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




Date: 12/09/2010

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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.



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  1. Yes, Ron Paul for president in 2012!!!! And Assange as vice-president!!

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  2. Elect Ron Paul and save America.

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  3. I want to see his man bring REAL CHANGE to the White House!

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  4. skeet on it and grind on it lol

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  5. You go Dr. Paul!

    I just love this man.

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  6. absolutelycertaiable

    uhm yea do u want a list of them? In the early 1890-1900's multiple states refused to protect basic human rights for "China-men" because they were "Mongoloids" and brought forth "scientists" to a court of law to testify that they are not of full human (really sad). Also, the most egregious are the ones that involve religion. Mainly southern states had laws, I think some may still have them, where you couldnt denounce christianity. Who forced these states to stop... oh yea the federal govt

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  7. Words of wisdom from a smart man.

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  8. I love Ron Paul. God bless him and God bless America. Ron Paul 2012!!! Spread the word.

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  9. I am Polish American and I did listen to Radio Free Europe and Voice of America since I was 6 years old back home in Poland during the Cold War. My father had a powerful short wave radio. At 6 AM I did power up on my balcony so all passing could listen to the news. All people did listen and smile.
    I was never called in 1975 by communist police. I can not do the same living in free land USA? Where is the freedom now? Did I lost or America is lost now?

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  10. this man known as assange is being christ-like to stand up to the power of corruption and putting his life on the line for the people of the world to expose this and to risk his whole being to serve only one purpose.. truth and nothing but that... so we can live well informed and secure knowing we have been played for fools.. so we may take action on behalf of their treason to the people of america and the world... down with the new world order..bring down the banks bring down the governments

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  11. even ron paul and jesse ventura want out cuz they know the whole system is rigged and set to explode by command... they know the whole game set up by a select few..and that its all corrupted from the inside out... and all around it..like spiritual diarrea.. being spewed oozing greed anger fear dispair.. deceit lies insecurities ... time to expose the psychopaths that run our lives ppl stand up or stay down your choice we have the opening to abolish corruption for ever... be part of something

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  12. I don't know if I can like Ron Paul or not. Rush, Hannitty, and Sarah Palin haven't made my decision for me yet :) JK He is one of the few republicans that is still American.

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  13. I don't know if I can like Ron Paul or not. Rush, Hannitty, and Sarah Palin haven't made my decision for me yet :) JK He is one of the few republicans that is still American

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  14. You know one thing I really liked about this video? At the beginning Ron Paul said "Thank you Mr. Speaker..." That reminded me that Nancy Pelosi is no longer there! Yeh!

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  15. peace ron

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  16. This man speaks the truth. The Neo Con Zionists are the real problem. Yes , those guys such as Wolfowitz , Pearl , Cohen , Liebermann etc. who seem to think that although they represent less than 3% of the American population , they have a born right to steer American foreign policy based on lies and bias towards Israel . Why don't the other 97% of ordinary Americans kick their asses out of govnmt., banking, and the media and have a proper democracy instead of rule by a 5th column.

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  17. SEE AMERICA RON PAUL IS THE ONLY POLITICIANS THAT WILL GIVE TO YOU STREIGHT TRUTH AND YOU STILL HIDE YOUR HEAD IN THE DIRT. RON PAUL HAS TOLD AMERICA THE TRUTH SINCE DAY ONE PEOPLE HAVE LAUGHED AND EVEN MADE PUN OF HIM LIKE ROSS PEROT BUT EVEN ROSS PEROT WAS RIGHT WHEN HE WARNED US ALL JOBS WOULD BE GOING SOUTH AND THEY DID TO MEXICO. THE MEDIA WILL NOT COVER HIM BECAUSE WELL HELEN THOMAS TOLD YOU WHAT IS GOING ON AND AMERICA YOU BETTER WAKE UP. THE WAR A LIE, 9/11 NEEDS A REAL INVESTIGATION BUT WE WON'T GET AS LONG AS WE HAVE THIS SELL OUT TERROSIT MEDIA FACTION CNN MSNBC FOX THEY ALL WORK FOR THE SAME TERROSIT GROUP LIES AFTER LIES AND BS AFTER BS, THE NEWS PEOPLE ARE LIKE HAND PUPPETS ALL THEY ARE NEWS CORPORATE HACKS THAT DO THE BIDDING OF THERE OWNERS. TRUTH YOU WILL NEVER SEE. TURN OFF YOUR TVS BECAUSE YOU WON'T FIND THE TURTH THERE. TRUE NEWS RENSE.COM. THE REST IS JUST THE BRAINWASHING MACHINE. VOTE ONLY RON PAUL THE REST ARE THE LUMANTI ROBOTS FOR THE RICH, EVIL.

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  18. Been with you for a long time my friend.

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  19. absolutelycertaiable

    Someone here wrote that there is a voice of sense in Paul. I respect Paul but he wants to abolish essential aspects of the government and have people rely more on themselves... unfortunately we do not live in a world where people make zero mistakes or are born in a wealthy family who sends them to private schools... We live in a world where teenagers do really dumb things that mess up their future, or kids have drug addict parents... kinda heartless to turn our backs on them. Libertarian=retard.

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  20. Lifting the American eyelids......Forget running for President,become Prime Minister of Australia..... :)

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