WikiLeaks: What,really, is the problem?

By: Alan Hart  

Some commentators, bloggers and other writers, were quick to jump to the conclusion that the avalanche of documents being released by WikiLeaks is part and parcel of an Israeli/Mossad deception strategy. One implication being that WikiLeaks’ founder, Julian Assange is, knowingly or not, manipulated by Zionism.

On the basis of the first two or three days of the Wikileaked revelations as reported by the mainstream media, in America especially, there most definitely was a case for saying that the agenda best served by the leaked diplomatic cables was that of the Zionist state of Israel, its lobby in America and its many stooges in Congress. The essence of the case was in the message that Iran is the biggest single threat to the peace of the region and the world not only because the Israelis say so but also because Arab leaders agree with them.

In my last post I quoted Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s National Security Advisor, as saying he thought it was possible that Wikileaks was being fed and manipulated by intelligence services. And I stated my own belief of the moment that the question of whether or not this is so was worthy of investigation.

But as the flow of leaked cables increases, and with time for reflection, I no longer believe that such an investigation is necessary.

The problem is not the manipulation of WikiLeaks by any foreign intelligence service but, in effect, the manipulation by key players in the mainstream media, in America especially, of the material WikiLeaks is providing.

And here’s just one example to make the point.

When it learned from Wikileaked diplomatic cables that Arab leaders were at one with Israeli leaders in wanting the U.S. to attack Iran, journalism with integrity would have asked something like the following question. “Is Iran really the threat to the region and the world it is alleged to be by Israeli and Arab leaders?”

If that question had been asked, the honest answer would have been “No, of course it isn’t!

As I and others have pointed out a number of times, even a nuclear-armed Iran would not pose a threat to Israel’s existence or that of the states of the impotent and repressive Arab regimes which are more or less content to do the bidding of America-and-Zionism. To really believe otherwise (as opposed to not really believing but saying so for propaganda purposes) is to assume that a nuclear-armed Iran would at some point launch a first strike. That would never happen because Iran would be inviting its own complete destruction.

If Iran does end up with a nuclear bomb or several, it will be for the purpose of deterrence only. (As I said in my last post, if I was an Iranian, even one who hated the regime of the mullahs, I would feel more secure in the face of Israeli and American threats if my country did possess a nuclear bomb for deterrence).

Though much of it was confirmatory for informed journalists and politicians, the Wikileaked information is new but the real problem is not. It is (generally speaking) the mainstream media’s lack of integrity, in America especially; a lack of integrity which, in its reporting of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, manifests itself in one of two ways – in some cases by knowingly peddling Zionist propaganda, in other cases by self-censoring the truth about Israel’s crimes out of fear of offending Zionism too much or at all.

In my view Assange has damaged his own cause by releasing details of facilities around the world which U.S. authorities regard as being vital to America’s national security. By doing so he has given his enemies in governments everywhere what they did not previously have – a fig leaf of justification for their efforts to silence him.

If they succeed, the threat to what passes for democracy in the Western world, in America especially, will be even greater than it currently is.

(Alan Hart is an author, former Middle East Chief Correspondent for Independent Television News, and former BBC Panorama presenter specialising in the Middle East).

NOTE:This is a cross post.

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  • Tahir Ali  On December 7, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    wow nice!

  • Charlie Haviland  On December 7, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    We are witnessing monumental history

  • S U Turkman  On December 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I disagree with the Writer because he does not think, Iran would ever strike Israel or any of her neighboring countries with Nuclear Arsenal.
    His only reason, “That would never happen because (then) Iran would be inviting its own complete destruction” is hypothetical not factual.
    The Fact is, no Suicidal JehaaDi worries about Destruction of his country or his own life because he being a selfish person wants to go to ‘JunnaT’ to claim his 72 White Virgins plus 28 Boys like Pearls un-touched by ‘Jinns’ as mentioned in Qoraan (in case he believes in having sex with Males also). Such a crazy Savage is ‘revered’ by almost all Moslims after he commits Suicide, doesn’t matter he kills any Infidels or not as a ‘ShaheeD’ (a Holy Martyr).
    I even have a cousin in Pakistan, who thinks, Pakistan should nuke India because even after India nukes Pakistan back, Pakistanis only equal to 1/6th of population of India would be decimated by India. He said, we would have ‘6 Indian to 1 Pakistani dead’ advantage. How can anybody win against such crazy, insane, inhumane Savage Theorists?
    I do not agree that Assange had a right to leak info that could cause death of some people and Mr. Hart himself would not want anybody to expose to the world his own Dirty Laundry.

  • Briglatif  On December 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Just having nuclear weapons does not enable a country to nuke another country. Nations don’t think and behave like individual suicide bombers. A country will have to at least ensure two things before launching a nuclear strike against another country. First, a COMPLETE SURPRISE, so that it doesn’t get hit before hitting the enemy; And second, a hundred percent EFFECTIVENESS of its strike to ensure total incapacitation of the enemy’s nuclear capability so that it cannot strike back.

    Iran doesn’t have, and will not have in the foreseeable future, the technology and the wherewithal to meet these pre-conditions. Whatever Iran may do, its preparations for a nuclear strike against another country will be picked up by the intelligence and surveillance systems of USA well in time to be effectively neutralized.

    In my opinion Iran, after acquiring the nuclear capability, will be faced with a bigger problem than at present. It will always be under pressure to convince the world, especially Israel and USA, that it is NOT preparing to strike Israel. Iraq was destroyed on the pretext of WMDs which were not there. But here in nuclear armed Iran the WMDs will actually be there. Only an intangible excuse of ‘Iran preparing to strike Israel’ will be needed to destroy it which will not be much of a problem to conjure up.

    • Faisal Malik  On December 8, 2010 at 6:51 am

      Once the Iranians reach the point of no return, even the World powers including Israel won’t be able to do anything.

      Before attacking a confirmed nuclear state, anyone would think twice if not more.

  • Paul Wolf  On December 8, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I agree with this writer 100%. I wonder why everyone is so upset at Julian Assange, when it is actually the NY Times and Guardian, etc that are releasing the documents? Wikileaks only posts the documents already revealed by them. Since when did newspapers become such trustworthy repositories of intelligence data? I am tempted to write an article called “Guardian of Secrets” if I had the energy.

    The question is whether Assange has betrayed his source, who probably put his career, and freedom to live outside a prison, on the line, in the expectation that these documents would be put on the internet. Instead, they were handed over to the professional spin-masters who for whatever reason want to control what gets in the news. Imagine some guy putting it all on the line, just to find out that its all going to be used to try to incite a war with Iran.

    Assange, in my view, made a mistake by cutting this deal with the newspapers. Remember he became famous overnight and often acts quite amateurishly, even childishly, in the case of his recent release of infrastructure data to try to avoid being arrested to answer questions about the rape accusations. Incidentally the concern of these women appears to be that Assange may have AIDS since he is supposedly quite promiscuous as well as bisexual. In short, he had a great opportunity but has totally blown it.

    • pakpotpourri2  On December 8, 2010 at 1:58 am

      Wow Paul:Guardian of Secrets.Great Title.Seriously WRITE IT please.
      🙂

    • Laila  On December 8, 2010 at 4:03 am

      Good thinking there Paul BUT by virtue of his stupidity, he nonetheless has set a ball rolling here worldwide. He cannot be absolved attributing it to a bad deal.If he has proof of a load of stuff given to newspapers, but it contains that released too, he cannot take a plea that all was not released.

    • Faisal Malik  On December 8, 2010 at 6:56 am

      anyone who had the capability of acquiring such sensitive data in the first place, and then using a website to distribute it, is not childish, imho.

      wikileaks is just a tool. assange should have believed in the power of truth (as he claims) and distributed the data throughout internet to other domains and website owners. to my knowledge, there are plenty of websites who have started distributing these documents already.

      cyber attacks have started against the domains such as paypal etc who blocked or tried to block wikileaks accounts etc.

      the zionists control the mainstream media in the West. that is why the censored release and that too hiding most Israeli cables so far.

      only gives one message………..

  • Chris South  On December 8, 2010 at 2:20 am

    I think that’s a very pessimistic attitude lol. And whistleblowers spring up in the most unlikely places 🙂 It may well be dreaming but if no one in the “inner echelons” is ever going to break ranks then we really are royally screwed. I know people. People are stupid. Even with the internet people still sit and soak up the news channels and have “history” bred into them at school (where they are also conditioned). We’re not going to change that from the outside, no matter how much we “wake people up” there will still be billions more asleep. Unless people on the other side start breaking rank and taking it mainstream we’re not going to change that, and what wikileaks represents is a way to do that that might actually work.

  • Paul Wolf  On December 8, 2010 at 2:24 am

    lol – yasmeen I wish I were a professor and could write articles all the time but I have to go to work! I think about it, maybe can come up with something.

    Meanwhile, here’s an interview with John Young, whom I mentioned in my other article. He accuses wikileaks of selling classified info, which actually could be espionage:

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=236345

    • pakpotpourri2  On December 8, 2010 at 2:59 am

      Thanks for the link.And you do not have to be a professor to write great stuff.Most great stuff in the world is NOT written by professors.
      🙂

  • Richard Reilly  On December 8, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Hart’s assertion about the US corporate press cherry picking info and contextualizing it to advance a ‘attack Iran” agenda is right on point — and no surprise. As for Wikileaks playing a role in a Zionist psyops campaign, the strongest arguments for this have been advanced by media outlets with close ties to the Saudi, Gulf and Egyptian reactionary regimes – all who are desperate to distract domestic public attention away from their craven toadying to the US. – and with good reason, since grassroots Arab public opinion overwhelmingly opposes any attack on Iran. Arabic readers might want to take a look at Lebanon’s left and militanly anti-imperialist newspaper Al Ahkbar for more detailed analysis and context than can be found on Al Arabiya or Jazeera – http://www.al-akhbar.com/

  • jade jewelry  On December 8, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Nice post. Best regards.

    • pakpotpourri2  On December 8, 2010 at 11:40 am

      Thank you Jade.Readers view help us navigate better!
      Cheers
      Moderator

  • Faisal Malik  On December 8, 2010 at 7:06 am

    As always, the zionists sit in the back, relax, and enjoy, while the US takes blame once again.

    wikileaks??……………a civilian tool to keep on continuing, what the Bush regime’s time started. war of the civilizations.

    now, its reaching a grande scale.

    while the perpetrators are nowhere to be seen. i.e, the Israeli zionists.

  • Zubair  On December 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I still believe leaks is NOT the handiwork of one man alone—Jullian. It has to have the CIA involved in it.
    Zubair

  • John Bose  On December 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    read your article about Wilileaks a very hot web site who is exposing every ones , one thing you are questioning is Iran really threat? well in my opinion Yes Iran is really threat to the world specially when he openly says he will remove the Israel from the Map of the world same time he is not comming openly about its nuclear Plan if Iran has a honest about its nuclear plan it should ask world to come and check them out , secondly Iran is trying to bully around person like President of Iran never know what he is up too even Most of the middle east countries are not feeling comfortable with iran nuclear Intention.
    Iran where still dark age law ruling like stoning woman, hanging woman and cutting people hands etc Iran should become a modrn country rather old fashioned country , i am positive that mostly young Irnian are not happy with thier government and we have example in past whrn young student stood up agajnst Iran and these Students were crushed discriminaton
    thanks john

    • Inam Khan  On December 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm

      WikiLeaks is a big scam.Someone is trying to take advantage by creating this havoc of diplomatic confidential cables.By watching closely one can almost see the hidden hands………………Inam Khan

  • Salim Gandapur  On December 14, 2010 at 11:43 am

    A well reasoned assessment.
    Salim Gandapur

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