Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Was the WikiLeaks Dump Treasonous?

Father John Trigilio Jr., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, quoted by neocon RenewAmerica's Matt C. Abbott seems to think so, saying, "Betraying your nation by divulging state secrets, whether for money, revenge or for political motives, is always grave matter for the common good of an entire country" — WikiLeaks' actions are immoral, says priest-author.

What Father Trigilio fails to understand is that the state, beholden to foreign and globalist interests, that is betraying the nation.

Allan Baker, of Kettering, Northamptonshire, quoted by paleocon The American Conversative's Jim Bovard, disagrees, saying, "If all our emails, however personal, are to become subject to the scrutiny of the government, why shouldn’t all the government’s emails, however sensitive, become subject to the scrutiny of us? If we can’t plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament without their knowledge, why can they and Saudi Arabia plot to blow up Iran without ours?" — WikiLeaks: Best Thumbnail Retort to Govt. Officials.

"The Government, with no mandate from the people, without consultation of the people, conducts all the negotiations, the backing and filling, the menaces and explanations, which slowly bring it into collision with some other Government, and gently and irresistably slides the country into war," wrote paleoprogressive Randolph Bourne in 1918 in War Is the Health of the State, quoted by paleolibertarian's Thomas DiLorenzo, continuing, "In the freest of republics as well as in the most tyrannical of empires, all foreign policy, the diplomatic negotiations which produce or forestall war, are equally the private property of the Executive part of the Government, and are equally exposed to no check whatever from popular bodies, or the people voting as a mass themselves" — Why Statists Are in a Murderous Rage Over WikiLeaks.

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Blogger Carl M. said...

Certainly the leaker is guilty of a crime, but Assange himself cannot be a traitor, since he's an Australian, not an American.

7:59 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

If we were legitimately engaged in a just, declared war, and the leaks undermined national defense, his acts would be criminal.

I'd call him a whistle-blower; as Sheldon Richman writes: "When a government secretly engages in such consequential activities as aggressive wars justified by at best questionable and at worst fabricated intelligence, covert bombings and assassinations, and diplomatic maneuvering designed to support such global meddling, the people in whose name that government acts – and who could suffer retaliation – have a right to know" -- WikiLeaks: Bradley Manning isn't a criminal. He's a hero.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Francis Xavier said...

Not all of the leaks were about undeclared wars; some were about sensitive topics such as just who in German politics was letting the American embassy peek at Germany's leading politicians' cards mid-game. This is a betrayal.

Nor is the leak according to the Giraldi of the American Conservative about preventing wars, but about getting them going, for the benefit of, and presumably by, one the Arab world's democracies.

7:05 AM  

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