Originally posted by Torre
Originally posted by Xcathdra
... you guys have no concept how the world works, and continue to suffer from rectal cranial inversion ...
Information wants to be free ...
And under most normal circumstances you have my complete agreement and support in this area. However, when the release goes beyond the realm of the
goal, which in thie case is to do as much dfamage as he can to the United States, there is an issue.
What does the releas eif diplomatic cables have to to do with the war in Iraq or Afghanistan? Not all 400k documents released show any sign of
wrongdoing or illegal behavior. The manner in which these files can be taken out of context because not all the info will be present is
A quick rundown of how classifiactions work.
The NSA develops information through its own system of informants - Classified Top Secret
The Army gets information through its system of informants - Classified Top Secret
The NRO / CIA / etc etc etc develops information - Classified Top Secret
Take all of the information above, and you have a complete view of what is going on in one particular area. However, each agency report contains
information the other reports do not, because of collection / source methods.
The release of say Army documents are incomplete because it will not completely reference information from the other agencies.
If you have top secret clearance from the Army, it does not allow you access to Top Secret documents from other Agencies, as it is comparmentalized
and on a need to know basis.
It woul be like taking a chapter from The Bear and the Dragon (Tom Clancy novel War between Russia and China) that specifically talks about the
actions o Russian forces where they destroy some Chinese forces. Just reading that section alone paints a picture, with absolutely no other reference
as to how they arrived at the action.
The Chapters prior to, and after (view them as reports from other agencies) give a clear description of what occured prior to and leading up to the
engagement, and the actions taken afterward.
Absent that information, the picture being painted is slanted and incomplete, which allows for different interpretations. To use your own arguments
its entirely possible the picture being painted leads to a wrong conclusion that leads to the death of innocent people because the Taliban / Al-Queida
do not have all the information.
Which is the exact argument people use, and which was invoked a few posts above, that the US lied (although if you check the released wiki documents
it shows there was an active WMD program in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, which justified the actions the US took, but as usual people ignore / play
down that info because it does not support their claims and undermines their argument about the US actions).
Mr. Assange is painting a picture to the Taliban / Al-Queida that is incomplete, making him no better than the entity he is attempting to embarass for
personal and political reasons. He has no intrest in ending the war, and he knows this. What he is doing is releasing incomplete information to enrage
the Taliban / Al-Quedia / Muslims in order to ferment continued hostilities against the US and its allies.
As a member of the "media" and I use that term loosely describing him, he sucks. As a Miniser of Propoganda for the Taliban and Al-Queida, he is
compeetant at his job.