#cablegate No more secrets and lies: Why #wiileaks is right – again!

The editorial in The Guardian sums it up for me. Nasty regimes can no longer hide in a fog of secrecy and deceits.

There are things that were not widely known outside a tight circle: the true position on controversial issues of repressive regimes, for instance, or the unguarded remarks of world leaders who imagined they were in safe company. Finally, there are matters which were not known by the wider world – one example being a directive in Hillary Clinton’s name for diplomats to gather personal intelligence, including biometric information and email addresses, on the UN leadership. This was one of a number of “human intelligence directives” sent out by the state department across SIPDIS to diplomats across the world, instructing them to gather such information on a wide variety of people.

The American government — and by this I mean the machinery as well as the political wing — has routinely spied on friends and enemies alike; collaborated with monsters and undermined global confidence in its own and its allies’ right to be taken seriously when ever our leaders talk about democracy and ‘open-government’.

The material itself is fairly predictable; it is the breadth and depth — once again — that makes this latest Wikileaks document dump so important and interesting.

The drilling down will now begin and it is going to be widespread. Jounalists, bloggers and curious individuals  – not to mention the well-organised — all over the world are sifting, sorting, cataloging and analysing documents relating to their own part of the world, or area of interest.

New Zealand PM John Key is — like many other national leaders — attempting to soften the blow by admitting there will be embarrassing material in the documents. Nearly 1500 pieces of information relating to New Zealand are in the stash.

“Naturally there’s communication between Washington and Wellington so (there’s) every chance that there’ll be something released that causes a little bit of embarrassment.”

The documents would be taken out of context, Mr Key said.

Well, naturally, Teflon John would say that, but I’m sure that news outlets around New Zealand and the world are eagerly awaiting the next drops.

I think Wikileak’s strategy of releasing information through its news media partners is very clever. Importantly, it means that the Pentagon, the White House and allied foreign equivalents cannnot escape. They are answering to the news media and they are pitted against the impeccable credentials of a credible and well-organised opposition ource that can expose some dirty linen.

It puts the usually aggressive spin machines into reverse cycle.

Government agencies and political spokesmouths are on the defensive. They are forced to react instantly to the release of Wikileaks’ material. In the face of the documents and the important  contextualisation provided by the news media, spin merchants must respond with ill-prepared and petulant-sounding grabs.

A statement from the White House on Sunday said: “We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information.”

3 Responses to #cablegate No more secrets and lies: Why #wiileaks is right – again!

  1. Josh says:

    These leaks are beginning to look like the start of what the author of a sci-fi book I recently read phrased as an “outside of context situation”, i.e. something no one predicted that leads to equally unpredictable results.

  2. mooksool says:

    Antony Loewenstein’s piece on the ABC site The Drum is worth a read…forget about Assange, where’s the mainstream media reaction to the actual information? Shoot the messenger dudes…and is it now OK for us to call for the assassination (by drone) of politicians we don’t like? Fuck, I need an A3 coz this list is mighty long…(can we dig some fuckers up and THEN execute them?) Piggy Muldoon springs to mind for one.

  3. mooksool says:

    “Why is it the corporate media is so deeply invested in promulgating distracting and miss-the-point narratives, hyper-adrenaline arguments of narrowed context and little consequence – rather than showing even a passing interest, much less an avidity, for the pursuit of stories that confront power and might present a challenge to the present order?”
    Phil Rockstroh’s article on Common Dreams

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/12/02-1

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