Mr. wOw is appalled
Mr. wOw is not a big fan of Julian Assange, publisher of WikiLeaks. He’s, well — just kinda creepy and washed-out looking and awfully thin-skinned for a guy who is such a truthseeker. (I guess we never want to face our own truths in this old life.) That his mother loves him doesn’t carry much weight.
But I am amazed and dismayed over the calls to put Assange on trial for “treason” or “espionage.” First — Fox News! — he can’t be tried for treason because he is not an American citizen. As for espionage — really? Interesting notion that all publishers should take into account with some trepidation. Especially as this latest batch of WikiLeaks are hardly the stuff of Top Secret spying. What did we learn? What we already knew: that diplomats and politicians are a bunch of bitchy little girls. It just looks like serious stuff to us, heads of state confabbing. Actually, everybody’s still in high school. I was shocked, shocked, to learn that the U.S. is being urged to attack Iran. Boy, just when you think nobody wants another world war. There was nothing I read, in what has been disseminated so far by our trustworthy media, that made me sit up and go “Hold on! Boris and Natsha hit paydirt!” (Despite the dramatic pronouncements, it is highly unlikely anyone will die because of these leaks.)
What I did think was that Moose and Squirrel (Obama and Mrs. Clinton) are royally embarrassed, as well they should be. Not because of what was revealed in the WikiLeaks, but that such information can escape, so easily. And that it is in so many hands. About three million people have (or had) access to this material. What’s with us? You don’t see this kind stuff of leaking anywhere else in the world. I’m all for “transparency” but I really don’t think the public is entitled to know everything. So, we sure look foolish and there’s gonna be a lot of international ass-kissing to be done, as if Mr. Obama didn’t have enough to cope with. Not that he’s coping very well. (Attempting to shut down WikiLeaks was a foolish move. The information is out. How about just making sure it doesn’t happen again?)
But there’s another player in this latest batch of leaks. Private Bradley Manning, age 23, a U.S. Army intelligence analyst. It is Bradley who encrypted the 250,000 cables onto a CD (he said he was listening to Lady Gaga.) He is a big crybaby who felt “isolated” and “ignored” all his life. And especially in the Army. Well, Geez! You volunteered. If you didn’t like it, get the hell out of Dodge. Go into therapy. Like mass murderers, Bradley wanted to be noticed. Well, he got noticed. Now he is going to spend the rest of his life in prison. I would like to be real humane here and say that I feel bad for the kid—and that’s all he is. But I don’t. He took his Army oath (whatever that is) and he either wanted to serve his country properly or he did not. He leaked this info with no regard for the consequences — there might have been material that would have done far greater damage than simply making steam come out of Mrs. Clinton’s head. Lives could have been lost. And the effect on our future diplomacy, not to mention a greater fervor for dangerous secrecy amongst world leaders, is yet to be seen.
Even worse, from Mr. wOw’s point of view, Bradley is gay. I am surprised — shocked, even — that more has not been made of this, as the debate over DADT rages. Brother, what a poster boy for those who oppose repeal. “See, they can’t be trusted. Too emotional and neurotic.” (Perhaps this aspect of the story will get a bump if DADT is actually repealed.) For this reason alone — for shaming all the brave gay men and women who go out and risk their lives on battlefields — I have no pity for the next 52 years of Bradley’s existence behind bars. (Memo to the media: Don’t give him the attention he craves. No interviews, no book deals.)
As for Mr. Assange, he is receiving hundreds of death threats, has been called a “terrorist” by politicians such as Mitch McConnell, and he is still dodging those European sex-assault charges. He’s clearly not a big fan of American government. He’s strictly on the slimy side. But that doesn’t mean the American government has a right to prosecute or persecute him. They don’t. Stop over-reacting, you guys. When you pay too much attention to something, you can change the entire dialogue; you create a victim. Have we learned nothing from Sarah Palin?