November 25, 2017

Obama labels WikiLeaks “deplorable”

Can we silence WikiLeaks and drag Assange back to America to stand trial on secret charges? - I say yes we can

US President Barack Obama has called WikiLeaks action in publishing US State Department documents “deplorable” during a phone call to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The contents of the call were leaked to the media by the White House.

As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains in custody in the United Kingdom pending possible extradition to Sweden, the rest of the world seems to be fairly evenly divided on the question of whether he is a hero or a terrorist.

The White House claims that President Obama – speaking on behalf of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan “expressed his regrets for the deplorable action by WikiLeaks and the two leaders agreed that it will not influence or disrupt the close cooperation between the United States and Turkey.”

So we are guessing that this was an ‘unsecret’ (cool word eh?)converstation because the White House was leaking it. If it was secret then we would have to rely on WikiLeaks to tell us what happened. It must get so confusing for poor WikiLeaks to know what is and isn’t secret.

Apparently Obama has been doing the rounds of world leaders who have been reading what US government employees really think about them.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has received a call but where were not told about the contents of that call so it is safe to conclude that it was secret.

One thing that bothers me about this whole WikiLeaks saga (aside from the United States government getting paranoid about anyone finding out the truth), is that the politicians of the western democracies who are slagging off WikiLeaks seem to have forgotten that they are the elected representatives of their people.

They were not elected to power to do what they like and keep the people in the dark. They were chosen to represent the majority of ordinary folk who though they would be good at governing on their behalf.