Who’s to blame for the latest WikiLeaks fiasco?
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By Kevin Smith, host of the Kevin Smith Show
WikiLeaks has been all over the news of late. This week, I did a show where I talked about it because the fallout of this situation is very likely to impact negatively upon internet freedom in the USA. I am not a fan of WikiLeaks or Julian Assange, it’s illegally incarcerated founder I am a fan of freedom, particularly freedom of speech and freedom of the media.
The gist of the situation is this. WikiLeaks was given by person or persons unknown (to us) a very large volume of classified documents from the USA. WikiLeaks began publishing them online, which is their openly stated purpose–to publish whistle blower information.
Just prior to the publication of those documents, the C.I.A. and the military in the USA began speaking in public about “needing” more control over the internet. The news media was, of course, publishing and broadcasting all over the place about how this was needed for more security against terrorism.
After WikiLeaks began publishing the documents, politicians began screaming about it and calling WikiLeaks a terrorist organization. They called Julian Assange a terrorist, and began vehemently calling for his arrest and prosecution.
What my show focused on was the black hole–the glaringly obvious black hole–in the public statements and media reporting. What black hole? The fact that if there is a crime involved here, the crime was committed by people on the payroll of the U.S. government.
The person or persons who downloaded this information from secured government computers, stored it, and then gave it to WikiLeaks was (were) the first line of criminals in this operation. Because this was classified information, only someone with a security clearance could access it. That means the person(s) had security clearance, and may or may not have been on the government payroll. We do have lots of people with security clearances and high access who are not on the government payroll.
The second line of criminality, and the most culpable here, are the full time, well paid, government people whose job it is to keep secret information safe and secure. The download of this information was an indescribably massive download. These experts in security either failed to catch the fact that there was a massive download underway, or they were complicit in the act.
THAT is where the anger should be focused. It isn’t the job or mission of Assnage or WikiLeaks to cover up for high crimes, or extreme incompetence in the U.S. government. The problem here is not WikiLeaks. The problem is located squarely on the front desk of Congress. Instead of screaming for WikiLeaks to be put out of business, why isn’t Congress screaming for the heads of the people on their payroll who actually did this? If a crime was committed in the release of this classified information, the guilty parties now number three:
1. The person who downloaded and released the information
2. The government-paid people who allowed it to happen
3. The Congress who refuses to admit the truth, investigate
and prosecute their employees who did it.
The corruption and incompetence that allowed the leak of this information to WikiLeaks seems to be rather systemic. Just this week, the Office of the Inspector General issued a report that stated NASA has leaked sensitive information by selling computers (no longer needed with the end of the Shuttle program) to the public without wiping the hard disks.
Newspapers, radio stations, television stations, and websites are all in the business of publishing information. In the U.S.A., the government is prohibited by the Constitution from infringing upon freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Though they violate the Constriction by the minute, that is still in the Constitution. It also just happens to be in International Law as approved by the United Nations.
By focusing all the heat and anger on WikiLeaks, the politicians are positioning themselves to clamp down on internet freedom here in the U.S.A. By continuing to report all this anger toward WikiLeaks without asking the tough questions about the real culprits (who are on the government payroll), the media is complicit in the destruction of one more freedom in the U.S.A. They are helping the government steamroll the last frontier of freedom left to the American people, and that will have a huge impact upon shows like the Kevin Smith Show.
I think it was Mark Twain who said something like, “My wallet and my liberty are much safer when Congress is not in session.” Indeed, it seems an obvious fact that for the past several years, the greatest enemy to freedom in the U.S.A. has been the very people we elected to represent us. They are at it again, and you can count on it–the internet is about to fall victim to their machinations. They will scream loudly about the need to protect us from terrorists like WikiLeaks, but they will utter not a word about hanging their own employees who actually committed this act. It seems more about protecting their own misdeeds from exposure than about protecting us from terrorists.
I will continue broadcasting so long as I and the internet are stile free.
See you at the show.