WikiLeaks founder: Obama should resign if approved UN spying

From The Ottawa Citizen: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Obama+should+resign+approved+spying+WikiLeaks+founder/3931388/story.html

Agence France-Presse
December 5, 2010 6:26 PM

MADRID, Dec 5, 2010 (AFP) – President Barack Obama should resign if it can be shown that he approved spying by US diplomatic figures on UN officials, the founder of WikiLeaks said in an interview published Sunday.

“The whole chain of command who was aware of this order, and approved it, must resign if the US is to be seen to be a credible nation that obeys the rule of law. The order is so serious it may well have been put to the president for approval,” Julian Assange told Spanish daily El Pais.

“Obama must answer what he knew about this illegal order and when. If he refuses to answer or there is evidence he approved of these actions, he must resign,” he added during an Internet chat interview published online.

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“We Can’t Be Just Like Them” – We Might Win

James Frye over at Ranting Liberally has a must read Blog post:  http://ranting-liberally.blogspot.com/2010/12/we-cant-be-just-like-them-we-might-win.html

James Frye
Sunday, December 5, 2010

I’m about to give up on my brethren on the left.  There’s a disturbing subtext going around among a seeming majority of us even slightly left-of-center – fight the right but don’t fight the right too hard.  After all, we don’t want to be “just like them.”

Why the hell not?  In case you haven’t noticed, “them” are winning again.

Go read the complete post:  http://ranting-liberally.blogspot.com/2010/12/we-cant-be-just-like-them-we-might-win.html

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The Shameful Attacks on Julian Assange

From The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/12/the-shameful-attacks-on-julian-assange/67440/

David Samuels

Dec 3 2010, 10:00 AM ET
Julian Assange and Pfc Bradley Manning have done a huge public service by making hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents available on Wikileaks — and, predictably, no one is grateful. Manning, a former army intelligence analyst in Iraq, faces up to 52 years in prison. He is currently being held in solitary confinement at a military base in Quantico, Virginia, where he is not allowed to see his parents or other outside visitors.

Assange, the organizing brain of Wikileaks, enjoys a higher degree of freedom living as a hunted man in England under the close surveillance of domestic and foreign intelligence agencies — but probably not for long. Not since President Richard Nixon directed his minions to go after Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg and New York Times reporter Neil Sheehan – “a vicious antiwar type,” an enraged Nixon called him on the Watergate tapes — has a working journalist and his source been subjected to the kind of official intimidation and threats that have been directed at Assange and Manning by high-ranking members of the Obama Administration.

Published reports suggest that a joint Justice Department-Pentagon team of investigators is exploring the possibility of charging Assange under the Espionage Act, which could lead to decades in jail. “This is not saber-rattling,” said Attorney General Eric Holder, commenting on the possibility that Assange will be prosecuted by the government. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the Wikileaks disclosures “an attack on the international community” that endangered innocent people. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggested in somewhat Orwellian fashion that “such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government.”

It is dispiriting and upsetting for anyone who cares about the American tradition of a free press to see Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Robert Gibbs turn into H.R. Haldeman, John Erlichman and John Dean. We can only pray that we won’t soon be hit with secret White House tapes of Obama drinking scotch and slurring his words while calling Assange bad names.

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WikiLeaks cables reveal how US manipulated climate accord

From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/dec/03/wikileaks-us-manipulated-climate-accord

Embassy dispatches show America used spying, threats and promises of aid to get support for Copenhagen accord

Damian Carrington
guardian.co.uk, Friday 3 December 2010 21.30 GMT

Hidden behind the save-the-world rhetoric of the global climate change negotiations lies the mucky realpolitik: money and threats buy political support; spying and cyberwarfare are used to seek out leverage.

The US diplomatic cables reveal how the US seeks dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming; how financial and other aid is used by countries to gain political backing; how distrust, broken promises and creative accounting dog negotiations; and how the US mounted a secret global diplomatic offensive to overwhelm opposition to the controversial “Copenhagen accord“, the unofficial document that emerged from the ruins of the Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009.

Negotiating a climate treaty is a high-stakes game, not just because of the danger warming poses to civilisation but also because re-engineering the global economy to a low-carbon model will see the flow of billions of dollars redirected.

Seeking negotiating chips, the US state department sent a secret cable on 31 July 2009 seeking human intelligence from UN diplomats across a range of issues, including climate change. The request originated with the CIA. As well as countries’ negotiating positions for Copenhagen, diplomats were asked to provide evidence of UN environmental “treaty circumvention” and deals between nations.

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