Thank you so much for your courage in standing up for WikiLeaks at a time when so many seem intent on killing the messenger. Your statement, “In a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble.” should be posted around the world.
Just think what we now know about Afghanistan due to WikiLeaks: that the CIA operates a secret army, that US Special Forces are in Pakistan, that Task Force 373 was a secret hunt-and-kill operation, that corruption can’t be ended because the US ambassador says its the government that’s corrupt. Or Yemen: that we are bombing another country and lobbying to have Yemen’s leader take credit.
Dozens of these cables should be followed up with Congressional oversight investigations. Instead Republicans like Peter King, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin are calling for the death penalty and increased penalties for anyone providing “material assistance” to WikiLeaks, including the offering of legal advice.
Democrats mostly are running for cover, or hoping the moment will pass. Cyberwarfare has been launched from a special Pentagon site without even a Congressional expression of interest. USAID employees are being warned not to print or retransmit any documents. Columbia University is warning its students not to post any documents if they hope for employment in the federal government.
This is one of those witch-burning moments. Thank you for standing up before the flames.
Tom Hayden is the author of 17 books, a former California state senator and a longtime peace activist.
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