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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is Wheels Down in Uzbekistan & A Random Comment About WikiLeaks

December 2, 2010

I’ll post more when I have it. Not too much coming through at the moment.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is greeted at the airport by Uzbek Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov, center, on arrival in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. A hostess at right clad in a traditional Uzbek dress. (AP Photo/Anvar Ilyasov)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Uzbek Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov seen during a meeting at the airport in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Anvar Ilyasov)

Oh, and this cracked me up- the blog post is called Someone Get Julian Assange a Hot Cup of STFU. Assange does seem to be in this more for himself than for anything else at this point. To call on Secretary of State Clinton to resign is really too stupid to dignify with a comment. Really. Don’t even give it a second thought. I know some people are running around terribly worried that something will come of it but no, it won’t. I think Assange overplayed his hand with this one. As I have said before, I support true whistleblowers but this document dump seems less and less to fall into that category. Are there troubling things in the cables? Yes. Do I think the NYT is cherry-picking certain subjects to focus on based on it’s own agenda and biases? Yes. What’s worrisome is that in addition to any harm this could do to US diplomatic efforts, there is a very good possibility that this will encourage MORE government secrecy, not LESS.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. discourseincsharpminor permalink
    December 2, 2010 11:38 am

    I think that, when calls for her resignation are being lead by this asshat and Hugo Chavez, all they get out of her is a big, loud laugh.

  2. December 2, 2010 12:11 pm

    I largely agree with you. I certainly don’t think Sec Clinton should resign. Some of the WikiLeaks staff left the organization because of their differences with Assange and his focus on the USA. One of these guys is writing a book that should come out in January!

    And frankly I am not worried about the government becoming more secretive because it is a myth that Obama has not been secretive. He has. In fact, I cannot see any discernible difference for the better in terms of secrecy for his Administration from Bush’s. From the “war on terror” to the deals made with big pharma for the health insurance bill…

  3. December 2, 2010 12:48 pm

    I agree with both of you.

    As I said in the comments to a post yesterday the media really ignores the extent to which Obama has continued most of Bush’s terrorism policies and continued the use of state secrets to justify minimal transparency. Of course there is information that absolutely must remain secret but I think the abuse of power and abuse of the national security rationales for doing things during the Bush admin. – with ZERO accountability- makes me suspicious of what ANY administration is doing under the guise of national security.

    Reading the book “Obama’s Wars” made it clear just how much pressure every administration is under to kowtow to the military, CIA and NSA in this regard. It’s sort of depressing actually.

    It’s interesting that while Obama says he supports real whistleblowers his justice dept. has gone after journalists and people who really are whistleblowers- those involved in uncovering secret black site prisons and the use of the telecommunications companies to engage in illegal wiretapping/data mining of domestic communications w/o a warrant. That whole issue really made me cynical. As a lawyer I am still stunned that the Bush admin. got away with daily violations of federal law and the 4th Amendment and there was no accountability. What did Congress do, including the Democrats? Just passed a law to essentially make it retrospectively legal. Unbelievable. Do you think the GOP would cover for a Democratic POTUS like that? Of course the dems were probably knee deep in it too.

  4. PYW permalink
    December 2, 2010 1:36 pm

    I agree with stacy and the posters. also, i love that blog post you linked, lol.

  5. filipino-american4hrc permalink
    December 2, 2010 2:00 pm

    I’ve been following the Guardian’s coverage, and although I generally agree that the State Dept’s official reaction that the leaks would cost lives is an overreaction, I found it alarming that neither W-L nor the media redacted the name of the Spanish prosecutor who had conversations with the US diplomat about the Kremlin being basically a mafia state. The prosecutor specializes in Russian organized crime activities in Spain. In Al-Jazeera, there was detailed reportage about the conversations that I thought was tantamount to having that prosecutor’s eventual assassination all but guaranteed.

  6. June 22, 2013 10:34 am

    Go Hilliary

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