I found the WikiLeaks dump interesting but not very surprising. The biggest news was how much Arab countries want us to attack Iran, but I already suspected that might be the case. But I am surprised (though I probably shouldn’t be) by the ferocity of the neocon attacks on Assange:
“Why can’t we use our various assets to harass, snatch or neutralize Julian Assange and his collaborators, wherever they are? Why can’t we disrupt and destroy WikiLeaks in both cyberspace and physical space, to the extent possible?” Kristol writes.
I don’t know what neutralize means here, but I’m guessing it means assassinate. And snatch presumably means kidnap.
Forgetting for a moment about whether one thinks WikiLeaks is good or bad for the world how could anyone fail to see what awful PR it would be for the US to kidnap or assassinate Assange right now? The worst I’ve heard about the recent document dump is that it makes the US “look bad”. How much worse would it look if the CIA grabbed or shot Assange?
This is so dumb I can’t wrap my head around it.