Dick Morris and Eileen McGann at TownHall.com have an article out concerning one of the issues raised by the document drop by Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “secret police” who were gather personal data about their foreign counterparts.
…The Wikileaks information indicates that Hillary — and her predecessor, Condolleeza Rice — instructed American diplomats to gather information about “office and organizational titles; names, position titles and other information on business cards; numbers of telephones, cell phones, pagers, and faxes,” as well as “Internet and intranet ‘handles’; Internet e-mail addresses, website identification-URLs; credit card account numbers; frequent-flier account numbers; work schedules, and other relevant biographical information.”
The New York Times explains that this information could be used to develop intelligence about the activities and whereabouts of foreign diplomatic personnel…
…The fact that this current State Department covert operation was initiated under Rice does not lessen Hillary’s guilt for having pursued it. Clinton, not Rice, has run for president and is presumed to continue to be interested in the job. Her addiction to spies, dumpster divers, sleuths and negative research operatives has always been a cause for concern….
While Morris and McGann do point out that this program started under former Secretary of State Condolleeza Rice, I personally doubt Rice would use such information to intimidate and extort foreign diplomats as Clinton apparently would. After all, it wasn’t Condolleeza that leaked Linda Tripp’s personnel file to the media during the Monica Lewinsky fiasco.
Now that Clinton has been exposed for returning to her old ways, what is to be done? Surprisingly former Clinton administration adviser and present ABC journalist George Stephanopoulos was echoing both WikiLeaks founder Assange’s and Jack Shafer of Slate’s calls for her resignation during an interview with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. This from Scott Whitlock at NewsBusters.org.
…And we just heard Jim Sciutto say the White House, I mean the State Department brushed off this call by Julian Assange for Hillary Clinton to resign. But Assange is not alone. Jack Shafer in Slate says that this cable asking State Department officials to collect information on U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and others, is a sign that Hillary Clinton is going to have to go. He writes, “Diplomacy is about face. And the only way for other nations to save face will be to give them Clinton’s scalp. There’s no way that the new WikiLeaks leaks don’t leave Hillary Clinton holding the smoking gun. Sooner or later, the weakened and humiliated Secretary of State will have to pay”…
I am torn on this. I understand the position of those who want Clinton to resign, that American diplomats are now seen as spies and cannot be trusted. The issue here is whether or not regaining the trust of the international community, assuming that they were trusted before the document drop, is worth Hillary’s “scalp.” Aside from this, I don’t like giving Assange, who is now on Interpol’s most wanted list as Allahpundit pointed out yesterday, even a small victory for leaking sensitive information. Doing so would only embolden him and others to continue such criminal action.
Whatever does happen, this scandal does serious damage to Hillary Clinton. I doubt her political career, let alone her presidential ambitions, could survive being forced to resign her position as Secretary of State. This will cost Clinton, but right now it isn’t known whether that will be just political points or the position she now occupies.