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?

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    Gabriel Tane (profile), 9 Dec 2010 @ 6:57am

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    Why not just sum up with "9/11!!!"

    First, 'Muslims' are not trying to kill us... radical branches of the Muslim faith are... or were, since we haven't really seen much success from their camps recently, have we? If you want to continue with the stereotyping and racism, I recommend the application of a brick to your head. Works wonders.

    Second, wikileaks is NOT trying to weaken America. They are trying to facilitate transparency so that crimes like the one leaked here don't go unnoticed or unpunished. And that's a bad thing?

    Third, if the release of these acts is fragmenting our military or government, then MAYBE OUR MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT SHOULD STOP DOING BAD THINGS! Are you seriously trying to pass the blame of these horrible actions onto the person who brought it to light? Really?

    And let me go a bit deeper on that one... are you saying wikileaks is forcing the military to close down it's communications to make it harder for wikileaks to get at it? Ok... so why the hell do they need to hide what they're saying? WL has never leaked anything except the horrible actions that need the light of day. If the military is closing down inter-branch communications, then as I said before, maybe they should think about what they're trying to hide.

    Now, if you're quite done trolling, please go back under your bridge, wrap yourself up in the flag and rock yourself to sleep whimpering about how they're coming to get you.

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