Monday, November 29, 2010

Wikileaks, Valerie Plame and Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg: "Honest question: Is there any prominent person or editorial board (outside of the administration) on the left who made a huge stink about Valerie Plame’s outing who is remotely as horrified by the ongoing Wikileaks travesty?"

I'm not remotely as horrified. Plame's outing, you'll recall, was committed by government officials as vengeance for her husband's truth-telling about the Bush Administration's (er...) missteps getting us into war with Iraq. It was done, in other words, to discourage people from telling the American public what there government was up to. The Wikileaks disclosures are telling the American people what their government is up to. I think one can be horrified by the Plame outing, not horrified by the Wikileaks disclosures, and still be perfectly consistent.

1 comment:

Bennet Kellley said...

Your missing the point - outing Valerie Plame was not just retaliation but it was forbidden by law and exposed and endangered intelligence assets. But somehow my brethren on the left now think it is okay when someone they agree with does the same thing. The left is viewing solely through an anti-war prism, ignoring the fact that these are classified documents, that human rights groups have objected on the grounds it endangers dissidents or that it has exposed our sources inside places such as China.