• Arrest Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy.com

    January 17, 2013

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    Posted in: Embassy/State

    Hello? FBI? CIA? Diplomatic Security? You have a leak. A source inside the State Department leaked a SECRET cable to reporter Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy.com, and Rogin published details of the cable on the web site. This is exactly what Bradley Manning and Julian Assange did on Wikileaks, so hurry!!!!!!!!!

    It is true. You can read the details of what Rogin claims is an actual Secret State Department cable right now online. Except for the Internet, you would otherwise need to work for the State Department or in the intelligence community to see this kind of information. Or maybe be Julian Assange.

    Actually, there is no rush. The cable purports to be “evidence” that the Syrian Government used chemical weapons against its insurgents and was clearly and obviously leaked by the Obama team as a trial balloon. You see, Obama needs to test public opinion and/or prep public opinion on some sort of more bloody and “robust” intervention into Syria. Leaking the cable is one way to do that– find a sympathetic writer who will publish the information as an exclusive without committing too much actual journalism by asking questions like “Mr. or Ms. Leaker Person at the State Department, exactly why did you risk your career and indeed confinement in Federal prison to pass a secret level document to a popular web site? Aren’t you aware that Bradley Manning is facing execution for just such a thing?”

    (And the cable is crap. Interviews in Turkey with Syrian defectors [facilitated by BASMA, an NGO the State Department hired as one of its 'implementing partners' inside Syria. BASMA connected State with willing witnesses] who are trying desperately to get the U.S. drawn deeper into the Syrian conflict for their own benefit. And yes this is exactly what happened with self-serving Iraqi defectors in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion).

    So anyway Josh Rogin fans, I doubt he is in danger of arrest. In America, sharing secret documents is a crime only when it isn’t the president doing it.



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  • Recent Comments

    • Mitch said...

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      Free Bradley Manning so we can give him justice outside of jail!!

      01/17/13 3:01 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Reportedly, Colin Powell is working on his UN PowerPoint presentation.

      01/17/13 3:24 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Talk about crap, wait until the OBAMACARE critics get a wind of this:

      http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-fecal-transplant-20130117,0,815232.story

      01/17/13 4:33 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Maybe everyone on PVB’s site wants to believe that a course correction for the USA is still possible and are living our lives accordingly. Our frustration might be that we’re looking for ethical epiphanies within the ruling plutarchy that only exist as Biblical folklore.

      01/17/13 6:50 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote:”A new study has found that an infusion of feces from a healthy person into an ailing patient’s gut was significantly more effective than a traditional antibiotic treatment — raising hopes that the unconventional approach could one day help combat obesity, food allergies and a host of other maladies.” unquote

      Ha! In that case, I’m first in line to donate a healthy pile for Obuttface’s seriously festering Gall filled abscess between his ears. Of course, it’s highly improbable that treating ones gut will alleviate symptoms of Omnipotence and Narcissism, but what the heck..it’s worth a try, right? In that light…

      Dear Mr. Obomination
      Please, eat my shit.

      01/17/13 9:27 PM | Comment Link

    • Andrey said...

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      Figures. I mean, almost every article about Syria (published by Western media, of course) starts with “Syrian activists say” or “Syrian defector says” or something similar. You know, being one side of the conflict, they are so impartial.

      01/17/13 10:35 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      A little removed from the current subject but perhaps not really.

      How about a poll regarding Hillary’s appearance for questioning? Will it happen? Vote yes or no.
      If so will serious questions be asked? Vote yes or no
      If serious questions are asked will she actually answer them in a coherent manner (as opposed to her usual avoidance)? Yes or no
      Will she expire while being questioned thus finally freeing Bubba to not have sexual relations with another airhead intern. Vote

      I’m clueless and await her appearance.

      01/18/13 1:56 AM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      “Maybe everyone on PVB’s site wants to believe that a course correction for the USA is still possible and are living our lives accordingly. Our frustration might be that we’re looking for ethical epiphanies…”

      Not me. I just want the entire US Federal Government to f-ck themselves up their own asses with porcupines.

      01/18/13 8:59 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote:”Not me. I just want the entire US Federal Government to f-ck themselves up their own asses with a Hellfire missle.”unquote

      There, fixed it. :)

      01/18/13 5:47 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      01/19/13 11:42 AM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      In these times, in practice the FOIA means about as much as the Soviet Constitution’s bill of rights ever did. On paper the USSR Constitution guaranteed freedom of speech, arbitrarily limited in practice to whatever the Communist Party wanted it to mean.

      And so, FOIA requests are routinely refused for entirely unlawful reasons, leaving it up to the requestor to litigate, the litigation opponent being the Department of Justice with unlimited financial powers to stonewall private litigants into bankruptcy.

      The US government is beyond self-correction. It’s a lawless cabal.

      01/19/13 12:54 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      Canada, please come back to Washington and finish the job you started in 1814! All is forgiven!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGKwgmyEAJs

      01/19/13 12:56 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Yes, it seems that no course correction is now possible for America but shouldn’t we all continue to live our lives as if one was? There will be no moral conversions among the monsters who were drawn to the DC power base. But for the sake of those we live with and interact with we owe it to not infect them with any negativism and bitterness. We should keep that concealed so it can eat us from the inside out.

      01/19/13 2:04 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      J Poole,

      Based on the punchline in your above comment, evidently you do not suffer from the endemic American irony deficiency.

      And your ironic comment reminded me of this depiction of “The American Dream”; the opium-induced grimace at the end says it all:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGhuVedHqsU

      01/19/13 2:20 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      When is a leak not a leak?

      Our administration is just like the Bush-Cheney administration, only not as good at it. Yes, ‘good’ is sarcastic.

      There are also a couple of other lurking subcontextual and related problems per Peter’s article:

      1) Subcontext Problem #1 — the disciplinary aspect of the law applies only if we don’t like you; if we like you, we got your back, your being a member of ‘the club’

      2) Subcontext Problem # 2 — We, as government officials, can break the laws we are supposed to uphold

      3) Subcontext Problem #3 — We promised ‘change’ but when faced with daunting situations, we will revert to the very problematic behaviours we promised we’d change because change is not so expedient just now and we remembered we do like the status quo

      11/7/13 1:10 AM | Comment Link

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