Miron and McArdle on WikiLeaks
By David Henderson
On his show this Sunday on Fox Business, John Stossel had as panelists David Boaz, Jeff Miron, Larry Elder, and Megan McArdle. They handled most of the issues beautifully.
But there was one clearcut exception: WikiLeaks. Jeff Miron said that Julian Assange “broke laws.” In context, he was clearly talking about laws involving WikiLeaks, not about Sweden’s sex laws. But Miron didn’t specify what law Assange broke. I don’t think Assange did break laws. The people who fed him the information may well have broken laws. But relaying the information to the public? If Assange broke laws, then so did the New York Times. And I don’t think either did.
Megan McArdle then made a whopping claim. She asserted that the memos leaked had not shown “massive wrongdoing.” Really? Here are some paragraphs from a recent story in the U.K.’s Daily Mail:
Hillary Clinton ordered American officials to spy on high ranking UN diplomats, including British representatives.
Top secret cables revealed that Mrs Clinton, the Secretary of State, even ordered diplomats to obtain DNA data – including iris scans and fingerprints – as well as credit card and frequent flier numbers.
All permanent members of the security council – including Russia, China, France and the UK – were targeted by the secret spying mission, as well as the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon.
That’s not massive wrongdoing? It’s massive. It’s wrongdoing. What’s missing?