by F. William Engdahl
The story on the surface makes for a script for a new Oliver Stone Hollywood thriller.
A 39-year old Australian hacker holds the President of the United States and his State Department hostage to a gigantic cyber “leak,” unless the President leaves Julian Assange and his Wikileaks free to release hundreds of thousands of pages of sensitive US Government memos.
A closer look at the details, so far carefully
leaked by the most ultra-establishment of international media such as the
New York Times, reveals a clear agenda. That agenda coincidentally serves to
buttress the agenda of US geopolitics around the world from Iran to Russia
to North Korea. The Wikileaks is a big and dangerous US intelligence Con
Job which will likely be
used to police the Internet.
He decides to secretly download US State
Department email communications from the entire world over a period of eight
months for hours a day, onto his blank CDs while pretending to be listening
to Lady Gaga. In addition to diplomatic cables, Manning is believed to have
provided WikiLeaks with helicopter gun camera video of an errant US attack
in Baghdad on unarmed journalists, and with war logs from Iraq and
He allegedly told the US hacker that the documents he had contained,
The hacker turned him in to US authorities so the story goes.
Manning is now incommunicado since months in US
military confinement so we cannot ask him, conveniently. The Pentagon
routinely hires the best hackers to design their security systems.
Assange decides to selectively choose several of
the world’s most ultra-establishment news media to exclusively handle the
leaking job for him as he seems to be on the run from Interpol, not for
leaking classified information, but for allegedly having consensual sex with
two Swedish women who later decided it was rape.
Assange claims he had no time to sift through so many pages so handed them to the trusted editors of the establishment media for them to decide what should be released. Very “anti-establishment” that.
The New York Times even assigned one of its top people, David E. Sanger, to control the release of the Wikileaks material. Sanger is no establishment outsider.
He sits as a member of the elite
Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Aspen Institute
Strategy Group together with the likes of Condi Rice, former Defense
Secretary William Perry, former CIA head John Deutch, former
State Department Deputy Secretary and now World Bank head Robert Zoellick
But then Assange also says he believes the US
Government version of 9/11 and calls
the Bilderberg Group a normal meeting of
people, a very establishment view.
And they do not amount to what the Italian foreign minister, called the "September 11 of world diplomacy."
The British government calls them a threat to
national security and an aide to Canada’s Prime Minister calls on the CIA to
assassinate Assange, as does kooky would-be US Presidential hopeful Sarah
Between two and three million US Government employees are cleared to see this level of "secret" document, and some 500,000 people around the world have access to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRnet) where the cables were stored.
SIPRnet is not recommended for distribution of
top-secret information. Only 6% or 15,000 pages of the documents have been
classified as even secret, a level below top-secret. Another 40% were the
lowest level, "confidential", while the rest were unclassified. In brief, it
was not all that secret.
In Germany the revelations led to the removal of
a prominent young FDP politician close to Guido Westerwelle who
apparently liked to talk too much to his counterpart at the US Embassy. The
revelations about Russian politics, that a US Embassy official refers to
Putin and Medvedev as “Batman and Robin,” tells more about the cultural
level of current US State Department personnel than it does about internal
The focus is put on select US geopolitical targets, appearing as Hillary Clinton put it “to justify US sanctions against Iran.” They claim North Korea with China’s granting of free passage to Korean ships despite US State Department pleas, send dangerous missiles to Iran.
Saudi Arabia’s ailing King Abdullah reportedly
called Iran’s President a Hitler.
Already the US Government has shut the Wikileaks
server in the United States though no identifiable US law has been broken.
It would give the President unlimited power to disconnect private-sector computers from the internet.
We can expect that now this controversial piece
of legislation will get top priority when a new Republican House and the
Senate convene in January.
DHS simply seizes web domains that it wants to and posts an ominous "Department of Justice" logo on the web site.
See an example at http://torrent-finder.com:
Over 75 websites were seized and shut in a recent week.
Right now, their focus is websites that they claim "violate copyrights," yet the torrent-finder.com website that was seized by DHS contained no copyrighted content whatsoever.
It was merely a search engine website that linked to destinations where people could access copyrighted content. Step by careful step, freedom of speech can be taken away.