Posted by Brad @ 10:21 am on November 29th 2010

Quote of the Day

I may have more thoughts later; for now, John Cole’s reaction will suffice:

“I generally sense that people, overall, will be more hostile towards wikileaks after this dump. The previous dumps seemed to corroborate competing stories. This dump will just be viewed by many as an attempt to hurt the United States. I have a hard time getting worked up about it- a government that views none of my personal correspondence as confidential really canít bitch when this sort of thing happens.”

Greenwald, adding

“Note how quickly the ‘if-you’ve-done-nothing-wrong-then-you-have-nothing-to-hide’ mentality disappears when it’s their privacy and communications being invaded rather than yours.”

Both are cheap shots, since what we’re talking about here is the making public of private correspondence, but still.


  1. My favorite comment so far: “This is what happens when the whole government walks through a full-body scanner.”

    Comment by Rojas — 11/30/2010 @ 2:40 pm

  2. Digby:

    My personal feeling is that any allegedly democratic government that is so hubristic that it will lie blatantly to the entire world in order to invade a country it has long wanted to invade probably needs a self-correcting mechanism.

    Greenwald again:

    The central goal of WikiLeaks is to prevent the world’s most powerful factions — including the sprawling, imperial U.S. Government — from continuing to operate in the dark and without restraints. Most of the institutions which are supposed to perform that function — beginning with the U.S. Congress and the American media — not only fail to do so, but are active participants in maintaining the veil of secrecy. WikiLeaks, whatever its flaws, is one of the very few entities shining a vitally needed light on all of this.

    That’s generally my take too.

    When the problem with American government is that it’s too transparent, somebody call me.

    Comment by Brad — 11/30/2010 @ 3:28 pm

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