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An open letter to Mrs. Clinton

December 1, 2010

Mis-speaking again?

Dear Mrs. Clinton,

We can understand, of course, that your position requires you to be against the Wikileaks. We can even understand that having spent the best part of a couple of decades or more at centre of ‘power’, you might instinctively hate what they stand for and everything they are trying to do.

But for you to call the latest Wikileaks ‘Megaleak’ an “attack on the international community”… I mean srsly? SERIOUSLY? We know of course that you have a selective memory (or a tendency in your own words to ‘mis-speak‘) when it comes to verifiable facts, but this is a bit like Mel Gibson speaking out on Julian Assange’s questionable attitudes to women, or perhaps the Germans criticizing Iranian antisemitism (too much..?).

According to a secretJuly 31, 2009 instruction signed by Clinton, and now available (via Wikileaks of course) on the NYT web site,  she asked all US government staff at the UN to spy on everyone else at the UN (via). As the note pointed out:

Important information often is available to non-State members of the Country Team whose agencies participated in the review of this National HUMINT Collection Directive…The intelligence community relies on State reporting officers for much of the biographical information collected worldwide.

US diplomatic staff should collect things like…

internet and intranet “handles,” internet e-mail addresses, web site identification-URLs; {SO MUCH FOR ANONYMOUS BLOGGING AND TWITTER!}, credit card account numbers; frequent flyer account numbers;

You know just the usual run of the mill personal information that is of the utmost importance to national security. Her priorities in terms of information to collect was split into two categories, “A. Key Near-Term Issues”:

1) Darfur/Sudan (FPOL-1)
2) Afghanistan/Pakistan (FPOL-1)
3) Somalia (FPOL-1)
4) Iran (FPOL-1)
5) North Korea (FPOL-1)

and “B. Key Continuing Issues”:

1) UN Security Council Reform (FPOL-1)
2) Iraq (FPOL-1)
3) Middle East Peace Process (FPOL-1)
4) Human Rights and War Crimes (HRWC-3)
5) UN Humanitarian and Complex Emergency Response
6) Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
7) Terrorist Threat to UN Operations (TERR-5H)
8) Burma (FPOL-1)

You know, don’t you kind of think just to ask?

So Mrs Clinton, exactly who is it that is wronging the “international community” (by which you presumably mean the small number of actors, like you who represent ‘power’)… is it Wikileaks or is it you, ordering ordinary US diplomats to spy on, well… the international community?

But of course you wouldn’t appreciate this basic equivalence. You (and so many other governments around the world whose most obvious beef should be with you and your government) complain instead about the crimes of Wikileaks, because you believe that you have an exclusive right to power, and are willing to conflate any threat to that exclusivity with the vaguest threats of how Wikileaks will damage the world. In your world it is Wikileaks (not you) that threaten lives by revealing sensitive information about the wars you began and continue to prosecute; it is Wikileaks (not you) that are a threat to the ‘national security’ of the United States and others; and of course it is Wikileaks (not you) that wrongs the ‘international community’.

Well Mrs. Clinton, on behalf of the international EWZ community, fuck you. Fuck the things that you believe in, fuck the things that you do, and fuck the version of the international community that you represent.

I look forward to reading your reply sometime in the future on the Wikileaks site.

Yours with hugs

Snuggles and the EWZ team

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris Cotter permalink
    December 3, 2010 3:41 pm

    Excellent! What a bitch…

    Love the final paragraph: “Well Mrs. Clinton, on behalf of the international EWZ community, fuck you. Fuck the things that you believe in, fuck the things that you do, and fuck the version of the international community that you represent.”


  2. snugglebus permalink*
    December 4, 2010 11:56 am

    well thanks Chris… glad you liked it! 🙂


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