He’s a vocal opponent of current policy. He says the government is keeping secrets from you and lying to you.
His conservative opponents are apoplectic with anger. They are calling for his head. He has been investigated for imaginary federal crimes.
But most of all, his opponents are attacking his character. They are accusing him of being a sexual deviant.
No, I’m not talking about Julian Assange in 2010. I’m talking about Scott Ritter in 2002.
I’m only mildly interested in the documents that Wikileaks have published.
Like the Pentagon Papers that Daniel Ellsberg released in 1971, the documents that Wikileaks are giving the news media aren’t all that shocking to most of the thinking public.
The real story here is the official reaction, whether it was Ellsberg in 1972, Ritter in 2002, or Assange in 2010.
Forget the details of the documents for a moment and look at the government reactions.