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GORDON DUFF: The Wiki Hoax

December 3, 2010

The following column is reprinted with permission from Gordon Duff, staff writer and Senior Editor at Veterans Today.

The Wiki Hoax
©  Gordon Duff
Source:  Veterans Today
December 2, 2010

*  The Global Conspiracy Behind The Boyish Grin…

True colors, we are seeing them now. Those still trying to peddle the Wikileaks myth, the boyish grin concealing the powerful conspiracy, espionage and treason at the highest levels of American society, these are the real enemies of the information age.

There are two opinions of Wikileaks. The world’s intelligence services all, every single one, believes Wikileaks is simply an intelligence agency playing games. They say this to each other, Vladimir Putin and Zbigniew Brzezinski have announced it to the world and others are following suit.

Nobody, at least nobody typically “answerable” will say the word “Israel” but it is what they mean when they say “intelligence agency.” They mean Israel. Every Wikileak does something to help Israel in a different way at a different time. If Israel has a problem, a Wikileak is there, part of the solution. This time, Secretary Clinton was in the way and Wikileaks showed up to gut the State Department and give Israel the usual “buff and polish” job they usually do.

There is another group, not a group that actually believes Wikileaks is real, few but the “Joe Six-Pack” crowd buys that, but a group that loves Wikileaks like an addict loves a fix. The press loves Wikileaks. I even love Wikileaks. Wikileaks is pushing readership through the roof, not just America but worldwide. Wikileaks is a news marketing phenomenon like any disaster. There is a reason the media are compared to vultures and hyenas.

Killing Wikileaks as the hoax it is, and not a harmless hoax, not by a long shot, is like killing the golden goose. Wikileaks sells news, pulls up website traffic to unimaginable levels, even crashes servers from overload. There isn’t just one story, teaching the world how bad America is, there is also the daytime TV drama, the soap opera of Julian Assange.

I wonder when the public will pick up on the endless stream of carefully posed, carefully staged photos. Just imagine meeting Assange, hiding from Interpol, running for his life, the CIA hunting him down, angry “date rape” victims lurking the streets of London and Amsterdam. He always has time for the media, never misses an interview.

“Julian, look to the side, leer a bit… look threatening. OK, another one, this time… softer… something the gay community will like. OK, that was great.”

Wikileaks would be funny if it weren’t getting people killed, something almost everyone agrees on. Those with a powerful desire to “buy in,” the disaffected, the overt and “closet” America haters and, most of all, the bored. Wikileaks is perfect for people with nothing to do, nothing to talk about and absolutely no knowledge about foreign policy or defense. There is something for everyone in Wikileaks, rape, gay sex, car chases, everything but truth.

Nasty Truth

Why call Wikileaks a hoax? Many have now pointed out that some things don’t make sense, that selected very nasty information seems to have been dug out, all “one sided,” and very much not simple “leaks.” Wikileaks is propaganda sold as truth. Are the things in Wikileaks lies? Here is a good analogy for Wikileaks:

There are three houses on a street for sale. One man, a neighbor down the block, puts up a website claiming a murderer and child rapist lives on the street. The website is correct, as are Wikileaks, there is a murderer and child rapist living on the street, but as we might guess, this isn’t the entire story.

Property values plummet. More homes go up for sale. Nobody will buy there and those who are there all want to leave.

The three houses go into foreclosure and more on the way. The man who puts up the website buys them for half their value, the families who owned them are now living in a public shelter for the homeless.

What the website doesn’t say is that the person who put it up is the murder and child rapist. Welcome to Wikileaks and “warfare through deception.”

The FBI And AIPAC

We are supposed to believe that Julian Assange and Bradley Manning have outwitted the FBI, made fools of them. Ann Coulter is beating that drum, part of her crusade against gays in general. What’s not to hate? Seldom overweight, nicely dressed, financially successful, better educated than most, certainly not a demographic that would appeal to Ann Coulter, hardly the kind of Americans she caters to.

Selling the “Bradley Manning” myth, that accused serial rapist Assange’s “gay lover” looted the Pentagon of its least vital secrets, bringing America’s evil Fascist dictatorship to its knees… the myth. There is also the minor problem that Manning was in jail when the other leaks occurred. The excuse given, Assange has been sitting on the information for months, simply doesn’t hold water.

Judy Woodruff of PBS, while interviewing former national security advisors Zbigniew Brzezinski and Stephen Hadley, made an attempt to sell the Bradley Manning myth. Watch Brzezinski and Hadley shut her down like an alarm clock stuck on a “rap” station:

JUDY WOODRUFF:  But a lot of these documents have been in the hands — haven’t they been in the hands of WikiLeaks for some time?

ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI:  We don’t know that for a fact.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  …because of — because of this private who is in jail and accused, Army private?

STEPHEN HADLEY:  We don’t know it!

Publicly, the FBI is silent, choosing ignominy and survival. Highly placed sources indicate the AIPAC spy scandal, now shoved under the rug, was 10 times the extent of the infamous Pollard affair. We are told there is solid evidence of widespread espionage extending to the highest levels of, not only Defense but the Executive branch as well. Arrest warrants were being prepared for more than several Bush officials and several currently serving President Obama. With two presidents being blackmailed because their administrations had been totally penetrated by spies, the FBI was called off.

Grant Smith discusses the Rosen v. AIPAC lawsuit that threatens to bring Washington to its knees with an espionage scandal of unimagined proportions:

Steven J. Rosen’s defamation lawsuit against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is now entering a critical phase. A series of cross-filings stakes out the critical court terrain. Rosen intends to show that obtaining and leveraging classified U.S. government information in the service of Israel is common practice at AIPAC. He claims it was unfair for AIPAC to fire and malign him in the press after he was indicted on espionage charges in 2005.

On March 2, 2009, Rosen filed the civil lawsuit against his former employer, directors, and an outside public relations firm for libel and slander. Rosen, AIPAC’s former foreign policy chief, seeks $5 million in damages from AIPAC, and punitive damages of $500,000 from each former board member, for a total claim of $21 million. AIPAC made statements to the news media Rosen believes were “knowingly false and defamatory and issued in reckless disregard.” AIPAC fired Rosen and fellow employee Keith Weissman after they were criminally indicted under the 1917 Espionage Act in 2005. Both were caught up in an FBI sting operation receiving classified information from Department of Defense employee Col. Lawrence Franklin, who pled guilty and turned state’s witness.

Rosen’s legal counsel David H. Shapiro gruffly advised AIPAC’s attorney Thomas L. McCally that he would be seeking “serious discovery” on Rosen’s behalf during a status hearing on June 5, 2009. It is this sort of public intrusion guided by knowledgeable insiders, following already devastating FBI raids, that AIPAC probably wants to avoid at all costs.

Ironically, Rosen’s civil lawsuit, like the failed government prosecution, hinges on proving that circulating classified information is common practice inside AIPAC.

What FBI insiders have alluded to is that the the case should have been allowed to follow the investigation which had led, not just to a vast Israeli spy ring operating through AIPAC but to falsifying the intelligence reports used to justify the ill fated U.S. invasion of, not only Iraq but Afghanistan. Sources indicate that Wikileaks is seen as an attempt to duplicate the espionage and treason of 2001 and 2003, but this time aimed at Iran.

Wikileaks As An Entertainment Commodity

There is little doubt that the primary purpose of Wikileaks has always been to clear the way for an attack on Iran. If one ignores what Zbigniew Brzezniski calls “seeding” with “pointed intelligence,” what he says is proof Wikileaks is an intelligence operation, the Wikileaks saga can be appreciated for drama alone. Would anyone be surprised to see Assange on Skating with the Stars? After all, Bristol Palin had a very successful season on Dancing with the Stars and Assange may actually be a less controversial figure.

Is Julian Assange going to be arrested and sentenced to counseling for sex addition? Can anyone imagine Assange making a public apology? That would be worth staying up late for.

Anyone in the industry recognizes a few basic things about Assange. Everything is staged, everything is managed. Anyone who doesn’t see the handiwork of a professional publicist and agent, the “personal assistant,” the body guards and all the other trappings of Britney or Lindsay, is, well, part of the act themselves. Assange is just a shill, a “carny.” Britney deserves better than the comparison.

The 500 Pound Gorilla

Calling Wikileaks a simple hoax is a kindness. Maybe we can call 9/11 a hoax also. Will the families of the dead feel any better? History will prove Wikileaks, 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, the mindless and seemingly eternal fiasco of Afghanistan are all acts in the same play, certainly a tragedy but hardly Shakespearean.

Bradley Manning isn’t the “Wikileaker,” not by a long shot. If the FBI’s assertions about AIPAC are correct and there is no reason to believe otherwise, Wikileaks could easily be the small army of “dual citizens,” the only possible suspects. There is no other group able to silence and shelve the FBI, able to pull documents out of databases at Defense, State, foreign embassies. The sad attempts to blame Manning or the Chinese, certainly victims of the recent revelations, are acts of desperation.

Wikileaks the hoax isn’t an area for rumination. You accept the fact or show your colors, red white and blue, or blue and white.

That time is here, the debates are long over. Assange a hero? Assange a victim? Where you see those questions, look behind them. You will see the smiling face of treason, not for the first time.

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Gordon Duff is a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran and Senior Editor at Veterans Today. His career has included extensive experience in international banking along with such diverse areas as consulting on counter insurgency, defense technologies or acting as diplomatic officer of U.N. humanitarian groups. He is a widely published expert on military and defense issues.

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