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Sep 06

Terry Glavin is not best pleased with a certain abominable Aussie:

Julian Assange, the Wikileaks archgeek, radical-chic avatar, the Chinese Communist Party’s nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, Michael Moore’s joint-venturer, absconding debtor, American celebrity pornographer Larry Flynt’s fair-haired boy, darling of Cindy Sheehan, Medea Benjamin, Bianca Jagger, and of Heather Mallick, for “lo, he hath made truthful information available unto citizens of the planet.”

Lo, Assange hath now been found to have released more than 1,000 cables outing individual political activists - several thousand tagged as sources who could be placed in danger - and more than 150 cables outing whistleblowers, people persecuted by their governments, and victims of sex crimes…

Now, Assange’s enablers in the mainstream media, the corporations Assange’s supporters relied upon to cloak their hero in a patina of muckraking legitimacy, are frantically bailing. In an unprecedented joint statement issued by the Guardian, the New York Times, El Pais, Der Speigel and Le Monde, we read: “We deplore the decision of Wikileaks to publish the unredacted state department cables, which may put sources at risk. . . We cannot defend the needless publication of the complete data – indeed, we are united in condemning it. The decision to publish by Julian Assange was his, and his alone.”

Fair enough. Should death come to any one of the innocents, the brave dissidents, the journalists and rape victims and democrats to have been exposed by this vulgar spectacle in onanistic avante-garde exhibitionism, perhaps a not-guilty plea to the charge of accessory to murder might have some merit…

Mr Glavin does have a way with words. By the way, one Canadian Conservative “staffer” has been outed and an NDP MP is going bananas in a most silly fashion:

Wikileaks cable shows contempt, Dewar says as he calls for hearings

NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar is calling for parliamentary hearings into the Wikileaks revelation that a Conservative government aide advised the U.S. embassy of Canada’s plan for Afghanistan long before Parliament was informed.

“It shows a contempt for Parliament, contempt for due process and contempt for the men and women who work in our public service,” said Dewar.

Dewar said he wants the House of Commons foreign affairs committee to hold hearings into the revelation that the U.S. embassy was informed in February 2010 of plans to scale back assistance while Parliament was only told in November 2010. Among those he wants to summon to testify are former foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon, officials with the department of foreign affairs and Regan Watts, an aide to Cannon who gave the information to U.S. embassy officials…

Dewar’s call comes after iPolitics revealed that a diplomatic cable obtained by Wikileaks reveals that long before Canada ended its military mission in Afghanistan, an aide to Canada’s foreign affairs minister tipped off U.S. embassy officials that Canada would be significantly scaling back its assistance to the country…

In fact the main thing the government said in November 2010 was very different from what the US embassy was told in February; instead of bugging almost all CF out of Afghanistan in 2011 as had been the well-announced plan, the government reversed course mightily and announced a new, major training mission for the forces. Mr Dewar might do well to get a life.

Mark Collins is a prolific Ottawa blogger

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