With Wikileaks Releasing Syrian Emails, Will People Realize It's Not Just Targeting The US?

from the radical-transparency dept

One of the bizarre issues that came out after Wikileaks began releasing its treasure trove of US State Department cables, was this suggestion from the US government that Wikileaks was clearly an anti-US organization. However, as has been pointed out time and time again, it’s not: it’s an anti-secrecy organization. You can agree or disagree with that position, but the various attempts to brand Wikileaks and Julian Assange as particularly anti-American (and to even look to use Espionage Act claims against them) always seemed misguided. With the latest release of millions of Syrian government emails, it makes you wonder if those same people who were complaining about the organization being anti-American are now also complaining about it being “anti-Syrian.”

Randomly, this can’t be particularly surprising when, as we noted a few months ago, some hackers had worked out that a large number of high level government officials in Syria used 12345 as their email password.

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dba1291ua says:

Whoever said Wikileaks was specifically anti-US? As you can easily guess, they will release whatever info they can manage to get access to. They choose targets of opportunity. As for Syria, you know it is actually one of our allies. Why do you think the US government has allowed them to just keep on killing its own citizens, when they invaded other countries for less?

Hephaestus (profile) says:

Re: Re:

“Why do you think the US government has allowed them to just keep on killing its own citizens”

Probably to help maintain Iran. If you remove Syria, Iran falls in short order. Then the whole monetary and hardware support for terrorism thing starts drying up. In a couple years it leads to destabilization of a couple countries in south america. Its a bunch of domino’s.

nraddin (profile) says:

It does help that they actually targeted something other than the US. It’s one thing to tell everyone you are willing to point stuff out from anyone and anywhere, actually doing it is a big step. It’s not like there is nothing anywhere else in the world that is bad and should be exposed.

It’s a lot like the police saying they are not racist, yet they only pull over brown people. And then point to the one white guy they have a parking ticket to 3 months ago as proof they aren’t racist.

I don’t believe that wikileaks is after America specifically, but actions speak louder than words. You want to make people stop saying that, prove it and this kind of thing goes a long way toward that.

Huh? says:

Re: What on earth are you on about?

Wikileaks was not considered anti-US for the years between its launch in 2006 and the release of documents embarassing to the US in 2010.

They’ve released plenty of stuff in the years since 2006 that is not “targeted” at the US. It’s nonsense and fluff to suggest otherwise.

Even Hilary Clinton was praising Wikileaks before the US was embarassed. If the people you speak of do not hate the US and its Constitution, if they are not determined to be slovenly and negligent in their democractic duties, they should not have a problem and in fact should be pleased that the citizens of the US would be given the information needed to check and balance their government.

People in free democracies who resent hearing bad news about their own government are slovenly and negligent. People died for their freedoms. A bit of self monitoring of their own government is a small ask in comparison.

Anonymous Coward says:

When you think of what matters in the world, and what honest people really care about, it’s the quest for decency, honour and tolerance for all our fellow creatures.
There’s no point to life without it. We might as well stick our feet in the soil and grow leaves.

I’m with the brave ones who have taken the rap for the human race for aeons and still do. Not for me that sly, devious, murderous wheeling and dealing to fill the puny Big Guys’ bottomless pit of need and greed.

Did any PhD correlate corrupt regimes with poor potty training?

littleduck says:

all fine and dandy – but you know that one of the news outlets that’s been selected is a newspaper that’s pro-regime and embarrassingly apologetic towards Bashar and his actions? Who do you think is going to be embarrassing who in this situation?


I can personally testify, that yes, the paper is staunchly pro-syrian – forget about reading any balanced viewpoints

Q?r Tharkasd?ttir (profile) says:

Good comments, really (curious how the level varies from one post to another.)

Now, far away from me the thought of propagating any kind of disinformation, but: a relatively reliable French site dedicated to conveying information and comments you don’t find everywhere in the French-speaking world stated yesterday (without citing its sources!) that Qatar might have paid 10 million British pounds to Wikileaks for the publication of those Syrian documents???within the next two months (?)

Personally, I don’t believe it, but then I’ve learned by now that it’s not because I don’t believe in something that it can’t turn out to be true.

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