Wikileaks – from the investigative journalism to conspiracy of intelligence services

Julian Assange, was arrested by British police

The founder of Wikileaks, the Australian Julian Assange, was arrested by British police under a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden, Scotland Yard announced today, according to Reuters.
Swedish prosecutors have issued a warrant for arrest Assange, suspected of “rape, sexual agresssion and coercion” to two women. Assange denies allegations.

Assange was due at Westminster Magistrate’s Court later Tuesday. If he challenges his extradition to Sweden, he will likely be remanded into U.K. custody or released on bail until another judge rules on whether to extradite him, a spokeswoman for the extradition department said on customary condition of anonymity. Kristinn Hrafnsson, spokesman for WikiLeaks, expresses the site’s official response to the arrest of founder, Julian Assange, by British police Tuesday on a European arrest warrant: «This will not change our operation».

Wikileaks – journalism, intoxication, cyber terrorism ?

I was asked by some friends how I missed such a juicy topic  like the recent revelations from Wikileaks. I have not missed the subject. I simply avoided to give my opinion without sufficient information. Or more clearly: I dislike the spirit of the flock.

1. Let me begin by saying that those allegations credibility is more than questionable. It would mean admitting a huge lack of intelligence  of Assange.  But…personally, I think that whatever happened in reality, Assange was wrong .  The full story can be read here. At that time (August 2010 – Julian Assange attends a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm on Aug. 14, 2010) founder of Wikileaks was already short list of many authorities. And that many expected a mistake  from him… Even a minimal intelligence would have avoided making such mistakes. Even if he had a hypothetical protection behind the scenes. When you’re in the limelight of all the heavyweights of the world, you could be accused of anything… with related evidence included !!… I have several friends in various international organizations and I know how reluctant they are when the organizers of various events want to present them a pleasant female company. Such things are practice and it’s better to prevent than to treat any subsequent «headache».

🙂 since I cleared the story with sexual allegations, to return to the issue of disclosure WikiLeaks.

2. There has been very much discussiones surrounding the controversial website Wikileaks, and its founder Julian Assange.  Although initially the traditional media was kept away from the subject, however, heated debate in the online issue turned into a phenomenon that could not be ignored. Pro Wiki supporters have seen Assange released like a fight for freedom and truth, and want corrupt governments brought down. In response, critics of WikiLeaks and fans of scenarios conspiracy have seen WikiLeaks revelations of massive intelligence service action. I think both are right. I will explaine.

A look at the timeline of events: First time WikiLeaks published documents about extrajudicial killings in Kenya, toxic waste dumping in Africa, Church of Scientology manuals, Guantanamo Bay procedures, and banks such as Kaupthing and Julius Baer. A classic example of investigative journalism. Powered professional. But less annoying for big players in the political sphere.  There were also some action against Wikileaks. Not radical, because the ‹enemy› doesn’t seem to be extremely dangerous.

In 2010, WikiLeaks published classified details about United States involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A move that directly target the Obama administration, already facing a loss of popularity and support for the two conflicts. Wikileaks disclosures have also caused an attitude of distancing from the major European partners of NATO. Just when Obama Administration  require  its partners a greater involvement on Afghanistan conflict. I suppose in this context, on unofficial ways tried to reach agreement with the team Wikileaks regarding stop publication of sensitive information. Of course, here can  be only two options. Deal or not deal ! Quite difficult to find. Yet.

Then, on 28 November 2010, WikiLeaks and its five media partners began publishing secret U.S. diplomatic cables. The first 1000 diplomatic mails have brought nothing devastating. We found that the whole world political system is based on corruption, machinations behind the scenes, lack of respect for us, ordinary citizens. And also, in many cases a huge incompetence. Sorry, Mr. Assange … but we already knew it ! Until proven otherwise, I believe that Wikileaks has been poisoned intentionally with some produced correspondence folders. Nothing leaks really important yet. Any good assistant can make such summaries monitoring daily press and the releases on websites embassies. More ? A lot pins between partners, backstage gossip that hasn’t escaped any significant political figure … Some revelations are almost ridiculous (or wants to be perceived as such). I think it’s interesting to watch what next… Especially in the context of last year when the global media moved predominantly in the online space, a too permissive space for even the most solid democracies …

will continue

5 responses to “Wikileaks – from the investigative journalism to conspiracy of intelligence services

  1. Technology is not a thread.
    But maybe this is a good thing….

    We need proper steering mechanism to survive the global society we created with technology.

    Whould we have gone to Iraq over Weapons of mass destruction is we were part of the diplomatic cable discussion ?
    Better of with more transparency ? CreditCrises / Cable gate shows governments are not so much in control of the global society.
    Wasn’t it work of the press to tell us the truth ?

    At least the cork out of the bottle. Fact is that secrets are harder to keep anno 2010.
    Shutting down is naive. Discuss it is the only option.. Come on free press, have vision ..take the lead.

  2. Me parece un escándalo que hayan quitado a este hombre de la lista de personas más influyentes del año. Deben volver a ponerle en la lista o no volveré a leerles

  3. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Daniel Ellsberg, a former Pentagon analyst best known for leaking key memos about the Vietnam War 40 years ago, led…

  4. It’s been my observatio­n over a good number of years that righteous indignatio­n is always the first line of defense of the guilty..fo­llowed by a statement similar to, “I will be vindicated in court.” Then, after conviction­, it becomes, “We’ll be vindicated on appeal.” Then, after incarcerat­ion and exhaustion of appeals, it ends with, “History will vindicate me.” Yeah, you go Julian!

  5. Once again, Holder, Clinton etc. deserve congratulations for galvanizing the first really effective protest movement since Vietnam.
    After the lies and distortions that got us into Iraq and keep us in Afganistan, fewer and fewer people believe much the government says. The government has the power, but its moral authority is in tatters.

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