Crowley: “The Impact … for Which I Take Full Responsibility”?

By: Monday March 14, 2011 10:36 am

While a number of media outlets have reported one line–”The exercise of power in today’s challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values”–from PJ Crowley’s resignation statement, I wanted to remark on a few things in the larger statement. The unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a [...]

NYT’s Selective Press Prosecution Outrage Doesn’t Include WikiLeaks

By: Saturday March 12, 2011 9:26 am

The stridence of the New York Times editorial page against the Turkish Erdogan government actions contrasted with the silence toward the domestic Obama government actions regarding WikiLeaks is telling.

The Disinformation Campaign Bank of America Considered

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 1:43 pm

Wikileaks has posted the presentation three security companies–Palantir, HBGary Federal, and Berico Technologies–made to Bank of America, proposing to help it respond to Wikileaks. In addition to the degree to which the proposal emphasizes the national security ties and military background of the employees of the company (particularly Berico), the presentation fleshes out what the [...]

Omar Suleiman Promised the 2006 Election in Gaza Wouldn’t Take Place

By: Monday February 7, 2011 9:52 am

Back in 2008, David Rose had a fairly explosive article on Condi Rice and Elliot Abrams’ incompetent meddling in Gaza, which he compared to Iran-Contra. Here’s how I summarized its revelations at the time: The story explains how the Administration pushed an election for the Palestinians, not seeing what every sane observer saw–that Hamas would [...]

Government Admits Brig Commander Improperly Put Bradley Manning on Suicide Watch

By: Monday January 24, 2011 5:15 pm

The government has admitted to MSNBC that the Brig Commander at Quantico improperly put Bradley Manning on suicide watch last week. The officials told NBC News, however, that a U.S. Marine commander did violate procedure when he placed Manning on “suicide watch” last week. Military officials said Brig Commander James Averhart did not have the [...]

So, Amazon, Visa, PayPal, Was It Worth Accepting Government Lies?

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 2:00 pm

Mark Hosenball reports that aside from some pockets of short-term damage, the impact of the Wikileaks leak of diplomatic cables has been embarrassing, but not damaging. Internal U.S. government reviews have determined that a mass leak of diplomatic cables caused only limited damage to U.S. interests abroad, despite the Obama administration’s public statements to the [...]

The US Prevented BabyDoc from Returning in 2006, Why Not Now?

By: Monday January 17, 2011 8:42 pm

Five years ago, BabyDoc Duvalier applied for a passport for Haiti, threatening to return in a period leading up to elections. As a series of Wikileaks cables make clear, the US pressed hard–with apparent success–to prevent his return to Haiti. One cable shows the US asking France, on January 11, 2006, whether it could prevent [...]

American Democracy, Tunisia, and Wikileaks

By: Friday January 14, 2011 9:04 am

Update: BBC and al-Jazeera report that Ben Ali has left the country and security forces have arrested family members at the airport. The simultaneous (and related) unfolding of the uprising in Tunisia and the latest Wikileaks events reveals a great deal about our own country’s support for democracy. If you aren’t already, I recommend you [...]

Wikileaks Redactions: It’s Not Just the Chinese that Bribe for Oil

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 7:10 am

Given the past history of how newspapers have redacted (or not) Wikileaks dumps, I was very interested in an article that reveals what the Guardian (or one of its media partners) redacted in a cable on Kazakh corruption. The Guardian summarizes the cable this way: Top Kazakh energy official reveals the four principal gate-keepers around [...]

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