Not long ago, conservatives condemned Wikileaks leaker Julian Assange. After all, Assange exposed U.S. intelligence operations, possibly endangering the lives of CIA agents. Donald Trump even said he deserved the death penalty. But now, after Assange released e-mails embarrassing to Hillary Clinton in support of Trump, some of those same conservatives are all for him. In fact, they believe him over the CIA!
Conversely, liberals used to praise Assange for revealing the sinister secrets of the militaristic, imperialistic CIA. Today, now that Assange is supporting Trump and the CIA is saying the Russians were responsible for the e-mail hacks (something Assange denies), the left is vilifying Assange and praising the CIA!
Do you see some inconsistency here? Michael Gerson does. After the jump, read his accusations of unprincipled tribalism. On the other hand, there are civil libertarians on both the right and the left that can make a case for Assange and his exposure of government secrets.
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