On ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos engages in classic attack the messenger journamalism with guest Julian Assange.
Nicole Belle already discussed frustration with the msm's failure to focus on the revelations that Edward Snowden brought forth. I believe this exchange highlights that failure, and Assange's hilarious 6-word rebuttal to a "gotcha" style attack from George Stephanopoulus makes the ABC host look really quite idiotic for playing games rather than focusing in on the NSA revelations.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me bring this back to Julian Assange. Back in 2010, an email that was revealed from you by Bart Gellman in “Time” magazine, said that you hoped the revelations from Wikileaks would bring about, quote, “the total annihilation of the current U.S. regime.” Is that still your goal, and what did you mean by that?
ASSANGE: I did not say that and there is no such email. That is simply false.
STEPHANOPOULOS: It’s quoted in “Time” magazine in December 2010.
ASSANGE: Yes. Well, I mean, “Time” magazine. But this is -- it’s very interesting that you raised such a thing like that. We are in a situation where we have these extraordinary revelations that are causing great embarrassment to a new national security state that is arising in the U.S. It’s not just the U.S. Similar national security states are rising in other countries, but it is trying to evade democratic will. It’s treating Congress like a bunch of fools. And we saw Clapper up there lying, bald-face lying to Congress. We have secret interpretations of the law. What does the law mean if there are secret interpretations in secret courts?