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No, I'm not suggesting drone strikes on WikiLeaks

My colleague Eva Rodriguez notes that I state in my column today that because WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a non-U.S. person operating outside the United States, the government “can employ not only law enforcement, but also intelligence and military assets, to bring Assange to justice and put his criminal syndicate out of business.” She asks: Am I suggesting a drone strike or special ops raid?

Uh, no, Eva, I am not suggesting that. The National Security Agency is part of the Defense Department -- it is a military asset and can be used to lawfully track Assange’s communications. So is the U.S. Cyber Command that the Obama administration stood up last year (as I point out in my piece today). There is nothing preventing us from deploying these “military assets” in cyberspace to deal with WikiLeaks. This organization is threatening to release another 15,000 classified documents even more sensitive than those it has already disseminated – an action that could put American, Afghan and allied lives in jeopardy. The federal government has a responsibility to use all appropriate and lawful means to prevent that from happening.

By Marc Thiessen  | August 2, 2010; 3:46 PM ET
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The guy got three calls from John Yoo this morning. Even he was sweating about what Theissen said. Can't wait to see him in orange (oh, either! or both ...)

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 2, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

How would you distinguish between Julian Assange and Anwar al Awlaki who is a U.S. citizen already on the list for his role in encouraging the Ft. Hood shootings?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/15/AR2009111503160.html

"The program is governed by extensive procedures and rules, but targeting decisions come down to a single criterion: whether the individual in question is "deemed to be a continuing threat to U.S. persons or interests.""

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jan/31/world/la-fg-cia-awlaki31-2010jan31

Posted by: jnc4p | August 2, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

oh Marc Thiessen how is your foot after this bullet?

deploy all the assets you want you will not supress the truth no matter how much you whine and stamp your hoof!.

You are a bitter horrible little man towing and agenda that is attempting to silence people from their right to free speech and you WILL lose.

Posted by: nbooradley | August 2, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Thiessen wisely calls for the military elimination of Julian Assange and Wikileaks. This would demonstrate most effectively how a great power should deal with a threat to its existence. Every great power has used its might to instruct its citizens and opponents the futility of disobedience. I applaud Mr. Thiessen's courage to say openly what all of us know: do not defy authority, or if you must think of doing so, keep it to yourself. Spies are everywhere on land, sea, air, space and most assuredly the Internet. Utterly destroy Wikileaks as an example to the fools playing games with terrifying forces eager to flyswat, having little else useful to do.

Posted by: Cryptome | August 2, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh and you seem pretty confident with cyber command! :D LULZ

Watch out for gary mckinnon types who only show how woeful the united states is with its own cyber security let alone cyberbombing the truth so it can't be seen.

Posted by: nbooradley | August 2, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Thiessen

It seems you don't understand that perhaps Ms. Rodriguez was being facetious.

Posted by: lingeringvoid | August 2, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

You are suggesting the FBI or some other US agency "kidnap" WikiLeaks' founder, who is a foreign national, and bring him to the US to stand trial for allegedly endangering US national security!

What a preposterous idea!

In your article you say that the Justice department gives FBI the power to do such a thing! Really? Since when is a government memo capable of overriding International Law and America's commitment to abide by those laws?

Can the Chinese send in a covert police team to America to "arrest" you, a US citizen, and whisk you away to China to stand trial because the Politburo has some memo giving its police the authority to do so?

If that happens, please do remind the Chinese of your constitutional rights as US citizen and don't forget to quote the1st and 4th amendment in full for their benefit!

Posted by: nkadambi | August 2, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Then just what were you suggesting should be done to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange? This post sounds like a total weaselling out of your previous post. Assange should be applauded as a hero, and those that contribute to his organization by exposing the horrors of war should as well.

Posted by: moiraeve1 | August 2, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Wikileaks continues to get the latest scoop. They just obtained a copy of Tony Hayward's resignation letter. Read it here.

FUNNY

http://www.dailygoat.com/?p=2195

Posted by: eye95 | August 3, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Cryptome would you happen to be the same Cryptome @ http://cryptome.org/
the very Cryptome who had his nose put out because wikileaks had more success than cryptome.

hmmmmmmmm!

Posted by: nbooradley | August 3, 2010 3:45 AM | Report abuse

It should be interesting to note Marc Thiessen and his history.

Chief Speechwriter for Donald Rumsfeld in 2001, then moved to Bush's speechwriting team in 2004.[3] In February 2008, he became chief speechwriter when William McGurn resigned. [4]

And what else can we see about Marc.

Thiessen's first book, Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack (ISBN 1596986034), was published by Regnery Publishing in January 2010.

Matthew Alexander, a former military interrogator, and author of How to Break a Terrorist, characterizes Thiessen's book as "a literary defense of war criminals"[15]

So when we add this drivel to the pile you should be up there in that list of war criminals. but of course if you disagree with my point do feel free to drone strike me!.

Posted by: nbooradley | August 3, 2010 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Here's a hint, Marc. It's over 12 hours past when you put this article up and you know what I see at the bottom of it?

"Be the first of your friends to recommend this."

Catch my drift?

Posted by: infoquerserlivre | August 3, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Marc Thiessen is the modern-day equivalent of DISIP under Posada Carriles. His fear of information translates into a fear of having the light shown on his government's activities: torture, kidnapping, massacres, bribery, corruption. Let this guy go hang out at Front Page Magazine. It's a shame that the Washington Post gives him a forum. When you wonder why traditional journalism is dying, look here.

Posted by: infoquerserlivre | August 3, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Marc is without doubt a little facist!.
He should be held up there along the other greats such as hitler for his outbursts and speeches written to protect war criminals.
you will get your day of judgement marc rest assured and be held accountable.

until then please continue to write complete and utter drivel at the expense of your image.

Very little agree with you this is assured and many many sensible and brave americans will continue to expose the lies and facists like yourself.

Posted by: nbooradley | August 3, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Heres one you can try yourself marc.

go to google type in the following.

"Marc Thiessen is"

Now check out the suggestion google makes.
Very apt IMO.

yes the answer is

Marc Theissen is an idiot.
Even computers are not so dumb to work that one out.

Posted by: nbooradley | August 3, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Simply put, there is nothing remotely appropriate or lawful about launching cyber attacks against a public website operated by civilians in peaceful, friendly countries. You're talking about employing the military power of the US as an Internet censorship tool. No matter what people think of Wikileaks, this is the wrong approach. The matter should be dealt with by law enforcement within the framework of international law and treaties that exists between the US and the countries in question.

Posted by: decius | August 3, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Having spent my days in uniform in Military Intelligence I am completely sensitive to the need to protect intelligence sources, particularly local HUMINT assets in theatre whose outing means certain death.

At the same time I have first hand experience with the temporary occupants of the White House concealing information to which Congress has a stautatory right, and outright lying to the American people in support of policy decisions they would unalterably oppose if not deceived. Mr. Thiessen has personally worked for an administration characterized by cooking the books and slandering truth-tellers in service of their own goals.

The former head of intelligence in Britain's MI5 from 2002-2007, Eliza Manningham-Buller,told the Iraq inquiry that the Labor government had been informed before the invasion that Saddam Hussein posed no threat to Britain, that there was no credible intelligence that Saddam Hussein had been involved in the 9/11 attacks, that the CIA agreed, but Donald Rumsfeld was seeking justification for invading Iraq and created his own intelligence operation to provide it.

So the Bush adminstration stood before the world and lied their butts off to achieve their ends, which just coincidentally involved Rumsfeld and Cheney's old company Halliburton getting the access to the Iraqi oil business Saddam had denied them, plus billions more to boot, 100s of millions in fraud, before Halliburton moved their HQ from the U.S. to Dubai. Shame there was no Wikileaks then and no one with the decency and power to put those men in prison where they belong.

Posted by: YoYoMama | August 3, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

LONG LIVE JULIAN ASSANGE! LONG LIVE WIKILEAKS!

Posted by: joflange | August 3, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The advent of Wikileaks adds much to our international discourse regarding democracy, political hypocrisy, secret intelligence, and warfare.

As we navigate through difficult moments of international concern, may we all maintain humility, and a disciplined use of factual information- rather than promoting aggression based on personal desires, or outright lies.

The release of the Afghan papers should be sobering to all.

Mr. Theissen is an interesting character. It is of some concern that, given his track record, he maintains such a prominent forum for his views.

Posted by: j55scout | August 3, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The United tates bombs and invades two countries and has deployed 100,000 soldiers into afghanistan, but its wikileaks thats going to get people killed

Posted by: firemetalrat | August 3, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Wikileaks is a pile of scumbags, doing nasty things. That much is pretty clear.

Posted by: Nymous | August 3, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow! This country used to be mostly a meritocracy once.

Now idiot fascists like Thiessen are able to get jobs writing this evil nonsense in the paper that used to a leading voice of reason, democracy, and transparency in the government.

This is how great civilizations fall. Not with a bang, but in drips of drivel written by the feeble-minded with no morals.

Posted by: varan | August 3, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Thiessen,

The colouring of your opinion piece was quite clear: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange presents a clear and present danger to U.S. forces and allies abroad to which the President must immediately respond.

You appear convinced that by pen stroke this bothersome website can be scratched out from the Internet. Well, I have news for you:

The Internet is mightier than the pen. Even one wielded by a sovereign executive bent on blotting out his errors and those of his predecessors.

There is no technology in existence that can remove every copy of the files which have already been distributed by WikiLeaks. The political cost of even attempting such action would be unbearable by any democracy.

Certainly Mr. Assange and his collaborators are at risk of kidnapping by agents and operatives of the United States. However, they must know that such action would be profoundly unwise.

New means of distributing information via the Internet are shifting power away from nations and they are justifiably terrified. I look forward to a day when their military dominance of life is naught but a sorrowful memory. Let's hope they don't do too much collateral damage, (or murder) in the meantime.

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Posted by: couragewolf | August 4, 2010 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Assange is an unmitigated scumbag - http://disenchantedjourno.blogspot.com/2010/08/thought-of-day-more-proof-that-julian.html

Posted by: DJOURNO | August 4, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Thiessen, Geoff Morrell from the Pentagon wants you. They want you to help explain how to get their stolen property back.
Mr. Morrell was having some difficulty.

http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2010/08/05/HP/A/36637/Defense+Department+Press+Briefing.aspx

Posted by: Major_Variola_ret | August 5, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

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