Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Guardian 'wars' against Wikileaks

It is no secret that Wikileaks Julian Assange had an uneasy relationship with David Leigh, editor of the British newspaper 'the Guardian' in publishing the initial batch of US diplomatic cables. In this he was ably assisted by Bill Keller of the 'New York Times'.
Assange has a prickly personality, but Leigh and Keller display the arrogance of self styled authority of journalism, the jealousy of having to share a major scoop with an 'amateur'.
The recent release of some 130.000 American diplomatic cables has focussed attention of Assange. This said, Wikileaks contends, and proof there is that Leigh for all his 'journalist integrity' breached Wikileaks security by publishing a password to unlock its secrecy. Suddenly out in the open came 'unredacted' cables that named names of informants big and small.
Leigh may have a vicarious thrill in 'sticking it to Julian' yet where is his much publicised concern for the people mentioned in the cables? This 'Guardian' editor has a long trail in his 'animus' against Assange, including a long 'expose' on the Wikileaks' founder's sexcapade in Sweden that has caused him a lot of legal trouble to thread in the British courts to avoid being extradited to Stockholm, in spite of Aussage's willingness from the beginning to answer questions about his intimate relations with two consenting women which Swedish authorities rejected after initially dropping charges.
Behind the campaign to put Aussange in prison is a not so strange gaggle of bedfellows: the US government caught with its diplomatic pants down and the wrath of editors who had egos bruised.
And rotting in a cell is the 'alledged' arch leaker Bradley Manning whom the US government has not charged but for almost two years has kept under lock and key, using Abou Gharib techniques to make him crack. They failed.
The onus is on the US government for its lax security. The winners are governments and the ordinary man and woman on the street everywhere but in the US who now have access to these cables. Only Americans in the US are denied full access to them for obvious reasons.

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