By Fareeha Qayoom
ulian Assange (Wikileaks’ CEO) is a hero. Or a villain. It all depends on your viewpoint. Personally, I think he is the latest victim (of USA propaganda machine). He might be thinking he is exposing the hidden truth but all he ever does is discover old wine in new packaging – I think, the series of leaks have been nothing but calculated move on USA’s part on the global chess board; (or board-game of ‘risk’) nothing new ever breaks out – all the old stories that were hashed to death in the media by analysts and investigative reporters and usually termed conspiracy theories by USA officially have come crawling out of the woodwork yet again…the only twist in the tale this time? We have loads more juicy gossip to laugh over!
This third leak in the series of leaks again bases all its information on one-sided reporting – hearsay, “he said, she said” type of statements. Again, there are no new documents discovered from the other side of the equation to support all these juicy bits of gossip. All it does is read the world politicians and ruling elite their Miranda rights, “anything you say will be used against you in the court of law,” in this case, the media with the world citizens playing the judge and
Photo by _ambrown jury while the politicians from the Middle East and South Asian countries playing the defenders and USA the prosecuting counsel. The information leaked is again a series of secret memos detailing private conversations, intelligence reports and the US personnel’s personal opinions and commentary on the unfolding events.
I personally think all this so-called evidence has been deliberately leaked each time. It’s also manufactured to draw certain pictures of past events. No organization for example keeps such well preserved old records on-line in perfect chronological order just like that. I mean, we all work too. We all dump (or archive) our old data every six months to a year. If we need a particular email or a memo for our records, we might print a hard copy and maintain a paper file but usually we don’t preserve our work data in perfect state of animation even on our servers and that too across the board. We might maintain backup somewhere but heck, only the support staff would know where that is. The news reports say this data was accessible and leaked by one of the line staff to Wikileaks – a military private. Talk about America worrying about our nukes! The world should be more worried about their nukes falling into the wrong hands…the probability of that happening is greater! 🙂 I mean, if they can’t keep track of their sensitive private ‘musings’ on world events falling in the wrong hands, can you trust them to take care of the really big ticket items?
It also exposes USA’s systematic Islamophobia. I mean, who is the target of all these conspiracy, sorry, intelligence theories and reports anyway? The Muslim governments in the middle east, central Asia and South Asia– Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Why in the world don’t the series of leaks expose what they privately think about the Chinese and the Russians too while they are at it? USA has been known to be on their case too in the media during the same period. Are you connecting the new dots? Sorry, it’s a variation of the same theme. ■