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Monday, November 29, 2010

The One Tactic We Haven't Tried Yet With Wikileaks

Nasty demand letters aren't working

Tributes to "responsible, accountable, and open government" aren't working.

How do we stop these Wikileaks folks short of dropping a house on their heads?
  1. Become genuinely interested in other people.
  2. Smile.
  3. Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  4. Be a good listener.  Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  5. Talk in terms of the other person's interests.
  6. Make the other person feel important - and do it sincerely.
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  1. It has been known for centuries that offering fresh egg salad sandwiches and iced tea is remarkably persuasive. I'm surprised it hasn't been tried.

  2. Call me old-fashioned:
    Why doesn't the CIA just assassinate the SOB?

  3. I don't know that I'm with @Stogie on the assassination thing, but how about a good knife-hand to the throat every couple of days?

    I don't care if Wikileaks (or any foreign nation, for that matter) "Likes" us. I want their respect or, failing that, their fear.

  4. Maybe something sentimental like an exploding Candygram.

  5. I agree with Stogie.

  6. duneview, that was hysterical! Both you - and I'm going to include the good Professor here in my charges since it's his site and he's an accessory - owe me a new monitor screen since I can't get the soda out of it now.

  7. Seems to me the following summarizes the wikileaks issue. (Taken from the movie aliens)


    Obama: [Calling CIA/FBI/etc over the radio] Look, uh, military.[Security folks snap their fingers]

    Obama: Look, we can't have any firing in there. I, uh, I want you to collect magazines from everybody.

    American People: Is he fuckin' crazy?

    American People: What do you expect us to use man, harsh language?

  8. Well, you know, flowers have been lifesavers for me. And speaking of lifesavers maybe we should send some to wikileaks. I'll bet cherry ones would work. I don't know anyone who doesn't like cherry lifesavers. And pie.

  9. Those six ways to be liked sound like a Stewart Smalley affirmation-- in the mirror to himself-- and not unlike what our Prez might do, especially these days.

    The rest of the world virtually elected Obama for us, because we were promised it would like us, again, were he to become the enlightened face of America. That hasn't worked out too well.

    Let's get back to being so big and truly exceptional in the best of ways that we're flattered by the international whinging of petulant detractors, corrupt corps. and officials and frustrated terrorist regimes.

    Re Wikileaks, we need to go to a more sophisticated comm system to ensure diplomatic privacy, such as carrier pigeon.

  10. I'm going with sardonic wit because I refuse to accept that we've lost you Professor! ;-)

  11. I believe Dillinger said, in effect, "You get a lot further with a persuasive argument and a gun than with a persuasive argument alone".
    I believe the 'operative on a motor scooter attaching a device in rush hour traffic' method worked rather well for the Stuxnet people in Tehran; if the fresh egg salad sandwiches and iced tea (love that one) fail, maybe the motor scooter diplomacy method will achieve the desired effect.

  12. Silly me, I had supposed that a quick trial for Assange (followed by a firing squad) would have done the trick.

    (At least, if *I* were pondering releasing US military secrets, knowing the last guy was "sanctioned with extreme prejudice" might cause me to hesitate a bit...)

  13. Maybe if we tell the Wikileaks people that they can pick up the documents on the south side of Chicago, or in the Hunters Point/Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco, we can just let things take their own course.

  14. I dunno, I kinda like the "dropping a house on their heads" option...

  15. Girl in Seattle exercises her first amendment rights and does draw Mohammed day and gets a visit from the FBI. W/in months she retracts everybody draw mo day and goes into hiding.

    Man in Florida exercises his first amendment rights and says he's going to burn the Quran and gets visit from FBI. He retracts the statement for fear of his life.

    Wikileaks leaks thousands of pages of classified information seriously jeapardizing thousands of lives...MULTIPLE TIMES WITH NO RETRIBUTION.

    Who is winning this war and which side Obama on?

  16. The CIA should set up a wikileaks-leaks website. They should publish a live webcam of Assange's current location, plus name, address and bank account info (including passwords) of him, the owner and staff of the wikileaks ISP, his landlord, his donors, etc. etc. After all, information wants to be free.