Hack or Leak?….

Hacker Leaker

Kudos to the Weekly Standard for stirring up an interesting debate this weekend about the differences, if any, between a hack and a leak. I want to explore this topic further, especially since Liberals have been so contradictory about it and their hand maidens in the Major Media seem to be playing right along. I would love to hear from some of my liberal friends on this matter.

To begin, when the Assange and WikiLeaks were exposing NSA secrets based on leaked information from Snowden and Manning, they were providing a public service, so went the Liberal line. Whistleblowers who leak private information about government entities or corporations are heroic, providing the transparency we all desire to keep these organizations from taking unethical or illegal actions.

Yet, they say, the information obtained by a hack should not be published or shared or even reported on, because the hacker broke the law by illegally obtaining this information by entering into a restricted digital space. The leaker volunteers the information while the hacker steals it. Really?

What if the leaker signed a confidentially agreement not to share any information, as Manning and Snowden did? Did they not then break the law to obtain the information? What if someone physically enters into a restricted area at work and leaks this data to the media? Is this not theft? It seems to me; the Liberals are once again talking out of both sides of their mouth.

They will also invoke intent and motivations, which allow them to mitigate any type of behavior they deem necessary, as Liberals always know what is best for all of us. Why is this important? As Assange and WikiLeaks dump more documents that are critical of Hillary Clinton, this will be the number one defense by her liberal allies.

You can be sure that if a Conservative were the subject of these leaks, they would be shouting the findings from the mountain tops. But it further illustrates why Liberals cannot be trusted with power and should not be elected to any office at any level of government.

Joseph S. Iaco, August 2, 2016

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