by Joe Shea
December 8, 2010
WIKILEAKS: WHAT NOW?
BRADENTON, Fla., Dec. 4, 2010 -- It has been fascinating, and a little scary, to watch FoxNews unfold its attack on WikiLeaks. Today, for instance, a man from a private security company, the International Advisory Group told viewers to support designation of Julian Assange as an "enemy combatant" - presumably to set him up for the assassination some conservatives have urged.
The hard-line approach made even the FoxNews interviewer a little uneasy. Their guests have been advocating murder for the release of diplomatic cables no one has ever read (I'm saying here that I'm not sure the person exists who has read all 250,000 of them).
Of what we have read, both Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton say they discovered the cables are not as damaging as some believed.
While neither Gates nor Clinton has praised Julian Assange, Clinton in particular took pains to praise evidence in the cables of the maturity, insight and intelligence of her diplomats. The cables reveal a diplomatic corps very much engaged in grappling with the most pressing issues that face this world and usually in an honorable way; the directive to gather biometric data on foreign diplomats was apparently her own, passed on from the American intelligence establishment.
WikiLeaks doesn't see it that way. "The cables show the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in "client states"; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for US corporations; and the measures US diplomats take to advance those who have access to them," the organization says.
"This document release reveals the contradictions between the US's public persona and what it says behind closed doors - and shows that if citizens in a democracy want their governments to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see what's going on behind the scenes," WikiLeaks said.
But aside from seeking identifying data on diplomats - which might prevent impostors and identify those who smuggle contraband into the United States under cover of diplomatic immunity - the cables do no such thing.
The released cables offer a deeper, not different, view of what we are publicly told. The information in them is devastating sometimes, but to other governments, whose own spokemen have offered their publics explanations widely at variance from truths revealed in the cables.
One modest example is the way in which a Mexico's Beltrán Leyva drug cartel was disrupted. The Mexican Army was alerted to his whereabout by the American Embassy in Mexico City, but failed to act against him despite their public stance as would-be cartel-killers. As a workaround, U.S.-trained Mexican marines were told of Arturo Beltrán Leyva's whereabouts, and they hunted him down and killed him. Who does that embarrass? Not us.
So why does FoxNews want Julian Assange assassinated? You need to go very deep down and far away to learn the answer to that, but it can be summed up in a few words: China has a very firm grip on the editorial content of the entire FoxNews establishment and is using it to diminish the United States in the eyes of its own citizens while elevating China to pre-eminence in world economic, political and diplomatic affairs. The only thing that is slowing China in that strategy is the truth, revealed drip by burning hot drip in the cables that tell of hackers sponsored by the Chinese government and military attacking not only Google and American embassies and U.S. federal agencies, but the ordinary Americans who get anti-Obama lies packaged by Chinese social engineers and packed with all sorts of worms, sniffers, bots and other junk known as "malware."
A lot of Americans don't know who their enemy is, and as the inimitable Pogo cartoon character once said, "It is us." We have been used by China to spread vast amounts of misinformation not only about the President but all sorts of other things that can cause Americans to lose faith in their government, their elections and their leaders. That the cables don't bear out the fears and paranoia that Chinese hackers have spread throughout the Internet is a profoundly disturbing blow to their efforts.
Here are the secrets, after all, and they tend to be pretty much what our government and our leaders have been telling us all along. There is no huge gap between their public words and their private ones except when it comes to diplomatic civility. They are more frank and more direct than diplomats like to be, but the American people are richer for them. As a people we, through WikiLeaks, have gained the immeasurable gift of trust.
The people's trust is a priceless jewel in a government they have steadily been taught to hate and fear by Fox News, Glenn Beck, Mark Schnitt, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mike Huckabee and the rest of the pro-China pantheon of Fox talk show hosts. They pretend to be millionaire patriots when they are selling us and our country out to the Chinese communists who want to one day run our nation, not just capture its wealth.
Rupert Murdoch, who now controls the vital organ of American business, The Wall Street Journal, all the major talk shows, sensational daily newspapers like the New York Post, bought his American citizenship with a $4 million book deal for his sponsor, then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who had to give the money back and later was forced to resign.
Murdoch needed citizenship to be able to purchase the vast share of the American television market he now controls. But when he took his operation into Beijing, gaining control of a handsome market share there for his SkyNews operations, he gave up the underlying loyalty of that citizenship and sold his soul to the Politburo. Even though he only does their bidding and is probably loyal only to the money he earns, he is the wedge of Chinese influence that is dividing America.
Already, Murdoch's operations have fatally weakened the Republican Party, who for the most part are a bunch of corporate patsies unable to distinguish the good of America from the good of their own careers, and driven the legacy of Abraham Lincoln closer every day to a party that cares nothing for the human suffering that so moved Lincoln, that calculates every human heart in dollars and cents, and that dares Americans to be as cynical as it is about - yes, about America.
WikiLeaks cables make it very difficult to be cynical about America, in my view. I know many folks are saying it shows the difference between what we're told and what the truth is, but in fact they do no such thing. They show that what we are told is little different from what we really believe; rarely is there any substantial gap been the thrust of our public policy and the operations of that policy in private.
World leaders accustomed to the common brawling struggles of democracy hear far worse than anyone has ever been called in these cables; it is only those countries, like China, who do not want the world to know what is really thought of them by their peers, who need to control information and keep their people ignorant, that condemn WikiLeaks and wish death on Julian Assange. FoxNews is their voice.
I am convinced that through the trove of cables Julian Assange is releasing we will learn the true nature of the relationship between China and Rupert Murdoch. He will be shown not to be a patriot at all, if he was even genuinely suspected of that - he certainly wasn't an Australian patriot, was he? Instead, we'll find out, perhaps not too late, that the head of Fox fears the hound of truth.
The internationalist, the globalist, the anti-intellectual Murdoch and his puppet voices on the airwaves will be exposed for good as a servant of China's desire for world domination. On that day, if not before, the hounds of truth will tear him limb from limb.