Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appears at the window before speaking on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. A U.N. human rights panel says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been squirreled away inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid questioning by Swedish authorities about sexual misconduct allegations, has been "arbitrarily detained" by Britain and Sweden since December 2010. The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said his detention should end and he should be entitled to compensation. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The Enemy of My Enemy Is Not Always My Friend

Please be careful about Julian Assange. The man is hiding in an embassy in Britain to avoid being put on trial for rape and he is a propagandist for Russia who hates the United States and has been perfectly fine seeing people die who helped the United States root out Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. You really should read this by Jim Geraghty.

I do not think Hillary Clinton is our enemy. She is a criminal, corrupt, crooked, lying politician who supports views and ideologies I find abhorrent. But she is a political opponent, not an enemy. If you really think she is an enemy, then you as a loyal patriot have the obligation to stop her from getting to the White House by any means necessary. But the fact that the words “secret service” just went through your mind tells me deep down you too know she is a political opponent and not an enemy.

But even if you refuse to concede that and you consider her an actual enemy, you must also consider that there are other enemies far greater than her. One of those is Russia and Julian Assange is a willful collaborator with the Russians against American interests. Assange has worked to undermine American national security interests and now works with Russian propaganda outfits to sow seeds of discords in the American democratic processes.

Assange is not our friend and by our I mean both “Americans” and “conservatives.”

Just meditate on this passage written in a left of center publication about Assange:

David Leigh and Luke Harding’s history of WikiLeaks describes how journalists took Assange to Moro’s, a classy Spanish restaurant in central London. A reporter worried that Assange would risk killing Afghans who had co-operated with American forces if he put US secrets online without taking the basic precaution of removing their names. “Well, they’re informants,” Assange replied. “So, if they get killed, they’ve got it coming to them. They deserve it.” A silence fell on the table as the reporters realised that the man the gullible hailed as the pioneer of a new age of transparency was willing to hand death lists to psychopaths. They persuaded Assange to remove names before publishing the State Department Afghanistan cables. But Assange’s disillusioned associates suggest that the failure to expose “informants” niggled in his mind.

This is a man perfectly willing to let good people who helped us after 9/11 be brutally murdered.

It would be dazzlingly humorous if Assange really had the documents he claims and they really did scuttle Hillary Clintons’ road to the White House. Rooting for injuries in this is commendable. But rooting for Assange is not. Did I mention he is hiding in an embassy to avoid a trial for rape and has routinely sided with tyrannical despots around the world who hate the very freedoms we cherish?

The enemy of our enemy is not always our friend. Sometimes that enemy is far worse. In seeking to stop Hillary Clinton from getting into the White House, conservatives need to be careful that they do not make short term decisions that have negative long term consequences. Aligning with Assange would have long term, devastating consequences because with Assange comes his Russian puppet masters.

If you hate Clinton so much that you would side with Vladimir Putin, a man who is aggressively working to destabilize Western democracies, you are the enemy of our republic, not Clinton. Putin means you harm, Assange is Putin’s puppet, and if you do not realize it, perhaps you need to step away from the political process.

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