Editorial staff of The Tribune: Turn yourselves in.
By reporting on the leaked U.S. State Department cables, you are (according to Homeland Security Chair Joe Lieberman) in violation of the U.S. Espionage Act. You and other news organizations have revealed classified information and are trafficking in stolen government property.
I counted 154 articles on this sensitive information on The Tribune’s website since Nov. 28. That’s an average of 11 breaches of United States security per day! WikiLeaks has released less than 0.4 percent of their documents — each one only after it was published in the Guardian, Der Spiegel or The New York Times first. So if they are guilty of espionage, so are you.
Sarah Palin calls WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange “an anti-American operative with blood on his hands,” but to date, not a single person has been harmed by a WikiLeaks release, unless you count the Italian prime minister (with his underage party girls) or Moammar Gadhafi (and his voluptuous blonde “travel nurse”).
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Don’t you know that complete secrecy is essential in carrying out illegal wars in Pakistan and Yemen? Who wants to know that we bullied European nations out of investigating the United States killing of their journalists and the mistaken extradition and torture of their citizens? That stuff’s embarrassing.
According to Hillary Clinton, “The United States strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information,” especially when it includes her orders to spy out “biometrics” on the United Nations diplomats. Exactly what does she want measured? That could be highly sensitive information!
Like WikiLeaks, you are purveying censored material that exposes the deceptions and injustices of our government while keeping the identity of the sources anonymous. What are you guys, some kind of journalists? Is that the kind of free and unrestrained press we really want? Internet servers, MasterCard and PayPal should divorce you.
If only for your own safety, you should surrender immediately. Otherwise, Fox News’ Bob Beckle may call for another special ops assassination. Do it before Palin tweets about you.
And let me remind your readership that under the Espionage Act of 1917, one may not read, possess or discuss any classified information. So now we’re all busted. Thanks a lot.
But if, as Thomas Jefferson said, information is the currency of democracy, then keep the cables coming, because this republic could use a cash infusion of enlightenment right now.
Edward Jardini is a physician of family medicine. He is a 20-year resident of San Luis Obispo County and lives with his family in Templeton.