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    Now the Wikileaks sh*t is really hitting the fan


    by Sunny
    3rd January, 2011 at 10:30 am    

    The US government is stepping up security in Afghanistan to stop smuggling, after WikiLeaks cables embarrassingly showed that millions of dollars were leaving the country by nefarious means.

    According to a secret cable released by WikiLeaks, Ahmed Zia Massoud, a former Afghan vice president, visited the United Arab Emirates last year carrying $52 million in cash. Mr. Massoud has denied the report. Beyond the flow of money to Dubai, millions of dollars more are believed to be smuggled through border crossings, and American officials fear at least some of the money is being funneled to Afghan insurgents taking shelter in Pakistan’s tribal regions.

    You’d think right-wingers in the US would be happy that someone is exposing their tax dollars being wasted, no? But that’s not even the big story….

    The big story is that the New York Times has gone through the cables to expose this:

    To a greater degree than previously known, diplomats are a big part of the sales force, according to hundreds of cables released by WikiLeaks, which describe politicking and cajoling at the highest levels. It is not surprising that the United States helps American companies doing business abroad, given that each sale is worth thousands of jobs and that their foreign competitors do the same. But like the other WikiLeaks cables, these offer a remarkably detailed look at what had previously been only glimpsed — in this case, the sales war between American diplomats and their European counterparts.

    The documents also suggest that demands for bribes, or at least payment to suspicious intermediaries who offer to serve as “agents,” still take place. Boeing says it is committed to avoiding any such corrupt practices.

    King Abdullah II of Jordan, a longtime ally and recipient of billions of dollars in United States aid, told the ambassador in 2004 that “even though the latest Airbus offer was better than Boeing’s he intended to make a ‘political’ decision to have Royal Jordanian buy Boeing aircraft,” a State Department cable said, although the United States still had to help Boeing secure the deal.

    It looks like the deals are quite cosy. Billion of dollars in ‘aid’ from the US government goes to dictators, who then use the money to buy expensive planes from US companies, with complete support and ‘perks’ from the US state department and senior diplomats.

    That keeps the dictators in business and human rights abuses swept under the carpet, and keeps American jobs subsidised by the US taxpayer.

    It also makes big corporations like Boeing and Airbus lots of money and keeps the diplomatic wheels greased.

    The best defense of WikiLeaks so far comes from the Spanish paper El Pais itself, which has published this brilliant editorial.

    No really - read the whole thing - it comprehensively destroys the naysayers, smear-merchants and useful-idiots who wanted to keep this all a secret.

    A key paragraph:

    Political classes on both sides of the Atlantic convey a simple message that is tailored to their advantage: trust us, don’t try to reveal our secrets; in exchange, we offer you security.

    But just how much security do they really offer in exchange for this moral blackmail? Little or none, since we face the sad paradox that this is the same political elite that was incapable of properly supervising the international financial system, whose implosion triggered the biggest crisis since 1929, ruining entire countries and condemning millions of workers to unemployment and poverty. These are the same people responsible for the deteriorating quality of life of their populations, the uncertain future of the euro, the lack of a viable European project and the global governance crisis that has gripped the world in recent years, and which elites in Washington and Brussels are not oblivious to. I doubt that keeping embassy secrets under wraps is any kind of guarantee of better diplomacy or that such an approach offers us better answers to the problems we face.

    I bet most of 2011 is going to be dominated by WikiLeaks related controversies.


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    1. Highlander — on 3rd January, 2011 at 10:50 am  

      The US is just carrying on doing what its been doing for the last 40+ years - starting with the CIA and Chicago Boy’s support of Pinochet in Chile or Suharto in Indonesia right up to the present day. Privatise State assets, deregulate and cut social spending are the order of the day and if they can’t do it democratically then they do it by force. They aren’t going to change any time soon as everyone involved makes far too much money. Except the population being subjugated of course.

      Hopefully Wikileaks will bring even more of this into the light.

    2. Raff — on 3rd January, 2011 at 2:32 pm  

      I am uncertain about whether Wikileaks will continue to dominate the headlines. I have a feeling editors will start getting bored. What will be interesting is if stories emerge of the impact they are having.

    3. douglas clark — on 3rd January, 2011 at 2:36 pm  

      Interesting that there are 64 links to this OP and two, now three people willing to state an opinion.

      I think the El Pais article hits the nail on the head.

    4. jamal — on 3rd January, 2011 at 3:01 pm  

      Exposing the lies our governments have been feeding us about the iraq and afghanistan wars was best thing to happen in 2010.

      Julian assange gave interview this week confirming what everyone in the region already suspected that majority of arab diplomats are in effect CIA agents.

      2011 will this lead to change, don’t hold your breath.

    5. douglas clark — on 3rd January, 2011 at 3:08 pm  

      jamal,

      link please?

    6. Sabir — on 3rd January, 2011 at 8:02 pm  

      Douglas here you go:
      http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2010/12/arab-world-julian-assange-arab-leaders-cia-conspiracy-spies-wikileaks-al-jazeera.

    7. Sunny — on 3rd January, 2011 at 8:39 pm  

      ^^ correct link here

    8. douglas clark — on 3rd January, 2011 at 9:05 pm  

      Cheers guys.

    9. damon — on 4th January, 2011 at 1:05 am  

      Interesting that there are 64 links to this OP and two, now three people willing to state an opinion.

      That’s the constant tweeting thing you might be picking uo Douglas.
      These are people with their own tweet sites set up, who reetweet a dozen times a day about all kinds of things. Most of it nonsense. Although you can be a fan and dedicted follower of someone you like.
      Gordon Ramsey and Nigel Slater also tweet and blog their opinions I think.

    10. douglas clark — on 4th January, 2011 at 4:49 am  

      damon,

      Cheers. I don’t really understand the idea of just linking to an opinion piece. Although I suppose if you just agree with it, then there isn’t anything to add.

      I know Sunny does that Twitter thingy so maybe he gets lots of hits from that?

      Are the likes of you and I going the way of the dinosaur?

      Anyway, this is more than just interesting.

    11. Sarah AB — on 4th January, 2011 at 7:27 am  

      I think it’s possible to be ambivalent about Wikileaks - to agree with quite a bit of that El Pais article, or at least think it offers a legitimate position, while also having reservations about aspects of Wikileaks (El Pais brushes those aside rather haughtily.) Here’s just one of many pieces which raise concerns about the links with Israel Shamir for example. http://hurryupharry.org/2011/01/01/charter-97-and-the-zimbabwe-mail-comment-on-wikileaks/ Modernity, who is very strongly supportive of wikileaks as a project, has discussed these concerns here. http://modernityblog.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/shamir-stupidity-and-julian-assange/#comments

    12. Elli D. — on 7th January, 2011 at 9:26 pm  

      I think you are right - next year will be all about wikileaks affairs. Reading just a few extracts published in the news, I can confidently say that we are witnessing one of the greatest changes in the world dynamics in the last years. Governments in the spotlight forever after, not a bad prospect for the citizens, I’d say!



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