With the arrest of Julian Assange of late it seems that these two words have been confused by the media in an attempt to provide an excuse for stealing state secrets. One is a profession, the other a covert operation to obtain classified information from a secure source in an attempt to cause harm. Assange didn’t report the news, but he published documents to which he had (I presume <- something I seldom do) direct knowledge that they were stolen state secrets and NOT a viable news story. The mentally deranged idiot (Manning) that provided these documents took an oath to protect his/her country, its laws and citizens, he/she betrayed that oath and the faith that the nation placed in him/her. This makes him/her a traitor (somebody who is disloyal or treacherous: Encarta). In both the actions of Manning and Assange, enabled any foreign government to basically endanger or cause harm to the citizens of the United States, even those who in their feebleminded attempts to defend or praise the actions taken. I am truly amazed at the people who condone such disregard for their own country and its citizens, by defending these and those just like them (Snowdon), by masquerading as champions of the freedom of the press, while suppressing the factual truth of what it really is. But Americans have grown accustom to a steady diet of resistance anarchical/ socialist rhetoric from the ‘please everybody I’m pandering too’ politics of today. George Orwell would feel at home in today’s American, and bow his head whispering ‘it was only a novel not a guide book’. Whenever these things come to pass in our society, feel comfort in falling back to the banner of this periodical by A. Lincoln, even though I wonder if I am the only ones who’s ever read it.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Espionage (the use of spying or spies to gather secret information); journalism (1. the profession of gathering, editing, and publishing news reports and related articles for newspapers, magazines, television, or radio; 2. writing or reporting for the media as a literary genre or style) SOURCE: Encarta