Today will be all about exposing hypocrisy, in regards to Julian Assange and his outfit, WikiLeaks.
So let’s put this out there: Are these cyber-terrorists, putting the lives of Americans abroad at risk, or are they bold truth-tellers?
Or is this all about the right to privacy and safety? And if WikiLeaks is good, are Anonymous, as well?
It gets confusing when you don’t have a core set of principles that you’re willing to stand on.
Earlier today, I pointed out the blatant attempt to ingratiate herself to the Trump camp, by Sarah Palin. It seems that once she’d done her part on the campaign trail, Trump was more than happy to toss her aside.
Palin was on her knees sending out apologies to Assange, and even recommending people go see the biopic of Edward Snowden, another info leaker.
Chris Christie has more dignity than her, at this point.
Shortly afterwards, Neil Stevens pointed out the same sniveling acquiescence by Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
Not content to remain Trump’s stateside toady, Hannity took his grand crotch-sniffing to the Ecuador embassy in London, in order to conduct a softball interview with Assange.
He went as far as to say he believed everything Assange said.
Rewind to 2010, when Assange and WikiLeaks were supplying the world (including our enemies) with information on troop movements in Afghanistan, as well as the names and location of informants in the region.
At that time, both Palin and Hannity wanted Assange stopped and WikiLeaks shut down.
Palin and Hannity have something else in common: They get their marching orders directly from their liege, Trump.
Back in 2010, Trump had something to say about Assange, as well, and it sounds nothing like what he’s saying now.
“I think there should be, like, death penalty or something,” Trump said during an on-camera exchange to preview Brian Kilmeade’s radio show, CNN’s KFile reported.
The Fox News anchor had brought up the subject of WikiLeaks after the website published hundreds of thousands of classified documents and videos leaked by Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army soldier.
Now that there’s a question about who obtained the information WikiLeaks put out during the election, however, Trump has had a change of heart.
“Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’ – why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!” Trump tweeted, referencing WikiLeaks’s publication of private documents from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton‘s campaign chairman, John Podesta, and the Democratic National Committee.
The president-elect in subsequent tweets questioned why the DNC did not have “hacking defenses.”
He has further cast doubts on the competence of the U.S. intelligence community and pretty much anyone else who has expressed suspicion about the source of the information.
What we do see is that Julian Assange is like the lowly caterpillar, who goes into his cocoon for a few years, then emerges as a beautiful butterfly.
Then again, I guess Palin, Hannity, and Trump are feeling like letting bygones be bygones. Julian Assange is now a good guy. WikiLeaks provides a valuable service, and Russia are our friends.
Also, up is down, black is white, and Trump is a conservative.