Time to Designate WikiLeaks a Foreign Terrorist Organization, Or Create a New Targeting Category to Make It So

During a speech last week at a Washington, D.C. think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Director of Central Intelligence Mike Pompeo shot an excellent political broadside at WikiLeaks: It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is, a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. …

Communist Cuba Has Friends in High Places, Including the DNC

For many years Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D-Fla.) has bucked President Obama on U.S.-Cuba policy by voting to maintain the embargo. Yet over the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Wasserman-Shultz seems to tolerate a totally different position by allowing Democratic Party headquarters to be used as a platform for sanctions-easing advocates. It turns out that at least one of DNC …

Should the UK Sever Diplomatic Relations With Ecuador?

The following post about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was submitted by a colleague and friend in Washington, DC, Ms. Maggie Petito. Ms Petito knows a bit about the antics of the Latin American left in the Andean region and beyond. Ms. Petito is the head of a small anti-corruption rule of law foundation — Foundation …

Big You and Me Are Watching Each Other, And it is All Evil

The private surveillance industry is big business. With the exception of the United States, the export of surveillance equipment and related technologies is mostly unregulated. According to one non-profit that polices these transactions, the industry is “downright scary” and they went to great pains to document it. A non-profit called Privacy International set out to …

Wikileak’s Assange Seeks Asylum in Ecuador, Correa Asking for Trouble

It has been some time that I post on Ecuador and its dictator, Rafael Correa. There are a lot of things happening down there that, daily, continue to erode basic freedoms such as private property rights, rule of law, and the right to speak your mind without government meddling, among many other things. Therefore I …

Around Town …

Earlier this week the Obama Administration provided an update on export control reform efforts. The re-designed Export.gov website is worth a visit. The U.S. government is soliciting public comments on export control reform issues. Over at the Export Law Blog, an interesting item about an Microsoft engineer caught in an export scheme. The Treasury Department, Office of …

WikiLeaks, Emotional (and Political) Incontinence

Having skimmed most of the recent WikiLeaks data dump, one thing is clear, the federal government needs a better method of controlling access to these sensitive documents. While there are many times to rake Foggy Bottom over the coals, this is not one of them; at least not yet. Diplomacy is very serious business and while …