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We in the midst of -- first WikiLeaks revolution some say we are.
The African nation of Tunisia has descended into violence and chaos.
Following the release of secret cables revealing the extent of corruption during the nation's 23 year dictatorship.
My next guest Jacob Warren Berger president of the future of Freedom Foundation says this is an example of why US officials are so angry.
Over the WikiLeaks document dumps Jake welcome back to freedom watch what what did we learn.
Via Wiki leaks about -- -- of this regime in Tunisia.
He -- its relationship.
To the present government and preceding governments in the United States.
Well we learned and more important -- people of Tunisia learned from these WikiLeaks leaks.
The some of the corruption that -- 23 year dictator.
Was engaged in.
They include dean I think what was the straw that broke the camel's back was this great big a lavish party.
That for the American ambassador there at some plush place that one of the government officials happen to own.
And when the people of Tunisia saw these cables and and the extent of this corruption.
That's what triggered off this revolution.
Let the revolution itself is really unprecedented.
To happen in an Arab country which obviously.
Are not democracies this was in a democracy.
In fact this guy was what we would call a brutal dictator.
In my naive to suggest that the American government would not be backing up a brutal dictator why did we -- this -- why don't we facilitate his dictatorship.
For the same reason that this government has supported dictators.
Throughout its history of it throughout the last 3040 years it supports the dictators that will do.
The bidding of the US government for example in votes in the United Nations.
That was why they supported Saddam Hussein this job -- Iran why they supported this guy.
And they call this guy a partner in the war on terrorism.
Which meant that he -- pressed his own people which of course he considered terrorists at least those that were -- against his regime.
-- write this guy has fled the country than the crowds have taken control of the street the military is in favor of the crowds and against the remnants of his government.
What happens now or what does the United States of America Department of State.
What -- Secretary Clinton say should happen now if she welcoming his departure saying we never really liked this guy anyway or is she standing up for her.
Now -- out and he's he's gone and now they're making new friends and they're saying hey we really like this democracy we're standing with the people.
Even though they -- this dictator.
And even though they're still angry about the fact that the way the people to Tunisia found out about this was through these WikiLeaks leaks they're not pleased -- bad at all but they've got to play this game they're saying -- we're standing with the people were supporting the people.
And really what they're looking at is another dictator that that will do their bidding like the.
-- -- -- this this WikiLeaks organization is really an obstacle for the government.
I wish the government would be intellectually honest about it.
In this case a brutal dictator was overthrown because of WikiLeaks.
You may soon see the Justice Department indicting people in the United States because WikiLeaks is about to reveal tax evasion.
And other criminal activity on the part a prominent American have bankers and WikiLeaks revealed things that embarrass the government.
Why won't the government say once a brawl in a mature democracy.
It's better for people to know what's happening that for them to be kept in the dark by their own government.
Because that would not cover up their wrongdoing and that's what this is all about that's what the Pentagon papers released was all about.
That's what what all this secrecy is about.
They don't want their wrongdoing -- released.
Because people get angry over that sort of thing there's always the possibility that the American people might start looking at what their own government is doing.
And be just as upset as may be the people of Tunisia that scares government officials take -- thank you for joining yes.
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