Unambiguous cold opening: Wikileaks is a threat to American intelligence operations and diplomatic relations, and is thus a threat to American national security. It is also a threat to Americans’ personal privacy.
Do not believe me? Let us lay out the evidence. Exhibit A is the recent so-called “Vault 7” release of roughly 9,000 alleged CIA cyber intelligence documents and files by the website. Exhibit B is the trove of information stolen by Private Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, nearly three-quarters of a million classified, or unclassified but sensitive, military and diplomatic documents. Exhibit C is the targeting of and release (by Wikileaks) of personal email information, including that of Democratic National Committee (DNC) members’ personal emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Now, I could personally care less who you supported in the last presidential election, or whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, or what your political sensibilities might be. If you support a Wikileaks release of hacked, stolen, or leaked information, however, just because it suits your political agenda, then you are a hypocritical fool who has no compunction about endorsing an attack on American security and Americans’ privacy if it suits your agenda.
Let that marinate on your conscience for a few minutes.