Thursday, December 02, 2010

Wikileaks & Mr. Julian Assange

I hear you. After about fifteen different emails asking what I think about Wikileaks and Julian Assange, I’ve decided to make a short curtain lifting entry on the matter.

First of all, there is no such thing as a spontaneous leak of data or intelligence. If someone is leaking data, someone sponsored that leak of data. Much more damaging information exists out there… what Wikileaks has posted is pretty tame. Mr. Assange wouldn’t last a week if he were not acting in the interests of a qualified party. The question you should be asking yourself is - who benefits? Which nation(s) benefit when it is revealed Saudi Arabia wants us to take out Iran’s nuclear capabilities and facilities? Which nation(s) benefit when Argentina’s leaders psychological stability is questioned? Mr. Assange is now wanted on rape charges in Sweden and is allegedly hiding out in in the UK. Anyway you slice it, Julian Assange is not in an enviable position. He is the visible point, a useful tool, and is being used to further an agenda. When his utility is expended, he becomes expendable. Whether that means living out the rest of his life in a jail somewhere or simply being on the run or worse- none of these are great futures.

The embarrassing documents leaked about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan further one agenda, and other documents leaked seem to further other agendas. Some leaks seem designed to mask the agendas of the sponsors. Misdirection is always a useful and effective tool.

The world, as a whole, cares amazingly little about affairs of state - or anything else that does not directly deal with their own self-interests. These leaks are targeted leaks and Wikileaks becomes much like any corporate media outlet, serving the agendas of its owners. Mr. Assange is, in this sense, the equivalent of a media news mouthpiece of any particular interests, whether they be a Larry King, Matt Drudge or Bill O’Reilly. He’s not operating of his own interests and has a sponsor.

What you really want to know is, who is Julian Assange's sponsor? And that is a question I don't intend to answer.

;-)

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