Just Another Wikileaks Blog Post

The neat thing about all of the Wikileaks stuff this past week is that everyone has an opinion.

Everyone knows what's right about it, and what's wrong.

Not that anyone agrees with anyone.

Or will agree with me:

Though the attempts at “cyberwarfare” (how grandiose!) by the group Anonymous look childish and, quite frankly, technologically unsophisticated (clogging up the sites? Is that the best they can do?), the charges against Julian Assange, whether for the leaks or for his sexual transgressions, have led to nothing, so far, but his detention—something that may not last very long. Though he has become the center of a second Wikileaks frenzy (the first being the leaked documents themselves), the Assange story is quite frankly, trumped up—on all sides.

As is the Wikileaks story itself.

Yes, we've now access to information, making a great deal public that its authors would prefer remained private. But nothing has been revealed, I am sure, that all parties directly involved didn't already know. The problem, for any of the principals, is that “everyone” now knows how others (particularly American diplomats) think of them. The world of diplomacy being what it is (filled with its own, private leaks), all sides knew all this stuff anyway—not probably, but certainly, or none of the intelligence services anywhere is worth a plugged nickel.

Personally, I like the Wikileaks releases for a number of reasons. First, a democracy functions best when the populace knows what its leaders are doing. Second, more information (if we can process it) is axiomatically better than less. Third, this is a good lesson for our diplomats and top leaders: keep your cards close—someone is always trying to take a peek. Fourth, much to my surprise, American diplomats have come off looking like the 'adults in the room.' As an American, that pleases me.

Do I care about the trials and tribulations of Julian Assange himself? Not really. I'd much prefer him in a novel than in real life. In a novel, I could be convinced to sympathize with him. As it is, I simply find him a trainwreck that I shouldn't be watching and have no way of preventing.

If we are careful and consider what we are discovering through the actions of Wikileaks and through the information released, we are liable to learn a great deal about ourselves, the Web, and our world. Good. If we continue to simply watch the soap opera around Assange, we may end up with less than we had before—a more restrictive world and Web. Bad.

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... is not even the "ho hum" information coming from the government documents. Anyone with a lick of common sense would expect the US (and other nations) to be acting this way in their "diplomacy efforts". Especially coming out of the notoriously shady Foggy Bottom and their "spy vs spy" mindset. IMHO, everything now, the mega over reaction, is in the hopes of discrediting wikileaks and shutting them down before the leaks on Bank of America and BP (and other bigger things) hit the nets.

The politicians are just feigning the outrage over these revelations because the "new media" (and wikileaks is just a conduit for transferring this info to the new media) ain't so reliably pliable to the interests of the elite as the traditional media has been proved in shutting down important information for the elite's benefit.

I mean, #cablegate is important and an eye opener into the mindset of the political gamesmanship but my rule of thumb in all things political? Follow the money because that is where the real political power (and rage at wikileaks) is.

Kaupthing was listed on the Iceland Stock Exchange in October 2000, at which point the original owners of the Bank, the savings banks in Iceland, reduced their holdings, and individuals and institutional investors replaced them as shareholders. Kaupthing Bank shares were listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange (now OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm) in 2002.

By 9 October 2008, Kaupthing Bank HF was forced into government receivership - only days after a crisis at Landsbanki placed it into government control. Due to the crisis throughout the Icelandic financial system, all trading in the country's equity markets was suspended on 13 October 2008. On 29 July 2009 Wikileaks exposed a confidential 210 page document listing Kaupthing's exposure to loans ranging from 45 million to 1.25 billion Euros.[10] The leaked presentation revealed the bank had loaned billions of euros to its major shareholders, including a total of €1.43 billion to Exista and subsidiaries which own 23% of the bank.

And that is the kind of who and what that wikileaks threatens the most.

IOW: We are probably of the same/similar view about some of this carnival sideshow:

But probably for some different reasons because I don't view the diplomats necessarily coming off as "the adults in the room". But they are pretty much doing what we could have figured they were doing without the leaks. Some of the things diplomats are ding is rational and in the interests of all Americans and some of it is only in the interests of their corporate and elite owners, as well. That ain't adult.

They is being pwned and exposed, as well.

Any bets on whether there are similr hypocrises in Foggy Bottom's own statements and actions - exposing our govenrnment and the elite to ridicule for their actions  - like this one:

WikiLeaks memo stirs up central bank controversy in UK

Bank of England chief allegedly expressed concerns about senior politicians.

Vidya Ram

London, Dec. 1

The Governor of the Bank of England is the latest senior figure to face embarrassing revelations from Wikileaks, raising new questions about his political neutrality.

Mr Mervyn King had grave misgivings about the “lack of experience” of Britain's senior-most politicians. In a cable sent by US Ambassador to London, Mr Louis Susman, in mid-February and which formed part of the latest tranche of documents published by The Guardian newspaper, Mr King expressed a number of concerns about Mr David Cameron and Mr George Osborne, then in Opposition.

The two politicians had “not fully grasped the pressures” they would face from pressure groups, as they embarked on a fiscal deficit-reducing program, Mr King said, according to the memo. He also expressed his concern that the two leaders had yet to outline concrete ideas to reduce Britain's massive deficit, and had merely spoken in generalities. “Both Cameron and Osborne have a tendency to think about issues only in terms of politics,” he is alleged to have said.

The revelations come at a particularly bad time for Mr King, who is already facing strong criticism for stepping across that notoriously fine line that divides Government and central bank policy, by giving a ringing endorsement to the Conservative Government's spending plans. (Read on...)

And if you think there might be some good examples in #cablegate, do you think our media will report on them when/if they are exposed?

They'll report on the political games... But I doubt they will hit too many of the real stories that involve the real players. That would be too icky for them. lol


By that comment, that I had been working on a similar diary to the one you wrote. :)

...on this, particularly on the nuances, than I.

I look forward to reading more of what you write on it.

One thing I should have been clearer on: when I speak of the 'adults in the room' I am thinking in comparison to the public face of the Bush administration, not only to the diplomats of the rest of the world.


before I post because my comment had so many grammar and spelling errors in it. Oh well... I did say I was working on a post. lol And I am glad you wrote that diary. It was a better opening for discussion than the one I was going to do.

Also, almost anyone looks like an adult compared to most of the right wing these days, and especially compared to the Bush adminisatration and their appointments. Even the most ranting and raging bloggers in the left,. Can you just imagine what Foggy Bottom was like under Rice, et. al, with the cloak and dagger evil given some of their public positions? I shudder at the thought.