So WikiLeaks Is Evil For Releasing Documents... But DynCorp Gets A Pass For Pimping Young Boys To Afghan Cops?

from the wtf dept

One refrain we keep hearing against Wikileaks is that the cable releases aren't really "whistleblowing," because they're not really revealing anything. However, it seems like each day there's another big revelation of rather horrible things being done (and covered up) by the US government. The latest, pointed out by Boing Boing, involves a report from a cable that US-based private security contractor DynCorp, who was hired by the US to train Afghani police, was apparently supplying drugs and young boys for a sort of sex party.

The details are horrifying. The Afghani interior minister apparently went to US officials to warn them that reporters were sniffing around this story, and urged them to try to kill the story. He specifically warned that this would look bad if the connection to DynCorp was made clear (he called them "foreign mentors"). Apparently, US diplomats told him not to worry, and the eventual story was in fact watered down greatly (until now, of course) calling the whole thing a "tribal dance," rather than a party where young boys wear "scanty women's clothes" and "dance seductively" before being "auctioned off to the highest bidder" for sex.

Oh, did we mention that DynCorp makes $2 billion per year -- 95% of which comes from American taxpayers.

And US government officials are declaring Wikileaks as an organization to shun and not to work with? What about DynCorp? Are their DNS providers pulling the plug? Are their banks shutting down their accounts? Are they being denounced by Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman? No? Why the hell not?

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  1. identicon
    anothermike, 8 Dec 2010 @ 2:47pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Nobody wants to censor wikileaks.

    You really haven't been paying attention have you?

    Let's spell it out so even an anonymous coward can understand. Our government has been using its national security blanket to cover up illegal activity by its contractors overseas. The administration classified the evidence to hide wrongdoing. Under normal circumstances they would be called out by our free media but that industry is too busy sucking off the administration to do their jobs so it's up to organizations like Wikileaks to fill the role of the Third Estate.

    Worse than using their power to hide wrongdoing, they were caught using their power to hide wrongdoing. And worse than that, they were caught by an outsider like Wikileaks instead of by our own news companies who should have been on the case!

    And now our administration is using its power to suppress the evidence of its wrongdoing instead of bringing the real criminals to justice.

    Does that clear things up for you?

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Shop Now: I Invented Email
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads

Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.