SECRETS LEAKER JULIAN ASSANGE IS NO HERO
TURNS OUT HE'S JUST ONE MORE PARTISAN HACK
Remember a few years ago the massive Wikileaks document dump that created worldwide truth and justice crusader Australian journalist, Julian Assange? He was hailed and revered as a modern day anti-establishment, anti-state secrets, pro transparency avatar of righteousness and honesty. Well, it seems that the real Julian Assange is not so great and wonderful as we all thought. Here’s a piece from Daily Kos about Julian’s latest Killary Klinton “October Surprise” e-mail dumps:
By Mark Sumner
October 11. 2106
How can you tell what Vladimir Putin is thinking? Listen to Donald Trump.
The latest round of Russian intelligence hacks involved emails captured from the account of Hillary Clinton’s election chair, John Podesta. On Monday, portions of the latest Wikileaks discharge were published by the Russian news service Sputnik, including what seemed to be a particularly damning sequence in an email from long-time adviser Sidney Blumenthal.
Here’s how that email was reported in Sputnik.
And by evening, what had started the day with Russian intelligence had gone from them, to Wikileaks, to Sputnik, to Donald Trump.
The whole thing was a lie, composed by carefully clipping the email to find the damning phrase. But Donald Trump did his job. He spread the message from Russian intelligence to his followers, where it can fester and do the most damage to America.
“He’s now admitting they could have done something about Benghazi,’’ Trump said, dropping the document to the floor. “This just came out a little while ago.”
The crowd booed and chanted, “Lock her up!”
And of course Trump, who used to just grin smugly while the chant went on, is now joining in to promise that winning in November means putting his political opponent behind bars.
But Sputnik chopped away the identifying information, and sliced down the remains to a sentence fragment that doesn’t capture the tenor of the article. Then put it out as Blumenthal’s words.
NOTE: I happened across a piece by Eric Eichenwald yesterday in which he thought that the Sputnik quotes sounded familiar. And, as it turned out, they were familiar. He’s the one who actually wrote them. His article is here:
LATEST WIKILEAKS CLINTON E-MAIL DUMP
As for Julian Assange and Wikileaks? As I’ve posted before, I would be more sympathetic if Julian and Wikileaks had managed to hack into the IRS computers and leaked copies of Donald Trump’s tax returns. But no such luck.
Sometimes “heroes” aren’t really heroes at all. Just Partisan Hacks in the old timey, non-computer meaning of the word.
“Someone who cares more about supporting a particular party or ideology than supporting what is morally right, or factually true.”
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