What follows is a little bit of a rant, so bear with me as I clear my head. As Edward Snowden’s prospects for escape dwindle, since country after country has denied him asylum, he is now beginning to cry like a petulant child through WikiLeaks. Using a logic train that is about as convoluted as possible (Waaaa….Obama’s picking on me!), it reminded me of Wikileaks’ own twisted version of what’s just. Like Snowden, it appears to consist only of crimes they commit against others. Someone using anything resembling its own tactics against them is inherently evil.
Honestly, I love it when that little weasel Julian Assange talks to the press. With his sallow white hair and pallid complexion, he rails against perceived injustices in the world, which more and more are injustices that apparently revolve around him and not the world at large. In his mind, he’s the only person who has the right to collect, expose, or “bring justice”. Anyone else doing the same thing to him or his organization is simply part of the malevolent forces from the Empire – and for some reason, a lot of people seem to agree. For them, he can do no wrong. For me, I’d like a little rationality with my protests.
If only Assange had studied a basic course in critical thinking instead of working as a sexual predator, he’d see that a plethora of his statements are logical fallacy 101. In fact, the definition of irony. I thought I’d highlight a few here:
1. I mentioned this particular hypocrisy in an earlier blog, when Assange first fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain. His legal team at the time was worried that the UK would storm the embassy to remove him (just to be clear: so he could be extradited to Sweden for rape. This has nothing to do with WikiLeaks or the US). In an effort to prevent that, the legal team stated: “I hope that the UK authorities are sensible enough not to enter the embassy without permission, which would risk upsetting diplomatic relations all over the world.” Seriously? Wikileaks actually had the cajones to say that action would upset diplomatic relations around the world. With a straight face. If there has been one single event that has upset diplomatic relations around the world in the last thirty years, it’s the actions of Wikileaks, and now they’re worried about diplomatic relations?
2. More recently, Assange appeared on This Week and talked about his man-crush, Edward Snowden, someone who’s finally gotten him back in the news (Assange must have punched a wall when he heard about the Snowden leaks to “mainstream press”, but he immediately went into high gear to insert himself into the situation.) “He is a hero,” Assange said. “He has told the people of the world and the United States that there is mass unlawful interception of their communications.” Huh? Isn’t that exactly what Wikileaks did with Bradley Manning’s data? A “mass unlawful interception of communications” – namely classified correspondence between diplomatic posts? Why does Assange think this is wrong now? I guess it’s only okay to “intercept mass communication” when it’s done under the banner of WikiLeaks. Anything else is heinous. In his mind, our elected representative democracy shouldn’t have the ability or authority to decide what is in the collective best interest for the national security of 300 million people, targeting foreign terrorists and foreign threats, and despite the fact that there was a healthy debate before it was implemented. Never mind the fact that Snowden never even said ANYONE was looking at any communications of US citizens. In Assange’s mind, he, a single vain man who cares more about his own TV appearances and avoiding rape charges—and isn’t an American citizen – should without question have that same ability. Yeah, Assange’s little golden halo is pretty much bullshit.
3. It came out recently that Wikileaks had a mole. A teenager who had been working with the FBI, basically spilling his guts about WikiLeaks’ operations. The revelations have caused a plethora of responses from Wikileaks denouncing the teenager and his operations (which begs the question: Why does WikiLeaks get to operate in secret? If you’re all about transparency, then open up the vaults. Why should the FBI have to find a mole?). In a WikiLeaks statement he was called a, “troubled young man” who “did manage several minor tasks for the organization as one of hundreds of volunteers all over the world.” Wow. Sounds a lot like Bradley Manning. I guess it’s okay for WikiLeaks to court Manning online like a predatory child molester, but heinous for the FBI to accept information from someone inside the organization that was freely given. Someone they’ll now attack as “psychologically tormented”, “off”, and “coerced”, much like every US politician running for office does against the opposition. Funny how quickly the vaunted vanguard of freedom and tolerance resorts to guttersnipe ad hominem attacks like a backwoods segregationist candidate from 1950. If this is the “new world”, I don’t see a lot of difference from the political machine Assange so despises. Just a lot of selfishness.
At the end of the day, Julian Assange, as Ecuador learned, is nothing but a fame hog, who, much like he leveraged Manning before, is now using Snowden to get in the media to buoy his own ego and denounce our way of life. Anything he can do he will do to stay on the radar screen, to include spouting whatever logical fallacy he finds convenient to prove his point. Why on earth I’d care about what this Australian citizen thinks about my country is beyond me, but apparently there are plenty of people who think he’s a hero. Hero of what? Hypocrisy?
Yeah, I’d say he’s a Super Hero in that department.
Well said. Thank you for expressing your opinion.
Badass. This is more or less why I buy your books
Since when is telling it like it is considered a “rant”? Your so called “rant” was spot on! Early on little Eddie Snowden stated that he felt it his duty to tell the world about what the US was doing and he was willing to face the consequences. Oh really, Well Eddie if you are such a brave soul willing to suffer the consequences eddie, then why are you running to various parts of the world hiding out and asking for asylum so that you don’t have to “face the consequences”? Eddie Snowden is neither a hero nor a whistle-blower – in my mind he is a thief and a traitor to this country.
Our brave souls are like Brad Taylor and all of the other men and women who served and currently serve our great nation in and out of uniform. They step forward and volunteer to serve our great country and protect us from the evil that tries to take down the US and what we stand for. These men and women are the true heros of the USA,
Just for sake of transparency, I have a son who currently serves as a senior NCO in the US military for the past 13 years. In my mind it is he and his fellow his fellow men and women service members who are the true heros of our great nation.
Sorry or my rant. Brad, please continue to are both your great books and your rants wih us!
Proud to be an American
Well said Dave! Snowden’s a coward…not a hero. Hero’s don’t run away from the conflict, they embrace it. He is a traitor to our great country.
So, Dave, you’re basically stating he should come back and take his execution (judicial or otherwise) like a man?
I tend to be of the opinion that Assange is a fame-seeking jackass who has specifically stated that his aim is to harm the US, and Manning acted out of butthurt that his trannydom wasn’t being indulged, but if Snowden had anything to gain, I’m not seeing it.
There is WAY too much of a tendency to think of laws as petty inconveniences made by people who don’t know how things REALLY are, and should be ignored when “necessary”, (read, “convenient”). That’s the sort of lawless, banana-republic/soviet thinking to the US ostensibly stands as a counterweight.
Yeah, gamer, YOU know how things REALLY are. That’s the perfect defense, and one I see all too often. YOU know what’s really going on, and it’s EVIL, because you’ve had so many other people say so. Therefore, anything the US does to protect you (read, the general public) is automatically, by default, something worse than the disease – despite the enormous infrastructure in place to ensure it adheres to the rule of law – and is a convoluted plot to deprive you of your God given rights. You look at Snowden through an antiseptic lens as if he understands the good/bad equation, but he does not. He’s just as narcissistic as Assange, and I find it strange that you recognize it with WikiLeaks, but not with him. Take a look at his history, without the hyperbole of documentaries or trumpeting fan-boys.
Well said Mr. Taylor, and that’s why I love your books. I agree with you 100%. My view is if you’ve got nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about. Both those weasels need to get off their high horse! And all the ones supporting them need to get their priorities straight.
sounds like Pike and Jennifer need to visit Mr. Assange a little visit… well actually I think Jennifer could handle both Assange and Snowden.
Well said Brad!
Well, according to the news, Snowden is trapped. He has nowhere to run. If he thinks he can live a comfortable life in Russia as a defector like in the old days of the Cold War, he’s got another thing coming.
Pretty much in agreement with you and rest of your admirers. These guys, Manning and Snowden, signed certain secrecy agreements and then, blew them. I have little sympatny for them. I see Snowden as more of a showboater than Manning but do think Assange is taking advantage of them both. It’s really ironic that Snowden can’t find a country of refuge. But proves the old adage, nobody loves a snitch!
Brad, your far too kind in your description of Assange. An individual who feels compelled to assault a female then hide…..like a coward. Assange is a bottom feeder.
you are so right i got a rope