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Re: Assange is off the hook...

Released on 2012-02-29 03:00 GMT

Email-ID 1657261
Date 2010-12-06 05:56:29
No I meant the regular people are not mad about it. Assange wanted the
common folk to rise up against the insidious and evil diplomats. That has
not happened. In fact, most are defending our diplomats.

People are mad, but at Assange... not at the U.S. government.


From: "Matthew Gertken"
Sent: Sunday, December 5, 2010 10:40:08 PM
Subject: Re: Assange is off the hook...

Agree, the ego-trip and the anti-Americanism are extremely irritating. But
not sure it is true about people in the US being mad about the cables --
Gingrich called it terrorism, the Fox people are have been talking it up
big time, including WSJ which has contained some more insightful but still
rather alarmist responses to it.

As to the part about going after Russian info. The Chinese press has
raised the issue of other countries being targeted next, and even went so
far as to say that the entire scandal is a US conspiracy that will be used
against other states. The interesting thing about this to me is the fear
of exposure that has gone to all governments over the implications of this
type of web dissemination for leaks. Closed govts like china see real
danger here, as elsewhere with internet evolution. They are familiar with
how new info dissemination patterns, however innocuous they seem when
originated in the West, end up posing threats to their control (like
twitter for instance)

On 12/5/10 10:23 PM, Marko Papic wrote:

What a douche.

And I just want to be clear here... I have no problem with the leaks. I
think they're great. And I think it may be good on some level to have
stuff like this come out once in a while. What I can't stand is A) his
ego trip and B) his clear anti-Americanism. Take the time to read the
intro to Cablegate when you get the chance. This guy hates America more
than OBL.

What I love, however, is how nobody in the U.S. is mad about the cables.
Hell, I have a better opinion of State Department diplomats now than I
did before the cables. They actually said a few smart things here and
there. I actually gave them a tip of my hat.

I want to see him try to take on the Russians. He'd be going bald in an
Iceland hospital within days.


From: "Reva Bhalla"
To: "Analyst List"
Sent: Sunday, December 5, 2010 10:11:39 PM
Subject: Re: Assange is off the hook...

should we change our Stratfor motto now?
Predictive, insightful a post-Cablegate world.
On Dec 5, 2010, at 10:05 PM, Marko Papic wrote:

This guy needs to take pills for his ego:

He suggested, not for the first time, that he believes his document
service has had a profound effect on world history: a**I believe
geopolitics will be separated into pre- and post-Cablegate phases.a**

Also, I have a question about this part (this is Assange's lawyer
saying how Wikileaks would release full versions of all files --
including names of spies, etc. -- if harmed):

WikiLeaks, Mr. Stephens said, has a**been subject to cyberattacks and
censorship around the world and they need to protect themselves ... This
is what they believe to be a thermonuclear device in the information

Let's say the following scenario happens. Assange is arrested and
extradicted to Sweden to face rape charges. Wikileaks releases the
password to the insurance files. Would he not then be directly
endangering U.S. and other country intelligence professionals? Would
it not then be possible to prosecute him for espionage?

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