1657261_Assange is off the hook...

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Date 2010-12-06 05:56:29
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No I meant the regular people are not mad about it. Assange wanted the common folk to rise up against the insidious and evil diplomats. That has not happened. In fact, most are defending our diplomats.

People are mad, but at Assange... not at the U.S. government.

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From: "Matthew Gertken"
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Sent: Sunday, December 5, 2010 10:40:08 PM
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Agree, the ego-trip and the anti-Americanism are extremely irritating. But not sure it is true about people in the US being mad about the cables -- Gingrich called it terrorism, the Fox people are have been talking it up big time, including WSJ which has contained some more insightful but still rather alarmist responses to it.

As to the part about going after Russian info. The Chinese press has raised the issue of other countries being targeted next, and even went so far as to say that the entire scandal is a US conspiracy that will be used against other states. The interesting thing about this to me is the fear of exposure that has gone to all governments over the implications of this type of web dissemination for leaks. Closed govts like china see real danger here, as elsewhere with internet evolution. They are familiar with how new info dissemination patterns, however innocuous they seem when originated in the West, end up posing threats to their control (like twitter for instance)

On 12/5/10 10:23 PM, Marko Papic wrote:

What a douche.

And I just want to be clear here... I have no problem with the leaks. I think they're great. And I think it may be good on some level to have stuff like this come out once in a while. What I can't stand is A) his ego trip and B) his clear anti-Americanism. Take the time to read the intro to Cablegate when you get the chance. This guy hates America more than OBL.

What I love, however, is how nobody in the U.S. is mad about the cables. Hell, I have a better opinion of State Department diplomats now than I did before the cables. They actually said a few smart things here and there. I actually gave them a tip of my hat.

I want to see him try to take on the Russians. He'd be going bald in an Iceland hospital within days.

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From: "Reva Bhalla"
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Sent: Sunday, December 5, 2010 10:11:39 PM
Subject: Re: Assange is off the hook...

should we change our Stratfor motto now? Predictive, insightful intelligence...in a post-Cablegate world.
On Dec 5, 2010, at 10:05 PM, Marko Papic wrote:

This guy needs to take pills for his ego:

He suggested, not for the first time, that he believes his document service has had a profound effect on world history: a**I believe geopolitics will be separated into pre- and post-Cablegate phases.a**

Also, I have a question about this part (this is Assange's lawyer saying how Wikileaks would release full versions of all files -- including names of spies, etc. -- if harmed):

WikiLeaks, Mr. Stephens said, has a**been subject to cyberattacks and censorship around the world and they need to protect themselves ... This is what they believe to be a thermonuclear device in the information age.a**

Let's say the following scenario happens. Assange is arrested and extradicted to Sweden to face rape charges. Wikileaks releases the password to the insurance files. Would he not then be directly endangering U.S. and other country intelligence professionals? Would it not then be possible to prosecute him for espionage?

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