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  •  My commentary (22+ / 0-)

    (1) It is far more than "speculation." US senators have called for Assange's prosecution under the Espionage Act, Biden called Assange a "high-tech terrorist," the Justice Department has indicated it is continuing to investigate Wikileaks, the Air Force declared Assange an "enemy," e-mails from a private intelligence corporation indicate that a grand jury has returned a sealed indictment on Assange, and both the British and Swedish governments refused to promise that Assange will not be extradited to the U.S.

    (2) Looks like a typo.

    (3) Manning did not "dump it all." He had access to far more classified information that what he is alleged to have given to Wikileaks.

    (4) The Defense Department refuses to advise employees as to what - if any - information in the book is actually classified. Any restrictions prohibiting employees from disclosing classified information does not - and should not - encompass discussing a published, publicly-available book the government says might contain classified information. Such a rule interferes with employees' free speech rights, not to mention it is selectively applied to No Easy Day when there are plenty of books that might contain classified information, such as Bob Woodward's book Obama's Wars or Jose Rodriguez's pro-torture anthem.

    My book, TRAITOR: THE WHISTLEBLOWER & THE "AMERICAN TALIBAN," is Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Human Rights Books for February 2012.

    by Jesselyn Radack on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 06:05:12 AM PDT

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    •  Selective enforcement is the most damning... (4+ / 0-)
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      of all the charges against this government. It shows with quite some clarity that national security is simply a political tool to supress inconvenient information. Otherwise, why isn't the Times being prosecuted for writing article after article about the supposedly classified drone war and the decision making process behind it?

      •  Go back and start with the folks (1+ / 0-)
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        That released information about active Intelligence assets in the field during the last administration. I am sure Ms. Plame's associates will be comforted, if they haven't been discovered.

        Or is there a line back in time we won't cross, that looks too far back?

        We need to stop cloaking our actions behind secrecy.

        This wouldn't have been an issue if so much everyday stuff hadn't been classified.

        That we need to use secrecy at all against our own people is the issue.

        Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. Kurt Vonnegut

        by ToKnowWhy on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 06:37:34 AM PDT

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