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  •  Mr. Assange hasn't even yet (0+ / 0-)

    gotten out of Britain, but assuming he somehow makes it to Ecuador, I hope he is able to safely stay there. I'm not OK with the USA "distributing a little money here and there" so he can wake up in Norfolk.

    Our national security establishment is busy gathering and collating ever more information about US citizens -- eavesdropping so to speak, on each and every one of us, using laws that grant it the utmost secrecy. The public has very little defense against such activity.

    The amount of information that this establishment labels "classified" and beyond the rights of citizens to know, is absurdly and unnecessarily huge, and in many cases serves primarily to disguise incompetent and extra-legal activity. Patriotic whistleblowers like Thomas Drake are being hounded and ruined with malicious prosecutions conducted by our Justice Department, for merely shining a light into dark corners of what are after all, public institutions.

    Whatever transgressions and indiscretions WikiLeaks has committed (I admit there have been some) pale in comparison to the service it provides, as a means for private citizens to reveal secret information, held by powerful institutions, that should not be secret. There is a lot of it.

    "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

    by native on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 10:42:08 AM PDT

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