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I just noticed this exchange last Friday with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about +WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, and Julian Assange:

Q    Thanks, Jay.  I wanted to go back to your comment about transparency and ask, the year is coming to an end and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is still in the Ecuadorean embassy.  I wanted to get your response.  One of the reasons he hasn’t returned to Sweden for questioning on sexual allegations is because he fears he would be extradited to the U.S.  Where is the Obama administration in the investigation of Assange and Wikileaks?  And what is your response to those who say Julian Assange, Bradley Manning are examples of the President being anything but transparent?

MR. CARNEY:  Well, I entirely disagree.  And in terms of investigations of that nature I would refer you to the Department of Justice.

Q    Thanks, Jay.

MR. CARNEY:  Thanks very much.
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God forbid the hatchetman for the chief executive in the land answer for one of his agencies.
 
I think that exchange demonstrated the President's commitment to transparency in government very nicely.
 
To be fair, I think they usually refer that sort of thing to the appropriate agencies, don't they?
 
I'm not saying Obama is unique in this though he is unique in (IIRC) his transparency and openness rhetoric.  He also has no problems taking stances on POPULAR answers, i.e. for Martin/Zimmerman he didn't say "Take that up with DOJ" or "How goes your latest feed the children initiative", "Take that up with USDA".
 
If you take a specific position during the election (2008) you are going to get more criticism about it, regardless of what you do, as compared to if you had ignored the issue.  Obama campaigned on openness and transparency, then proceeded to behave exactly like the previous office holder.  In my opinion, on the issue of transparency, Obama deserves way more than the little criticism he gets from the national press.
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