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August 28, 2010 / joninews

WikLeaks now targeted by American PR counterspin

You be the judge?


Anyone who has spent time in Georgia will soon come to realize just how many of the so called reform generation are on the payrolls of UNDP, SOROS and USAID, and whenever possible, is enthralled with Radio Liberty Georgia, the Georgian language version TAVISUPLEBIS, … these same players are linked via Facebook to the official story line by Radio Liberty. One only needs to pull up the Radio Liberty website and they do not already now, will soon realize just how so so nasty it is. 

Long ago, U.S. propaganda agencies were much more humane, tolerant, and careful how to criticize their targets. Today it is a turkey shoot.  see below.

http://www.rferl.org/content/Why_Is_WikiLeaks_So_Focused_On_The_United_States/2138437.html

http://www.radiotavisupleba.ge/content/article/2137329.html

 

Transmission

Why Is WikiLeaks So Focused On The United States?

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

August 26, 2010

WikiLeaks has just released its latest leak, this one a CIA memorandum hypothesizing on the potential damage to the U.S. public image if Washington was ever deemed an exporter of terrorism. But is WikiLeaks being mindful enough of its own public image? With yet another U.S.-centered leak, is the organization delivering on its goal of being a global whistle-blower?

WikiLeaks has been derided by conservative U.S. media as “an unabashed foe of US policy,”  whose “goal is to ‘expose’ only the people they hate — meaning the US military — and get famous for it.”

WikiLeaks received a milder reception from liberal U.S. media — for example, the “Los Angeles Times” wrote “the germane question is whether the United States and its allies are best served by secrecy or debate.” 

Both sides, though, seem to share the view that WikiLeaks is only meaningful vis-a-vis the United States. Consider the same “Los Angeles Times” editorial, which goes so far as to dub WikiLeaks’ motivations as “barely interesting” in light of their potential impact upon American policy.

However, for journalists and human rights activists outside the United States, particularly in Asia and the former Soviet Union, WikiLeaks’ motivations are interesting, indeed, they are key. Democracy activists outside the United States see WikiLeaks as a potential ally in their fight to bring reform to some of the world’s most repressive governments.

WikiLeaks has previously described its real goal thus: “Our primary interests are oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to those in the West who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their own governments and corporations.”

Additionally, an anonymous 9 June 2007 e-mail from WikiLeaks to their volunteers casts important light on its strategy regarding the West: “Apart from the beneficial effect on Western democracies, we believe this will provide a strong, consistent base where we can operate efficiently and freely, permitting us to concentrate our efforts on the most repressive regimes.”

Indeed, WikiLeaks debuted with an expose of Somalia’s Union of Islamic Courts, and one of its richest treasure troves concerns Thailand, where censorship is common and criticism of the king is a major crime. But until WikiLeaks began butting heads with the United States, this material remained largely obscure.

Now Julian Assange and his crew are getting noticed. Chinese bloggers take WikiLeaks very seriously (and so does their government). They’d love its hacking fingers to pry open the Communist Party’s archives — and bank accounts. Precisely the same sentiments have been voiced in Central Asia.

Yet one of Turkmenistan’s most prominent dissident voices, the blogger Annasoltan, worries that it might get too caught up in its publicity battle with the United States: “The West is already awash in information; Turkmenistan is dying of data thirst. Right now it seems WikiLeaks is engaged in some kind of tit-for-tat with the United States. I just hope they don’t get distracted from their real mission, because we need their help.”

Christopher Schwartz

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  1. WikiLeaker / Aug 29 2010 10:01 am

    Wait, so are you saying that this post from RFE/RL is ANTI-WikiLeaks? Because it seems really PRO-WikiLeaks to me.

    • joninews / Aug 29 2010 8:07 pm

      RFE/RL is part of the mechanism of US spin, yes, I am saying this – and the article stands and related commentary on its own merits – and the reader should be the judge.

      Feel free to contact me off this system at http://geonews.110mb.com/contact.php

      I have lots of information on arms trafficking that I would like to share, and some is already be spilled via my own network.

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