Decoding the Wikileaks US diplomatic cable dump & understanding what it means in real terms is going to be this weeks big news. The job of the media is not to protect the powerful from embarrassment, it is for governments – not journalists – to guard public secrets, and there is no national jeopardy in WikiLeaks’ revelations.
Anything said or done in the name of a democracy is, prima facie, of public interest. When that democracy purports to be “world policeman” – an assumption that runs ghostlike through these cables – that interest is global. The contradictions between the US’ public persona and what it says behind closed doors is finally being exposed, and that’s what they don’t want to be made public, the duplicity, double dealings and hypocrisy.
Here’s a selection of the Wikileaks:
Several Arab leaders and their representatives are quoted as urging the US to carry out an attack on Iran to bring an end to its suspected nuclear weapons programme.
The Saudi ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir, recalled King Abdullah’s “frequent exhortations” to the US to attack Iran in order to bring an end to its nuclear programme.
In a report of a 2008 meeting with US General David Petraeus, Mr al-Jubeir said the king wanted the US to “to cut the head off the snake”.
King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain is reported to have told the US to stop Iran “by whatever means necessary”, while the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed, told the US he believed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was “going to take us to war”.
The US has been attempting to remove highly enriched uranium from a research reactor in Pakistan since 2007.
The Akh has to agree with the sentiments that this Wikileak dump “Brings the Bastards to Their Knees” It is marvelous to see various U.S. officials reacting like pathetic, cornered rats; the Guardian story provides several examples.
If this Wikileaks release slows down the U.S. machinery of death and destruction to any appreciable extent, Assange and the others will be owed still another debt that can never be repaid. “A worldwide diplomatic crisis”!