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Really, people are overdoing the 'spy novel' stuff, in my humble opinion. We may never know what really 'went down', but think about motive: the Wikileaks revelations were fading into 'non-news' before this story came out. 'The Pentagon' didn't need these charges.

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by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 06:04:19 PM EST
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the Wikileaks revelations were fading into 'non-news' before this story came out.

I do not think that the importance of these and future leaks is to be judged by the loudness of immediate media coverage. The impact of the Wikileaks document dumps could be felt long into the future, e.g. if they support charges brought before American or international courts against US staff, institutions, and contractors currently involved in Afghanistan.

Calomniez, calomniez; il en restera toujours quelque chose.
Keep the lies coming, something will stick.
Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-1799)


You're clearly a dangerous pinko commie pragmatist.
by Vagulus on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 07:39:23 PM EST
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Afghanistan and Iraq are the main wars of our times, and they are what Wikileaks is currently exposing the U.S. and its allies on. And yet those exposures simply have not had anywhere near the same effect of the equivalent, the Pentagon Papers, 40 years ago.

What the Pentagon, the ruling elite, and the rest of us likely learned or should've learned -- before the weekend Assange incidents -- is pretty unpleasant: that most Americans don't care much (or nearly enough) about the obscene, and brutal to civilians, way the U.S. conducts its wars. I just don't think, after the relative low-keyness of the outrage over the Wikileaks revelations, seeing how little real impact it seemed to have, that the Pentagon and the powers that be in the U.S. worry that with the next slew of revelations 'the U.S. public will get really mad.'

Wikileaks is not a big deal to the powerful. Still, to teach him a lesson I suppose there is some motivation to 'teach Assange a lesson'. Just not a real strong one.

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by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 11:33:34 PM EST
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Oh, I'm sure he has more interesting things to reveal than a few tedious old war atrocities that no one serious cares about.

The next doc dump, due imminently, is going to concentrate on the CIA.

Meanwhile trust in justice is at such a low ebb now that the Swedish case seems to have convinced almost everyone of Assange's honesty and credibility.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 12:36:17 AM EST
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It's not "he" it's Wikileaks.

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 12:24:06 PM EST
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