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Jan 13 2011

The chair of the US House Committee on Homeland Security, Peter King, has called to place journalist Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks on a US enemies list. US citizens and treaty nation partners of the USA are forbidden to aid or associate with individuals named on that list.

I rather think he’d better add the editors-in-chief of the New York Times, and the Washington Post – and almost every other newspaper to that list, because they’re all essentially doing (and have always done) the same thing as Assange’s Wikileaks – that is, publishing information that has been leaked by US government officials.

The only differences are that Wikileaks offered US departments the opportunity to redact some of that information – an opportunity not normally granted by publishers, but which the US Government declined – and that major newspapers are rather wishing that they were the ones being leaked to first.

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The world is changing. Can you feel it?

A month ago, I didn’t give a hoot about Wikileaks. It didn’t interest me at all. Nor did journalist Assange, one of its founders and operators. I couldn’t have cared less about them. Wikileaks was just one more news publication in an ocean of news publications, all of which periodically ran with stories about this or that leaked document.

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I’ve been watching the whole Wikileaks fiasco with interest. The contents of the fat bundles of information released, of late, don’t actually interest me at all, but the process of what is going on is fascinating to watch.

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