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July 13, 2013


What does Joe Biden think of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks?

That he's akin to a "high tech terrorist."

What does Joe Biden think of Hashim Thaçi, the Prime Minister of Kosovo and — according to a 2010 report by the Council of Europe – the head of a "mafia-like" organized crime ring which murdered prisoners of the Kosovo Liberation Army so they could sell their organs?

That he's, as Biden said when Thaçi visited the White House, "the George Washington of Kosovo."

Interesting fact: Biden said that about Assange on December 18, 2010, literally the same week that the Council of Europe report on Thaçi was released. A long New Yorker story here covers the Thaçi allegations in much more detail, including the murder of potential witnesses and a campaign of death threats against others.


—Jon Schwarz

Posted at July 13, 2013 07:24 PM

Perception, Interpretation and Analysis DISORDER!

Posted by: rupa shah at July 13, 2013 09:21 PM

Legitimacy is a lot like kidneys. You can take it away or give it to someone.

Posted by: Rob Payne at July 13, 2013 11:33 PM

D'ja know Thaçi's nom de guerre was "The Snake"? When he unilaterally declared Kosovo's independence I couldn't help hearing Hank Azaria saying "Orrlright! Time for a crime spree!"

Which isn't, sadly, funny at all.

Posted by: weaver at July 14, 2013 08:34 AM

I find myself wishing hell existed, so Joe Biden could rot in it.

Posted by: Rosemary Molloy at July 16, 2013 06:14 AM

aw, c'on, gals & guys - that's just joe being, well, joe.

Posted by: jesus b ochoa at July 16, 2013 11:07 AM

I'm guessing The Snake used table saws as a preferred method of torture? Is that in the U.S. repertoire?

Posted by: Brian M at July 17, 2013 12:43 PM

Do you suppose we could send the spammers along with Joe to keep him company?

Posted by: NomadUK at July 17, 2013 02:20 PM

There are still actual humans reading you. Just thought you'd like to know. Been missing you a bit this summer. You're still a treasure. Hope whatever you're busy with is gold not shit.

Posted by: Earth at July 19, 2013 12:38 PM