The Littlest Soapbox

August 10, 2010

How Do You Know You’ve Gone Too Far?

Filed under: News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 10:44 AM

When you’re an anti-war activist and Amnesty International and George Soros’ group are siding against you.

Mr. Julian Assange, the founder and head of WikiLeaks, has been making a name for himself over the past couple months as one of the more reprehensible human beings on the planet, for posting some 70,000 classified US Government documents concerning the war in Afghanistan on his website. Though he purports to having nobility of purpose in this blatant act of espionage, Mr. Assange has shown a callous disregard for the American and Afghan lives he has put at risk by publicizing this material. In proof that even a stopped clock is right twice a day, even Amnesty International and four other usual suspects “human rights groups” are condemning his actions.

The human-rights groups involved are Amnesty International; Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, or CIVIC; Open Society Institute, or OSI, the charitable organization funded by George Soros; Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission; and the Kabul office of International Crisis Group, or ICG.

The groups emailed WikiLeaks to say they were concerned for the safety of Afghans identified as helping the U.S. military in documents obtained by WikiLeaks, according to several of the groups. WikiLeaks has already published 76,000 of the documents and plans to publish up to 15,000 more.

When asked that he redact the name of Afghan civilians identified in these cables, Mr. Assange showed just how much he cares for human life.

In his response to the letter signed by the human-rights organizations, Mr. Assange asked what the groups were doing to analyze the documents already published, and asked whether Amnesty in particular would provide staff to help redact the names of Afghan civilians, according to people familiar with the letter.

An Amnesty official replied to say that while the group has limited resources, it wouldn’t rule out the idea of helping, according to people familiar with the reply. The official suggested that Mr. Assange and the human-rights groups hold a conference call to discuss the matter.

Mr. Assange then replied: “I’m very busy and have no time to deal with people who prefer to do nothing but cover their asses. If Amnesty does nothing I shall issue a press release highlighting its refusal,” according to people familiar with the exchange.

Admittedly, I’m somewhat offended (but not surprised) at the complete lack of concern shown by this ad hoc human rights coalition for the safety of our military and civilian men and women serving in harm’s way by Mr. Assange’s espionage, but the point still stands that innocent Afghan men and women will die, if they have not done so already, as a result of the WikiLeaks disclosures.

CIVIC, OSI and ICG also confirmed that they signed the letter. Erica Gaston, program officer for OSI’s Afghanistan-Pakistan regional policy initiative, said: “Our concern was that the Taliban had announced it was going through the data looking for names and that it would begin targeting that. It’s a very real threat that they’re making. They have demonstrated over and over that if they have the name of someone that has in any way been affiliated with the international community, they will find them, they will kill them in most cases.”

Their blood will be on Julian Assange’s hands.

H/T Drudge.


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