Hillary Clinton is a big booster of Internet. Indeed, she is making Internet the central – and as best one can tell, the only – thrust of the Obama administration’s democracy policy. But even she acknowledges that in the wrong hands, technology is “not an unmitigated blessing,” as Clinton said in Washington last year.
She ought to know. Just a little while ago, Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who was a hero of Egypt’s democratic revolution, tweeted:
“Dear Hillary Clinton, thanks to the Internet, we can search for anyone's quotes within any period of time. Did you ever try this?”
It seems that the young pro-democracy revolutionaries who unseated Hosni Mubarak in February were less than excited to meet Secretary Clinton on her visit to Cairo, in light of the Obama administration’s reluctance to push out Mubarak and her own famously warm words for the Egyptian dictator. “I really consider President and Mrs. Mubarak to be friends of my family,” Secretary Clinton said in a 2009 interview.
We’re waiting for the secretary’s response – but it might take a while without P. J. Crowley, the former spokesman for the State Department who was known as a prolific Twitter user.