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  •  credit for good rhetorical point. (2+ / 0-)
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    "...you need to like the publisher?"

    Nicely done.

    Though, it's like "religious test for public office" as applied to voting.  

    Normally we as progressives do not like the idea of considering the religions of candidates when choosing who to vote for.  

    But there are limits to that.  A candidate who is a fanatical Dominionist is not someone we want in office, because they are going to support Dominionist policies that will plunge us back into the dark ages: anti-abortion, anti-marriage, anti-gay and anti-women generally, anti birth control, climate denialist, rapturist, etc. etc. all the way down the line.

    In the same way there are limits as to which businesses we patronize.  Hobby Lobby gets the big boycott for what it did.

    So in the same way, there are limits as to which publishers we support.   Larry Flynt had major impact on freedom of speech, but feminists don't support him because he was also the publisher of Hustler magazine, which was, in its day, pretty hard-core pornography that objectified women.

    One of the places I draw the line is when a middle-aged man is willing to manipulate a kid to throw his or her life away.  

    That does not forfeit the value of some of Manning's leaks, nor does it forfeit the value of there being organizations devoted to publishing leaked material.  

    But all other factors equal, we should prefer that publishers (and for that matter, spies) treat their sources with respect and seek to protect them, rather than throwing them under the bus.  

    We got the future back. Uh-oh.

    by G2geek on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 06:10:40 AM PDT

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    •  I agree with most of this (1+ / 0-)
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      One of the places I draw the line is when a middle-aged man is willing to manipulate a kid to throw his or her life away.  

      That does not forfeit the value of some of Manning's leaks, nor does it forfeit the value of there being organizations devoted to publishing leaked material.  

      Thats about right. Saying Assange used Manning for his own purposes doesn't negate the importance of the information.
      But it certainly wasn't a game changer, like Snowden's was, and the final upshot of it is it all went away but Manning sits in a prison for the next 30 years.
      All for Assange's agenda.
      I have always thought it a shame that Manning is the one who took the fall. I think the poor little person was manipulated into ruining her life for Assange's benefit (which didn't work out too well for Assange either.)

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 06:28:19 AM PDT

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      •  Assange was an outsider with sufficient... (3+ / 0-)
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        ... personality flaws that he himself would never have made it into any job that gave him access.  He had to depend on others to do the work for him.  Manning was one such: a young idealist whose ideals could be manipulated.

        Snowden was able to get in via the side door of private contractors, whose screening is hardly as strenuous as that of the agency itself.  Very clever route actually.  

        But in any case, yeah I agree, Assange wasn't especially articulate, whereas Snowden is very much so.  I heard Snowden on the radio the other day: he is very well spoken, he clearly knows his stuff, and he is a naturally likeable character despite being a Rand Paul libertarian and despite whatever criticism I have of some of what he did.  

        I also noticed that the radio broadcast, which was sympathetic to him, tweaked the audio equalization to put a bit more bass (low frequency components) into his voice to make him sound more "sexy."  Funny how that works.  

        What really sucks is, we need a serious national debate on intel policy, but we don't need all the melodrama or the irrelevant leaks such as re. Merkel's cellphone or the Indonesian stuff.  BTW, turns out that at the same time as we were collecting on Merkel, the German intel service was collecting in the US including on some high-value targets.  Thereby confirming what I've been saying all along, which is that "everyone does it to everyone else, including friends."  

        The real target of the Merkel intercepts was Putin, who is as paranoid as a roof rat, and very hard to intercept directly.  In all probability Merkel would not have been particularly pissed off had she been notified via proper diplomatic channels.  But having it splashed on the front page was insulting, and called for a strong public response.  Though I'm also willing to bet that she had a phone call with Obama where she said something along the lines of "my pissed-off rants about this are for domestic consumption in Germany."

        We got the future back. Uh-oh.

        by G2geek on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 08:02:56 AM PDT

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