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On Fox/Mox above and as reported in The Raw Story, Ron Paul wishes that Wikileaks would smite the Fed, one of his personal Jabberwocks:
"What we need is more WikiLeaks about the Federal Reserve," he said. "Can you imagine what it'd be like if we had every conversation in the last 10 years with our Federal Reserve people, the Federal Reserve chairman, with all the central bankers of the world and every agreement or quid-pro-quo they have? It would be massive. People would be so outraged."
“In a free society we're supposed to know the truth,” Paul insisted. “In a society where truth becomes treason, then we're in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it.
Aside from the WikiLeaks angle, I find it sad that Libertarian Ron Paul seems more concerned about where the Fed is funneling money than any Democrat, except outgoing Alan Grayson. Meanwhile in, Why diplomats secretly love WikiLeaks, Foreign Policy claims that some diplomats wish WikiLeaks would make them look smarter:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other U.S. officials have condemned the WikiLeaks document dump -- but judging by my email traffic, not all American officials are all that upset. Some, in fact, are delighted with the whole affair, for reasons ranging from professional pride in their handiwork to the opportunity to air longstanding grievances over possibly wrongheaded public perceptions of foreign events.
... cables show one American official after another warning Saakashvili not to go to war, or face precisely the consequence that arrived afterward: permanent doubt in his leadership abroad.
Diplomats labor under anonymity that some find unbearable; surely many of them dream of writing the next "Long Telegram." So it is that another diplomat told me he can barely wait for WikiLeaks to get around to those he has written over the years. "The leaks save me the trouble of FOIAing my cables," this diplomat told me by email. " ... I'm just anticipating with pleasure seeing some of my reporting."
But in Cracks in the wilderness of mirrors, at Asia Times, Pepe thinks that the true purpose of WikiLeaks is to bring down the conspiracy:
... The bulk of the cablegate-inspired global-talk-show tsunami has totally missed the point. Once again, it doesn't matter that most cables are gossip - trashy tabloid stuff. See it as Assange's way of illustrating how the conspiracy works. He is not interested in journalistic scoops (as much as his media partners, from the Guardian to Der Spiegel may be); what he wants is to strangle the nodes that make the conspiracy possible - to render the system "dumb and dumber".
Mo Rocca is on CBS Sunday Morning right now playing up the trashy "Us Magazine" aspect of WikiLeaks, while 9/11 truthers think it is a CIA or Mossad plot because none of the leaks support their theories.
Update: MoxNews clips a CBC report that Paypal is blocking donations to WikiLeaks.
Silly season: UFO watchers cite a Guardian article in which Assange slightly mentions UFOs to claim that WikiLeaks next dump will contain revelations about aliens. Russia Today thinks the media is trying to distract us from WikiLeaks, then distracts us by asking the man-in-the-street what he thinks.