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  •  If all he leaked (1+ / 0-)
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    consisted of evidence of violations of international law, you might have a point.

    But how do cables on the mental stability of Argentina's president fit in with your reasoning?  Should the US not report on the status of foreign leaders?  If the US should report on that, should all of that information be made public?

    And I'm talking about cables that were released to the press.  I don't think you can make a case that all 250,000 cables were even remotely relevant to unconstitutional behavior.  Had he released specific, targeted cables of illegal acts, he would probably still have to serve some time but he could reasonably claim to be a whistleblower.  This looks a lot more like vandalism to me, with a little whistleblowing thrown in.  

    "Die Stimme der Vernuft ist leise." (The voice of reason is soft)

    by ivorybill on Tue Dec 14, 2010 at 06:45:27 PM PST

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      made public - like the mental status of other countries' leaders - if it had not be long standing policy to overuse classification.  But when the government has shown for decades that it can't be trusted, then I don't see how one brings about reform or transparency piecemeal. The whole MIC is one interconnected system of lies, a system that kills people and takes away their human rights. I don't have a problem with someone throwing sand in the gears of a system like that.

      I don't know this, but I do wonder if Manning had time to sift through and decide what to leak or if he had to grab and run if he was going to leak anything.

      If our country is as great as well tell ourselves it is, it will survive these leaks. The world hasn't ended due to the leaks so far.

      Feingold needs a "I'm not primarying Obama, you dumb fucks!" t-shirt.

      by zett on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 05:43:28 PM PST

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