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Trump Tweet Gets BuzzFeed Access to CIA Files on Syrian Rebels

The CIA must adequately respond to BuzzFeed Inc.'s Freedom of Information Act request for information about payments to Syrian rebels because President Donald Trump already acknowledged them in a tweet, a federal district court ruled.

Because Trump’s tweet acknowledged some payments, the CIA can’t avoid responding to BuzzFeed’s request by saying it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a covert program to arm the rebels, the opinion by Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said....
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I tend to support transparency, but can't say that I know for sure that it's a good thing for us to know more about payments to Syrian rebels. Rather, I'm posting this because 45SHOLE is an idiot, again, an incompetent threat to our national security.
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10 Years After ‘Collateral Murder’ We’re Still Shooting The Messengers

On April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks published a classified U.S. military video documenting the killing of 12 people including a Reuters photojournalist and his driver in Baghdad by the military. Collateral Murder, as the video is known, contradicted the military’s official version of events that was reported by major news outlets claiming the Reuters employees had been “killed during a firefight with insurgents.” Reuter’s attempts to independently verify the incident through freedom of information requests were repeatedly denied by the Pentagon, and it wasn’t until Julian Assange and WikiLeaks released the video that the public learned the truth.

Assange obtained the video after it was leaked to WikiLeaks by former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. Speaking at the National Press Club at that time, Assange asserted the leak was proof that “some people within the military don’t like what is going on,” referring to the almost decade-long U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning was subsequently charged under the Espionage Act and received 35 years in prison, the longest sentence for any whistleblower in American history. Manning’s sentence was eventually commuted by President Obama, but that did not end her persecution (see our coverage of her saga here).

None of those responsible for the killing depicted in the video or anyone involved in its cover-up have been held accountable. Instead, after nearly ten years of a bizarre and arbitrary detention in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange is likely to be extradited from the UK to the U.S., where he will face charges under the Espionage Act for publishing truthful information. Assange was recently denied bail after a judge rejected his lawyer’s request that he be released over fears of becoming infected with the coronavirus while in prison, the same fear shared by thousands of corrections officers and inmates in our country’s overcrowded prisons and other detention facilities.

10 years after Collateral Murder, the only people our government seems to think deserve prosecution are those that uncovered the crimes. Let that sink in for a moment.
"When you can make people believe absurdities, you can make them commit atrocities."
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