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Unhinged Palin on Assange – Say What?

February 3, 2011

The Guardian UK ran a story on Julian Assange and this quote got my attention:

As the cables rolled out day by day, an ugly, and in many ways deranged, backlash took place in the U.S. A vengeful chorus came mostly from Republicans. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, darling of the unhinged right, denounced Julian Assange’s “sick, un-American espionage” and came close to inciting his assassination: “Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaida and Taliban leaders? … He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands.”

What is with Sarah Palin? She is a loose cannon. There is no evidence that Assange is an anti-American operative. Her comments are inflammatory and irresponsible. He is not even a malcontent. He is a whistle-blower and as far as I know we still have freedom of the press here in the good ole’ USA.

For me, the issue is Palin’s comments were not widely reported in the U.S. press. And the irony is Assange is for a FREE PRESS versus CORPORATE OWNED PRESS! The Guardian UK goes on to report:

Contrary to the bloodcurdling claims made in public about the crimes of WikiLeaks, senior state department officials appeared to have concluded by mid-January that the WikiLeaks controversy had caused little real and lasting damage to American diplomacy. Reuters news agency reported on 19 January 2011 that in private briefings to Congress, top US diplomats admitted the fallout from the release of thousands of private diplomatic cables across the globe had not been especially bad.

So, what’s the big deal here? I think political figures, like Palin who is closely tied to the oil industry, realize that they can no longer operate with total immunity or in anonymity by virtue of political insider sanctioned secrecy. The WikiLeaks and OpenLeaks trend will continue and preclude many a politician from engaging in unethical practices like back door deals with special interests, for they may be revealed for what they are — influence peddling. And perhaps we may even learn of offshore accounts for political figures which may be coming to light soon as WikiLeaks distills the recent cache of information from a Swiss banker on Swiss bank accounts of the uber-wealthy, politicians included. Now that will be newsworthy.

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