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Sex, Lies, Iran, Israel & WikiLeaks
December 17th, 2010 by Syd Walker

This latest YouTube video by Anthony Lawson – Sex, Lies, Iran, Israel & WikiLeaks – is a masterpiece of wit and wisdom.

As Lawson remarks, if Wikileaks didn’t exist, the CIA and Mossad might have been tempted to invent it.

Wikileaks has served a number of rather obvious purposes such as giving the western mainstream media another string of juicy headlines to demonize Iran.

But above all, the Wikileaks saga is refreshing the credibility of the mainstream media in the eyes of a public increasingly suspicious that it’s being subjected to systematic ongoing deception.

Wikileaks provides a new and apparently trustworthy focal point in public debates about topics such as lies, Iran and Israel. It has helped re-legitimize the ‘mainstream’ view of reality, in which extremist Muslims were responsible for the events of 9-11 and the ensuing ‘War on Terror’ – not the Zionist State and its allies.

Down the track, it’s not hard to imagine Wikileaks being used as the pretext for new laws restricting whistle-blowing and free-speech on the internet.

Doubt remains, in my mind at least, as to the integrity of the key Wikileaks protagonists such as Julian Assange. It’s possible he’s being manipulated by forces beyond his ken.

But is Wikileaks a genuine grass-roots information-liberation phenomenon, truly independent of all governments and not infiltrated by any ‘outside interests’? I think that most improbable.

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin and President Ahmadinejad of Iran expressed similar views when the latest and most highly-publicised rounds of ‘leaks’ (aka Cablegate’) first began. Ahmadinejad remarked in late November:

“We don’t think this information was leaked…We think it was organised to be released on a regular basis and they are pursuing political goals.”

Putin commented on December 1st:

“Some experts believe that somebody is deceiving WikiLeaks, that their reputation is being undermined to use them for their own political purposes later on… That is one of the possibilities there. That is the opinion of the experts.”

Once again, these objects of western media scorn reveal themselves more independent, insightful and honest than the current crop of political leaders throughout the English-speaking world.


Hat-tip to the website where I spotted Lawson’s latest video.


4 Responses  
  • brian writes:
    December 19th, 20101:04 pmat

    FYI syd:
    Yesterday WikiLeaks did an amazing thing and released a classified State Department cable that dealt, in part, with me and my film, ‘Sicko.’

    It is a stunning look at the Orwellian nature of how bureaucrats for the State spin their lies and try to recreate reality (I assume to placate their bosses and tell them what they want to hear).

    The date is January 31, 2008. It is just days after ‘Sicko’ has been nominated for an Oscar as Best Documentary. This must have sent someone reeling in Bush’s State Department (his Treasury Department had already notified me they were investigating what laws I might have broken in taking three 9/11 first responders to Cuba to get them the health care they had been denied in the United States).

    Former health insurance executive Wendell Potter recently revealed that the insurance industry — which had decided to spend millions to go after me and, if necessary, “push Michael Moore off a cliff” — had begun working with anti-Castro Cubans in Miami in order to have them speak out and smear my film.

    So, on January 31, 2008, a State Department official stationed in Havana took a made up story and sent it back to his HQ in Washington. Here’s what they concocted:

    XXXXXXXXXXXX stated that Cuban authorities have banned Michael Moore’s documentary, “Sicko,” as being subversive. Although the film’s intent is to discredit the U.S. healthcare system by highlighting the excellence of the Cuban system, he said the regime knows the film is a myth and does not want to risk a popular backlash by showing to Cubans facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them.

    Sounds convincing, eh?! There’s only one problem — ‘Sicko’ had just been playing in Cuban theaters. Then the entire nation of Cuba was shown the film on national television on April 25, 2008! The Cubans embraced the film so much so it became one of those rare American movies that received a theatrical distribution in Cuba. I personally ensured that a 35mm print got to the Film Institute in Havana. Screenings of ‘Sicko’ were set up in towns all across the country.

    But the secret cable said Cubans were banned from seeing my movie. Hmmm.

    We also know from another secret U.S. document that “the disenchantment of the masses [in Cuba] has spread through all the provinces,” and that “all of Oriente Province is seething with hate” for the Castro regime. There’s a huge active underground rebellion, and “workers there readily give all the support they can,” with everyone involved in “subtle sabotage” against the government. Morale is terrible throughout all the branches of the armed forces, and in the event of war the army “will not fight.” Wow — this cable is hot!

    Of course, this secret U.S. cable is from March 31, 1961, three weeks before Cuba kicked our asses at the Bay of Pigs.

    The U.S. government has been passing around these “secret” documents to itself for the past fifty years, explaining in painstaking detail how horrible things are in Cuba and how Cubans are quietly aching for us to come back and take over. I don’t know why we write these cables, I guess it just makes us feel better about ourselves. (Anyone curious can find an entire museum of U.S. wish fulfillment cables on the website of the National Security Archive.)

    So what do you do with about a false “secret” cable, especially one that involves you and your movie? Well, you wait for a responsible newspaper to investigate and shout what it discovers from the rooftops.

    But yesterday WikiLeaks gave the ‘Sicko’ Cuba cable to the media — and what did they do with it? They ran it as if it were true! Here’s the headline in the Guardian:

    WikiLeaks: Cuba banned Sicko for depicting ‘mythical’ healthcare system

    Authorities feared footage of gleaming hospital in Michael Moore’s Oscar-nominated film would provoke a popular backlash

    And not one scintilla of digging to see if Cuba had actually banned the movie! In fact, just the opposite

  • brian writes:
    December 23rd, 20106:23 pmat

    In an excusive interview with Al Jazeera, Assange said only a meagre number of files related to Israel had been published so far, because the newspapers in the West that were given exclusive rights to publish the secret documents were reluctant to publish many sensitive information about Israel.

    “There are 3,700 files related to Israel and the source of 2,700 files is Israel. In the next six months we intend to publish more files depending on our sources,” said Assange in the nearly one-hour interview telecast live from the UK.

    Asked if Israel had tried to contact him though mediators, Assange said, “No, no contacts with Israel but I am sure Mossad is following our activities closely like Australia, Sweden and the CIA.

    “The Guardian, El-Pais and Le Monde have published only two percent of the files related to Israel due to the sensitive relations between Germany, France and Israel. Even New York Times could not publish more due to the sensitivities related to the Jewish community in the US,” he added.

  • robina creaser writes:
    September 29th, 20128:45 pmat

    Fascinating from Mr Lawson and tends to confirm my own, developing assessment. You just can’t trust anyvody, nowadays.

    Michael Moore’s input was very salient I thought and filled in some gaps in my knowlehe of the Cuba issue, It’s such a pity he went Imperialist over Libya and Syria: is it some kind of infection, these Liberals get ?

    I note the standard defence, from Brian, that ‘it’s alll the MSM’s doing, re silence on Israel’ – but it won’t wash. Assange and WL did the whole Press-Conference shebang on Syria; why not on Israel, which would be so much more relevant ? WL have largely ignored the Apartheid-State in their own releases – it’s obviously policy. I can kardly bear to think of their craven betrayal of Libya. even now…

    Thanks Syd – really helpful and informative; sharing !

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