Thank God for WikiLeaks ["Trust takes a hit even with allies," Editorial, Nov. 30]. Not unlike the Pentagon Papers, WikiLeaks is a big win for truth and democracy, giving we the people a clear view of all of our emperors without their clothes.
With so many two-faced, forked-tongued, double-dealing talking heads of state, it's no wonder the world is in such a dreadful state. And these clowns hold our planet's fate!
Rich Viva Arcery
Regarding Rep. Peter King's (R-Seaford) call to charge Julian Assange with spying ["King: Charge WikiLeaks founder," News, Nov. 29], I thought it was practical knowledge that diplomats for years have been used to collect information about foreign officials and governments. That the United States puts undercover intelligence officers in countries posing as diplomats is hardly a new development.
Also, finding out that Moammar Gadhafi has a "hot" nurse, that Shiites and Sunnis have a strong dislike for one another and, behind the scenes, want us to do their dirty work, or that the United States and South Korea are making contingency plans if there is an eventual collapse of North Korea, does not qualify, in the words of Rep. King, as "purposeful intent to damage not only our national interests in fighting the war on terror" but the "safety of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan."
This is another example of his hard-line, over-the-top rhetoric, which is more rant than reason. Rep. King's idea to charge the WikiLeaks founder and designate the Swedish website a foreign terrorist organization may be severe, but thankfully it stops short of his calling for the assassination of its founder and the bombing of Sweden.
The WikiLeaks have reported U.S. state secrets and have compromised world diplomacy. Essentially, global relations are at risk as President Barack Obama commences damage control.
During times of terrorism, intelligence leaks and this war of words threaten security. Alas, the day of reckoning resulting from this governmental leak fallout is still yet to come.
Susan Marie Davniero