It’s high time some cleverpants in Hollywood made an American version of the classic British series Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister so America can know what the rest of us know about running empires.
"To get at the value of WikiLeaks, I think it’s important to distinguish between the government—the temporary, elected authors of national policy—and the state—the permanent bureaucratic and military apparatus superficially but not fully controlled by the reigning government. The careerists scattered about the world in America’s intelligence agencies, military, and consular offices largely operate behind a veil of secrecy executing policy which is itself largely secret. American citizens mostly have no idea what they are doing, or whether what they are doing is working out well. The actually-existing structure and strategy of the American empire remains a near-total mystery to those who foot the bill and whose children fight its wars. And that is the way the elite of America’s unelected permanent state, perhaps the most powerful class of people on Earth, like it."
Now as I said in an post a few days ago, this blog will not be covering the next leak, but WLCentral.org will be covering it. I am a member of that site too.
As I said previously I’m expecting the next leak to far exceed my own capabilities and that of a simple tumblr blog and I am very pleased and relieved by the appearance of this new website by a team of people I already know to be serious and dedicated to following and analysing government and media’s handling of Wikileaks releases.
On Friday, October 8, an email appeared in our inbox, citing an “urgent request” for the team that developed the Afghanistan warlogs application. It was forwarded to me, as I was the datajournalist behind the project. Although I was almost certain that this was the umpteenth journalist enquiry regarding the warlogs, the sender’s name immediately caught my eye.
“RT @Byeskille NGOs seen as direct targets in Afghanistan. The head of a NGO priced to $2337 in new #wikileaks documents http://j.mp/cnAh1T [norwegian]”
— English Google translation: http://tinyurl.com/23go97k”—A repost from 8 October 2010.
Repost: A RETROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS OF THE “WIKILEAKS CRISIS” : Veterans Today
October 15, 2010, 12:01 pm
There are tremendous efforts by the US administration to block the release of these documents or, at least, to expunge the identities of sources and other named figures lest their security be jeopardised. The whole sordid affair begs many a thorny question, and points to yawning cavities in the US systems of defence and intelligence. The more glaring of these questions, each of which warrants a separate query, are:
* a. Is the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) overly dependent on security contractors and largely amateurish Afghan intelligence operatives? * b. Is there an attitudinal conflict among American policy makers on Afghanistan? That is, is there a conflict between those advocating winning the hearts and minds of Afghan people and those operators on the ground who are bent on the systematic and wilful alienation of the Afghan people? * c. Does a dichotomy really exist between the stated US position of Pakistan as a front-line ally without whose support victory cannot be perceived, and the real perception of its role as a double crosser playing both sides? Or is this dichotomy inspired by extraneous influences which wish to drive a wedge into US-Pakistan relations? * d. How will the leaks impact on US-Pakistan and Pakistan
Today, Wikileaks’ Twitter account made two enigmatic announcements about its plans for future disclosures, and thereby, in usual style, confused the professional journalism sector. The comments hint at a future release of information that far eclipses the public interest value of 2010′s high profile Wikileak releases. With claims like this, one is tempted to speculate that the campaign of releases over the course of 2010 has had, besides the primary aim of disclosure, the secondary aim of generating a worldwide reputation for the organization, so as to achieve maximum impact for whatever is coming.