Releasing government secret documents had become "old hat" by the time the first of 251,287 documents from 274 embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions were released--or so the mass media tried to claim. Even the progressive satire program The Daily Show took this view and portrayed Wikileaks as banal, providing "nothing new", as though once the worst crimes imaginable are no longer unknown, the crimes become acceptable. This propaganda even affected many leftists, including many who usually fight against capitalism and imperialism.
Yet, suddenly the US government became nervous. This is because just the few hundred US Embassy documents released expose how cynical, arrogant and condescending US government leaders and diplomats are. The cables ("cablegate") also reveal the extent of US spying on its friends and allies and on the UN; how it ignores corruption and real human rights abuses by its client states; backroom deals with allegedly "neutral" states; lobbying for US corporations' profit interests; and they reveal how other government heads connive and lie, and seek to tumble other governments.
The Empire's credibility throughout the capitalist world has been shattered. It can't be trusted to keep its own secrets. Diplomats and military officials from several allied countries have recently cancelled meetings with US counterparts. The Empire is falling, so the Empire runs amok.
US military services have issued orders that no personnel may possess mobile communication apparatuses that could be used to record or photograph anything that could be embarrassing, such as occurred in Iraqi torture chambers. Furthermore, personnel are forbidden to read any websites or newspapers, such the New York Times, which have posted any documents released by Wikileaks.
The government is also seeking to make a create a new law especially aimed at Assange and Wikileaks--a modern version of the hoary Espionage Act of 1917 that forbade US government employees from revealing secret documents. No matter that Assange is an Australian citizen and has not taken any documents from the US, the US wants to create a new category of criminal: "information terrorists". For those still in doubt about the significance of the documents being released, I point to some of the revelations.
1. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered State Department diplomats to steal personal human material information--DNA, fingerprints, iris scans, credit card information--from UN officials, including from the general secretary (their own man), from other diplomats and from human rights leaders.
2. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (the country where bin Ladin and most of the September 11 alleged terrorists come from) asked its friend, the United States government, to attack Iran.
Britain's Iraq inquiry was rigged so as to protect "US interests".
3. Brits are now angry at the US for the way its leaders privately criticize British troops in Afghanistan.
The US knows that Sri Lanka's government, under the Rajapaksa brothers's rule, massacred ten thousand or more Tamil civilians in the last days of the civil war. Sri Lanka's government can no longer have any credibility.
4. The US internally admits having lost control of Pakistan, where American forces are illegally killing civilians and despite the protests of the Pakistani government.
5. It has also been revealed that the US is secretly killing "undesirable" civilians in Yemen.
In Havana, the US government's interest section head Jonathan Farrar summoned diplomats from several embassies, including those of China, Spain, Canada, Brazil, Italy, France, Japan, to a breakfast. They discussed with their US friend, how the last remaining semi-socialist country's economy was doing. The conclusion was that its "financial situation could become fatal within 2-3 years". China's ambassador reportedly expressed "visible exasperation" with Cuba's lack of making economic reforms, and said China wants joint venture partners in Cuba to own more than half of businesses, and it wants its loans repaid pronto.
The United States Government, its capitalist economic structural base, and its capitalist allies, is Organized Sickness!
This is not just another issue. This is a frontal attack against all who wish a decent world. Uproar!
From one "information terrorist" to an information-seeking potential terrorist public, I close with Edward R. Murrow's adieu: