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A Comment on the Conservative Case for WikiLeaks

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Ron Paul has been one of the few conservatives to speak out in support of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange
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*I submitted this comment that at 11 am ET on December 10th was still awaiting moderation over at The American Conservative. Josh Hunter published a blog, " The Conservative Case for WikiLeaks ," and I found it important to show my gratitude for the fact that a conservative had published a post based in reason.*

Not a conservative, which is why I thought it important to thank you for writing this piece. What you wrote could have been influenced by Bruce Fein's recent book "American Empire Before the Fall."

There is an inverted totalitarianism to government now. It pervades all that we Americans do. Conservatism and liberalism continues to lose meaning in this society. I increasingly think that the question isn't whether you are conservative or liberal but rather whether you are a corporatist or populist.

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If you are on the side of the people, you stand up for principles that are the foundation of the Constitution. You stick up for civil liberties and oppose TSA pat-downs because it's right and you refuse to be childish and not make common cause with conservatives because they might want TSA to be privatized. You stick up for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for doing what they are doing and refuse to hide behind this phony nonsense that somehow they might be hurting transparency because the U.S. government and corporations are taking this opportunity to become more closed, conspiratorial and also bureaucratically inefficient. You champion someone like Ron Paul who says things like we need more WikiLeaks because he is right and refuse to be some kind of "purist" and keep quiet cause you disagree with his views on abortion, immigration, health care, etc.

Sadly, too many liberals are living a life of delusion. They voted for a president they thought was going to bring hope and change and reverse despicable policies that had been pushed by the Bush Administration. They refuse to admit that they projected their views on President Obama and he is not the leader he pretended to be when he was running for president. They do not want to believe that Brand Obama was a con to pacify angry Americans so they continue to delude themselves with this idea that Obama is trying as hard as he can and just needs their staunch support.

The truth is President Obama and his Administration have been complicit in the attacks on WikiLeaks. They have colluded with the media in promoting disinformation about WikiLeaks, saying they allegedly "indiscriminately" released the cables and have not "properly" redacted sources and information that could endanger lives. And, they have also taken the opportunity to make a mockery of this nation by agreeing to host World Press Freedom Day in 2011 while in the midst of persecuting WikiLeaks.

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for

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