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 911oz.com website where I spotted Lawson’s latest video.