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    Re: Wikileaks

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Also did 41 people vote for 'cold blooded terrorists'?

    u all srs?
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    Re: Wikileaks

    whew (10 char)

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    Re: Wikileaks

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    Manning should spend the rest of his life at Ft. Leavenworth.
    why? do you think he has information worth keeping him around for?

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    I chose "other". I abhorr what they have done, but they certainly aren't terrorists. Pvt. Manning's actions would have been laudable... IF he had released only the helicopter video that he believed was proof of a war crime. But he didn't stop there. He deliberately, meticulously, deceptively downloaded hundreds of thousands of confidential and secret documents without knowing or caring what was in those documents. Then he handed everything over to Assuage for public dissemination. Manning could be charged with many crimes up to and including espionage and treason. Since he was initially quite pleased with himself and confessed every detail of what he'd done in media interviews, I pretty much believe he is guilty. However, what I believe he's most guilty of is being a self-pitying little pissant who was angry the military wasn't moving fast enough to repeal DADT and decided to take his revenge. He's seeing now that wasn't such a good idea, and I don't feel a bit sorry for him.

    Assuage gleefully disseminated that information for several reasons. One, because he's an attention whore, which is why he dreamed up Wikileaks in the first place. Second, because he's over the moon delighted to have the means to actually hurt and discredit the USA, a country he clearly hates. He cannot be charged with treason because he's not a citizen of this country. Espionage is technically possible, but a stretch. In my mind he is guilty of receiving stolen classified documents, which is a crime, and passing classified documents on to other sources, which is a crime.

    Neither of these idiots have two sparking brain cells to their name, because they both seemed to think that there would be no consequence to either of them for their actions. There have been, and there will continue to be.

    What truly irks me, however, is the cult status that now calls these delusional dunces "heros". Now would-be attention whores around the world who also want to be cheered as a hero are going to be looking for ways to get their paws on more and more stuff to bring down governments and corporations, again without giving a second thought to potential consequences. Yes, chanting for anarchy is a fun way to spend one's adolescence; however, actually living in a society where diplomacy has broken down and anarchy rules... not so much.
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    Re: Wikileaks

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Mistrust and uneasy collaberations are built because of dishonesty and dishonest acts. Perhaps those would not be a concern if people were more honest in thier dealings. What better way to force honesty than to expose the lies and deceit?
    You don't seem to get this. There is far more to human nature than the utopiann dream of human perfection. Governments, like societies, are like people. You may have a business partner you shake hands with, but wouldn't trust him with your bank accounts. Does not revealing that unnecessary truth damage your business relationship?

    Uneasy collaborations exist between governments. Do we really need "Wikileaks" to reveal private conversations of goverment officials discussing the untrustworthiness of other governments thereby forcing public back peddling and further mistrust? Bigger things are happening in this world and exposing "lies and deceits" only expose you to dangers you cdon't understand. Especially when that absolute transparency seems solely focused on western nations.

    Like it or not, but peace is built on "lies and deceits."

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    Re: Wikileaks

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    They have no specific agenda against any nation last I checked.
    Considering the far greater degree of transparency that western nations have as compared to the others, "they" are very focused on spewing anything they can get their hands on from the very nations and systems that give them their right to betray. They are little more than the "Enquirer" of the Internet. Nothing is sacred and no responsibility exist. Last I checked, their "agenda" is made easy. Perhaps they could focus more of their efforts on getting state secrets from other nations. Of course, their people don't have the attitude that everything must be destroyed in order to achieve their perfect personal "rights," no matter how fleeting those rights would be without our Western nations protecting them. It's a vicious cycle of irresponsibility that people pretend doesn't exist.
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    Re: Wikileaks

    as i recall assange also claimed to have a bunch of material on how russian banks were connected to high-up russian pols.......

    ...but then he shut up and hasn't mentioned it since.

    i guess suddenly realizing that the people you are exposing are willing to actually kill you sort of dampens the RevolutionarySpiritMan! aspect of being a copy/paster.

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    Re: Wikileaks

    These two posts perfectly sum up my observations on this topic.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Since the poll options as they are designed fit only those who are at the very very far end of the spectrum of belief, I had to choose other. I think what WIkileaks is doing is not acceptable. There are ways to change the system of what is classified and how it is classified without doing mass dumps of data. The fact that some of that data named collaborators in Afghanistan and put them at additional risk is a sign of zero moral accountability.
    I feel a lot like Redress does. I've point blank been told repeatedly that Wikileaks has not caused anyone to be killed or harmed. Redress mentions one example where we know that the data being released by Assange has put Afghan collaborators names in the public. Anyone that would suggest these people are not in danger in Afghanistan being known as collaborators with the United States would be some kind of blind fool.

    Just following the comments from Redress we get the following reply.

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    He does for free what others do for money and they are respected in the media. He's being hounded after and he needs to play the cards he has as they aren't playing fair.
    They aren't playing fair. They. Assange? He is, I guess. This is all about fair. No need to assign any moral implications for putting peoples lives in danger. This is about fair. Somehow. And Assange has "fans" too. I wonder how long before we see some nice T-Shirts with his picture on them?

    To be clear I agree with others that this is not a black and white yes or no answer. The fact is that Assange will be hounded and will probably spend a lot of his time for a long time to come being held accountable for what he did. Good. If he did not understand the implications for his actions before he took them then he is an idiot that deserves everything he gets back. He chose his course. I wonder how he will feel in a decade or so as the legal ramifications and implications that can be *linked* to him start to arrive via attorneys from all around the globe?

    I also am amused by the way all the Assange and Wikilinks fans just gloss over the fact that their hero actually publicly complained that his private information was being subjected to the Assange treatment. The man is an unapologetic text book hypocrite. I say let him enjoy the just fruits and rewards from his so called work. It is only *fair*.
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    Re: Wikileaks

    Did anybody see Julian assange on 60 minutes this last Sunday night?

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    Re: Wikileaks

    Quote Originally Posted by MSgt View Post
    Considering the far greater degree of transparency that western nations have as compared to the others, "they" are very focused on spewing anything they can get their hands on from the very nations and systems that give them their right to betray. They are little more than the "Enquirer" of the Internet. Nothing is sacred and no responsibility exist. Last I checked, their "agenda" is made easy. Perhaps they could focus more of their efforts on getting state secrets from other nations. Of course, their people don't have the attitude that everything must be destroyed in order to achieve their perfect personal "rights," no matter how fleeting those rights would be without our Western nations protecting them. It's a vicious cycle of irresponsibility that people pretend doesn't exist.
    You self refute, if they were transparent there would be no 'leaking' to be had.

    No need to assign any moral implications for putting peoples lives in danger.
    A popular argument, but really just more repeated hot air with no substance. Soldiers are put more in danger through sharing information on facebook than any wikileaks.

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