Russians targeting Wikileaks to stop new data dump

posted at 1:35 pm on November 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Until now, Julian Assange has selected his adversaries rather well.  Despite humiliating the Obama administration three times, the White House has done little except announce a preliminary probe into potential criminal charges against Assange and his team at Wikileaks.  The Daily Beast reports that when it came to Assange’s next adversary, he may have chosen … poorly:

American intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, outraged by their inability to stop WikiLeaks and its release this week of hundreds of thousands of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables, are convinced that the whistle-blowing website is about to come up against an adversary that will stop at nothing to shut it down: The Russian government.

National security officials say that the National Security Agency, the U.S. government’s eavesdropping agency, has already picked up tell-tale electronic evidence that WikiLeaks is under close surveillance by the Russian FSB, that country’s domestic spy network, out of fear in Moscow that WikiLeaks is prepared to release damaging personal information about Kremlin leaders.

“We may not have been able to stop WikiLeaks so far, and it’s been frustrating,” a U.S. law-enforcement official tells The Daily Beast. “The Russians play by different rules.” He said that if WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, follow through on threats to post highly embarrassing information about the Russian government and what is assumed to be massive corruption among its leaders, “the Russians will be ruthless in stopping WikiLeaks.”

The Russians, under the leadership of former KGB officer Vladimir Putin, have not blanched at, well, much of anything.  The death of Alexander Litvinenko from a slow-acting poison is widely believed to have been an assassination conducted by the FSB.  The poisoning of Ukrainian leader Viktor Yushchenko in the Orange Revolution was similarly suspicious, and dissident Boris Berezovsky survived at least one attempt on his life as well.

That problem may be more acute for the people who supplied Assange with the data rather than Assange himself.  The FSB has restrained itself mainly to attacking Russian expatriates rather than Westerners, but as the DB reports, Wikileaks almost certainly got whatever they have through that route, especially from the super-rich Russian industrialists that had to flee after Putin took power.  Given Assange’s predilection for releasing information in its raw form, the FSB will likely have little problem finding the sources of the data and making sure that they won’t give Assange anything else ever.

Russia will most likely contain itself to cyberwarfare on a massive scale to shut down Assange rather than violence.  If they succeed, they may wind up doing Barack Obama a huge favor, since the continuing exposure of communications data has the White House continually on the defensive.  But if someone winds up grabbing Assange, he may want to pray that it’s the Americans rather than the FSB.


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popcorn please

pedestrian on November 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I hope Russia gets to him before we do.

OmahaConservative on November 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Hoo boy. This could get…interesting.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

but now would be a perfect time for them to target wikileaks staff for assassination…let the rest of the idiotic world think the U.S. did it. It would greatly weaken Obama’s already wussy international appeal.

cameo on November 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM

It could end in Wikileaks being killed off – quite possibly literally – or it being refined by fire after actually leaking on someone willing to hit back.

I’m hoping the latter, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I got to meet the Ukrainian guy a few years back, scary what they did to him, one of the few celebs I got to meet that I didn’t shake hands with

Daveyardbird on November 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Now the world will learn what speaking truth to power really means.

pedestrian on November 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Well, there goes all those “let’s see them leak Russian or Chinese secrets!” posts I keep seeing here…

ernesto on November 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Hoo boy. This could get…veddy interesting.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Says Artie Johnson from behind the shrub.

BuckeyeSam on November 30, 2010 at 1:42 PM

That traitor is room temperature. Sounds like a Bond movie with the Russian as the good guy.

Hening on November 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM

From what I have read about Assange.. he seems, Bipolar. He didnt just choose poorly, I think this was a bipolar incident that will possibly leave him with a very interesting issue on who his friends really are.

upinak on November 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Drudge is reporting that Wikileaks is being hit with DOS attacks, so someone out there is looking to make it hard on them.

Assange and Friends better hope that the Russians don’t decided to go after them with a Denial of Life attack.

Bishop on November 30, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Says Artie Johnson from behind the shrub.

BuckeyeSam on November 30, 2010 at 1:42 PM

I needed that laugh. Thank you. :)

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Ending up in Putin’s hands seems a better fate for the rapist than ours.

lizzie beth on November 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM

What’s this gotta do with DADT?

Akzed on November 30, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Well, there goes all those “let’s see them leak Russian or Chinese secrets!” posts I keep seeing here…

ernesto on November 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Yep. Better give your boyfriend one last phone call.

Machiavelli Hobbes on November 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

ted c on November 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Sounds like a job for Spetsnaz

ted c on November 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

One of Putin’s go-to guys is Red Mafia – Oleg Deripaska.

The Red Mafia does not stop at cyber-attacks, nor much of anything and the FSB has had major problems stopping even the ‘tame’ members of the Mafia. These aren’t old-fashioned mobsters, they deal with anyone in any way they please.

It shows guts to go after Russia.

Assange has none and will back off… Leftists love the idea of controlling other people’s lives, but aren’t so hot when their own comes into question.

ajacksonian on November 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Yep. Better give your boyfriend one last phone call.

Machiavelli Hobbes on November 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

What is it with you bitter wingnuts and sexual innuendo?

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

From what I have read about Assange.. he seems, Bipolar. He didnt just choose poorly, I think this was a bipolar incident that will possibly leave him with a very interesting issue on who his friends really are.

upinak on November 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM

I think he’s got a huge combo case of narcissism, arrogance, ego, hubris & stupidity. He thinks he is going to be a modern god and that great nations would have to dance to his tune. He didn’t figure that we have a uniquely weak leader currently. Thus he thinks he’s brought the US to its knees, who he hates anyway, so he tries to go after someone else and his own arrogance blinds him to the folly of going after someone like Putin who doesn’t play nice, nor would he ever be mistaken as weak.

lizzie beth on November 30, 2010 at 1:54 PM

When Russia was targeting dissidents, it was going against the wishes of the British establishment.

When Russia targets WikiLeaks in countries outside of Russia . . . who knows how much interference it will get from governmental authorities?

daryl_herbert on November 30, 2010 at 1:55 PM

How exactly does Russia put a lid on this? The documents are already out there, right? Any action taken against Assange will be revenge and a warning to future crusaders of stupidity.

But I’m not so sure Russia will do anything if what Assange has does not implicate any Russian leaders in anything other than embarrassments. Assange blew his wad with the video of stupid journalists dieing because they hung out with enemy combatants. And nothing came of that edited crusade against the US. So now he is left with being nothing but a petulant little brat telling himself Stuart Smiley style, “I am a grand crusader for the people!”.

I think the best thing to do at this point is to let this child temper tantrum himself into infamy.

NotCoach on November 30, 2010 at 1:56 PM

I can’t believe that Assange will leak anything derogatory about the Russian government.

Skandia Recluse on November 30, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Why do I it easy to envision Julian Assange’s head gracing the wall on display in Putin’s Trophy Room?

pilamaye on November 30, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Assange has none and will back off… Leftists love the idea of controlling other people’s lives, but aren’t so hot when their own comes into question.

ajacksonian on November 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Don’t you think by trying to go after Putin he’s sealed his own fate? It’s not like Vlad fools around. I’m sure he will see Assange as a *problem* no matter if he backs off or not, one which will be taken care of, either way.

lizzie beth on November 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Ending up in Putin’s hands seems a better fate for the rapist than ours.

lizzie beth on November 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Guilty until proven innocent…nice!

ernesto on November 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM

What is it with you bitter wingnuts and sexual innuendo?

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Screw off. You’re not exactly a bowl of sunshine yourself.

darwin on November 30, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Yeah well… I’m not sure I’m exactly cheering for the Russians or anyone else to go out and assasinate anyone over this.

KMC1 on November 30, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

I thought it was rather magnaminous charitable of Machiavelli Hobbes to suggest he give his BF one last call.

NotCoach on November 30, 2010 at 1:58 PM

I was over at techdirt and added a comment to the effect that Assange is probably going to be found with a pair of .22 holes in his head in the next year. That was before I saw this about him going after the Russians.

“How stupid could I be? Let me count the ways!”

The late Julian Assange, 2011

evilned on November 30, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Guilty until proven innocent…nice!

ernesto on November 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Is he being tried in the US with our rules of evidence & assumptions of innocence? Nope.

lizzie beth on November 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Bet Putin was pi$$ed about the Batman & Robin reference.

OmahaConservative on November 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Russians – just doing the job the Americans won’t do

sandspur on November 30, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Yeah well… I’m not sure I’m exactly cheering for the Russians or anyone else to go out and assasinate anyone over this.

KMC1 on November 30, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Don’t worry, the Russians work just as well without cheerleading.

darwin on November 30, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Assange has none and will back off… Leftists love the idea of controlling other people’s lives, but aren’t so hot when their own comes into question.

ajacksonian on November 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

This is a good point. The “Truth to Power” crowd never attacks power that will actually do them harm. They are a cowardly bunch who only ever attack those they know will not behead them.

NotCoach on November 30, 2010 at 2:01 PM

He will end up on the wrong end of an icepick and no one will care. Good move dumbass.

faol on November 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Screw off.

darwin on November 30, 2010 at 1:58 PM

And there’s more of it.

Go evolve into an intelligent lifeform.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

I think he’s got a huge combo case of narcissism, arrogance, ego, hubris & stupidity.
lizzie beth on November 30, 2010 at 1:54 PM

No he really does seem to be bipolar or manic depressive. I wish i could find that article I read …. it was interesting.

but another question is that he is an Australian native. Will Australia give him over to such and such Nation 9say ours) for trying to insite a global war? Or will Australia keep him and hide him? And will this show Australia is now an enemy?

upinak on November 30, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Dead man walking.

smellthecoffee on November 30, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Oddly,

I find myself praying for the Russians.

franksalterego on November 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Yep. Better give your boyfriend one last phone call.

Machiavelli Hobbes on November 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM
What is it with you bitter wingnuts and sexual innuendo?

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Yeah, not like your buddies would do sexual innuendo or anything.

*cough*’teabagger’soundfamiliar?*cough*

Midas on November 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Sure, everybody knows Obama doesn’t care about anything except destroying America’s economy with regulation and taxes out the whazoo.

tarpon on November 30, 2010 at 2:06 PM

darwin on November 30, 2010 at 1:58 PM
Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

can we give it a rest?

We got our POTUS trying to kill us softly with ObamaCare, all our new elected officials that we don’t know anything about yet, and hopefully won’t go deep end on us. Koreans ticked off at the world. Chinese ticked off at everyone they though they could manipulate and now Russians who want to Rule over us.

If we keep fighting ourselves… how the heck are we going to get out of the hole?

*off box*

upinak on November 30, 2010 at 2:07 PM

*cough*’teabagger’soundfamiliar?*cough*

Midas on November 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Sorry, but that’s a self-inflicted wound.

Here’s what happened: Initially the movement was called the TEA BAG (Taxed Enough Already By America’s Government) Revolt, and its trademark was mailing teabags to legislators to lobby against tax hikes.

By the time someone bothered to Google the words “teabagging” or “teabagger”…it was far too late.

I don’t blame you for not knowing the background behind the name, though, very few people seem to.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 2:10 PM

If he’s got good stuff on the Russians, I’m rooting for him on this occasion. That cesspool could use some sunlight. Same with China.

Free Constitution on November 30, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Go evolve into an intelligent lifeform.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Here’s a tip: If you want civil replies, make sure your comments reflect the same. Referring to people as “bitter wing nuts” is not usually how “intelligent lifeforms” start civil discussions.

darwin on November 30, 2010 at 2:13 PM

It’s ironic that people and organizations have enough fear to self-censor from publishing stuff about Muhammed, but a douche like Assange is not scared of Chinese, NorK, Arab or Russian assassins (and obviously he couldn’t care less about Western spy agencies).

The emotional part of my brain wants him to be taken out by FSB or something, but a better result would be if he’s caught, charged and convicted under existing criminal laws by a Western country and put him away for a very long time, preferably in isolation, so that he’s treated like a common criminal and does not achieve the prominent status of having been a victim of “political assassination”.

Also, if FSB kills him, the US will certainly be blamed for it, which is why he should be caught and prosecuted by a Western state as soon as possible.

AlexB on November 30, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Polonium!!!!!111!!!11!!1!

Weight of Glory on November 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Is he being tried in the US with our rules of evidence & assumptions of innocence? Nope.

lizzie beth on November 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM

You inappropriately touch small children; your musings on any issue are therefor invalid.

That’s your logic at work. See how it makes no sense?

ernesto on November 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I’m quite familiar with that history, and I can appreciate that you’d want to disavow and ignore the facts about which side of the equation took to referring to folks using a variation of the term in a negative way, because acknowledging that reality would undermine your point – but then intellectual honesty isn’t really what you’re all about, based upon your posting history.

Midas on November 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Here’s a tip: If you want civil replies, make sure your comments reflect the same. Referring to people as “bitter wing nuts” is not usually how “intelligent lifeforms” start civil discussions.

darwin on November 30, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Obama hasn’t learned that one either.

sharrukin on November 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM

can we give it a rest?

upinak on November 30, 2010 at 2:07 PM

That’s up to what’s his name.

darwin on November 30, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Nature taking its course?

Blaise on November 30, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Not to worry, Asswipe, I mean Assange, isn’t stupid. He’ll avoid the Russians. After all, it’s not like they have anything to hide like those evil Americans.

GarandFan on November 30, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Weight of Glory on November 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Classy.

Free Constitution on November 30, 2010 at 2:17 PM

It shows guts to go after Russia.

Assange has none and will back off… Leftists love the idea of controlling other people’s lives, but aren’t so hot when their own comes into question.

ajacksonian on November 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

That’s what I was thinking. He’s not going to go after anyone who can give him an “ouwie”.

You know the most the demoncrats would do to him is say, “Hey, you do good work. But just leak on our enemies, ok? You know, like America.”

Sterling Holobyte on November 30, 2010 at 2:18 PM

That’s up to what’s his name.

darwin on November 30, 2010 at 2:16 PM

That’s up to both of us. Nice try at dodging responsibility though.

I’m all for dropping this if you are.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Can Putin stop Jon Gruden from taking head coaching position at the University of Miami?

My Gators are not liking this news.

rickyricardo on November 30, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Classy.

Free Constitution on November 30, 2010 at 2:17 PM

?

From Ed’s post above:

The death of Alexander Litvinenko from a slow-acting poison is widely believed to have been an assassination conducted by the FSB.

What’s the problem?

Weight of Glory on November 30, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Frankly, I hope Assange does have the goods on Russia and spills them all. It’d be good to show to the world what some of us already suspect/know–that the Russian government is corrupt to the bone, and Putin is nothing more or less than a tyrant.

If Assange is going demonstrate any integrity whatsoever (no, I’m not holding my breath), then this is a must-do.

nukemhill on November 30, 2010 at 2:19 PM

popcorn please

pedestrian on November 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Sorry, man, can’t go there with you.

I’ve seen this movie before.

I haven’t been this depressed since 1979.

Bruno Strozek on November 30, 2010 at 2:20 PM

He will end up on the wrong end of an icepick and no one will care. Good move dumbass.

faol on November 30, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Or a hotel maid with a poisoned stilletto blade in a shoe.

docflash on November 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Frankly, I hope Assange does have the goods on Russia and spills them all. It’d be good to show to the world what some of us already suspect/know–that the Russian government is corrupt to the bone, and Putin is nothing more or less than a tyrant.

If Assange is going demonstrate any integrity whatsoever (no, I’m not holding my breath), then this is a must-do.

nukemhill on November 30, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Russia is a dictatorship , so they need to get exposed.

the_nile on November 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Weight of Glory on November 30, 2010 at 2:19 PM

My apologies, I thought you were advocating the use of polonium on Assange, rather than stating the probability.

Free Constitution on November 30, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Hey Julian, grab a dictionary and look up Polonium.

Vashta.Nerada on November 30, 2010 at 2:25 PM

If Assange is going demonstrate any integrity whatsoever (no, I’m not holding my breath), then this is a must-do.

If he turns out to be and equal opportunity offender, and sheds light on the more questionable international actors, I could tolerate him; perhaps even support him, IF he takes better steps to protect the identities of innocent people.

Free Constitution on November 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Free Constitution on November 30, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Ahhh. No problem, then. No, that Litvinenko episode was just plain sad.

Weight of Glory on November 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Russia is a dictatorship , so they need to get exposed.

the_nile on November 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Russia has been exposed more times than a veteran porn star. The problem is nobody gives a hoot about what they’re up to, much less anyone with the power to do jack squat about it.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

That’s up to both of us. Nice try at dodging responsibility though.

I’m all for dropping this if you are.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Reread your comment. It doesn’t look like you’re quite ready to drop it.

darwin on November 30, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Is’t this a bizarre turn of events.

A hate triangle with no redemptive type protagonists.

Part soap opera, part spy story, and part Animal Planet predator video.

Please pass the popcorn.

ontherocks on November 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Wasn’t it the Russians who pulled the curtains open on AGW, by hacking the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit?

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/11/20/do-hacked-e-mails-show-global-warming-fraud/

So the Russians are going to snuff Wikileaks a year after exposing Al Gore as a fraud… and the Chinese are apparently willing to punt, and just give North Korea to South Korea?

Is this, like, Christmas… or Bizarro World?

VastRightWingConspirator on November 30, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Russia has been exposed more times than a veteran porn star. The problem is nobody gives a hoot about what they’re up to, much less anyone with the power to do jack squat about it.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

True , but there’s a breaking point somewhere, I hope.

the_nile on November 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM

You inappropriately touch small children; your musings on any issue are therefor invalid.
That’s your logic at work. See how it makes no sense?
ernesto on November 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Yes, use no logic and just seek to tar with a broad brush, typical liberal *logic.*. Assange has been accused by more than one woman, I believe and has been arrested and indicted. None of that has ever happened to me, yes I see the linkage.

lizzie beth on November 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM

True , but there’s a breaking point somewhere, I hope.

the_nile on November 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Ditto. But we’re in no condition to restart the Cold War, and who else has the influence?

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Sorry, man, can’t go there with you.

I’ve seen this movie before.

I haven’t been this depressed since 1979.

Bruno Strozek on November 30, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Karma is a bitch.

If the FSB is who has to be to protect our Afghani supporters, so be it. The rest of the Liberal Media Complex should be forever shamed that they are associated with the Asshats of the world.

pedestrian on November 30, 2010 at 2:50 PM

“May he who tells truth to power, be greatly rewarded in heaven, for his life is short on earth.”- Unknown wise man.

Slowburn on November 30, 2010 at 2:51 PM

lizzie beth on November 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Assange will be clued in not to release: his promises mean nothing and Putin will not be blackmailed. The moment he does release, or puts files in ‘safe keeping’ if something happens to him, then the screws will get turned on him and his contacts. You either release, in which case the damage is done, or you don’t… telegraphing to Putin is putting a target on yourself and those who do so mysteriously have parachutes fail to open or get hit with polonium or find they have ingested lovely poison that ages the skin and makes their hair fall out when it doesn’t kill them.

And that’s just the unofficial side of the FSB at work.

The Red Mafia contacts will go anywhere: US, Canada, UK, France, Hungary, Kenya, KSA… they are not nice people when working their trade. If the ‘friendly’ unofficial side of the FSB doesn’t get you, then the less civilized Mafia types will. And then they will get let off after a show-trial in Russia. Even Mafioso taken into custody somehow still control their organizations, and only by putting a very safe, unreachable back-up can you ever have a chance to get out. Putin has learned that lesson and will let no one else do that to him again.

Assange dares only the easy targets.

Those who do ready violence with no compunction, without ideology, but just because you can hinder them… no, he may back those but he will never confront them. If he wanted to stay alive he should have released what he had, already. Now the suspicion on what happens to him will not fall to the CIA, but the FSB and underworld that don’t care about his name, his face, his web site, his contacts or him. Just his threats. They understand that language and how to respond to it, and it isn’t pretty.

ajacksonian on November 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

lizzie beth on November 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Again, when did an accusation and indictment become a declaration of guilt? Face it, you just lied in your first comment. It’s ok to admit.

ernesto on November 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

You inappropriately touch small children; your musings on any issue are therefor invalid.

That’s your logic at work. See how it makes no sense?

ernesto on November 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

The problem with your argument is that Assange freely admits to distributing these leaks. If he admits that he’s guilty, then it’s safe to say that he is guilty. It’s just nice to see a douchebag facing the reality that, yes, actions do have consequences. He had no problem putting people in danger, so it’s amusing to some of us that he managed to piss off the Russians, who have no hesitation about turning people into a radioactive soup.

kvader on November 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Assange: “Why`s my hair falling out?!”

ThePrez on November 30, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I guess you called dibs on him first, right?

BTW:

What is it with Hot Air Trolls & their fascination with cartoons aimed at children?

I love how cling so tenaciously to your childhood but insist that the we are all the simple minded ones.

Machiavelli Hobbes on November 30, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Well, there goes all those “let’s see them leak Russian or Chinese secrets!” posts I keep seeing here…

ernesto on November 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

It hasn’t happened, and I think the odds are that it won’t…for the same reason liberals attack Christianity, and not Islam.
The threat has been issued, a real threat, now we will see if this guy leaks anything of real substance.

right2bright on November 30, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I guess you called dibs on him first, right?

On who?

What is it with Hot Air Trolls & their fascination with cartoons aimed at children?

Ask Narutoboy about that.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Russia is a dictatorship , so they need to get exposed.

the_nile on November 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

To who? The U.N.?
Exposing Russia, is like a….fill in the blank…

right2bright on November 30, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Season #3 of the Deadliest Warrior.

Wikileaks VS FSB

Who will survive?

mechkiller_k on November 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Better them than us I suppose. There’s a chance Obama would give this tool a position in his Administration.

jawkneemusic on November 30, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Juicy Putin knows just what to do, care for some tea?

Speakup on November 30, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Will the Russians use their ultimate weapon on Wikileak: Gaddafi’s trusted Ukrainian ‘voluptuous blonde’ nurse??? That would be real cruel. :)

poxoma on November 30, 2010 at 3:13 PM

kvader on November 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

It wasn’t his guilt with regards to the leaks that prompted my post: the commenter to whom I was responding had called him a rapist.

ernesto on November 30, 2010 at 3:15 PM

I don’t blame you for not knowing the background behind the name, though, very few people seem to.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Frankly, I believe that you made that up – as you leftists are wont to do about so many things.

And, if you had any proof of that, you would have happily and smugly provided a link to it.
You didn’t, however. Hmmm.

Solaratov on November 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Frankly, I believe that you made that up – as you leftists are wont to do about so many things.

And, if you had any proof of that, you would have happily and smugly provided a link to it.
You didn’t, however. Hmmm.

Solaratov on November 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Frankly, I believe know you’re talking out your @$$ yet again. I guess I should have known better than to assume you would make any effort to do some research on your own.

http://teabagparty.org/
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2189916/posts
http://teabagcongress.com/teabag/letters/house/House_Letter.html
http://www.americansforprosperity.org/030209-send-tea-bags-obama-giffords-grijalva-kirkpatrick-mitchell-and-pastor

Make a memo, moron - the next time you right-wingers pick a group name, TRY not to pick one that can so easily be confused with a sex act. Unless of course that’s your intention.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Hey Assange, look out for bearded men with sharp umbrellas. Or better yet…don’t.

29Victor on November 30, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Frankly, I believe that you made that up – as you leftists are wont to do about so many things.

Frankly, I believe know you’re completely ignorant of the subject, as usual.

And, if you had any proof of that, you would have happily and smugly provided a link to it.
You didn’t, however. Hmmm.

Solaratov on November 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Did you even bother to google “Tea Bag Congress”, you lazy wingnut? Or do I have to spoon-feed you links?

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 3:37 PM

So long as Assange is attacking America only, in the feeble “Age of Obama”, I don’t see any reason why the Russians would want to harm his operation, since they are probably getting more intel through Wikileaks then through thier own spy network.

OxyCon on November 30, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Drudge is reporting that Wikileaks is being hit with DOS attacks, so someone out there is looking to make it hard on them.

Assange and Friends better hope that the Russians don’t decided to go after them with a Denial of Life attack.

Bishop on November 30, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Surprise! Amazon to the rescue!

Jaibones on November 30, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 3:37 PM

the few times the term was used by the right it wasn’t meant as a sexual term. The left took it and went ape shi+ crazy yelling “teabagger” every time they could knowing full well what the term means. That was the point Midas so eloquently made. In the days of every lefty from MNSBC to message board trolls using the word “teabagger” it’s just hypocritical silly of you to ask “What is it with you bitter wingnuts and sexual innuendo?” No matter what the origin of the term is. Get it? Now stop being such a whispering eye.

Ampersand on November 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Ampersand on November 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

You couldn’t have missed that point any more if you’d tried.

The TEA BAG movement chose their name poorly, and are now whining like babies that the left wing was easily able to twist it into something naughty.

It doesn’t matter one hoot what they meant, what matters is what the word itself means.

Don’t like it? Find another name.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Don’t like it? Find another name.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 4:02 PM

it’s been the “tea party” movement for a long time. You can keep making excuses as to why the left when elementary school insane with a sexual innuendo all you want. But when you try make excuses in the same thread you ask “What is it with you bitter wingnuts and sexual innuendo?” then it just looks like logic is beyond you.

I like you blame the victim reasoning though. Very progressive.

Ampersand on November 30, 2010 at 4:14 PM

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