Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Hillary Clinton probably should resign, but she won’t
by Larry Geller
Julian Assange on the question of whether Hillary should resign:
"I don't think it would make much of a difference either way," he said. "But she should resign, if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up. Yes, she should resign over that." [Time, WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Tells TIME: Hillary Clinton "Should Resign" , 11/30/2010]
I imagine governments have often been at odds with their people, kept secrets from them and spied on them. That doesn’t mean we have to like it.
The State Department destroyed its own mission by turning itself into a spy agency. Clearly, it can’t conduct diplomacy if it is an agency of spies rather than diplomats.
Can she imagine that spying on foreign diplomats or the UN, which is illegal several which ways, and even ordering the collection of DNA and biometric data, credit card numbers, passwords and encryption keys, etc., facilitates her ability to conduct diplomacy?
Just because of that, if she doesn’t resign, she should be fired. The problem is, the White House received copies of the cables, so it is complicit.
Don’t hold your breath, I guess.
P.S. Good discussion on today’s Democracy Now. Don’t miss Part II of the conversation with Noam Chomsky, linked on that page.