The Political Spinning of the WikiLeaks Release: Anti-war Whistleblowing or War Propaganda
Since the release of classified US military papers by WikiLeaks, the material has been aggressively spun by various political factions. Meanwhile, virtually no attention has been devoted to investigating the source of this “leak”, or questioning the agenda behind it.
According to the Associated Press, a
The White House has expressed no intense concern. It did not block the release or deny the material. Government officials, led by President Obama, have almost casually dismissed the expose as nothing new.
The major mainstream newspapers that had full early access to the material---The New York Times, Der Spiegel and the Guardian---also had ample time to frame and steer the discourse surrounding it, and (particularly in the case of the White House-friendly New York Times) conduct damage control.
Leak as anti-war fodder
The new material obviously adds to what is already known for years: US forces are mired in a dirty and horrific war, and committing atrocities and war crimes. Corruption is rampant, allies are despicable and untrustworthy, and there appears no end in sight.
For critics of
Today’s acquiescent, ignorant and grossly manipulated mass populace---one that fully embraces and supports the manufactured “war on terrorism”---wholeheartedly supports any and all means to “prevent another 9/11”. A decade of Bush-Cheney criminality and mass murder failed to trigger any interest from a general
Leak as imperial war propaganda
Where the WikiLeaks papers gain significance is in the detail revealed about the operations of
The ISI is being accused of “undercutting” US operations, “conspiring with’ and aiding the “powerfully resurgent” Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, aiding the killing of US forces, and organizing “networks of militants” across the region. An all-out propaganda attack against
Hamid Gul, former ISI chief and major regional player, accuses the US of orchestrating the expose to shift attention away from the
According to Gul “they [the Americans] want to bash
The Obama administration, eager for a pretext to escalate the Central Asia/Middle East (resource) war into
Perhaps not coincidentally, the “leak” occurred just prior to a new $33 billion/30,000 troop surge for
The glaring omission
As accusations and attacks on
It is fact that the ISI, with full Anglo-American direction, has long been a driving force behind “Islamic militants” and “terrorists” throughout the world, including “Al-Qaeda”. The CIA and ISI have cooperatively fomented instability and tension throughout Central Asia and the
According to Michel Chossudovsky:
“The ISI actively collaborates with the CIA. It continues to perform the role of a ‘go-between' in numerous intelligence operations on behalf of the CIA. The ISI directly supports and finances a number of terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda.”
If the ISI is responsible for terrorism, the funding and aiding of “Islamic militants”, and the killing of US forces, logic dictates that its big brethren---the CIA and officials in
The manner in which the ISI is under fire, while omitting any mention of the ISI’s guiding superiors in
Whose political weapon?
Until the source of this WikiLeak is revealed, along with the motive for the “leak”, all that remains is a political Rohrschach Test, open to interpretation.
The ultimate beneficiary is whatever faction controls the interpretation.
In the end, only