To the inhabitants of America

New Wikileaks release is beyond embarrassing -- it's espionage

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When Benedict Arnold betrayed America, do you suppose anyone talked about the embarrassment of it?

Of course not. The focus was on him being a traitor, so much so that his name rolls off the tongue centuries later.

Likewise, the focus today should be not on the embarrassment of the 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic communications and documents released by website Wikileaks, but on the act of treason and espionage it represents.

We agree completely with the courageous U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who argues that Wikileaks is a terrorist organization and ought to be labeled and treated as such. If convicted, anyone and everyone who conspired in the leaks of classified documents, intended solely to harm U.S. interests domestically and around the world, should be summarily executed as spies, traitors and terrorists.

Wikileaks previously released a trove of U.S. secret documents pertaining to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- so it's not like this is a fluke or a beginner's misstep. This organization has set out to harm America.

In so doing, it has compromised U.S. national security and likely has endangered American troops and citizens in ways no one yet knows.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is every bit the wartime criminal he believes others to be.

It will be interesting to see whether Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, already being held on suspicion of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, has his fingerprints on the latest classified breach.

If so, it will help define the difference between "whistleblower" and "traitor." A whistleblower works within systems to get them to admit unpleasant truths; a traitor reveals secrets about his country that he knows will harm it.

Benedict Arnold was largely let off -- which makes you wonder if the man whose name is synonymous with treason did less damage to the United States than today's serpents.

To hell with embarrassment. It's whoever did this that ought to feel the utmost shame -- and incur the ultimate penalty.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/29/10 - 11:29 pm
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The CIA should have prevented

The CIA should have prevented our secret communications from being released, using deadly force if necessary.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 11/30/10 - 01:07 am
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A little sunshine wouldn't be

A little sunshine wouldn't be a problem if there wasn't so much garbage to hide.

gpb
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gpb 11/30/10 - 02:59 am
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Treason? My goodness,

Treason? My goodness, Chronicle, don't you read your own paper? While I certainly agree with the basic sentiment, this slimebag is not a citizen of our country--and he's not even IN the country--so how do you figure we charge him with treason? And "summarily executed"? As much as I'd like to see this guy dangling at the end of a rope--and perhaps that will happen--we don't "summarily execute" ANYONE in this country. ANYONE.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 11/30/10 - 03:40 am
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i just hope assange's work

i just hope assange's work will end these two military occupations sooner.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 11/30/10 - 04:26 am
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We want to punish somebody

We want to punish somebody for exposing our insults to other countries is like saying, I did something wrong, but YOU get punished for exposing it. BRILLIANT!

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 11/30/10 - 04:33 am
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I'm so glad these liberals

I'm so glad these liberals support treason as a means to end a war. Horrible excuses for human beings, much less Americans. And YES I said treason, because the person who provided the information was an American Citizen (which one of the posters seems to ignore in order to support this deplorable act) As for Assange............. no he's not guilty of treason, but he is guilty of terrorism and an act of war. But there will be those in this country who applaud him, and those people too, are enemies of this country. They applaud anything that is bad for this country, and always have.

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 11/30/10 - 04:44 am
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--name withheld--....Did you

--name withheld--....Did you know that there is such a thing as document classification? There is a law against the unauthorized release of such documents, and breaking the law has consequences. I realize by your post that you have little respect for the rule of law, as long as the act serves to weaken the very country that gives you the freedom to act as you do, but we have laws for a reason.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/30/10 - 05:49 am
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The hussein admin. is the

The hussein admin. is the source of these "leaks"

carcraft
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carcraft 11/30/10 - 05:53 am
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The problem isn't stoping the

The problem isn't stoping the wars in Afganistan and Iraq. These documents may be what lead to increased tensions in Korea-the US and South Korea did an analysis of the possible collapse of North Korea-Did the North Koreans launch the artillery attack to prevent their own collapse? Weapons moved from North Korea to Iran and from Iran to North Korea through China, did the Chinese know we knew? China's hand is now open and how they play it could change the political land scape for years. I guess, to you this is all garbage that needs sunshine, to the US government this is honest assessment that needs to remain hidden so we can maneuver diplomatically in a dangerous world! I do agree that calling other leaders denigrating names in official communications is a little over the top!

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/30/10 - 06:04 am
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AMNESTY for all!

AMNESTY for all!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/30/10 - 06:17 am
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In any case, I like what the

In any case, I like what the foreign diplomat said to Hillary Clinton, "It's okay, you should see what we call you."

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/30/10 - 07:13 am
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I wonder what all these

I wonder what all these posters would do if ALL of their secrets were posted on the web. Would y'all then defend who ever put all of YOUR secrets out there for all to see?

Rhetor
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Rhetor 11/30/10 - 07:20 am
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Wizzard, do you see any posts

Wizzard, do you see any posts defending Wikileaks? I don't.

Sandpiper
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Sandpiper 11/30/10 - 07:28 am
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Considering how the

Considering how the progressives released war plans (during the Bush admin) to the New York Times and had them published,( sometimes before the actions took place), I'm not surprised to see them released to this assange character now. (The left wing media in the U.S. won't release them, but their ally will) I know the progressives hate that the obama admin looks bad, but bad habits are easier to start than stop. What will the progressives do when "inside the White House" papers are released? Release more military secrets to distract the media?

Sandpiper
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Sandpiper 11/30/10 - 07:31 am
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Rhetor, see omnomnom @ 3:40

Rhetor, see omnomnom @ 3:40 and ReformedRepub @ 4:26

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/30/10 - 07:35 am
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Rhet,once again posting

Rhet,once again posting WITHOUT reading. Following pelosi's lead?

justus4
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justus4 11/30/10 - 07:39 am
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Where oh where is the
Unpublished

Where oh where is the "transparency" bunch? What about the back room deals with other countries? What about the "secret" prisons in foreign countries? How much money is being wasted? Release MORE documents - not less.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 11/30/10 - 07:41 am
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No, I still don't see a

No, I still don't see a defense of Wikileaks; I do see some posts that try to spread the blame around. I take the view that two wrongs don't make a right.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 11/30/10 - 07:43 am
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Justus4, I do feel that

Justus4, I do feel that confidential tactical and strategic information the release of which threatens our security should be kept secret. I think that policy information and disagreement is one thing, but information that could help those who threaten us is something quite different.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/30/10 - 07:43 am
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Justus has given the ok for

Justus has given the ok for anyone to post any and all secrets of his/hers. Be careful what you wish for,you MAY get it.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/30/10 - 07:50 am
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Why not release ALL the

Why not release ALL the records that hussein sealed about himself? If America's secrets should be made public,so should hussein's.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/30/10 - 07:53 am
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Of course we must thank the

Of course we must thank the NY Times for publishing the information. I understand Holder has opened a criminal investigation. We will see if James Carvelle's assertion of President Obama is true.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/30/10 - 07:55 am
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Is there a reason that we

Is there a reason that we should know more about the iranian president than we do about our president?

GoGators2010
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GoGators2010 11/30/10 - 07:57 am
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"The New York Times editorial

"The New York Times editorial page is like a Ouija board that has only three answers, no matter what the question. The answers are: higher taxes, more restrictions on political speech and stricter gun control."
--Ann Coulter

Techfan
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Techfan 11/30/10 - 07:58 am
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" A whistleblower works

" A whistleblower works within systems to get them to admit unpleasant truths"? Do what? It sounds like the AC is suggesting that whistleblowers just go to their boss and they'll miraculously admit and fix any fraud or wrongdoing. More likely, they go to the press and cause a big stink. Does the AC consider Mark Felt a whistleblower or a traitor? That being said, Wikileaks is pushing the envelope. Once it crosses from merely embarrassing to national security, the line has to be drawn. If we can find who did the leaking, they can indeed be tried for treason. Assange, is not an easy man to pin down. He faces a number of charges, some unrelated to Wikileaks. It sounds like his native Australia might be cooperative, but he'll have to return there to even face extradition.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/30/10 - 08:07 am
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Justus4,do you realize that

Justus4,do you realize that you are calling for all of hussein's secrets to be brought to light? For that, i applaud you.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/30/10 - 08:11 am
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sand:"Considering how the

sand:"Considering how the progressives released war plans (during the Bush admin) to the New York Times and had them published,( sometimes before the actions took place)" Are you referring to Wolfowitz's Mid East trip to bribe Turkey?

Jane18
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Jane18 11/30/10 - 08:34 am
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I know that $$$$$$ was

I know that $$$$$$ was Assange's interest in these leaks, but, I would like to know the reason(s) for Manning to have done this most despicable 'act'.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/30/10 - 08:44 am
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How many posters would like

How many posters would like to see all of hussein's communications to and from his czars and soros?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 11/30/10 - 08:49 am
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The only secrets that can be

The only secrets that can be kept are the ones about hussein. I have a request of wikileaks-release ALL information on barrack hussein obama. THIS would get some action from the doj.

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