Ron Paul Defends WikiLeaks While Assange Calls for An Obama Resignation
The US Government isn’t too fond of WikiLeaks, that much is obvious. However, the US government isn’t the only one going crazy over the newest cable dumps with the Australian government up in arms as well. Any chance of shutting down WikiLeaks? Doesn’t look like its going to be possible. I checked WikiLeaks’ twitter page today and found a hyperlink to a page containing over 200 mirror sites (EDIT: the number has been bumped up to 355 now 12/6/10) containing the files and documents the organization has leaked in the past. The domain name of WikiLeaks is under considerable watch, and has reportedly been changed at least once in recent weeks since the controversial cable release. WikiLeaks and their followers are determined to keep the site up and running. Donating to the site, however tempting it may be given your views on the organization, would most certainly warrant some type of government attention.
Julian Assange, spokesperson for WikiLeaks, seems to be one step ahead of the “Primary Obama” crew. An AFP article released today claims that Assange is calling for the resignation of President Obama if he indeed called for the spying against UN officials by US diplomats. The reference to the spying is apparently something that has been mentioned in the cable leak regarding Secretary of State Hilary Clinton allegedly requesting “UN personnel’s telephones, emails, credit card details and frequent flier numbers.” . . .
MADRID — President Barack Obama should resign if it can be shown that he approved spying by US diplomatic figures on UN officials, the founder of WikiLeaks said in an interview published Sunday.
“The whole chain of command who was aware of this order, and approved it, must resign if the US is to be seen to be a credible nation that obeys the rule of law. The order is so serious it may well have been put to the president for approval,” Julian Assange told Spanish daily El Pais.
“Obama must answer what he knew about this illegal order and when. If he refuses to answer or there is evidence he approved of these actions, he must resign,” he added during an Internet chat interview published online.
Assange is a running man now and arguably the single most talked about person in the media (with the exception of the likes of Barack Obama and Sarah Palin of course). So with many on the left and right coming out against massive cable dumps like this, including Sen. Mitch McConnell claiming Julian Assange is a “high-tech terrorist” who has done “enormous damage to our country and our allies across the world” on Meet The Press today, the token revolution man Ron Paul has a different story to tell.
Ron Paul (R-TX) was asked about the WikiLeaks controversy earlier and had this to say:
“In a free society we’re supposed to know the truth,” Paul tells Fox Business. “In a society where truth becomes treason, then we’re in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it.”
Further, he says, “This whole notion that Assange, who’s an Australian, that we want to prosecute him for treason. I mean, aren’t they jumping to a wild conclusion? This is media, isn’t it? I mean, why don’t we prosecute The New York Times or anybody that releases this?”
Ron Paul, to my knowledge, is the only Republican to come out in any remote support for WikiLeaks (let me know if you’ve heard of any other Republicans or Democrats, I would like to know for the sake of reference).
It is still in question whether or not the US, or any government for that matter, are able to prosecute Assange on charges of treason etc. TIME Magazine has a new cover that suggests where there opinion on this issue may reside.
Just some food for thought.