There is a squalid little irony when you see people who are literally bombing innocent civilians every day feverishly accuse a man who has never touched a weapon in his life of being "covered in blood."
As a former intelligence operative, the ongoing release of formerly secret U.S. government documents by WikiLeaks has hit home with me on multiple fronts. But if governmental organizations react appropriately, there doesn't have to be déjà vu all over again.
The WikiLeaks reveal a singular feature of how the U.S. sees itself. It is the extraordinary sense of entitlement. An entitlement endowed by 9/11. It hallows all those other characteristic American traits with a robe of righteousness.
Dear Interpol: As a longtime feminist activist, I have been overjoyed to discover your new commitment to engaging in global manhunts to arrest and prosecute men who behave like narcissistic jerks to women they are dating.
The Guardian article should not have used the present tense to describe US policy based on the leaked cables while ignoring its own reporting, subsequent to the dates of the leaked cables, that the US said its policy had changed.
Most of the media seems to view WikiLeaks as trying to upset their easy job of transcribing leaders' press releases. Not surprisingly, much of the press helps shoot the little boy calling the emperor naked.
Rather than focus on the substance of the leaked diplomatic cables, American journalists tend to either frame the story as being about the "over-classification" of documents or the personal motivations and private life of Julian Assange.