By Eugene J. Koprowski, Esq.
December 9, 2010
President Barack Obama has remained strangely mum on the biggest scandal in U.S. diplomatic history, the leak of secret State Department cables by the mysterious Marxist Internet activist, Julian Assange.
Why is that? Not since Alger Hiss conspired with his communist handlers during the 1940s to disclose FDR’s negotiating strategy for the Yalta conference to the Soviet Union and Josef Stalin has the U.S. taken this kind of a strategic hit, without a bullet or bomb being expended.
Unlike the 1940s, however, the establishment liberals in the U.S. are outraged about Assange.
“We’re leaking power,” said Thomas Friedman, The New York Times foreign affairs columnist, on Meet the Press, on Sunday. “That’s my view of it.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is even calling on the Obama Justice Department to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act of 1917 which makes it a felony to transmit “information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage” of any foreign nation.
“No doubt aware of this law, and despite firm warnings, Mr. Assange went ahead and released the cables on Nov. 28,” Sen. Feinstein wrote in Monday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal.
State Department legal counsel Harold Hongju Koh told Assange, and his lawyer, the documents had been obtained "in violation of U.S. law and without regard for the grave consequences of this action."
Koh's Nov. 27 letter to Assange said that publication of the documents would:
Place at risk the lives of countless innocent individuals, including U.S.
soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan;
• Interfere with operations to stop terrorists, traffickers in illicit arms, other drug traffickers;
• Damage on-going cooperation between countries to confront common challenges, like nuclear proliferation, that threaten global stability.
Yet, Assange went ahead and released the documents anyway, insouciantly portraying himself as some sort of global hero, when he’s really the information age equivalent of domestic terrorist William Ayres.
Therein lies the problem for Obama. During the 2008 election campaign, and shortly thereafter, many theories were floated that former Weather Underground terrorist Ayers was the ghostwriter for Obama’s best-selling book, Dreams from My Father.
Obama identifies with guys like Ayers, and Assange, anti-establishment radicals who want to take down the U.S. a peg.
During the 1970s, Ayers tried to blow up the Pentagon. Assange seems willing to complete the project by destroying the credibility of the U.S., revealing the secret musings, negotiating strategies, and operational plans of the military.
Obama spent much of his first year in office apologizing to the U.S. He famously made apology tours to visit Islamic sultans, and other foreign leaders, taking it upon himself to demean his predecessors in the Oval Office for their supposed “arrogance” and for other imagined sins of the U.S.
Obama was raised by a hippie mother, and is the son of a foreign Marxist government official, and even campaigned with Marxist-Leninist politician Raila Odinga in Kenya, on foreign soil, just months after he was sworn-in to the U.S. Senate in 2007. This was reported by CBS News affiliate in Chicago, but never given the national media coverage it deserved.
So as President, Obama is, as they say in pop psychology, emotionally conflicted. He has the duty as commander-in-chief to defend the U.S. and uphold the Constitution of the U.S. But as an academic radical himself – he seems to be detachedly observing this whole leak scandal, and no doubt reckoning that the U.S. may well be getting what it deserved, another come-uppance.
Former Education Secretary Bill Bennett, who served in the Reagan administration, said on Monday on Fox News that the word on the street in Washington is that Assange is about to release a list of weapons caches held by the U.S. around the world, and details about secret U.S. government facilities in Europe and Asia.
“This is almost like a James Bond movie,” said Bennett. “This guy is an accessory to terrorism. Nab him using the espionage act.”
It is probable that the pressure from the Left and the Right will force Obama to do the proper thing, and send the CIA or the U.S. Special Forces to track down Assange, shackle him, and send him to GITMO. Obama has stopped apologizing – at least in public – for the U.S. and is continuing to prosecute the war on terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s even stepped up the Predator drone attacks instrumental in killing leading terrorists. Pressure from the establishment – Pentagon Secretary Gates has been a major influence on Obama, as has Gen. Jim Jones – has forced Obama to grow up a bit and, whether he likes it or not, do his job as commander-in-chief.
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The rest of us need to continue to remind this unlikely successor to George Washington and Ronald Reagan that the U.S. is a great country, and is worthy of defense, no matter what his old friends at Harvard and University of Chicago may think and say during faculty cocktail parties.
“We have to remind ourselves that we are the strong party,” said Bennett. “The kind of posture this president has taken, who can be satisfied with the position? This is not Reagan’s world anymore. But it can be.”
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Attorney Eugene J. "Gene" Koprowski is Chairman of the Young Guns Conservative Fund, a non-profit, 527 political action committee which aims to keep the pressure from the Tea Party movement on the new freshmen Republicans elected to the Congress this fall, and to keep them focused on core conservative principles. The PAC raises money online to run issue ads on the Internet and on the radio and TV in the Washington D.C. metro market on immigration reform, repealing Obamacare, and other issues of importance to true grassroots conservatives. He holds a law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, a master's degree from the University of Chicago, and completed his undergraduate work at Northwestern University. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Koprowski earned an Emmy Award Nomination in 2008 from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for his work for FoxNews.com.
See some of his opinion pieces/columns for Fox News.