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WikiLeaks: Clever PsyOps?
WikiLeaks Drop Shows U.S. Striving to Maintain Order in Chaotic Global Relations ... Some of the diplomatic papers stolen from the State Department and leaked Sunday by WikiLeaks show more than just potentially embarrassing revelations about U.S. views of allies but disturbing developments among alleged friends as well as foes and competitive states. The details from the cables being released – among 250,000 illegally taken from secret State Department records – include discussions on the U.S. being unable to stop Syrian arms to Hezbollah, its disappointment in Qatar to stop funding terrorism and hacking by the Chinese government of U.S. computers. Other communiques passed forward by the website to several newspapers also reveal U.S. talk about individual leaders like Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who the Guardian reported was noted to be "accompanied everywhere by a 'voluptuous blonde' Ukrainian nurse." The Guardian also cites cables that call Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin an "alpha-dog," says Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is "driven by paranoia" and describes German Chancellor Angela Merkel as one who "avoids risk and is rarely creative." The cables also suggest that the U.S. had sought to use its embassies in the global espionage network. – FOX News
Dominant Social Theme: Julian Assange is a low-life, thieving sexual pervert who has placed US security at risk, endangered the lives of hardworking US bureaucrats, shown us what the Internet really is (a place good only for use by thieving, sexual perverts who want to put the hard-working men and women of the US State Dept at risk.) The Pentagon should immediately tighten its security, refuse further requests for information and draw up plans to bomb Iran.
Free-Market Analysis: Is Julian Assange the rebel-with-a-cause that he makes himself out to be? We gave him the benefit of the doubt for months, and still do, but with less and less certainty. We don't remember when our suspicions became more pronounced, but (credit where credit is due) the ever-sleuthing blogger and Bell feedbacker Lila Rajiva was there before us, believing for one reason or another that Assange was part of a larger disinformation campaign by the powers-that-be.
Now we are not willing to suggest this is a certainty (and maybe Ms. Rajiva is still not certain either.) But every time his WikiLeaks does another one of these data dumps, Assange takes another step backward in our view. Back in July after a massive WikiLeaks "dump" seemed to set a narrative that Pakistan was at fault for the Afghan war, we'd had enough and wrote a fictional narrative in which we imagined two CIA agents coming up with the idea for an Assange-like character. You can read our analysis here: Comes a Blond Stranger.
This latest effort by Assange raises even more doubts so far as we are concerned. First, there is the constant (annoying) advance dissemination of information to the likes of mainstream leftist publications such as the UK Guardian and Le Monde ... and previously to the New York Times. Anyone who believes that the New York Times (or the Guardian for that matter) is not in cahoots with the powers-that-be, has got to be terminally naïve in our opinion. That goes for Assange, too.
Does Assange, for all his apparent cynicism, not get it? He believes that the mainstream media is worth cultivating for his purposes? Apparently, he is fairly sure of their cooperation. Not that Assange puts it that way. There's plenty of information on the Internet about the way the world works. But rather than focus on the mercantilist intrigues of the Anglosphere, which uses the levers of government to advance its own private interests, Assange focuses attention on the government itself with his endless leaks of hundreds of thousands of low-level documents that are somehow "classified."
It's early days and much more is sure to emerge from this latest massive dissemination of raw, "secret" data, but from our point of view the Anglosphere, maybe, doesn't have much to worry about. (We could still be wrong.) Here's the narrative – the COINTELPRO promotion (if that is what is) – as we see it. Below we list the "news" as it pertains to the secret data that's been revealed and then the "result" – which is often favorable to the Anglosphere and its "war on terror" in our humble view ...
• Assange provides various mainstream publications with advance information so they can "break" their stories. RESULT: Wonderful anti-establishment credibility for failing mainstream pubs that are seen more and more as mouthpieces for the elite.
• Information bluntly characterizes foreign leaders and often in a snide or patronizing manner. RESULT: This is terrible for the US diplomatic corp? To get their opinions on world leaders out in an open forum while the foreign leaders themselves have no way to respond? If it is a disinformation campaign, it's a brilliant one.
• The US diplo corps is shown as pleading with allies for more responsibility and less support for terrorism. RESULT: A perception that the Americans seem to be fighting a valiant uphill battle. The world is encouraging terrorism and Foggy Bottom is doing its level best to protect the American people.
• The Chinese are suspected of hacking US computers. RESULT: And how exactly is this a black eye from the Anglosphere's standpoint? The Chinese are "bad guys." This is a negative for the Anglo-American axis how exactly?
• The US is using its embassies for spying. RESULT: The perception that the US is pulling out all the stops to keep its citizens safe from terrorism. Diplomacy is an ugly business, but the US is doing what it needs to do.
• Iran seems to be winning in Iraq, and US diplo and military correspondence seems to indicate that. RESULT: Evidence accumulating that it will be necessary to bomb Iran. In fact, bomb now. Before its leaders can do more damage.
• US allies like Saudi Arabia have been pleading with the US to take out Iran by any means necessary. RESULT: Evidence accumulating that even Islamic countries are alarmed by this crazy, out-of-control-nation Iran. Bomb Iran now! – Before its leaders can do more damage.
• The data being released by Assange is dangerous and his methodology is unforgivable. He is jeopardizing many lives. RESULT: The perception is increasingly clarified that the Internet is a dangerous instrument that must be brought under control so that people like Assange don't abuse it.
• Who is this man, Assange? This blond stranger? His actions are questionable to say the least, and he may be a rapist as well, according to Swedish prosecutors ... RESULT: We begin to see that he is in fact quite obviously and evidently a sexual pervert. This is the sort of riffraff that the Internet attracts. Only a pervert would seek to do this kind of damage to the national security of the US. The Internet attracts perverts of this sort, that seek to use the Internet perversely, causing great damage to national security, embarrassing hard-working bureaucrats, making it difficult for soldiers to kill more Taliban and generally threatening the lives and reputations of those who have supported America's serial wars and quasi-genocidal campaigns at great risk to themselves ...
• These revelations are simply out of control. The US intelligence agencies (all 16 of them) are seeking Assange and are constantly releasing "open letters" to Assange asking him to stop it. RESULT: Where is this massive and feared US intel operation? Where is the evidence of its fiercesome power – all the renditions, all the torture. Doesn't seem so terrible after all. Paper tiger? Pussycat. Nothing to fear here. Heck, nothing to see.
• These revelations must stop. The US government in particular has been very lax about security. But from now on the Pentagon in particular is simply not going to release much information pertaining to its operations at home and abroad. RESULT: Can those in leadership positions at the Pentagon be blamed for acting this way? Sure the Pentagon has been virtually transparent all these years, but now, well ... no more Mr. Nice Guy. The walls are going up. What we can't burn, we're gonna shred. And not a morsel is going to be provided to the press. Hey, what else can we do?
These are just some of the points that we have noticed the mainstream media making. The "results" are not being stated in so many words, but of course they don't have to be. The "data dump" speaks for itself. Of course in the days to follow, maybe we shall be proven wrong and there will be revelations that won't be "embarrassing" but that will actually prove detrimental to the US war-making effort, especially in Afghanistan. (Alternatively, there ARE such revelations, but the mainstream press is simply not covering them; this latter possibility makes certainty regarding WikiLeaks' role harder to define. We will be glad to write a followup article if we begin to believe our current analysis is incorrect, as we do believe the US has been waging unjustifiable wars, creating more enemies for the West and contributing to rising military tensions around the globe.)
Conclusion: But for now these leaks seem to: ridicule diplomats and leaders outside the US; show that the US is not an all-powerful global entity but a paper tiger that cannot even track down Assange; show that the Internet is being employed by perverts like Assange to ruin the credibility of the US and Foggy Bottom's ability to protect US citizens from harm; illustrate clearly a need to go to war with Iran; proffer evidence of China's perfidy in attacking US military/Internet facilities; make the point that US and European mainstream media organizations are "where the action is" when it comes to wholesale revelations of the US military-industrial complex. None of this is bad for the US as we see it, or Assange's intelligence handlers, if that is indeed what is going on.
Editor's Note: Regarding our use of the word "pervert" in this article. We have no idea if the charges against Assange are true. We believe him innocent until proven guilty. State monopoly justice, in which the state pays the prosecutor, the legislators, the judge and the penitentiary keepers means that it is almost impossible to get a fair trial in the West. Our use of the word was intended to show how the powers-that-be, in our view, are demonizing Assange (and the Internet) by smearing him sexually. it is an old trick and one the intelligence agencies inevitably use these days, to play on shame-based instincts, etc. We do not call Mr. Assange a pervert. Anyway, we would never use such language, and thus were putting the word in the mouths of others. It is disgusting and dehumanizing. The mainstream media, unfortunately, uses it all the time, especially in the US.
Further Note: Maybe, as a result of all these releases Assange will be proven to be a courageous and committed man. That would be our hope. Perhaps these releases will incite world opinion to turn more strongly against the US's serial wars and endless "collateral damage" (ongoing killings of women and children in various "theatres of war."). Yes, we wish fervently that the wars will end. They are manipulated wars in our opinion. The US needs to return to its founding Jeffersonian principles and reduce its 1,000 overseas military bases. The military industrial complex needs to be pared back. Will Assange actions help in this regard? That is what we are trying to determine as a publication devoted to tracking the promotion of the power elite and money power generallly. That is the reason for this article ...
Posted by Frank Hummel on 01/23/11 06:38 PM
In case anyone out there somehow does not actually "get" the real point implicit in the WikiLeaks release of the "Cablegate" treasure trove of supposedly "secret / confidential" information, let that too (as well) also be hereby explicitly stated and dragged out into the open for purposes of public discussion:
Much of the "diplomatic analysis" of events / people / power contests of various sorts, etc., touched on in the material released appears entirely "clinical" and analytical --- having evidently been formulated in good faith by (generally lower-echelon) folks who seem to have sincerely tried to "get it right". From as much (really very limited) as I have seen of the actual substance of it all (previously, "Collateral Murder" of course, some of the War Logs material, and mainly the growing list of Embassy cables selected and summarized thus far by The Guardian, Der Spiegel, and the N.Y. Times), "our" "diplomats" do not (for the most part) come across as even being ideologues --- much less the sort of stereotypical ideological idiots / NeoConMen who have often, sadly, been their bosses, or many of those who "communicate" to / propagandize "We the (small) People" daily via "talk" media, or even (above all) the sinister "vested interests" that "drive" all of the foregoing (and all of "us" as well!) "from behind" by means of all sorts of "economic" compulsions.
Rather, they appear to have carried out their duties "matter-of-factly". And why not? After all, they presumed (not unreasonably) that their deeds and words would remain confidential --- being considered only by others "in government". They had no reason to prevaricate. And that is really the actual value of the material --- much of it by now way "after the fact", but nevertheless significant because of what it exposes about the whole "dynamic" of so-called "diplomacy".
On balance, I submit that what it all really offers is insight into the frequent essential psychopathy of many "collective" "institutional" structures of various sorts that "we" conjure --- notwithstanding the essential individual, personal sensibility and reasonability of (hopefully) the preponderance of the "work forces" who "staff" them --- who, for the most part (perhaps in many cases actually being "impelled" by the generally "prestigious" --- and /or "lucrative" --- character of their "positions"), end up being anesthetized to the underlying realities of much of what they actually underwrite through what they are doing.
Whether it is the "Culture of 'Corporatism'", or that of "Government", or "The Military", or for that matter many other "collective" entities (e.g. government "agencies", NGOs, the UN, whole religions, etc.), the "collective" entity/imperative often ends up acquiring an independent persona and imperative of its own, apart from the real people who comprise it --- and "the tail ends up wagging the dog".
Thus, for example, "we" see that a (now in)famous cable, coming out of somewhere designated S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 03 RIYADH 000649, on 4/20/08 (while "our" own "economic meltdown" was actually proceeding apace --- though "We the (small) People" really knew nothing about that either at the time!) --- reports to "our" White House (per the NYT summary) that "King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is described as adamant that the kingdom and the United States need to work together to roll back Iranian influence in Iraq, talking openly about what he called the "Iranian connections" of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq. Meanwhile, the Saudi ambassador to the United States "recalled the king's frequent exhortations to the US to attack Iran and so put an end to its nuclear weapons program. 'He told you to cut off the head of the snake.'" And that was kept "secret" from "We the (small) People" by "our" own government!
Now that is the sort of rabid, idiotic mindset that evidently sometimes somehow generally prevails even in "our" own Government --- but more to the point, witness it here in a "client" social / political / economic "order" in "Saudi" Arabia that "we" basically sired at its inception (anyone ever heard of "Aramco"?), and have long nurtured and "accultured" --- and all generally continue to "sponsor" every time "we" fill up "our" gas tanks! This is an example of positive feedback tending to result in runaway behavior of a system!
"Wonderful Whiz-Bang" war-lords and militarists (including among them a significant number of "our" own such!) connive in secret to MISlead "us" to go off and destroy yet another fairly modern society (like that in Iraq a few years back), that is well on the way to establishing modern infrastructure to provide itself and its progeny with a better life (but much of which would of course be wiped out) --- for the sake, really, of perpetuating "our" little "OIL-BASED economic empire"! And the Devil take all the dead and maimed civilians/women/children, and war orphans and widows that would result. (Perhaps later "we" can build them a "monument".)
Notwithstanding the intrinsic absurdity involved, highly intelligent, capable, industrious and accomplished people working for "our" State Department --- most of whom are no doubt normal, decent, honorable folks trying to make their (albeit pretty darn good) living, who would never dream of going out individually and personally murdering even one person, much less untold tens or hundreds of thousands! --- end up just dutifully erecting their little psychological defensive barriers of denial, and go about their jobs as attendants at the concentration camp! None of them "blew the whistle" on what is involved here! Utterly amazing.
So it ends up falling to some poor young, bright, courageous, perhaps naively idealistic kid, who happened to be in the right place at the right time, had the wit to recognize the opportunity, and enough computer savvy to pull off the trick --- but who then ends up being demonized and incarcerated under miserable conditions --- to point the finger and raise the alarm: "Look! --- the Emperor isn't wearing any clothes!"
FREE BRADLEY MANNING!
Posted by IAMINAFUNK on 12/19/10 06:31 PM
righton....that Jeffersonian principle of slave keeping...
Posted by Fur Real on 12/12/10 06:33 PM
There is some sort of text editor at work that removed the "lesser than" sign from my text.
To find that article by Gareth Porter (sorry I mis-typed his name the first time around) click on that link. When you get a "404", go to your URL box and remove everything after the .html. If you see what I saw, that's going to be 3 characters, including the "less than" symbol.
Then just hit enter and the browser should go to the site, where you will see that the New York Times ran its typical lies about Wikileaks.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Thanks. We fixed the link.
Posted by Fur Real on 12/12/10 06:27 PM
The link is valid, but for some strange reason it adds
br to the end. Get rid of that br and you will go to
the page on Counterpunch.
Let me try this another way, in case the first way doesn't work
for you. Remove all the spaces from this URL:
www . counterpunch . org / porter12072010 . ht ml
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No problem, we fixed the link, thanks.
Posted by Fur Real on 12/12/10 06:18 PM
You dudes need to read this before you create needless damage.
ACUAL WIKI CABLES BELIE NYT'S VERSION OF SAUDI / GULF STATES' STANCE ON IRAN " by Gareth Prter and Jim Lobe, IPS
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OF COURSE the lying SOB's were going to limit the damage done to the Empire by WIkileaks. OF COURSE the politicians were going to smile through clenched teeth at how Wikileaks is no big deal. OF COURSE the secret dispatches from low to mid-level Eichmanns Of The Evil Empire _could_ be used as an echo chamber.
BUT you need to read the actual dispatches. Failure to give support for free speech, where support is badly needed, failure because you are not willing to actually read the leaked materials, would damage our hopes of fighting back.
I hope you all are more mature than that. I think we can start with believing at least the bulk of the Wikileaks material is genuine, and still think that the strategy of working closely with NYT, Guardian, Der Spiegel, etc. may not have been the best choice.
If you look closely, there is some seriously damaging revelations, such as the "sticky bombs" used in Israel years ago by organized crime and mentioned in one Wikileaks doc, and then stick bombs were used 10 days ago to murder a professor in Iran.
Stuff like that wouldn't be in there if the Empire had its way.
Consider, too, the April 2010 Wikileaks video of the helicopter shooting up unarmed civilians and a van with children. I doubt the Empire would have intentionally leaked that. Get a grip.
"We must all hang together or we shall most assuredly all hang separately." Benjamin Franklin, July 4, 1776, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence
Posted by d on 12/08/10 11:13 AM
Would a bankster cut off a source of incoming?
The us forced paypal to cut off wikileaks donations right before he gets arrested and millions rally in support.
i now have my answer.
Posted by David Martin on 12/06/10 02:11 PM
The phoniness of Wikileaks was readily apparent from the moment of its inception. Since when do web sites revealing very embarrassing things about the doings of the U.S. government receive tons of publicity in the tightly controlled propaganda organ known as the mainstream media?
You surely know that if the same videos and other information had come out through, say, Veterans Today or What Really Happened there would have never been a peep about it in our kept press.
Notice how The Washington Post and The New York Times blacked out the news of Rosie O'Donnell's public 9-11 doubts when they wrote about her being taken off "The View."
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Notice how little we have heard about the criminal kidnapping of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's children.
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See how they've dummied up about the release of the long secret report on the suspicious death of Secretary of Defense James Forrestal.
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As for AIPAC's pernicious power, its annual roll call says it all.
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Posted by Silver Lady on 12/02/10 12:39 PM
10Hawks. I disagree. You have to ask yourself how he has been the ONLY one to get into the Bohemian Grove, take video etc. The attendee lists always include certain entertainment/media figures, but all attendees are under an oath of silence. What goes on here, stays here. I do not think he snuck into the event at all.
You have to ask yourself, how he knew on his July 25, 2001 broadcast that something big was going to happen and that Osama bin Laden would be blamed. Later he bragged he was the first to bring a conspiracy to the airwaves. But, Bill Cooper's show in June 2001 was the first, and he was shot dead in his yard by law enforcement soon after.
Why is it he never discusses Israel? Is his wife a zionist? Does it matter? Have you researched Alex?
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Click to view link jones debunked&aq=4
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Click to view link jones is a cia agent&aq=f
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IF Jones is a plant or works for the CIA, does the CIA track his sites's visitors & have a list of right wing conservatives, etc.? Is he a mouthpiece for the "power elite", freemason/Illuminati?
My point, research everything, all is not as it seems. I believe some of what he says but not all, and NEVER visit his sites.
Posted by Kojote on 12/02/10 12:34 PM
hi Cj Coates ---
Posted by Cj Coates on 12/1/2010 7:16:31 PM
"Bank of America, how sad I was hoping if it wasnt to be the Fed it would be the Giant Squid....well nothing is confirmed... "
sorry, what do you mean by "Bank of America"? Is this the bank Assange will play out in January or what? That would be MAJOR interesting since big-time-behind-scene-folks own bank of america.
Posted by Kojote on 12/02/10 12:29 PM
not to forget the insider knowing back 20 years ago that the US will be forgotten then. see it rather otherwise. the rapestory is what the US does to a truthseeker and speaker. this equals the terrorismstory the US does to freedomfighters around the world. however... this Assange really puked out 911 wasnt a conspiracy, right? ...tzzzzzzzzz thanks your article.
Posted by Cj Coates on 12/01/10 07:16 PM
Bank of America, how sad I was hoping if it wasnt to be the Fed it would be the Giant Squid....well nothing is confirmed...
I just love this story love this Assange....Manning a gay in the US Military.....right when people are talking about dont ask dont Click to view links all so...well timed.
I think its a cunning plan that Assange's ex-partner has gone against him -before all the recent Megaleaks " this is so clever...they seperate to make sure at least one of the stays alive...and or can carry on the task under a new company name. Its such fluff that they had a falling out. This Wikileaks organiztion seems like they have thought of everything.
One odd thing is that mrs palin has stated the obvious.....
She said that the US government could have tried to stop this Wikileaks, in court and didnt...... that is a good point from the girl from Mooseville.
Posted by Julian Assange Himself on 12/01/10 11:07 AM
Their is a reason why they call it the "American Dream". Those who believe it, usually are asleep.
Posted by Dan on 12/01/10 08:27 AM
The idea that Assange being alive proves he's a CIA plant is very funny. Please list all of the "real" critics of the US that live in western countries that have been assassinated. How long should I wait for you to name just one?
Posted by Roy on 11/30/10 07:32 PM
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Posted by Leonardo Pisano on 11/30/10 03:07 PM
@ Ms. Rajiva -- posted on 11/29/2010 6:31:15 PM
Late in the evening my brains have problems with English, my second language. I am glad you took it better than an old man like me. I will lie down.
BTW, I noticed yr mail address in a reply to Bionic Mosquito a few days ago. Would you mind if I write you an email?
Posted by Zenbillionaire on 11/30/10 12:41 PM
@ DB "What is your blog address again?"
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Not much of a blog anymore, I haven't written anything in nearly a year. It started as an attempt at political humor and ended up getting serious enough to cause me some loss of sleep. I began receiving threats to my family and shut it down after some clever devil discovered my physical location and published it.
Shortly after that I took on the attitude Berkley Breathed expressed so well in his Salon interview on the demise of Opus.
Posted by N4cr on 11/30/10 11:50 AM
Why not take into account that this is probably wide-scale test? Maybe all the documents are real cables, but their (you know whose) analysis found to be harmless (as already pointed out in the text), and, at this very moment they are just monitoring the people reaction in order to fine tune future regulations about use of internet, telecommunications, designation of terrorists, in one term, further tightening of human rights.
Based on that we can design a couple of scenarios:
1) Most of us believe in cables; OK, WL did get the needed attention and belief, so, from now on, we will use it in the future to "widespread the truth" " it will be immediately accepted
1a) In addition, because it "made harm to our country and democracy", we must be prepared for the future "releases", so, we have to make preventive containment procedures (read: censor the internet)
2) Most of us do not believe; OK, they do not believe, so, we are still "worldwide protector of democracy" even that "someone" tried to deface us
2a) And, again, in order to protect us from the future attempts of defacement, we have to make preventive containment procedures (read: censor the internet)
and so on...major point is to find the way to explain the already prepared measures.
P.S. sorry for the terrible English, I'm not from English speaking country
Posted by Jolly Good on 11/30/10 11:49 AM
I love the fact that the dailybell is a true contrarian. I'm sure that the dailybell have covered this in detail in the past or at least by series but if you could point out the direction of the revelation, who or what exactly is the power elite and money power?
Posted by Duane Bass on 11/30/10 05:52 AM
Why are these revelations secret anyway? There should be no secrets, by our government. it is supposed to be transparent, is it not. Now they will become even more secret, in all of their dealings. I would hope not. Secrets are lies. . .
A wise old saying, I just made up!
Posted by Jesusonline on 11/30/10 05:49 AM
A big thumbs up for this. Most of the people are falling for it, but if you take a closer look at all these leaks – it looks like a huge distraction campaign. People are willing to believe "leaked secrets" rather than try and put to 2 and 2 together themselves. Pakistan is the new enemy, all the Middle East craves to bomb Iran, Qatar is also in bed with terrorism, bin Laden is alive, what else is there? And yes, the fact that it's peddled through MSM like no tomorrow. You have to think for yourself. Kissing up to Wikileaks as a source of independent and credible info makes people look like fools begging to be fooled.