False Equivalency Of The Day

1 comment December 30th, 2010at 07:07am Posted by Eli

Floyd Abrams, comparing the WikiLeaks cables to the Pentagon Papers:

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg decided to make available to the New York Times (and then to other newspapers) 43 volumes of the Pentagon Papers, the top- secret study prepared for the Department of Defense examining how and why the United States had become embroiled in the Vietnam conflict. But he made another critical decision as well. That was to keep confidential the remaining four volumes of the study describing the diplomatic efforts of the United States to resolve the war.

Not at all coincidentally, those were the volumes that the government most feared would be disclosed. In a secret brief filed with the Supreme Court, the U.S. government described the diplomatic volumes as including information about negotiations secretly conducted on its behalf by foreign nations including Canada, Poland, Italy and Norway. Included as well, according to the government, were “derogatory comments about the perfidiousness of specific persons involved, and statements which might be offensive to nations or governments.”

The diplomatic volumes were not published, even in part, for another dozen years. Mr. Ellsberg later explained his decision to keep them secret, according to Sanford Ungar’s 1972 book “The Papers & The Papers,” by saying, “I didn’t want to get in the way of the diplomacy.”

Julian Assange sure does. Can anyone doubt that he would have made those four volumes public on WikiLeaks regardless of their sensitivity? Or that he would have paid not even the slightest heed to the possibility that they might seriously compromise efforts to bring a speedier end to the war?

Can anyone tell me which war Assange has delayed the end of?  Was there anything in the diplomatic cables he released that will prolong our occupation of Iraq or Afghanistan?

Entry Filed under: Afghanistan,Iraq,Politics,Wankers,War

1 Comment

  • 1. Cujo359  |  January 3rd, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I guess it they were delayed because of all those people who were killed by the Wikileaks. Oh, wait, nevermind.


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