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December 1st, 2010
10:20 AM ET

Gibbs calls Assange's Clinton comments 'absurd,' says govt. must balance 'need to share' and 'need to know'

Today on American Morning, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs talks to AM's Kiran Chetry and responds to WikiLeaks and the latest talk on DADT.

He responds to:

-WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's recent comments to TIME Magazine that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should resign over some of the leaked cables in the website’s latest document dump

-The potential damage WikiLeaks' latest document dump poses to U.S. foreign policy

-Talk that the Obama Administration will change the way intelligence is shared

– Speculations Justice Department already has signed arrest warrant for Assange

-And, the likelihood of  “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” coming before the lame-duck Congress.

Filed under: American Morning • Politics
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  1. Everybody Knows White

    The role of country governments is to serve people.
    Very often though political circles become isolated units of power with the own agenda, manipulating citizens into emotional escalations or even catastrophic wars by controlled, repetitive propaganda. Ordinary people suffer and get killed because of that. Information is extremely powerful, and Mr. Assange might have been a savior of many innocents (and not without reason compared to Christ) by exposing some threads of lies that endanger everybody.

    Wikileaks doesn't seem to contain anything which would harm security or adversely affect any nation, just exposed the falsehood of polititians who doesn't stand behind their advertised programs and moral values. The voters have full right to know these facts, in the same way as country governments know information about them. They have the right to make informed decision when they vote next time.

    There might be laws that protect any communication. However, in the same way as the government has right to catch the potential criminal or terrorist intents of the citixzens, the citizens have full right to know about about potentially even more disastrous intents coming from the government officials.
    The protection of people, who had faith into ones who they voted for cannot be compromised. This is divine law that everybody knows inside, regulated by higher order than any civil approximation.

    If the legal options to reveil information about the corrupted polititian intents do not exist, it should be made a part of international laws. Wikileaks maybe didn't act strictly in the scope of existing rules, but there isn't anything in its reports which is immoral or evil intended. Mr. Assange defined pretty clear rules for such activities: no harm, no twisting of information, no modification of any data.

    The high courts of some country might be a subject to pressure and corruption, but all participants in a farse (using broken preservative as a way to prove somebody's immorality is laughable), against opening of vital information to safety of the citizens of the world, should look within and see if how their act would wage on the court of God which nobody can evade.

    December 5, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  2. Scott

    To the other poster, No, DADT can't itself be wiped out by an exec order. HOWEVER, Obama could, by exec. order stop it from being enforced while waiting for Congress or the Courts to conclude the issue.

    By not doing that he is allowing people to continue being discriminated against and lose their jobs.

    As for Gibbs comments he never responded to the actual comments about Clinton, he only dismissed the Wikileaks assertion that Clinton should resign. He never once responded to the actual cables.

    December 2, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  3. TheFanNJ

    I am not sure if you can change don't ask, don't tell by executive order, only because it was written into law by executive order. The only way to change this law would be through congress, or the judicial system. Our founding father made the consitution an artlce that transfer powers to each part of the branch we have today. We just can't blame everything on President Obama, for the leaders in Congress - not willing to do the job, they're paid with perks to do. Okay, there's people out there that do have serious concerns about gays being allowed to serve openly in the military - yet, its in the moral duty of the nation to place this up for a vote, and those that oppose it can have their voice heard, and those that are for it can express their concerns. This is what the Bill of Rights protects, and this is what the Articles of Confederation steams out, and why our constitution is the single document the defines democracy and liberty.

    Tell, congress to bring it up for a vote, and record your vote so the people can see where you stand.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:46 am |