The Big Lie About WikiLeaks: They Have Dumped The Cables Indiscriminately
Glenn Greenwald had a radio interview and follow up examples where he hammers the point that WikiLeaks is being falsely accused of dumping “thousands” of cables instead of the careful vetting by major press institutions. The reality is that nearly without exception they are simply posting cables that have already been reported by one of their media partners, and with the full redactions in place…redactions that are made with input from US officials.
In other news, Daniel Ellsberg supports WikiLeaks:
Ellsberg strongly rejects the mantra “Pentagon Papers good; WikiLeaks material bad.” He continues: “That’s just a cover for people who don’t want to admit that they oppose any and all exposure of even the most misguided, secretive foreign policy. The truth is that EVERY attack now made on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was made against me and the release of the Pentagon Papers at the time.”
That excerpt is part of a statement of support for WikiLeaks signed by seven people who worked in the intelligence or state apparatuses, with several of them attempting to stop the Iraq War by releasing documents about the falsity of the pre-war propaganda push. It also includes Larry Wilkerson, who was Powell’s long time assistant and Chief of Staff. He has since spoken very loudly about the lead up to the Iraq War and its execution. I always have been chagrined at the lack of attention paid to Wilkerson considering that he was privy to the highest levels of decision making and the disputes between State and the Cheney “cabal.”