Julian Assange: I’m a big admirer of Rand Paul

posted at 7:21 pm on August 16, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Campus Reform, coming soon to a Chris Christie campaign commercial near you.

His remarks on the Pauls and on libertarianism are in separate parts so watch all the way through or you’ll miss the latter. Two interesting aspects to this. One: I wonder if U.S. opinion on Assange will soften now that Snowden, his ally, has pushed domestic surveillance onto the public’s radar screen. This is not an endorsement that Paul wants, especially now that Bradley Manning’s going to do hard time for leaking to Wikileaks, but it might not be quite as toxic as it was six months ago.

Two: I wonder who’d bludgeon Paul more eagerly with this, hawkish Republicans or Hillary as Democratic nominee. Hillary has a strong incentive, unwittingly revealed by Kathleen Parker in her goofy column on Clinton as world savior, to make her opponents look weaker than her on foreign policy and counterterrorism. If not for Snowden, she’d undoubtedly go hardcore hawk on Paul as a guy more worried about terrorists’ rights than about, say, sending troops into Pakistan to liquidate Bin Laden. Post-Snowden, though, she can’t get away with that; she’ll have to get to Obama’s left, at least a little, on civil liberties in the age of surveillance in order to quash any primary-minded unrest among liberals. That’s why the topic of her next big speech is what it is. She’ll still use the Assange endorsement against Paul in a general election but not nearly as ruthlessly as she would have if not for the NSA clusterfark.

Exit question: Has Senator Paul ever given us a straight answer on what President Paul would do if Assange or Snowden lifted sensitive intelligence from the NSA’s servers on his watch? We all know how he’d spin it — “if we had more government transparency like I’ve been pushing for, this wouldn’t have happened” — but that doesn’t answer the question of whether he’d pursue and prosecute either man. Would he? I’ll bet Chris Christie and Hillary are wondering too.


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Exit question: Has Senator Paul ever given us a straight answer on what President Paul would do if Assange or Snowden lifted sensitive intelligence from the NSA’s servers on his watch?

Snowden is one matter.

But what, exactly, would we be prosecuting Assange for? Publishing classified material?

Is that a road any of us want to go down?

JohnGalt23 on August 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Julian Assange: I’m a big admirer of Rand Ron Paul. And because Rand is his son and sometimes makes some similar noises, etc.

Edited for clarity.

farsighted on August 16, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Assange could be a secret weapon of the Paul campaign.

jmangini on August 16, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Exit question: Has Senator Paul ever given us a straight answer on what President Paul would do if Assange or Snowden lifted sensitive intelligence from the NSA’s servers on his watch?

Straight as opposed to what, “crooked”? Isn’t this a question for whomever prosecutes government employees who lie, cheat and steal,
perhaps even commit treason?

Even you don’t think that person is the “president”.

There are some great articles and video on Rand Paul concerning policy issues, in particular, recently on our sending billions to Egypt. Rand Paul takes on Obama and the rinos in his own party. I would like to see more serious issues like this addressed, not this crapola that is of tabloid quality.

Amjean on August 16, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Exit question: Has Senator Paul ever given us a straight answer on what President Paul would do if Assange or Snowden lifted sensitive intelligence from the NSA’s servers on his watch?

Sorry, what was Assanges crime other then being a metro sexual loser? Printing classified information? Didn’t we just freak out at the administration for labeling a journalist as a co conspirator?

And I think President Paul would probably treat Snowden as a whistle blower, since he seemed genuinely concerned about what the NSA was up to. I don’t know though, someone should ask him.

Timin203 on August 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

We know Obama would like to kill Snowden and Assange.

VorDaj on August 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Oh boy. That’s not very helpful Mr. Assange…

iwasbornwithit on August 16, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Julian…silence is golden.

sharrukin on August 16, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Exit question: Has Senator Paul ever given us a straight answer

That would be more along the lines of how I feel about the guy. I still do not have any trust that he is who he claims to be. Yes, I think he is Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul, but as for what he believes, he gives me the same creeps Rubio gave me.
I want a government that does what the voters vote for them to do within the restraints of the original intent of the Constitution of The United States of America and all the Amendments.
I just do not see him being transparent on most of his stances.

astonerii on August 16, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Birds of a feather flock together…

thebrokenrattle on August 16, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Julian Assange: I’m a big admirer of Rand Paul

Hi, Julian-

I’m a big admirer of .300 WSM necked down to 7 millimeters. The wildcat 7mm has a better case neck than factory 7 WSM; the slightly longer neck yields more consistent propellant ignition and consistent pressure development. Downrange, this means minimized vertical stringing on target and, therefore, less need for the follow-up shot. Additionally, I’ve been having great some great results with a new Broughton 5R twist barrel on the Borden action in the ol’ Eliseo tube gun. And don’t those tube guns break down and travel small! Boy, howdy!

Anyways … cheers! Hope to see you soon!

M240H on August 16, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Julian Assange: I’m a big admirer of Rand Ron Paul. And because Rand is his son and sometimes makes some similar noises, etc.

Edited for clarity.

farsighted on August 16, 2013 at 7:31 PM

…I think you are right!…

KOOLAID2 on August 16, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Anyways … cheers! Hope to see you soon!

M240H on August 16, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Obama will owe you a cabinet position or at least a nice ambassadorship.

VorDaj on August 16, 2013 at 8:01 PM

This is just rich. It’s not like I haven’t been saying for months that the Republican embrace of Rand’s foreign policy stance is going to do a lot of damage, and that Christie, by staking out his hawkish bona fides now will be the one to benefit. Of course Hillary is going to run to Obama’s left. With Palin, Cruz, Gingrich, and the like standing with Rand, and agreeing with Hillary, Christie will benefit whether he stays in the Republican Party or switches.

The world is going to get more chaotic and violent between now and 2013, not less. The game Christie has to play is to maintain a hawkish stance while repudiating neo-con wishful thinking about exporting democracy and nation building, and marginalizing the insane, war-mongering, always wrong McCain/Graham wing of the party that gives the hawks such a bad name.

Mr. Arkadin on August 16, 2013 at 8:03 PM

New Steyn…

Idiot Big Brother

Resist We Much on August 16, 2013 at 8:16 PM

The world is going to get more chaotic and violent between now and 2013, not less. The game Christie has to play is to maintain a hawkish stance while repudiating neo-con wishful thinking about exporting democracy and nation building, and marginalizing the insane, war-mongering, always wrong McCain/Graham wing of the party that gives the hawks such a bad name.
Mr. Arkadin on August 16, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Good points!

bluegill on August 16, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Christie, by staking out his hawkish bona fides now will be the one to benefit

Mr. Arkadin on August 16, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Christie has no hawkish bona fides, just fat hot air. he couldn’t even come close to passing an army physical.

VorDaj on August 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

he couldn’t even come close to passing an army physical.

VorDaj on August 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

At 50, I’m pretty sure he’s too old for that :P

thebrokenrattle on August 16, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Christie, by staking out his hawkish bona fides

Oh please, his rotundness has hawkish bonafides? Unless you are talking about invading a doughnut shop, I’m thinking he is just a blowhard.

Panther on August 16, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Christie has no hawkish bona fides, just fat hot air. he couldn’t even come close to passing an army physical.

VorDaj on August 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

I’ll bet Rand Paul could pass such a physical.

Given appropriate odds, I’d bet Ron Paul could pass such a physical…

JohnGalt23 on August 16, 2013 at 8:43 PM

How will the TruCons react to this one?

eh on August 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM

“The libertarian aspect of the Republican Party is presently the only useful political voice really in the U.S. Congress.”

What?! How can it be useful talking about heroin and hot gay sex!?! — astonerii

John the Libertarian on August 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Exit question: Has Senator Paul ever given us a straight answer on what President Paul would do if Assange or Snowden lifted sensitive intelligence from the NSA’s servers on his watch?

Why do you assume there would be an NSA on Paul’s watch?

TallDave on August 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Sorry, what was Assanges crime other then being a metro sexual loser?

Timin203 on August 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

That’s kind of rought, isn’t it? If I were into Albino men, I’d probably think he’s pretty hot.

I might even want him to give me a Full Body Massange.

sartana on August 17, 2013 at 12:51 AM

First Ashton Kutcher rebukes Hollyweird and the cultural decline to an audience of Yutes -
And now this…….
.
Something’s happening here,……

FlaMurph on August 17, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Exit question: Has Senator Paul ever given us a straight answer on what President Paul would do if Assange or Snowden lifted sensitive intelligence from the NSA’s servers on his watch?

So that’s what an implied straw man looks like.

I’ve always wondered.

Clever, AP, but not quite clever enough.

Now go back to your Chris Christie shrine and say fifty Hail Marys.

fossten on August 17, 2013 at 7:13 AM

M240H on August 16, 2013 at 7:59 PM

IF you’re going to make tongue in cheek death threats, at least make them funny.

Free Constitution on August 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Well, if someone can ask a serious question…

If the constitution is the libertarian bible, how quickly will they violate it when a constitutional law violates their, what? feelings? penumbras?

Knott Buyinit on August 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Exit question: Has Senator Paul ever given us a straight answer on what President Paul would do if Assange or Snowden lifted sensitive intelligence from the NSA’s servers on his watch?

Why do you assume there would be an NSA on Paul’s watch?

TallDave on August 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Exactly. Who’s to say he wouldn’t scrap the brownshirt bunch so there wouldn’t even BE this kind of question in the first place? All the Assanges or Snowdens in the world can’t steal from nonexistent databases!

MelonCollie on August 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Hi, Julian-

I’m a big admirer of .300 WSM necked down to 7 millimeters. The wildcat 7mm has a better case neck than factory 7 WSM; the slightly longer neck yields more consistent propellant ignition and consistent pressure development. Downrange, this means minimized vertical stringing on target and, therefore, less need for the follow-up shot. Additionally, I’ve been having great some great results with a new Broughton 5R twist barrel on the Borden action in the ol’ Eliseo tube gun. And don’t those tube guns break down and travel small! Boy, howdy!

Anyways … cheers! Hope to see you soon!

M240H on August 16, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Veiled threats are usually issued by men who are barely a threat to anybody. You’re a chump and we can all see that. Kick rocks, wuss.

Christie has no hawkish bona fides, just fat hot air. he couldn’t even come close to passing an army physical.

VorDaj on August 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Many people passing Army physicals could not even complete high school. There’s some trade offs with military service at the top and the bottom.

Capitalist Hog on August 17, 2013 at 1:01 PM

The coveted a$$hole endorsement.

Xasprtr on August 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

You are the friends you keep.

unclesmrgol on August 17, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Why do you assume there would be an NSA on Paul’s watch?

TallDave on August 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Heh. Ostrich hides head — therefore body hidden too. Typical Paul thinking.

unclesmrgol on August 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Ron Paul + Lew Rockwell + MadisonConservative + Julian Assange = orgy

Capitalist Hog on August 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Randal and Ronald will alternate to avoid breaking any laws.

Capitalist Hog on August 17, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Good for you, Julie-boy. You’ll still be scheduled for execution once your Russkie handlers wring all the information out of you.

MelonCollie on August 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM