From the infamous “Collateral Murder” video leak, through to the Afghanistan and then Iraq cache of files released, US authorities have been whacking on about the terrible peril this puts US service people in.
But the rhetoric exploding from Washington over the latest Wikileaks dump is astonishing; allegedly they are “infuriated”.
It was reported that US Homeland Security Committee Rep Peter King, urged that Julian Assange be prosecuted for espionage and that Wikileaks be designated a Foreign Terrorist Organisation.
Hillary Clinton described the disclosures as an “attack on the international community”, blah, blah, blah.
At first I suspected that authorities were just running with this, using the leaks as an excuse to justify what looks like happening, introducing a next wave of authoritarian censorship measures, like we weren’t already oppressed enough.
The great security threat being screamed about is clearly a hoax. A good deal of the diplomatic cables thus far released, reveal exactly what we already know. In example; North Korea selling missiles to Iran and the US bombing targets in Yemen while the Yemen Government, so as not to upset various interests, is claiming that it is they who are conducting the assaults.
This was all public knowledge before the leaks. The only previously hidden info is the rather personal assessments on various leaders by various diplomats. While embarrassing it’s hardly a security issue.
Perhaps there is something much more nefarious going on here though than just the US Government making the most of an opportunity, to use this as an example for requiring more restrictions on freedom of speech.
One of the most popularised headlines from the leaks has been that of the Saudi King urging the US to attack Iran. In response to the revelations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the release was simply psychological warfare against Iran.
"We don't think this information was leaked," he said. "We think it was organised to be released on a regular basis and they are pursuing political goals."
Maybe Ahmadinejad is quite perceptive here. Today it was reported a new leak shows that China, long viewed as the protector of North Korea, is ready to "abandon" the regime and would accept unification of the peninsula. Sound familiar?
In March of 2010, Wikileaks published what it said was a secret US military report from 2008, assessing the danger Wikileaks posed to the military. The report recommended counter attacks on Wikileaks which included; placing fabricated information as a means of discrediting its reliability, spreading propaganda, and of prosecuting anyone within the US military, intelligence or government departments found leaking to it.
At the time Assange said:
"As two years have passed since the date of the report, with no WikiLeaks source exposed, it appears that this plan was ineffective."
Just weeks later however, Bradley Manning became famous after his arrest for leaking the Wikileaks “Collateral Murder” video. The circumstances are puzzling; Manning allegedly, confessed all to a hacker named Adrian Lamo.
Lamo turns out to be a volunteer for “Project Vigilant”, an organisation many bloggers made a big deal about as being a sinister secret FBI based spy ring, monitoring regional ISP traffic and forwarding on info to authorities.
Other sources claim though that “Project Vigilant” is a fraud.
CNET also reports it is “nothing but a publicity stunt”
and that front man Chet Uber survives on disability cheques.
Good luck to anyone ever trying to get to the bottom of the Manning-Lamo-Vigilant story. Back to that military plan though, to attack Wikileaks by disseminating fabricated information and spreading propaganda, it may well be that they have now been exceedingly successful in those endeavours.
Perhaps Wikileaks has been under Military or CIA control for sometime now. In an article posted at Rense.com on the 11th of August, F. William Engdahl writes:
Since the posting of the Afghan documents some days ago the Obama White House has given the leaks credibility by claiming further leaks pose a threat to US national security. The one figure most prominently mentioned, General (Retired) Hamid Gul, former head of the Pakistani military intelligence agency, ISI, is the man who during the 1980's coordinated the CIA-financed Mujahideen guerilla war in Afghanistan against the Soviet regime there.
In the latest Wikileaks documents, Gul is accused of regularly meeting Al Qaeda and Taliban leading people and orchestrating suicide attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan.
The leaked documents also claim that Osama bin Laden, who was reported dead three years ago by the late Pakistan candidate Benazir Bhutto on BBC, was still alive, conveniently keeping the myth alive for the Obama Administration’s War on Terror at a point when most Americans had forgotten the original reasons the Bush Administration invaded Afghanistan, allegedly to pursue the Saudi Bin Laden for the 9/11 attacks.
The London Financial Times says Gul's name appears in about 10 of roughly 180 classified US files that allege Pakistan's intelligence service supported Afghan militants fighting Nato forces. Gul told the newspaper the US has lost the war in Afghanistan, and that the leak of the documents would help the Obama administration deflect blame by suggesting that Pakistan was responsible. Gul told the paper, "I am a very favourite whipping boy of America. They can't imagine the Afghans can win wars on their own."
Gul has been outspoken about the role of the US military in smuggling Afghan heroin out of the country via the top-security Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan.
In a UPI interview on September 26, 2001, two weeks after the 9-11 attacks, Gul stated, in reply to the question who did back Sept. 11?, "Mossad and its accomplices. The US spends $40 billion a year on its 11 intelligence agencies. That's $400 billion in 10 years. Yet the Bush Administration says it was taken by surprise. I don't believe it. Within 10 minutes of the second twin tower being hit in the World Trade Center CNN said Osama bin Laden had done it. That was a planned piece of disinformation by the real perpetrators"
Assange told Der Spiegel, one of three outlets with which he shared material from the Afghan leak, that the documents he had unearthed would "change our perspective on not only the war in Afghanistan, but on all modern wars."
Yet a closer examination of the public position of Assange on one of the most controversial issues of recent decades, the forces behind the September 11th 2001 attacks, shows him to be curiously establishment. When the Belfast Telegraph interviewed him on July 19, he stated:
"I'm constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud."
That statement from a person who has built a reputation on being anti-establishment is more than notable. Thousands of physicists, engineers, military professionals and airline pilots have testified, the idea that 19 barely-trained Arabs armed with box-cutters could divert four US commercial jets and execute the near-impossible strikes on the Twin Towers and Pentagon over a time period of 93 minutes with not one Air Force NORAD military interception, is beyond belief.
I’m not prepared to guess anymore, what the hell is going on in this cloak and dagger world of complex deceit. There appears to be but one truth, everything is a f**king lie.