In an interview with This Week NSA Director General Keith Alexander made a ridiculous and clearly dishonest claim – that he didn’t know who Wikileaks are.
STEPHANOPOULOS: The final point that Pierre made, the question about some government officials are asking whether WikiLeaks is a legitimate journalistic organization or an enemy of the state, where do you come down on that?
ALEXANDER: I have no opinion on WikiLeaks. I really don’t track them. I don’t know — I really don’t know who WikiLeaks are, other than this Assange person.
Really? Is this supposed to be acceptable as a credible public statement?
There seems to be a pattern emerging with the intelligence services’ representatives providing dishonest and misleading public statements. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied to Congress about the NSA spying program and now Alexander has put out a whopper of a statement on Wikileaks. Alexander, unlike Clapper, was not under oath and it is not against the law to lie to the media. That being said, it is probably unwise to say something so obviously untrue if you want to maintain credibility.
It was recently revealed that the Department of Justice has been engaged in a massive investigation against Wikileaks, which would mean that the most powerful spy agency in the country/world has less information and awareness of Wikileaks than a Federal Court in East Virginia. Please.
Smari McCarthy and Herbert Snorrason, two Icelandic freedom of information activists who have discussed their work assisting WikiLeaks publicly, were informed of the federal District Court order Tuesday evening in Reykjavik, via e-mail, weeks after the gag order preventing Google from revealing the subpoena was lifted on May 2.
The subpoenas applied to “certain records and information” relevant to McCarthy and Snorrason’s Gmail addresses. Those included physical addresses, other e-mail addresses, telephone connection records, “session times and durations,” “length of service,” and IP addresses.
Clapper and Alexander’s rather blatant dishonesty should be kept in mind when discussing how many “terrorist attacks” their unconstitutional spying programs have stopped.
They aren’t being straight with the American people.