Nancy Pelosi promised transparency.
“We will bring transparency and openness to the budget process and to the use of earmarks, and we will give the American people the leadership they deserve.”
Barack Obama promised transparency.
“We’ll have [healthcare reform] negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so the people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who is making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.”
We have waited for transparency in government, the American citizen became impatient and spoke in the mid-term elections but it took a pasty little coward named Julian Assange and his organization and web site WikiLeaks to help the Obama administration keep their transparency pledge all with the help of another coward, Army Private First Class Bradley Manning.
It’s been reported that an estimated 1-million people had access to files that were downloaded by PFC Manning and handed over to Wikileaks. ONE-MILLION people and the government will now substantiate its previous claim under Clinton Assistant Attorney General that walls between agencies were necessary and now they attempted to encourage more cross-agency cooperation post-9/11. I smell a blame Bush mentality coming forward soon.
Mr. Obama doesn’t seem too concerned with the sudden information drop as he walked out on reporters when they began asking questions and let Robert Gibbs explain his way out of this mess.
And then we have Hillary Clinton who “deeply regrets” any disclosure of classified information due to whistle-blower website WikiLeaks’ releasing more than 250,000 U.S. State Department cables to media organizations.
“There is nothing brave about sabotaging peaceful relations between nations,” Clinton told reporters, saying that the document leaks ‘tear at the fabric’ of responsible government.
Clinton called the document leak an attack on the U.S. and the international community, and said that the US is taking aggressive steps to hold the leakers responsible.
Sarah Palin had an excellent response to the incompetent Obama administration concerning WikiLeaks and we concur. (Emphasis LCs)
First and foremost, what steps were taken to stop Wikileaks director Julian Assange from distributing this highly sensitive classified material especially after he had already published material not once but twice in the previous months? Assange is not a “journalist,” any more than the “editor” of al Qaeda’s new English-language magazine Inspire is a “journalist.” He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands. His past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?
What if any diplomatic pressure was brought to bear on NATO, EU, and other allies to disrupt Wikileaks’ technical infrastructure? Did we use all the cyber tools at our disposal to permanently dismantle Wikileaks? Were individuals working for Wikileaks on these document leaks investigated? Shouldn’t they at least have had their financial assets frozen just as we do to individuals who provide material support for terrorist organizations?
Most importantly, serious questions must also be asked of the U.S. intelligence system. How was it possible that a 22-year-old Private First Class could get unrestricted access to so much highly sensitive information? And how was it possible that he could copy and distribute these files without anyone noticing that security was compromised?
The White House has now issued orders to federal departments and agencies asking them to take immediate steps to ensure that no more leaks like this happen again. It’s of course important that we do all we can to prevent similar massive document leaks in the future. But why did the White House not publish these orders after the first leak back in July? What explains this strange lack of urgency on their part?
Much of what was leaked had already been known in wide public circles but what has now happened to diplomacy and civil discourse that the Obama administration claims is so important? Look at the way Republicans were kept out of the legislative process and possibly un-Constitutional legislation is now law and was conjured up behind closed doors. Why would we be surprised that Hillary Clinton’s State Department has been exposed for their lack of diplomacy and childish comments about foreign leaders?
However, many of the leaks expose matters that should remain confidential and classified while only available to a few top officials. What has been exposed that may very well prove damaging?
- In the cases of Yemen and Pakistan, this batch of leaks may do particular harm. The U.S. wants the cooperation of Yemeni strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh to carry out attacks on al Qaeda bases in that country, but Mr. Saleh wants to preserve the fiction that the attacks are his governments. The cables expose this fiction and now may jeopardize that cooperation, even as the terrorist threat from Yemen has increased.
- The leaks also expose the U.S. attempts to safeguard the potential fuel for a nuclear weapon produced by Pakistan’s research reactor. This revelation will play as an affront to national sovereignty inside Pakistan and thus make cooperation that much more difficult to secure.
- North Korea’s transfer of advanced missile technology to Iran may now have complicated the diplomatic ambitions and there is an incentive to hide the facts to hide the true nature of these rogue regimes.
But what about that “transparency” issue and how do we define what is exposed and who is allowed to expose it? We already know the Obama regime is incompetent and would rather prosecute copyright infringement cases instead of finding a way to stop Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
New laws should be written carefully to enable the prosecution of foreigners and aimed at provocateurs like Mr. Assange. At a minimum, the Administration should throw the book at those who do the leaking, including the option of the death penalty which may provide second thoughts to the casual spy or to leakers who fancy themselves as idealists.
Sending a letter to Mr. Assange has done little to stop his indiscriminate exposure of anything labeled secret that he can lay his hands on is a hostile act against a democracy that is fighting a war against forces bent on killing innocents.
Mr. Assange was allowed to obtain these documents via an employee of the United States government. We should ask ourselves who at the top is responsible and why are they not being held accountable by the media? Mr. Obama can walk out of conferences with reporters and Mrs. Clinton can tell us she “regrets” these massive leaks with thousands more to come. What does Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have to say? What steps have been taken since the first leaks were dropped on the Internet? Why weren’t steps taken to shut down servers to protect the interests of the United States?
Yes, WHY, indeed!
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