Stopped clocks…

Ouch. But then I suppose that even stopped clocks are right twice a day (or once, on military time).

Ron Paul, echoed those words, writing to his 19,000 followers on Twitter: “Re: Wikileaks – In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble.”

Our government and other pundits haven’t been quite so high-minded: Secretary Clinton condemned the release of diplomatic cables as an attack on American foreign policy interests and the international community. And then [t]he US struck its first blow against WikiLeaks after Amazon.com pulled the plug on hosting the whistleblowing website in reaction to heavy political pressure.. Astonishingly enough, at the start of this month, [a]t one stage Wednesday U.S. officials indicated they were considering having the Wikileaks organization classified as a terrorist organisation.

Many forceful opinions: If a single foreign national is rounded up and put in jail because of a leaked cable, this entire, anarchic exercise in “freedom” stands as a human disaster. Assange is a criminal. He’s the one who should be in jail. (And the US actually does have a request to Interpol to turn over Assange to us although it should be remembered he is not a U.S. citizen).

Even MotherJones ran an unsympathetic take: Bloviating aside, though, we should be focused not on Julian Assange, but on figuring out how to keep anyone from providing this kind of information to him in the first place. That’s more boring, but much more effective.

William Kristol positively foams at the mouth: Why can’t we act forcefully against WikiLeaks? Why can’t we use our various assets to harass, snatch or neutralize Julian Assange and his collaborators, wherever they are? Why can’t we disrupt and destroy WikiLeaks in both cyberspace and physical space, to the extent possible? Why can’t we warn others of repercussions from assisting this criminal enterprise hostile to the United States?

And verging into the surreal: Florida resident and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee yesterday called for the execution of the person responsible for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

There are a few other takes. This one reviews the data — and thinks the diplomats have been doing an excellent job (I have no opinion on this):

A remarkably broad consensus has formed that WikiLeaks’ latest data dump is a diplomatic disaster for the U.S. While there are debates over how the Obama Administration should respond, everyone agrees that the revelations have weakened America. But have they? I don’t deny for a moment that many of the “wikicables” are intensely embarrassing, but the sum total of the output I have read is actually quite reassuring about the way Washington — or at least the State Department — works.

This one isn’t unsympathetic to what he imagines Assange’s goals to have been but is not convinced they will be accomplished in this manner: Julian Assange and the Computer Conspiracy; “To destroy this invisible government”.

But in the final analysis, I think Rand Paul is right on this one. Dammit. And much of the online world does, too: In response to the “killing” of Wikileaks.org by the US, countless mirror sites are springing up all over the world.

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