Interestingly, the only senator to vote against the anti-leaks
legislation on the Intelligence Committee is Senator Ron Wyden
(D-OR), who has said that if Americans knew how the government was
its already expansive surveillance powers they would be
The main backer of the anti-leaks legislation is Senator Dianne
Feinstein (D-CA), who is pressing for prosecuting Julian Assange
for the various government leaks disseminated by Wikileaks. As
Glenn Greenwald and others have noted, there’s not a
substantive difference in what Wikileaks and the New York
Times do, in so far as a free press is concerned.
A judge recently ruled that the government can continue to
consider all State Department cables released by Wikileaks as
classified. The president’s first term has less than six months
left to go, yet through most of it the White House acted as if its
expansive and troubling intercontinental drone war was secret, even
the president himself talked about it.
All this would be bad enough without the president’s promise to
lead the most transparent administration in history. Worse, still,
continued insistence that it is indeed committed to
transparency. Somebody call the truth team.
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