Well now here's a name that doesn't seem to come up all that often. Lawrence Cannon, our very own homegrown Foreign Affairs Minister, decided to join a large group of politicians who disagree with Wikileaks' release of documents.
Cannon called the action "deplorable" and that it "did not serve any body's national interests."
Careful, Mr Cannon.
It most definitely does serve national interests. And global interests. And after what has come out today, especially about the UN Leaders, proves that some of this stuff isn't just backroom comments and trying to strategically position yourself to leverage another country.
Mr Cannon, and for that matter, Mr Harper, had better damn well realize that if Canada was attempting to secure biometrics, that is, fingerprints and retina scans, of UN Leaders, Canadians deserve to know, even if it's only so we can vote your asses out of government for such a - deplorable - action.
From the Wikileaks site:
The cables show the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in "client states"; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for US corporations; and the measures US diplomats take to advance those who have access to them.
Furthermore what makes these important is that these documents extend into 2010, displaying that nothing indeed has changed in Washington. That is to say, President Obama may have won our hearts during the election but at the end of the day, Obama not only allowed war crimes to continue under his administration, but has also continue to foster this kind of behaviour and attitude by giving such directives to US Embassies all over the world.
The US has blatantly ignored human rights abuses in countries they deal with, while hypocritically championing their bringing of democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan, and supposedly bringing justice to these countries. Those of us that follow these kinds of things closely have been aware of corruption for a very, very long time. And for a very very long time I could not convince most people that the actions exhibited by the US overseas were either wrong, unjustifiable, or outright war crimes. Hopefully, with all these released documents, people around the world will maybe wake up a little bit. The US Government has been painted as a superpower empire out of control, masquerading their crusade in the Middle East as a war on "terror."
Why Mr Cannon is calling out Wikileaks over documents that are very unlikely to put Canada in a bad light, I'm not sure. Unless you've got something embarrassing to hide. If I were Canada's Foreign Minster right now, I'd want to know everything I could about this moral-less country we're allied with.