WikiLeaks: Courageous Journalism or Something Else?

by Nigel Bolton-Shaw on July 7, 2012

 Julian Assange may be about to address concerns over his comments last year that 9/11 truth was a “false conspiracy” which he found “annoying”. Assange made the statement despite Wikileaks’ 2009 release of half a million pager messages on the day of 9/11 from New York City officials, many of which contradicted the official story … An increasing number of activists are questioning Assange’s motives, including some of his former colleagues like Cryptome’s John Young … Disinformation via PrisonPlanet Live (7/14/2011)

Media, both mainstream and alternative, is buzzing over a vast new release of Syrian emails that are being published by WikiLeaks jointly with L’Espresso, an Italian news magazine that is also a WikiLeaks media “partner.”

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks has retreated to the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid being sent back to Sweden for questioning about several rapes. He believes that he will be turned over to American authorities if he is extradited, but that hasn’t apparently stopped this latest document dump.

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WikiLeaks reportedly began disseminating some of nearly 2.5 million emails relating to Syria on Thursday, while cautioning that contents would be detrimental to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and to his opponents as well.

As always, questions about WikiLeaks motives and sincerity are of import – certainly to the Internet’s alternative media … and to history as well. With all the things going on in the world, how did WikiLeaks mange to obtain Syrian emails, and why did leader Assange choose to focus on Syria?

Syria is currently a major preoccupation of the West and those attacking Syria right now might find it in their interest to whip up media hysteria about Syria, especially if the leaks turn out to be damaging to Syrian President al-Assad.

There have certainly been suspicions in the past that WikiLeaks is actually being fed information that Western powers want released, information that is mildly critical of the West but actually provides propaganda points that Western powers WANT disseminated.

In this case according to various reports, preliminary emails seem to indicate that an Italian defense giant Finmeccanica has been helping arm and train the Syrian army. No doubt this may have the predictable effect of providing Western countries with the justification for further intrusion into the private sector.

There will surely be other “bombshells” in the information released by WikiLeaks, and some of these will likely be detrimental to the West as well as to the Syrian administration. Nonetheless, the timing is at least a bit suspicious given the West’s preoccupation with Syria.

While it is almost never written about by the mainstream media (which treat Middle Eastern uprisings as domestic concerns), the West is obviously well along in a string of destabilizing wars that have dumped numerous secular governments and installed – or are about to install – Islamic governments in their place.

There have even been credible reports posted by Infowars and other alternative media that Western powers have taken to employing al Qaeda to destabilize countries like Libya and Syria. The United Nations has even been accused of giving certain “terrorists” safe passage to continue the destabilization of Syria.

Again, it is interesting (if not suspicious) that the WikiLeaks data dump comes at this point in time. Certainly Julian Assange has been much in the news of late, though not for the right reasons – given the rape charges he faces. One of WikiLeaks last data dumps was of German tax evaders – a list that apparently turned out to be several years old.

Such transparent public relations ploys combine with other issues in Assange’s background to generate at least modest questions about his credibility as the alternative media’s leading rebel.

It is true for instance that Assange used to work for the statist-oriented Economist magazine and even received awards from the publication. And it seems in his youth, he was arrested but received only light punishment in return for working with officials to deter further computer security breaches by other hackers.

WikiLeaks track record has been somewhat spotty, given Assange’s troubles and overbearing brand of leadership. The data dumps he favors – especially ones as massive as 2.5 million emails – give rise to questions regarding the practicality of investigating so much raw material. Might a well-placed source or two offer better or at least more concise information?

Such massive data dumps certainly provide Western Intel with the opportunity to add in various messages that can then be featured by their own media “assets.” Assange is a courageous hero to many who hope Ecuador grants him asylum. But questions linger about WikiLeaks methodology, fund-raising and Assange’s own background and motivations.

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