The people at Cryptome have a few words for Madame Secretary:
Clinton’s comments contradict how the WikiLeaks-Bradley Manning Cablegate affair is being handled by the USG. And her accusations of government and commercial abuse and spying on the Internet apply to the US and its allies. The conference session should face these contradictions and if not resolve them establish principles and an agenda to do so. A demonstration of genuine Internet freedom would be the release of Bradley Manning and termination of the USG prosecutorial Cablegate investigation.
And never mind this.
But wait, there’s more. Glenn Greenwald at Salon also noticed the hypocrisy of our fave Secretary of State:
Hypocrisy from the U.S. Government — having U.S. officials self-righteously impose standards on other countries which they routinely violate — is so common and continuous that the vast majority of examples do not even merit notice. But sometimes, it is so egregious and shameless — and sufficiently consequential — that it should not go unobserved. Such is the case with the speech delivered by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday at a Conference on Internet Freedom held at the Hague, a conference devoted to making “a stand for freedom of expression on the internet, especially on behalf of cyber dissidents and bloggers.” Clinton has been flamboyantly parading around for awhile now as the planet’s leading protector of Internet freedom; yesterday she condemned multiple countries for assaulting this freedom and along the way actually managed to keep a straight face.
For me, the Secretary’s best line was this:
The United States wants the internet to remain a space where economic, political, and social exchanges flourish. To do that, we need to protect people who exercise their rights online.
That exercise of rights, Madame Secretary, includes the First Amendment, exercised here, by one of your employees. Thank you for believing so strongly in this and supporting my right to continue to speak.
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