The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 2 —The Leak That ‘Exposed the True Afghan War’ – Consortiumnews – Elizabeth Vos

May 9, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Three months after it published the “Collateral Murder” videoWikiLeaks on July 25, 2010 released a cache of secret U.S. documents on the war in Afghanistan. It revealed the suppression of civilian casualty figures, the existence of an elite U.S.-led death squad and the covert role of Pakistan in the conflict, among other revelations. The publication of the Afghan War Diaries helped set the U.S. government on a collision course with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that ultimately led to his arrest last month.

The war diaries were leaked by then-Army-intelligence-analyst Chelsea Manning, who had legal access to the logs via her Top Secret clearance. Manning only approached WikiLeaks, after studying the organization, following unsuccessful attempts to leak the files to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

A major controversy surrounding the Diaries’ release were allegations that operational details were made public to the Taliban’s battlefield advantage and that U.S. coalition informants’ lives were put at risk by publishing their names.

Source: The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 2 —The Leak That ‘Exposed the True Afghan War’ – Consortiumnews

Our next TV ad: Keeping immigration at a million a year is just what the Never Trumpers always wanted – NumbersUSA – Roy Beck

May 9, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Once again, NumbersUSA is buying TV ads to tell our nation’s leaders what their political advisers and the news media won’t tell them: The American people want reduced immigration and higher wages.

The elites of Washington are willing to talk about every aspect of immigration except the numbers. NumbersUSA is committed to forcing the numbers question into every discussion possible.

How much immigration is really in the national interest?

How low must the numbers go to stop harming vulnerable Americans?

Source: Our next TV ad: Keeping immigration at a million a year is just what the Never Trumpers always wanted | NumbersUSA

Interview With Democratic Congresswoman and 2020 Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard – The Intercept – Glenn Greenwald

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EVER SINCE TULSI GABBARD was first elected to Congress in 2012, she has been assertively independent, heterodox, unpredictable, and polarizing. Viewed at first as a loyal Democrat and guaranteed future star by party leaders — due to her status as an Iraq War veteran, a telegenic and dynamic young woman, and the first Hindu and Samoan-American ever elected to Congress — she has instead become a thorn in the side, and frequent critic, of those same party leaders that quickly anointed her as the future face of the party.

Gabbard’s transformation from cherished party asset to party critic and outcast was rapid, and was due almost entirely to her insistence on following her own belief system and evolving ideology rather than party dogma and the long-standing rules for Washington advancement. In 2012, Rachel Maddow, upon announcing her victory, instructed her audience to learn Gabbard’s name because, the MSNBC host gushed, “she is on the fast track to being very famous someday,” and then in 2015, Maddow invited Gabbard on her show to herald her as one of the leaders of what Maddow touted as an urgently needed, new bipartisan congressional caucus composed of military veterans in the war on terror.

Source: Glenn Greenwald Interviews Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

To sway Trump, Bolton pitches defensive Iran war – Asian Times – Alison Tahmizian Meuse

May 9, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Negar Mortazavi, a journalist and commentator covering Iran, says Bolton is aware that times have changed in Washington since the lead-up to 2003. 

“It is very hard to sell a war to the American people after Iraq, after Afghanistan, and after the president ran on a campaign of not starting one,” she told Asia Times. 

Trump early in his presidency was even hostile to the idea of taking on Bolton, choosing instead the maverick Michael Flynn (later convicted of lying to the FBI), then the circumspect General HR. McMaster, before agreeing to Bolton last April.

“I don’t think Bolton’s goal has changed since working for Trump, but I feel like the strategy or packaging has changed,” said Mortazavi. “What Bolton is doing is packaging this as defense, as opposed to an invasion, and trying to provoke the Iranians to take the first step.

Source: Asia Times | To sway Trump, Bolton pitches defensive Iran war | Article


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