In a radio interview for The Steve Malzberg Show, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) continued the political haymaking that has attended the latest Wikileaks document dump. King told Malzberg that President Obama isn’t as upset “as he should be” over the leak, and came close to suggesting that Obama and members of the administration view Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as some kind of hero. He makes this leap by comparing Assange to Daniel Ellsberg, and asserting that Obama’s “political upbringing” makes it “difficult to take action against someone who is the logical descendent” of Ellsberg.
Here’s the clip from WOR Radio (via BreitbartTV). Listen Below:
This is the kind of rush to judgment that has become de rigeur in modern politics, but King ought to know better. As a matter of fact, the administration has launched a criminal investigation against Assange, and while the charge that Obama is slow (if not impossible) to anger is a popular media meme, King should be well aware that an issue involving sensitive documents and an ongoing criminal case isn’t the best vehicle for a demonstration of shooting from the hip. This kind of pop psychology is to be expected from the voracious 24-hour news beast, not from the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
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