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Written by: Diana West
Thursday, December 02, 2010 10:21 AM 

G. Gordon Liddy takes "execution chic" to the next season, calling for Julian Assange to be added to the same "kill list" Anwar al-Awlaki is on, while Larry Klaman takes what has emerged as the non-establishment, non-mainstream view: Assange perfomed a public service. From WND.com (via Here's the Right Side of It):

Judicial Watch Founder Larry Klayman, however, presented in a statement of his own a radically different opinion – claiming that Assange has done "a public service."

"While I do not condone breaking the law," says Klayman, who is no longer associated with Judicial Watch, but now leads Freedom Watch, "if indeed this was the means to obtain and release so-called national security documents, the hard fact is that the government has again been caught lying to the American people about the motives and means behind its foreign policy.

That "hard fact" -- that the USG has again been caught lying to Us, the People about its motives and means and its own understanding behind its foreign policy -- is a good way to sum up some of my own thinking that drove this week's upcoming column. And isn't the exposure of this fact driving at least some of the WikiRage?

"That a group like WikiLeaks had to arguably break the law to lay bare the dishonesty and incompetence of American foreign policy shows just how crooked our government itself is," Klayman says. "By exposing this corruption, WikiLeaks' document dump will hopefully have a positive effect on future American foreign policy."...

"The establishment just wants its neglect and incompetency if not malevolent foreign policy covered up," Klayman told WND. "The establishment does not like to be exposed as the corrupt fools they are."

Assange implied something similar in an e-mail to ABC News in which he also took issue with Clinton's assertion the dump of secret documents "puts people's lives in danger."

"U.S. officials have for 50 years trotted out this line when they are afraid the public is going to see how they really behave," Assange said in his e-mail. "The facts are that we wrote to the State Department asking for a list of any specific concerns that might have. They refused to assist and said they demanded everything, including those documents that revealed abuses, be destroyed."

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