WikiLeaks, a source of disinfos?
Is the War Diary being used to justify a war in Pakistan?
Osama bin Laden 'hiding in Pakistan': Admiral Mullen
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen has supported US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's statement about the presence of Osama Bin Laden and other top Al-Qaida leadership in Pakistan.
John Young Alex Jones WikiLeaks Cryptome
WikiLeaks Founder, “Constantly Annoyed that People Are Distracted by False Conspiracies Such as 9/11″
People often ask me if I think this source or that source is disinfo…
My response is always: TREAT EVERY SOURCE AS DISINFO.
You’ll avoid disappointment when the thing starts serving up rat poison—which, unfortunately, happens a lot.
I haven’t shared this before, but in early 2008, someone from WikiLeaks wrote to me. This person wondered why I hadn’t mentioned WikiLeaks on Cryptogon. He wondered if maybe I hadn’t heard of it, or had concerns that it was a front of some sort.
I simply wrote back that I was aware of WikiLeaks, and that I was hopeful and skeptical at the same time.
That remains my stance today; on WikiLeaks and every other source.
So, who knows… I’ve read interesting things on WikiLeaks, many of which I have linked to from here. Does that mean that I’m sure it’s not some kind of front or honeypot? Not at all. How could I know for sure, given what’s knowable in the public domain about WikiLeaks?
Julian Assange’s recent comment in the Belfast Telegraph about 9/11, however, may be a more tangible source of concern for me. I know Assange isn’t an idiot, so I see three other possibilities:
1. He is profoundly ignorant of the vast body of material that demonstrates that the 9/11 spectacle was a false flag operation.
2. He’s “picking his battles” and not wanting to have to deal with the inevitable conspiracy theory stigma that could threaten his media access
3. He’s running a limited hangout/honeypot
Of these three options, I doubt that it’s number two.
Also, I’m aware of all the stuff John Young has up over at Cryptome from some anonymous mole on a private WikiLeaks list. Again, who knows.
Vet the data as you would anything else from any source. Use your skills of discernment. For me, the most worrying thing about WikiLeaks is the promotion it receives from the corporate media. Even the trash talking Wired is promoting Wikileaks by constantly mentioning it.
In the end, though, obsessing about disinfo this and disinfo that is generally a waste of time. It’s safe to assume that damn near everything we come across contains disinfo.
There is the issue of stench, however. Sources that say, categorically, that there’s nothing to see here on 9/11 smell really bad to me. As bad as anything can smell. (See my maggot bucket if you think that I don’t know what smells bad.)
We just saw the the WikiLeaks release of the Afghanistan information,, does Assange forget the pretext that was used for the invasion?
9/11 remains the elephant in the room.
Via: Belfast Telegraph:
His obsession with secrecy, both in others and maintaining his own, lends him the air of a conspiracy theorist. Is he one? “I believe in facts about conspiracies,” he says, choosing his words slowly. “Any time people with power plan in secret, they are conducting a conspiracy. So there are conspiracies everywhere. There are also crazed conspiracy theories. It’s important not to confuse these two. Generally, when there’s enough facts about a conspiracy we simply call this news.” What about 9/11? “I’m constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud.” What about the Bilderberg conference? “That is vaguely conspiratorial, in a networking sense. We have published their meeting notes.
|Wikileaks whistleblower guidelines|
Julian Assange, the editor of Wikileaks, provides guidelines to whistleblowers in the video below, after speaking at the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Summer School 2010.
Julian is the main architect of the remarkably successful public interest project Wikileaks. This is a web-based platform for whistleblowers that for offers a secure place to publish internal and often secret documents that disclose injustice, corruption and murder, in the public interest.
Wikieaks provides something entirely new. It provides a secure, military grade protection programme for whistleblowers which has enabled the safe transmission of important evidence to the public. So far, not one amongst the thousands of submissions in the public interest has been compromised or its author disclosed.
It’s fair to say that Wikileaks has produced as many scoops as any major newspaper has produced in their entire lifetime, and in a matter of just four years. The release of the footage from the Apache helicopter attacks on civilians and Reuters journalists, toxic waste dumping by Trafigura, emails on climate change from University of East Anglia, the major Peruvian oil scandal, are just a fraction of what WikiLeaks has been producing and what is yet to come.
Osama bin Laden is dead
Here’s 10 flashpoints from the 91,000 documents to get you started.
NATO uses a secret "black" unit of special forces to “kill or capture” Taliban leaders without trial
NATO has a "black" unit of special forces called Task Force 373. It focuses on more than 2000 senior figures from the Taliban and al-Qaeda named on “Jpel” - the joint prioritised effects list. In some cases, the unit has simply killed them without attempting to capture, along with civilian men, women and children.
The Taliban have deadly surface-to-air missiles
The war logs show the US military covered up a surface-to-air missile strike by the Taliban that shot down a Chinook helicopter over Helmand. Seven soldiers were killed, including a British military photographer. The strike showed the Taliban had much more sophisticated anti-aircraft capabilities than previously thought. The war logs detail at least 10 near-misses by missiles in four years against coalition aircraft.
Under-reporting civilian deaths
There are many instances where the war logs seem to point to much higher civilian casualties than reported. One instance in 2008 notes a ground attack by a AC-130 "Spectre" gunship on the village of Azizabad, targeting a Taliban commander. The report said that no civilians had died, yet according to the UN, 90 civilians died, including 60 children.
The Taliban were paid to kill Indian police
The Hindustan Times claims it’s found intelligence of attacks on the Indian embassy in Kabul on July 7, 2008. They say that Pakistan’s intelligence service – the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) - offered the Taliban $15,000-30,000 to kill Indian contractors in Afghanistan. The Hindustan Times says the war logs confirm the embassy attack was deliberate and carried out on ISI orders.
Osama bin Laden is dead
One of just a handful of reports mentioning Osama bin Laden. The fact there are so few in a log of 90,000 files has many believing the al-Qaeda leader is in fact dead.
An intelligence report from the Afghanistan National Directorate of Security reported in June 2007 that bin Laden had died in a Peshawar hospital.
Bin Laden advisor has bought chemical weapons off North Korea
The Guardian’s reprint of the log reads suggests bin Laden’s financial advisor Dr Amin flew to North Korea in Decmber 2005, where he “confirmed a deal with the North Korean Government for remote-controlled rockets for use against American and Coalition aircraft".
The deal was closed for an “undetermined amount of money”.
Bin laden gives away a wife
The Guardian reports: “A report in July 2007 suggests Bin Laden is willing and able to exercise the patronage of a great chief. Thus, in Kunduz province, it is reported that an insurgent called Abdullah won distinction and favour for his skill in making remote-controlled IEDs. His reward: An Arab wife presented to him by bin Laden.
The US pays Pakistan $1 billion a year to meet with Taliban and organise fights with US soldiers
The New York Times claims Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington for its aid. However, the nature of that aid is controversial – the leaked files suggest that Pakistan allows representatives of its spy service to meet with the Taliban and organise networks of militant groups that fight against US soldiers.
Civilian casualty details
The vast majority of reporting on the leaked documents concerns the extent of civilian casualties. Such events are known as "blue on white" in military jargon. The Guardian claims the logs reveal 144 “blue on white” incidents, ranging from controversial air strikes, to the deaths of unarmed drivers and accidents involving convoys.
Officially, 195 civilians have been killed and 174 wounded.
Some are blatant, such as an incident where 15 people were killed or wounded when a bus was machine-gunned for ignoring an order to stop, and an airstrike which killed seven children. Others are incidental, such as this detail of a child run over by a Humvee and the US military actions to make reparations to the family.
As Assange says, expect plenty more to follow. He told Der Spiegel, The New York Times and The Guardian that he got a kick out of poking the eye of the powerful.
The Pentagon says it is still investigating the source of the documents.
The military has detained Bradley Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst in Baghdad, for allegedly transmitting classified information.
But the latest documents could have come from anyone with a secret-level clearance, a spokesman said