- 23 Aug 16
Wikileaks serves democracy better than the US presidential election.
Wikileaks is still run by Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up for the past four years. Last month he released thousands of hacked emails and other documents from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) exposing the dirty tactics and deep dishonesty of the Clinton campaign. Publication of the documents caused turmoil in the Democratic Party. Chairwoman and close Clinton confidante Debbie Wasserman Schultz had to resign. Clinton strategist Bob Beckel then told Fox News: "A dead man can't leak stuff. This guy's a traitor, he's treasonous, and he has broken every law of the United States. And I'm not for the death penalty, so... there's only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a bitch."
We might pause to wonder what reaction would have been had a top official of the Trump operation threatened explicitly to have somebody seen as undermining their campaign illegally killed. That is to say, murdered. Clinton's gripe against Assange is that he gave the mass of the American people access to the truth about their government's dirty tricks. Clinton's Irish crowd includes every opportunist Nationalist party in the land. Clinton is a "friend of Ireland," they plead - meaning that she would welcome them into the White House with a warmth which Trump couldn't emulate, and allow them to bathe in bogus glamour while posing with eager grins for photographs for distribution to Irish 'papers' to show how well-got they are.
Not a bother to them that their heroine has beaten the war drum for every recent US assault; assaults that has helped generate the tide of blood now dimming the Middle East, and have sparked terrorist atrocities both in Europe and on the beaches of North Africa. The US is currently bombing Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya. Meanwhile, Clinton misses no opportunity to declare support for Israeli violence against the Palestinian people. Her moral response to the murder of sons of bitches she sees as enemies of US strategy was well expressed in her response to Gadaffi being sodomised to death with a bayonet: "We came, we saw, he died." Followed by a snigger. (We have been here before. Her husband, pudgy sax-abuser Bill, once had a missile unleashed against a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan in order to distract attention from a semen stain on an intern's dress.)