One More…

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

….item on Wikileaks, via my colleague Jesse Walker.

The recent Wikileaks diplomatic document dump contains a cable from shortly before Germany’s 2009 general election, articulating worries among US diplomats that the German Free Democratic Party’s strong support for individual data privacy and protections against unreasonable search and seizure might hinder the efforts of the American national security state….The cable frames the FDP’s support for citizens’ privacy rights and individual liberties as a hindrance to US security strategy, and states that, if it were to join a ruling coalition in Germany, the party would scrutinize any proposals that would require sharing or accessing of information concerning private individuals. The cable faults the party’s “limited government viewpoint” for its opposition to data-sharing measures that would infringe on the privacy rights of individuals.

In a most ironic turn, the leaked cable scoffs at FDP Parliamentarian Gisela Piltz, who cautioned against data-sharing operations with the US government on the grounds that the US government as a whole lacks effective data protection measures even as it accumulates massive amounts of data on innocent citizens.

Laugh. So you don’t cry.

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9 Responses to “One More…”

  1. #1 |  Marty | 

    that’s some serious irony. damn.

  2. #2 |  Aresen | 

    “the leaked cable scoffs at FDP Parliamentarian Gisela Piltz, who cautioned against data-sharing operations with the US government on the grounds that the US government as a whole lacks effective data protection measures even as it accumulates massive amounts of data on innocent citizens.”

    Hubris, meet nemesis.

    Pardon me while I enjoy some schadenfreude.

  3. #3 |  Me2 | 

    It’s probably about time to trot around the familiar phrase “if you’re not doing anything wrong, then you’ve got nothing to hide”.

  4. #4 |  Larry Signor | 

    “…the US government as a whole lacks effective data protection…”, US? It just ain’t so. Julian watches over it for US. Right,Julian? Julian?

  5. #5 |  JS | 

    Hopefully the people of Europe will wake up and declare their independence and demand that their governments stop acting like conquered subjects and colonies of Washington.

  6. #6 |  OBTC | 

    This just in:

    European police on alert for Wikileaks founder
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101201/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/wikileaks

    Imagine that, Swedish “authorities” have NOW decided to pursue rape charges against Assange.

    What a “stench of diplomatic pressure by the USG” cowinkydink!

  7. #7 |  tjbbpgobIII | 

    Just think, how long ago when we didn’t trust Englands’ security because of the defectors there and the .gov being literally infested with spies and commies. Well lookie here, what goes around, comes around. Seems our State Department isn’t so pure after all.

  8. #8 |  albatross | 

    Wow, Scott Ritter all over again.

  9. #9 |  Joshgeek | 

    What amuses me most about the reaction of most secrecy advocates, especially commenters, is the notion that WL is not releasing info on repressive regimes such as China or Russia. Putting aside the fact that there are a LOT of cables regarding both countries, it makes me wonder if the individuals lauding those regime’s attitude toward WL (one commenter highlighted a Russian official who noted the possibility of WL being made permanently unavailable or some such threat) would be happier if the US adopted the diplomatic tactics of those regimes.
    Or as I’ve seen it put so many times: “love it or leave it”

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