Ron Paul Defends Wikileaks: Don’t Kill the Messenger – Stop Lying to the People!

Date: 12/09/2010

Transcript

WikiLeaks’ release of classified information has generated a lot of attention in the past few weeks. The hysterical reaction makes one wonder if this is not an example of killing the messenger for the bad news. Despite what is claimed, the information that has been so far released, though classified, has caused no known harm to any individual, but it has caused plenty of embarrassment to our government. Losing our grip on our empire is not welcomed by the neoconservatives in charge.

There is now more information confirming that Saudi Arabia is a principal supporter and financier of al Qaeda, and that this should set off alarm bells since we guarantee its Sharia-run government. This emphasizes even more the fact that no al Qaeda existed in Iraq before 9/11, and yet we went to war against Iraq based on the lie that it did. It has been charged by experts that Julian Assange, the internet publisher of this information, has committed a heinous crime, deserving prosecution for treason and execution, or even assassination.

But should we not at least ask how the U.S. government should prosecute an Australian citizen for treason for publishing U.S. secret information that he did not steal? And if WikiLeaks is to be prosecuted for publishing classified documents, why shouldn’t the Washington Post, the New York Times, and others also published these documents be prosecuted? Actually, some in Congress are threatening this as well.

The New York Times, as a results of a Supreme Court ruling, was not found guilty in 1971 for the publication of the Pentagon Papers. Daniel Ellsberg never served a day in prison for his role in obtaining these secret documents. The Pentagon Papers were also inserted into the Congressional record by Senator Mike Gravel, with no charges of any kind being made of breaking any national security laws. Yet the release of this classified information was considered illegal by many, and those who lied us into the Vietnam war, and argued for its prolongation were outraged. But the truth gained from the Pentagon Papers revealed that lies were told about the Gulf of Tonkin attack. which perpetuated a sad and tragic episode in our history.

Just as with the Vietnam War, the Iraq War was based on lies. We were never threatened by weapons of mass destruction or al Qaeda in Iraq, though the attack on Iraq was based on this false information. Any information which challenges the official propaganda for the war in the Middle East is unwelcome by the administration and the supporters of these unnecessary wars. Few are interested in understanding the relationship of our foreign policy and our presence in the Middle East to the threat of terrorism. Revealing the real nature and goal of our presence in so many Muslim countries is a threat to our empire, and any revelation of this truth is highly resented by those in charge.

Questions to consider:

  1. Do the America People deserve know the truth regarding the ongoing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen?
  2. Could a larger question be how can an army private access so much secret information?
  3. Why is the hostility mostly directed at Assange, the publisher, and not at our government’s failure to protect classified information?
  4. Are we getting our moneys worth of the 80 Billion dollars per year spent on intelligence gathering?
  5. Which has resulted in the greatest number of deaths: lying us into war or Wikileaks revelations or the release of the Pentagon Papers?
  6. If Assange can be convicted of a crime for publishing information that he did not steal, what does this say about the future of the first amendment and the independence of the internet?
  7. Could it be that the real reason for the near universal attacks on Wikileaks is more about secretly maintaining a seriously flawed foreign policy of empire than it is about national security?
  8. Is there not a huge difference between releasing secret information to help the enemy in a time of declared war, which is treason, and the releasing of information to expose our government lies that promote secret wars, death and corruption?
  9. Was it not once considered patriotic to stand up to our government when it is wrong?

Thomas Jefferson had it right when he advised ‘Let the eyes of vigilance never be closed.’ I yield back the balance of my time.

  • roberson644

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  • LebaneseNostalgia

    well said!!

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    And yet once again, Ron Paul makes too much sense.. How dare he?!

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  • Zer0minus1

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    He’s got some good points but whose gonna listen?

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    Well said, Mr. Paul. You are cool.

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  • stockjonebills

    This is not a political head lawyer talking to you its Ron Paul. Therefore there is no bullshit or rhetoric.. Just the truth.

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  • Snowandrews

    Share this widely.

    The USA public don’t know what
    WRONG DOING (sin)
    is being perpetrated
    IN THEIR NAMES.

    If you insist on covering your eyes
    YOU WILL NEVER KNOW.

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  • PoisonToothG

    If you’re an Conservative and think that Julian Assange is a letist, then you’re a massive retard.

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  • ThePopeAndy

    Pause at 9 seconds. Anyone notice that flanking the American flag are symbols of FASCISM?!

    Don’t believe me? Search wikipedia for symbol of fascism.

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  • totustuus11

    As George Orwell knew and described well, the regime thinks it can convince you that 2 + 2 = 5. And if not convince, threaten. And if not threaten, torture. And if not torture, kill, until all opposition is eliminated.

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  • viletree

    at least there is a voice of sense in Paul..

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