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Yesterday, the Russian-backed Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people. Russia (meaning Vladimir Putin) is blocking UN action to investigate this war crime. Vlad the Destroyer is OK with crimes against humanity.

Recently, Russia passed some truly regressive anti-LGBT laws, and announced that foreign visitors (such as Olympic athletes) would be jailed, harassed, and so on. Vlad the Destroyer is OK with persecuting gay people for being gay.

A while back, members of a Russian punk band got sent to a labor camp for making fun of Putin and the Church. Vlad the Destroyer is OK with working people to death, if they offend him.

It is hard to imagine anyone supporting or praising such a despicable piece of dung as Putin. Indeed, one would think that anyone who does praise and support Putin is someone who shared his destructive, regressive, authoritarian tendencies and traits. One would be right.

So, then: Syria, Wikileaks, Greenwald, Snowden and Assange have been revealed as supporters of war crimes, hate crimes, and violations of human rights across the board. Think about this, the next time you think about supporting them. When they praise Putin as a human rights icon, they support his human rights activities.

Up yours, Putin. And the same goes for anyone and everyone who supports him.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

First off: this writer considers both men (if tried and convicted, of course) to be stinking scum buckets who violated the terms of their employment and many other laws as well. Having said that, Manning seems a more genuine, if misguided, character than Snowden. Here’s why:

Number A: Bradley Manning stole a load of sensitive and secret documents and handed them off to others to publish. After committing said theft, he stayed on the job until the cops came to arrest him. He has since followed the legal process and from all reports considers himself to be a whistleblower who acted with patriotic intent. And if he has to go to prison, he’ll go to prison, because he believes in what he did and why he did it.

Letter 2: Edward Snowden stole a load of sensitive and secret documents and ran away after working with a publicist to make this as big a deal as possible. He went to a territory controlled by a nation with a much more intrusive domestic security apparat than America’s to tell us all how bad America is. He then fled to another nation with a hideously intrusive domestic security apparat on his way to another such country. While doing so, he has carefully leaked selected material at such times as to cause damage to his birth country. He has been inconsistent in his story and is going to great lengths to avoid stating under oath what he did and why. Much about the man is shady, to say the least.

Your friendly neighborhood blogger doesn’t find either of them to be particurlarly admirable, but Manning at least acts like a man who believes in his cause.

Snowden just acts like a crook.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Much has been said about Bradley Manning, the “soldier” who downloaded and passed along many thousands of U.S. government documents a while back. Some view him as a heroic fighter for the free information movement, some view him as a treasonous little whelp. This blogger views him as someone who aided and abetted multiple human rights crimes and violations. Yes, the earnest-looking young man has blood on his hands, because of the damage caused by the indiscriminate revelations he uncaringly unleashed.

One example: journalists and their sources who either were imprisoned or had to flee due to their being outed by Manning’s activities. Another: Chinese government crackdowns on those named in the unredacted cables. And one more: the Taliban used information from the Manning files to harass and kill their opponents.

Had Manning released only information on actual US war crimes, he’d be a heroic whistleblower. Had he at least redacted information that could have protected people, he’d have some moral basis for his actions. But he chose to dump a load of data onto the Web without regard to who might be injured or killed as a result of his actions.

You know who else did the same thing? Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, when they outed a CIA agent and destroyed the lives of anyone in Iran who was working with her. Funny how so many of Manning’s admirers were also detractors of this troika.

Revealing the identities or identifying information of people who might suffer as a result of your revelations makes you at least partially culpable for what happens to them. Rot in jail, Mr. Manning, and may your days and nights be filled with the anguish of those you harmed.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Back in the 70’s, a truly epic bit of criminal activity was committed and then covered up by the Nixon administration. The crime and the cover up both got people ticked off, and Nixon got ridden out of office on a rail. Deservedly so.

In the 90’s, a jackass Prexy was boinking an intern, which was not a crime in and of itself. The cover up was, however, and B. J. Clinton barely survived the thrashing he so richly deserved.

In the early Oughts, the Bushies leaked the name of one of our clandestine agents in Iran. None of the scumbucket traitors who committed this crime got the punishment they deserved. Many innocent Iranians did get punishment that they did not deserve.

Many conspiracy theorists are convinced that the government is keeping secrets about UFOs, 9/11, and other such things. There is no punishment for being silly.

Not all of these secrets are equally worthy of being revealed. When we let the sunshine in, we need to make sure are illuminating the deserving, and keep the innocent from becoming collateral damage. Example: Steubenville, Ohio, where an attempt to cover up a ring of gambling, sex crimes and corruption has now thrust both the innocent and the guilty into the spotlight.

Mr. B & C