In the ugly aftermath of the WikiLeaks doco-dump. the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blubbered like a baby: “This disclosure is not just an attack on America’s foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community,” Clinton said, following talks in Washington with Turkey’s foreign minister. “We are taking aggressive steps to hold responsible those who stole this information” and to prevent future disclosures, she added.
Going even further, Hillary continued: “Every country, including the United States, must be able to have candid conversations about the people and nations with whom they deal. And every country, including the United States, must be able to have honest, private dialogue with other countries about issues of common concern.”
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Of course, the operative words here are ‘honest, private dialogue,’ which is in direct contradiction to what the Wiki-Wiki diplomatic cable release revealed — a whole slew of bullshit and illegal activities mired in massive incompetence.
In direct violation of the 1946 United Nations’ convention on UN personnel, Hillary went to spying on everybody.
From the UK’s Daily Mail:
Hillary Clinton ordered American officials to spy on high ranking UN diplomats, including British representatives.
Top secret cables revealed that Mrs Clinton, the Secretary of State, even ordered diplomats to obtain DNA data – including iris scans and fingerprints – as well as credit card and frequent flier numbers.
All permanent members of the security council – including Russia, China, France and the UK – were targeted by the secret spying mission, as well as the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon.
The secret ‘national human intelligence collection directive’ was sent to embassies and consulates around the world.
The request could break international law and threatens to derail any trust between the U.S. and other powerful nations.
Requests for IT related information — such as details of passwords, personal encryption keys and network upgrades — could also raise suspicions that the U.S. was preparing to mount a hacking operation.
Although official Washington is all blustered about the WikiLeaks dump, no one anywhere near the top of the chickenshit-pecking order has even mentioned the obvious UN illegalities — diplomacy as spying.
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, said in an interview with Time magazine that Hillary should resign if it turns out she ordered spying at the UN: “But she should resign if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up. Yes, she should resign over that.”
Assange himself, however, is an international fugitive, hounded by everybody.
Interpol is after him for supposedly sex crimes in in Sweden and US Attorney General Eric Holder has reported his department has “an active, ongoing criminal investigation” into Assange and WikiLeaks — Fox News mouth-face Mike Huckabee called for nothing “less than execution” for those involved and twit/liar Sarah Palin Facebooked in wonder why Assange was “not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders?”
Noam Chomsky, renowned American linguist and political dissident responded: “What that reveals is the profound hatred for democracy on the part of our political leadership and of course the Israeli political leadership.”
Malou Innocent in a commentary on the reality of the WikiLeaks leaks:
For years I have told anybody who would listen how U.S. efforts to stabilize Afghanistan contribute to Pakistan’s slow-motion collapse.
Well it appears that my take on the situation was not so over-the-top.
Amid some 250,000 confidential diplomatic cables released by online whistleblower Wikileaks, former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson warned in cable traffic that U.S. policy in South Asia “risks destabilizing the Pakistani state, alienating both the civilian government and the military leadership, and provoking a broader governance crisis without finally achieving the goal.”
I’m all for less government secrecy, particularly when U.S. officials are doing bizarre things like tabulating the biometric data of various UN officials, the heads of other international institutions, and African heads of state.
That these supposedly “confidential” communications were so easily leaked highlights the appalling ineptitude of our unwieldy national security bureaucracy.
Indeed, the phenomenon of Wikileaks says as much about government policy as it does about government incompetence.
Hear, hear Hillary.
This morning a bluster of lying bullshit — and from the White House.
Obama front man Bob Gibbs was on NBC’s Today show and offered that the WikiLeaks exposure of Hillary and Assange calling Hillary to resign for spying at the UN was “are both ridiculous and absurd” and US diplomats don’t do spy work.
Who to believe — the US government or all of our collective lying eyes?
Such funny, funny people.