This just in from the honest patriot Greg Palast, a friend of many years:
"Do you remember the reporter who put his by-line on the Pentagon Papers story? Of course not, he didn't risk a thing. Julian Assange didn't risk a thing either - except excess TV exposure and an excess of blonde groupies. The hero of the Wikileaks/Guardian/Times/Spiegel exposure is Pvt. Bradley Manning.
"NO ONE gives a sh*t about this heroic man who is rotting in Obama's prison cell. Not Assange (who did nothing to protect him, and does nothing now), nor the Left happy to use his information nor the New York Times which is happy to take the bows for material Manning risked his freedom for.
"Assange is like all publishers except that he erases the names of the 'author' from the books. He will join his fellows in that ring of Hell devoted to those who wear the mantle of courage stolen from others.
"I salute Pvt. Manning. It is Manning, not Assange, who will save this world."You can find that at Greg Palast's site (link goes to article that has this at the end). Greg's right. Julian Assange is a glory hog. It was finding out that he'd given not a dime to Bradley Manning's defense that did it for me on Julian Assange. I saw his interviews and read them where he was saying, "Oh, we'll be covering Bradley Manning's legal expenses." And he'd add that WikiLeaks didn't even know who the leaker was. But because Bradley was being targeted as the leaker by the US government, WikiLeaks would be covering the expenses.
And yet Courage To Resist admits Julian and WikiLeaks have given nothing to the defense fund. Nothing. (By the way, if you want to donate, Courage To Resist is the one who has raised money for Bradley's defense.)
Today 'suffering' Julian Assange informed the world -- from the stately British manor he's residing at -- that he'd inked a multi-million dollar deal for his biography.
Julian Assange and the people who whore for him can go f**k themselves. I was willing to reserve judgment. (And I still don't know whether or not he's a rapist.) But when you repeatedly state you're covering Bradley's defense and you don't do a damn thing, don't give one penny, then you're a s**t.
As for Bradley, Greg's sure he's the leaker. I don't know. I know if he is, he did a brave thing. I know if he isn't the leaker, he's being targeted by the government for no reason.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"