Since the release
of classified US military papers by WikiLeaks, the material has been
aggressively spun by various political factions. Meanwhile, virtually no
attention has been devoted to investigating the source of this �leak,� or
questioning the agenda behind it.
According to the Associated
Press, a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity stated that the US
government is not certain who �leaked� the 91,000 documents to the online
whistle-blowing web site, other than suspicion again falling on Pfc. Bradley
Unlike a previous WikiLeaks exposing the murder of
Iraqi civilians in a US airstrike,
nobody has been apprehended, arrested or pressured by the
Pentagon, the CIA or any US agency.
The White House has expressed no intense concern. It did not
block the release or deny the material. Government officials, led by President
Obama, have almost casually dismissed the expos� as nothing new.
The major mainstream newspapers that had full early access
to the material -- The New York Times,
Der Spiegel and the Guardian -- also had ample time to frame
and steer the discourse surrounding it, and (particularly in the case of the
White House-friendly New York Times)
conduct damage control.
Leak as antiwar
The new material obviously adds to what is already known for
years: US forces are mired in a dirty and horrific war, and committing
atrocities and war crimes. Corruption is rampant, allies are despicable and
untrustworthy, and there appears no end in sight.
For critics of US policy, the expos� reinforces
their tired call for the war to end. However, the value of these particular
papers (in terms of turning public opinion against the war) is questionable.
This is not a potent high-level Pentagon
Papers-type leak, and today�s society is a far cry from the 1970s.
Today�s acquiescent, ignorant and grossly manipulated mass
populace -- one that fully embraces and supports the manufactured �war on
terrorism� -- wholeheartedly supports any and all means to �prevent another
9/11.� A decade of Bush-Cheney criminality and mass murder failed to trigger
any interest from a general US
population that has been shocked into servitude, and further brain-addled by
ubiquitous corporate right-wing media. Another day, another massacre.
Leak as imperial war
Where the WikiLeaks papers gain significance is in the
detail revealed about the operations of Pakistan�s Inter-Services
Intelligence directorate (ISI) and, more specifically, the manner in which
leading government figures and the media have interpreted these items.
is being accused of �undercutting� US operations, �conspiring with� and
aiding the �powerfully resurgent� Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, aiding
the killing of US forces, and organizing �networks of militants� across the
region. An all-out
propaganda attack against Pakistan
led by the White House is underway.
Essentially, Pakistan is being branded as a terrorist state
and a worthy target of military attack, along with Iran, which is also
fingered by the WikiLeaks� leaks for backing Taliban militants within
former ISI chief and major
regional player, accuses
the US of orchestrating the expos� to shift attention away from the US government�s �own failings,� in order to
�force Pakistan�s hand on policy in Afghanistan.�
According to Gul �they [the Americans] want to bash Pakistan,
at this time to come up with this leak. I refuse to believe it is not on
The Obama administration, eager for a pretext to escalate
the Central Asia/Middle East (resource) war into Pakistan and Iran, has
certainly found ammunition with the WikiLeaks expos�.
Perhaps not coincidentally, the �leak� occurred just prior
to a new $33 billion/30,000 troop surge for Afghanistan was approved by the US House,
and ahead of a possible military attack on Iran, which former CIA Director
Michael Hayden says is �inexorable�.
The glaring omission
As accusations and attacks on Pakistan and its �terrorist ISI�
rise in intensity, not one mainstream media report mentions the fact that the ISI is a virtual branch of the CIA, and one that operates on behalf of
It is fact that the ISI, with full Anglo-American direction,
has long been a driving force behind �Islamic militants� and �terrorists�
throughout the world, including �Al-Qaeda.� The CIA and ISI have cooperatively
fomented instability and tension throughout Central Asia and the Middle East, playing all sides for geostrategic gain.
This �strategy of tension� is one of the hallmarks of the �war on terrorism.�
The ISI was also directly
involved with the false flag operation of 9/11.
According to Michel Chossudovsky of the Centre for Research
on Globalization, �The ISI actively collaborates with the CIA. It continues to
perform the role of a �go-between� in numerous intelligence operations on
behalf of the CIA. The ISI directly supports and finances a number of terrorist
organizations, including Al Qaeda.�
If the ISI is responsible for terrorism, the funding and
aiding of �Islamic militants,� and the killing of US forces, logic dictates
that its big brethren -- the CIA and officials in Washington -- are also guilty
The manner in which the ISI is under fire, while omitting
any mention of the ISI�s guiding superiors in Washington, speaks to a
deliberate anti-Pakistan/pro-US bias.
Until the source of this WikiLeaks is revealed, along with
the motive for the �leak,� all that remains is a political Rorschach test, open to
The ultimate beneficiary is whatever faction controls the
the end, only Pakistan and Iran have been politically damaged, while the Obama
administration has a new pretext to escalate and intensify its continuing