Sleazy WikiLeaks Meets the Digital Ninnies of the State Department
The criminality of self-righteous WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange aside, the State Department or other government nincompoops who authored the leaked documents and emails calling Sarkozy a "naked emperor," etc., deserve to be terminated for extreme doofuss-ness. These days, a school child knows that what you write digitally is forever indelible.
If you have something nasty to say, do it over the water cooler or at a cocktail party, where you can deny you ever said it. Even write it down, if you must, on the back of a business card or scrap of note paper. They can be burned or flushed down the toilet. But for heaven's sake don't type it into a computer. There are no shredders for emails and Word docs. Are these people nitwits or do they have the impulse control of a two year old?
Okay, I admit it. Like most of us, I've done it myself -- hit "reply all," when I meant "reply," and spent days cleaning up my mess. But I don't work for the government. Much as I'd like to think otherwise, if I call Hamid Karzai "paranoid," it's of little consequence. If I brand Angela Merkel "Teflon," it has less than zero affect on our relations with Germany.
Nevertheless, much of what has been released so far is pretty banal stuff. That Kim Jong Il suffers from epilepsy was easily known to anyone who could use Google -- and how many have called Ahmadinejad Hitler? (Google that one and you currently get 1,030,000 results.)
Of course, that doesn't mean it will remain so meaningless. With the number of documents being released, it's hard to believe anyone knows what's in them, including the execrable crew at WikiLeaks themselves who are distributing them early to certain "progressive" media organizations, like the New York Times and The Guardian, who are willing to sign agreements with the leakers irrespective of the national security implications, not to mention the possible endangerment to human lives.