itself was first
published by a leading UK newspaper, The Guardian.
In his letter
to CNN, Assange mentioned that Moneybookers gave information to the
WikiLeaks about its decision in August 2010, shortly after the Pentagon
asked for WikiLeaks revoke coverage of the military documents from its
website. WikiLeaks rejected the request, on the contrary, planned
to load hundreds of additional files belong to the Pentagon this month.
Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian
The Guardian (UK) has
published a copy of the Interpol wanted notice for Julian Assange.
The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is tonight facing growing
legal problems around the world, with the US announcing that it was
investigating whether he had violated its espionage laws.
Assange's details were also added to Interpol's worldwide wanted list.
Dated 30 November, the entry reads: "sex crimes" and says the warrant
has been issued by the international public prosecution office in
Gothenburg, Sweden. "If you have any information contact your
national or local police." It reads: "Wanted: Assange, Julian
Paul," and gives his birthplace as Townsville, Australia.
One would think that the
investigative geniuses at Interpol would look
here for a picture of this
David Patten is still pointing at the U. S.
State Department, and says:
Besieged by a barrage of WikiLeaks
revelations, the State Department on Tuesday shut down all access to its
secret government documents for fear that they could be stolen and
posted on the Internet.
The move signaled increased concern over
how a quarter-million sensitive diplomatic cables could be spirited
away, apparently by a 22-year-old private first class who, according to
the British Guardian newspaper, saved the data onto a Lady Gaga CD.
Knowledgeable foreign-policy experts found the disclosures to be
rather pedestrian. But the scope and breadth of the leaks, as well
as the global diplomatic repercussions, sent the State Department
Soros man] P.J. Crowley said the decision to block access to
documents will continue until a fix can be found for what he termed
"weaknesses in the system that have become evident because of this
The scope of the security lapse is in some ways
unprecedented. The German Der Spiegel magazine wrote:
"Never before in history has a superpower
lost control of such vast amounts of such sensitive information --
data that can help paint a picture of the foundation upon which U.S.
foreign policy is built.
"Never before has the trust
America's partners have in the country been as badly shaken.
Now, their own personal views and policy recommendations have been
made public -- as have America's true views of them."
The State Department’s action will cut off access
to files classified as "secret." Ordinarily, some 3 million
federal employees have access to them.
If other agencies follow
suit, and the restrictions continue for an extended period, national
security experts worry it could have profound implications in the war
For the first time, the leak indicates that the
post-9/11 dictum of widespread intelligence sharing may leave the United
States correspondingly more vulnerable to espionage and breaches of
"The whole post-911 mantra was the need to share, the
need to share, the need to share," says Heritage Foundation
foreign-policy expert James Carafano. "All that is going to be
great, until some share gives up to an al-Qaida operative all the intel
he got from DHS.
"This was going to happen eventually. The
need to share is far more important than all the [intelligence]
Patriotic "Hacktivist" Claims He Took Down
Yesterday Fox News was pointing at the U. S.
State Department were behind the WikiLeak denial of service attacks.
This AM, Kristina Wong, is reporting that a computer hacker is
claiming he temporarily disabled the Wikileak's site Sunday afternoon,
right as the latest dump of leaked State Department memos were scheduled
to publish on the site.
The site was down temporarily on Sunday,
the same time the hacker began tweeting he had begun attacking it.
"www.wikileaks.org -- TANGO DOWN -- for attempting to endanger the
lives of our troops, 'other assets' & foreign relations," he tweeted
late Sunday morning.
"Tango down" is a special forces military
term for having eliminated a terrorist.
He goes by the Twitter
handle "th3j35t3r", which
is leetspeak for "The Jester."
his website, th3j35t3r
calls himself a "hacktivist for good." A "hacktivist" -- a
hacker-activist, supposedly hacks for a good cause. His cause is
preventing young people from being recruited online by jihadists.
He does this by hacking jihadist websites, and temporarily disabling
"PS for me personally WL is a sideshow target, I am more
interested in the big jihad recruiting and training sites," he said
Sunday in a direct message to ABC News via Twitter, referring to hacking
the Wikileaks website.
Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of
global information technology security software vendor F-Secure, said
today that he's familiar with The Jester.
"I don't know this
guy, I've never met this guy, I've been running into his attacks because
he is fairly visible unlike other attackers, because he documents his
attacks, runs his own blog, also tries to explain his motives and
reasoning behind the attack," he said. "I've only seen him do
denial of service attacks."
Hypponen said today that there's no
proof that The Jester is behind the Wikileaks attack. "But he's
demonstrated the capability to do an attack like this. He seems to
have the motive against Wikileaks, and he claims he did it. I
don't think there is much reason to doubt that it was him."
is being attacked right now, starting three hours ago, and The Jester is
being silent so we don't know if the attacks are being done by him or
ABC News conducted an exclusive interview online
with a person calling himself The Jester last month, during which he
revealed details of how he takes down sites, and why he does it.
He says the reason he takes down jihadist websites is "multi-fold. A
bbig thing is the fact that we waste billions on troops risking their
lives in the field (hats off)" he writes.
"but the real threat
now is the way they can radicalize 'normal' Muslims into doing awful
stuff on their own countries ground..." he continues, "they can groom.
recruit, train, and maneuver, home grown terrorists without ever having
to meet them."
He says his aim was "initially to make those
sites sporadically unavailable," yet he did not want to tread on the
toes of countries' secret services. He says he used an attack tool
he developed, "XerXeS", which will "pull down a site at will."
He claims to be a former member of a special operations unit, but
provided no details. He says he has worked with U.S. forces, and
has the "utmost respect for their conduct in the field."
Matt Negrin is reporting that the Obama
administration has created a position to investigate the gaps in
security that led to the WikiLeaks release of diplomats' private
conversations, the White House announced.
Russell Travers, the
deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will be the
national security staff’s senior adviser for information access and
security policy. He will "lead a comprehensive effort to identify
and develop the structural reforms needed in light of the Wikileaks
breach," the White House said in a statement.
The White House
also announced that the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board "will
take an independent look at the means by which the Executive Branch as a
whole shares and protects classified information."
Closing the barn door
after the horse is gone.
Related:The Independent has learnt that
Scotland Yard has been in contact with Julian Assange's legal team for
more than a month but is waiting for further instruction before
arresting him on an Interpol warrant.
Police forces around the globe have been asked to arrest the enigmatic
Wikileaks founder, who is wanted in Sweden to answer a series of sexual
allegations against him.
But the 39-year-old Australian supplied
the Metropolitan Police with contact details upon arriving in the UK in
October. Police sources confirmed that they have a telephone
number for Mr. Assange and are fully aware of where he is staying.
We Could Have Stopped WikiLeaks
Pentagon press secretary says the Defense Department could have
stopped WikiLeaks, but decided not to…
Let's Not Be Scared Of One Guy With A
Robert Gibbels attributes the largest security breach in
American history to "one guy with a website" -- "one guy with a
keyboard and laptop."
Don't you feel secure with these guys
running the country?
WikiLeaks And The Coming Clash In The
reporting that the latest round of U.S. Embassy cables released by
WikiLeaks isn’t just embarrassing for the United States. It’s a
shameful and graphic display -- posted on a billboard for all the world
to see -- of America’s irreversibly broken will.
As Lee Smith
observed earlier this week, the most disturbing revelation made in the
diplomatic papers "is the extent to which both the Bush and Obama
administrations have concealed Iran’s war against the United States
…" (emphasis mine throughout).
Try, if you can, to wrap your
mind around that one. Even as American soldiers are asked to
sacrifice their lives in the war against terrorism, two U.S. presidents
-- representing both political parties -- have been hard at
work covering the tracks of the world’s number-one state sponsor of
In October, when WikiLeaks released its last batch of
secret documents, most of it coming from the Iraqi battlefield, the New
York Times said it revealed how Iran’s military had "intervened
aggressively" to support combatants fighting American troops.
Another Times piece noted that U.S. troops had discovered evidence of
Iran’s role in training Iraqi militants and supplying militias with
rockets, magnetic bombs and other weapons.
"The reports make it
clear that the lethal contest between Iranian-backed militias
and American forces continued after Obama sought to open a
diplomatic dialogue with Iran’s leaders," the Times wrote. Even as
Iran continued its deadly assault on American troops, Obama worked to
erase the Iranian connection. Who can forget his Cairo speech,
when he showered praise on the Iranian people and encouraged the mullahs
to finish their nuclear power project?
Downplaying The WikiLeaks Disaster
Investors.com believes the Obama administration
is minimizing the impact that publication of 251,000 stolen U.S. embassy
cables will have on America's foreign relations. Funny, that's not
how our overseas partners see it.
Obama has yet to make a
statement on the broadest U.S. security breach in history. A few
representatives have pleaded with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to
halt his document dumps, but to no avail. And now, with the
drip-drip-drip of U.S. secrets in its fifth day, they're suddenly
shifting to a coordinated message insisting it's really no big deal.
"I've heard the impact of these releases on our foreign policy
described as a meltdown, as a game-changer, and so on," Defense
Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday. "I think those
descriptions are fairly significantly overwrought."
secretary, Geoff Morrell, suggested to Fox News' Megyn Kelly that the
Pentagon did have the power to shut down the site but didn't because the
cables were small potatoes. "At the end of the day ... this
creates some awkward and embarrassing situations for the United States
government ... But it does not, at least over the long term, adversely
impact America's power or prestige," he said.
Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, whose agency was victimized, was just as unperturbed.
"I have not had any concerns expressed about whether any nation will not
continue to work with and discuss matters of importance to us both going
forward," she said, never considering what they might be saying in
Attorney General Eric Holder showed his indifference in
another way -- by flying to Geneva to plead with FIFA soccer bureaucrats
to bring the 2022 World Cup to the U.S. -- a gambit he later lost.
"We should never be afraid of one guy who plopped down $35 and
bought a Web address," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, taking
the cake for absurdity. "Our foreign policy is stronger than that
. .. . We're not scared of one guy, with one keyboard and a laptop."
On that logic, as wags from Lucianne.com noted, atomic particles
wouldn't worry him either, and Joseph Goebbels was merely a man with a
Flopping Aces has a pretty good video of Michael Scheuer, former
intelligence officer for the CIA, on Bill O’Reilly discussing WikiLeaks
and the reason why Obama hasn’t addressed the leaks:
O’Reilly -- So Doctor, were you surprised
the President hasn’t said anything about WikiLeaks?
Scheuer -- No, I think the President has a
pretty established, pretty good record of not talking about things
that would defend America. He and Holder have been very good
at criticizing America about how we lost our moral compass. He
always has time to talk about some has been Burmese journalists and
Chinese writers you never hear of but when it comes to defending
America Bill he’s generally pretty quiet.
Bill goes on to note that Holder was sent out a few
days ago to say all the usual stuff…"This is bad" and all that jazz. But
why, when this President has known about WikiLeaks for months, has he
Scheuer -- Well you have to assume, you
don’t know what goes on inside someone's head, but somebody who acts
or doesn’t act tells you clearly what he thinks. The
President, when the first announcement was made, that these things
were going to be leaked, could of ordered the US military or the
Central Intelligence Agency to destroy the website that Mr. Assange
was going to use and prevent any leaks at all.
Why didn’t he?
Schuer -- I think he thinks it’s a first
amendment issue when it’s really just a matter of trafficking in
stolen material. The President is clearly cheek by jowl with
the ACLU, he doesn’t want to upset those people or the New York
Times. Somehow committing treason now has become protected by
the first amendment.
Obama has done nothing about the leak
while a superpower has lost the trust of its partners worldwide.
It has destroyed relationships needed by this country, put people’s
lives in danger, and what do we get from this administration.
Related:Former ambassador John Bolton
tells National Review Online that he would charge
Pfc. Bradley Manning with treason for sharing U.S. intelligence with
WikiLeaks. "I believe treason is still punishable by death and if
he were found guilty, I would do it," Bolton says.
Time to Tear Down The Empire
says whatever the motivation of the WikiLeakers, the far left is
using the leaks to motivate their base.
The latest WikiLeaks revelations should be a
call to action for all Americans. It is time to tear down the
empire that has been created in their name. Two tasks are
first and foremost. We need to create a vibrant movement to
end the wars being waged in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. No
more occupations, no more military surges and no more drone attacks.
Simultaneously, we must demand that the prison facility at
Guantanamo Bay be closed immediately. Achieving such demands
will open a political space to more directly challenge the centre of
the military industrial complex by calling for an immediate
reduction of the military budget by 50% and the closing of all US
military bases abroad.
As democratic socialists, we imagine
another society, where the great wealth this world produces is put
to use to meet human needs. Such a world would not need the
secret cloak that covers the operations of the US empire. It
would, instead, be based on notions that seem very distant from our
current reality -- democracy, free association and
self-determination. We think that democratic socialism holds
the potential to live up to these lofty ideals. Let the
WikiLeaks disclosures provide the motivation for you to join in this
Whenever you want to know who is behind a project,
look at who has most to gain.
The far left clearly has more to
gain from Wikileaks, than do those who want to preserve freedom and the
Now, Here's A Surprise
is reporting that Wikileaks documents show the Obama Administration
used spying, threats and bribes to get support for Copenhagen Accord.
Good grief. The Obama Administration used their Chicago-style
street thug tactics to spy on and threaten countries who opposed the
Copenhagen global warming junk science accord.
And, here we
thought they reserved the use of their Alinsky-style tactics on
opponents here at home. Boy, were we wrong.
Administration spied on, threatened and bribed countries to support the
Copenhagen Accord. The accord would have devastated American
business and manufacturing.
The Guardian reports:
Embassy dispatches show America used spying,
threats and promises of aid to get support for Copenhagen accord
Hidden behind the save-the-world rhetoric of the global climate
change negotiations lies the mucky realpolitik: money and threats
buy political support; spying and cyberwarfare are used to seek out
The US diplomatic cables reveal how the US seeks
dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming;
how financial and other aid is used by countries to gain political
backing; how distrust, broken promises and creative accounting dog
negotiations; and how the US mounted a secret global diplomatic
offensive to overwhelm opposition to the controversial "Copenhagen
accord," the unofficial document that emerged from the ruins of the
Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009.
climate treaty is a high-stakes game, not just because of the danger
warming poses to civilization but also because re-engineering the
global economy to a low-carbon model will see the flow of billions
of dollars redirected.
Seeking negotiating chips, the US
state department sent a secret cable on 31 July 2009 seeking human
intelligence from UN diplomats across a range of issues, including
climate change. The request originated with the CIA. As
well as countries’ negotiating positions for Copenhagen, diplomats
were asked to provide evidence of UN environmental "treaty
circumvention" and deals between nations.
gathering was not just one way. On 19 June 2009, the State
Department sent a cable detailing a "spear phishing" attack on the
office of the US climate change envoy, Todd Stern, while talks with
China on emissions took place in Beijing. Five people received
emails, personalized to look as though they came from the National
Journal. An attached file contained malicious code that would
give complete control of the recipient’s computer to a hacker.
While the attack was unsuccessful, the department’s cyber threat
analysis division noted: "It is probable intrusion attempts such as
this will persist."
The Beijing talks failed to lead to a
global deal at Copenhagen.
It’s a good thing the US media is ignoring this
story. It might reflect poorly on the Obama Administration.
They certainly don’t want that to happen.
Is Obama Getting A Free Pass Over
says the Left would have bayed for Bush's blood if he was in the
White House and these leaks happened.
It has undoubtedly been a
hugely embarrassing few days on the world stage, not only for the Obama
administration, but also for America. The United States’ position
as a superpower and the trust of important allies has been undermined by
unscrupulous, America-hating figures with the aid and comfort of several
major newspapers including The New York Times, Le Monde and The
However the WikiLeaks scandal to date has not resulted
in demonstrable consequences for Obama. This despite the fact the
Obama administration appears to have done little to halt the latest
leak, even though this is the third unlawful disclosure of government
documents this year.
The Obama team has been spectacularly caught
napping by America’s enemies like a deer in the headlights. As
noted in a superb piece earlier this week:
Because of its failure to act,
responsibility for the damage done by these most recent disclosures
now rests with the Obama administration. Perhaps this latest
release crosses a line that will finally spur the administration to
Fortunately for Obama, the main focus of blame in
the US media so far has not been directed at the failures of the White
House or State Department, but upon the individual or individuals
directly responsible for leaking information within the US government,
as well as Julian Assange and his nefarious WikiLeaks organization.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill will though be demanding swift and
immediate action in the coming weeks to prevent future leaks.
There will certainly be Congressional hearings into the leaks, and the
US administration’s handling of it, with both the House and Senate
seeking answers to a massive security breach. Should these
hearings produce clear evidence the Obama administration was culpably
negligent, the administration will then no longer enjoy the benefit of
the doubt, and will suffer the political consequences it is due.
No such benefit of the doubt would have been accorded to the previous
president of the United States, however. Imagine what the response
would have been if George W. Bush was president and not Barack Obama?
The Left would have been up in arms with pitchforks at the ready,
demanding the resignation of his Secretary of State and key intelligence
officials, and all but putting the administration on trial.
WikiLeaks revelations would have perfectly suited the liberal elites’
silly caricature of Bush as a "cowboy" president, supposedly alienating
the world while acting as the globe’s policeman. The left-wing
media would have queued up to denounce the Bush Administration as
incompetent, lax with America’s security, and disparaging towards the
rest of the world. And as for the suggestion of spying on those
dictator-friendly bureaucrats at the UN -- that would have led to an
avalanche of liberal condemnation, and wall to wall coverage in the
Obama, on the other hand, has been given a free pass so
far, and has not even felt the need to comment personally on this latest
scandal, which happened directly on his watch. Is there a blatant
double standard which the Left, and the overwhelmingly liberal
"mainstream" media, applies in the United States? Absolutely.
And the WikiLeaks fiasco just further confirms it.
Keystone Kops Administration
asks, is this the Keystone Kops presidency? Barack Obama needs
to get serious about WikiLeaks.
The White House strategy so far
has been to largely ignore WikiLeaks, and let Hillary Clinton and the
State Department handle the fall-out from the debacle. Obama
hasn’t even commented publicly on the release of over a quarter of a
million US diplomatic cables, despite the immense damage the leak is
doing to American diplomacy and US strategic interests on the world
stage. He is giving all the appearance of a commander-in-chief who
is not in control, with an inept administration that seems to blunder
from one crisis to another, at times with no-one at the helm.
That’s surely going to have to change, with WikiLeaks now dramatically
upping the stakes with the release of some extremely sensitive documents
which will be exploited by terrorist groups across the world, including
al-Qaeda. As The Times has just reported:
WikiLeaks raised the stakes tonight in its
battle with the United States with the release of a secret list of
vaccine suppliers, mineral sources and pieces of infrastructure that
Washington believes would harm US security if attacked.
Experts said the cable, published by the whistle-blower website as
part of an unauthorized trove of diplomatic correspondence, was a
gift for terrorist organizations wanting to harm the United States
as it spelt out the pipelines, undersea cables and factories across
the world -- including a number in Britain -- that would cause most
damage to US interests if destroyed.
The WikiLeaks disclosures are not only
embarrassing for Washington on the world stage -- they also pose a
fundamental threat to the security of the United States and key allies
including Great Britain. And it’s the third time this year that
the nefarious organization has dumped vast numbers of confidential US
documents on the Internet with complete impunity, aided and abetted by
The New York Times and several international newspapers.
time for Obama to start showing some real leadership and responsibility
in the face of a major threat to American interests, and treat the
WikiLeaks issue as a top priority, rather than ignoring it as some kind
of annoying sideshow. Barack Obama needs to personally outline to
the American people how his administration is going to prevent future
leaks, and deliver a pledge to do all he can to hunt down Julian Assange
and his accomplices and bring them to justice. Obama must let
America’s enemies know there are consequences for their actions, and
demonstrate that the world’s superpower will act against them, not least
as a warning to others who seek to emulate their actions. As
Charles Krauthammer put it in a superb piece last week in The Washington
Want to prevent this from happening again?
Let the world see a man who can’t sleep in the same bed on
consecutive nights, who fears the long arm of American justice… it
would be nice if people like Assange were made to worry every time
they go out in the rain.
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Obama's laissez-faire approach is
demonstrated by the fact that Assange is publicly holding a gun to
Obama's head, and Obama doesn't respond, even when Assange calls for
If Obama cared as much for America's secrets as
he does his own, this never would have happened.
Barack Hussein Assange
Rush Limbaugh: Hey, did you see that the femi-WikiLeaks guy, Julian
Assange has called for the resignation of Obama? Well, it just
goes to show there's good in everybody. Greetings, folks, nice to
have you. El Rushbo and the Excellence in Broadcasting Network.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays and all of that, looking forward to
talking to you on the phones today. 800-282-2882 is the number if
you want to be on the program. E-mail address,
Julian Assange is now promising to release
files. If we nab him, if we arrest the guy he's got some encrypted
stuff out there that's not redacted, he'll flood the world with it, and
some of these files supposedly will list the factories and sites that
are essential to our national defense so as to make them easier targets
for terrorists. Now, to think there are still some people who
don't realize his entire purpose is to bring down America's standing in
the world. In fact, I think we ought to call him Barack Hussein
Assange because they have some things that they share in common.
But, stop and think of this now. Look at all these State
Department cables. These are the people who want to digitize our
health records. These are the people telling us they will not leak
any of the nude photos they take with the scanners at the airports, and
we can't even keep track of our own State Department stuff. Well,
he can't flood the world if his servers are down everywhere. These
things are already out there on people's computers. All he's gotta
do is release the encryption key and the encryption key ostensibly is
256 characters, making it veritably impossible to check.
right, WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks. Did you notice something?
Up until recently, this WikiLeaks guy was a "whistleblower."
Julian Assange was a whistleblower. But now? Now that some
of these leaks involve Hillary and the fraud that was global warming,
now this guy is not a whistleblower. He's a muckraker. He's
a guided missile! You know what the real downfall of this is gonna
be? There's gonna be a tightening on Internet freedom. You
watch. Because of this, somebody in this regime is gonna propose
tightening down on regulations and "net neutrality" is gonna come along
and so forth. That's gonna be the upshot of all this. It's
not a good thing.
But I want to know, in addition to all these
stories that we're getting now about Hillary and spying on UN people --
which, by the way, is the job of people at the UN. It's the job of
nations to spy on each other. The Soviet Embassy in Washington is
in the highest part of this city with the best antennas. The
Soviets... (chuckles) I'll tell you a little story, to show you.
Back in 1986 or '87, when I was in Sacramento, they were frustrated that
I didn't do guests on my show. So they sent me to Washington for a
week to do guests. I did the program out of the ABC Bureau on
DeSales Street right across the street from the Mayflower Hotel. I
was scheduled to have Vitaly Churkin, who was a Soviet spy who routinely
appeared on Nightline.
He worked at the embassy and so forth.
I called him and I made the arrangements. Then the night before
the interview I start talking to the ceiling in my hotel room, begging
him not to cancel (laughing), knowing full well that he was listening in
on my room and the Soviet embassy was spying on me. We spy, too.
That's just what they do. That's what the UN is for. If
we're not spying on those thugs then there's no reason to go there.
So this is not news, but it doesn't look good. You know, Mrs.
Clinton is in the process of rehabbing her image here. You know,
from the Nurse Ratched days she's rehabbing -- and now all of a sudden
she's a spy? Liberals don't like that, and now "climate change"
we're finding out how bogus the whole thing always was.
they're really gunning for the Julian Assange guy. All of a sudden
they don't like this guy. What I want to know is where are the
WikiLeaks documents to prove that 9/11 was an inside job by George Bush
and Dick Cheney? Let me ask you liberals: Where are these cables?
Where? I mean, if Julian Assange was worth his salt, why didn't he
produce that? Produce all this stuff that you kooks believe!
Where are the documents that prove Bush intentionally lied about weapons
of mass destruction in Iraq in order to invade the country? Where
is the WikiLeaks document -- the State Department cable, whatever --
that Rove leaked Valerie Plame's name to the media? Where's all
this good stuff?
Where is...? I want to ask this to the
Reverend Jackson: Where are the WikiLeaks cables proving that the CIA
invented AIDS? Where is Obama's birth certificate? Where's
the real good stuff? How about all the hundreds of other left-wing
lies we've been hearing about for years? WikiLeaks is covering up
for the United States? I got a kick out of this lead paragraph
from the AP concerning the WikiLeaks stuff. "Secretary of State Hillary
Rodham Clinton knows how to try to get a laugh from a public
embarrassment." (laughing) I'll say she does. (laughing)
She's been doing it for decades! (laughing) The headline is:
"Clinton Uses WikiLeaks Disclosures to Draw a Laugh." Well, she's
got plenty of experience in that! I don't know, I just get a kick
out of all this stuff.
Where's all the good stuff?
Assange guy is just not worth his salt.
"Where is Obama's birth
certificate? Where's the real good stuff?" -- Rush has been asking
this question a lot lately.
If we want to keep our nation's
secrets "SECRET," store them where Obama stores his birth certificate,
and his college and medical records.
Desperate Obama Steps up WikiLeaks Damage
Barack Obama told Turkish and Mexican leaders
on Saturday that WikiLeaks' actions were "deplorable" as the U.S.
administration kept up damage control efforts over the website's
embarrassing release of masses of secret U.S. cables.
separate calls with Turkish Prime Minister
Tayyip Erdogan and Mexican President Felipe Calderon, the leaders
all agreed that WikiLeaks' campaign would not harm their countries' ties
with Washington, the White House said.
The leaks touching on U.S.
relations in virtually every part of the world have threatened to
increase tensions with allies, spurring U.S. officials to seek to
prevent foreign friends from reducing engagement on sensitive matters.
Documents relating to Turkey showed U.S. diplomats casting doubt on
the reliability of their NATO ally and portraying its leadership as
In Obama's call to Erdogan on Saturday, the two
discussed "the enduring importance of the U.S.-Turkish partnership and
affirmed their commitment to work together on a broad range of issues,"
the White House said.
"The president expressed his regrets for
the deplorable action by WikiLeaks and the two leaders agreed that it
will not influence or disrupt the close cooperation between the United
States and Turkey," it said.
Obama made similar comments to
Calderon, which the U.S. leader used to praise his Mexican counterpart
for the outcome of an international climate change conference in Cancun.
"The presidents also underscored the importance of the U.S.-Mexico
partnership across a broad range of issues," the White House said.
"The presidents discussed the deplorable actions by WikiLeaks and agreed
its irresponsible acts should not distract our two countries from our
According to State Department documents
made public by WikiLeaks, a top Mexican official said the government was
in danger of losing control of parts of the country to powerful drug
Obama is kissing up
to Erdogan because his own government portrays
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a power-hungry Islamist
surrounded by corrupt and incompetent ministers.
Just imagine how
Obama's call went -- "Hey Tayyip, brother, you know we're both of the
same mind. Don't pay any attention to Hillary's State Department
people. You know I got your back."
And, there's no reason
to kiss Calderon's ass. Obama's idiot
Homeland Security chief
just gave 84 million Mexicans "trusted
allowing them to bypass airport security. Bet you don't have one.
While Napolitano was in Mexico finalizing the trusted traveler
agreement this week, she also took the opportunity to sign a "letter of
intent" to develop a plan for protecting immigrants from criminal
attacks as they cross the border -- illegally -- into the U.S.
Sounds like Napolitano is promising to force American law enforcement
agencies to facilitate the Mexican invasion.
What a country!
Why shouldn't the leaders of Turkey and Mexico agree that WikiLeaks'
campaign would not harm their countries' ties with Washington -- Obama's
giving them everything they ask for -- and more.
Is Barack Obama In Bed With Julian Assange?
Joan Swirsky says the fanatical hard Left --
those communists, socialists, and radicals currently in power -- view
anything that is bad for our country -- massive Intelligence leaks,
disastrous oil spills, escalating unemployment, chaos on our borders,
military setbacks, et al -- as a thundering success. To them,
anything that undermines the United States brings them closer to their
Grand Plan of toppling Big Bad America and transforming it into the kind
of totalitarian Banana Republic they never tire of glamorizing.
That's why it is clear to me that the potential damage from the
Australian-born Julian Assange's release of 250,000 classified State
Department and Pentagon cables on November 28 -- and an equal number
last July -- is part not only of this Australian's wish to harm our
country but also the American Left's premeditated and malevolent plan to
destroy America. And let us not forget that Assange's assault
began in April 2010 with nearly 80,000 documents "dumped" for public
consumption, as well as another 400,000 that the Marxist Assange
released in October 2010 -- all of which he claims are just the tip of
Clearly Assange is delighted that his leaks have
gained international attention. And so delighted are the Russians
with his anti-American raison d'être that they suggested he be rewarded
with a Nobel Prize!
It is obvious that Obama is pleased as well.
Hence the complete lack of reaction or sanction not only from Attorney
General Eric Holder, who seems never to have met a thug he didn't like,
but especially from Obama himself, who to this day cannot bring himself
to speak out against Assange.
In an article
entitledThe lunatic who thinks he's Barack Obama, Spengler
writes: "Napoleon was a Lunatic who thought he was Napoleon, and the
joke applies to the 44th United States president with a vengeance.
What doesn't Obama know, and when didn't he know it? American
foreign policy turned delusional when Barack Obama took office, and the
latest batch of leaks suggests that the main source of the delusion is
sitting in the Oval Office."
As for Holder, writer Quin Hillyer
elaborates at length in this must-read article on the AG, stating
that "the Obama Department of Justice is dangerously politicized,
radically leftist, racialist, lawless, and at times corrupt. The
good news is that it's also often incompetent."
As author and
journalist Austin Bay
has written: "WikiLeaks harms the US. But the president's
refusal to acknowledge the threats we face is a bigger danger."
Bay calls Obama's response "weak, wrong-headed and erratic.
"...His secretary of state does not
comprehend that America is the subject of the attack, his department
of defense is not interested in defending us, and the president
himself seems utterly indifferent to the whole affair. All of this
underscores the real problem. It is not WikiLeaks that ultimately
imperils our national security, but the failing Obama
administration, which ignores the nature and extent of threats we
face, and which is too often unwilling to act to thwart them."
Bay's comments echo those made by Australian
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, who commented to Reuters that it is "not
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange [who is] legally liable, but rather the
questionable "adequacy" of U.S. security.
Well far be it for the
man who has spent his entire tenure at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to be at
all displeased that the WikiLeaks revelations cast our country in the
worst possible light. For the past 24 months, after all, he has been:
• Apologizing for America. •
Denying her exceptionalism. • Undermining our military, as
reporter Arnie Rosner describes here in detail. • Suing
Arizona for simply upholding federal immigration law. •
Kowtowing to and cozily fist-bumping our country's enemies. •
Being as incapable of saluting Congressional Medal of Honor
recipient Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta at a recent White House
ceremony as he has been at saluting the American flag on numerous
occasions, just two examples
here. • And
enacting, as Ben Lieberman chillingly describes, job-killing
measures in industries that are the lifeblood of our country, but
that he and his fellow environmental radicals revile: oil
exploration, factory manufacturing, mining, and fishing But all
this is not surprising, as a new book by Stanley Kurtz -
Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism