I logged on to Wikileaks knowing that if the US were angry and worried, Wikileaks must be publishing truth. The Empire that pours all of its vast resources into suppressing truth, at home and in every country on the planet, has a new thorn in its foot and is feeling a little uncomfortable. So it should. Nothing quite like this has ever happened before. One cannot underestimate the significance of Wikileaks, especially this recent release of US Embassy cables from all over the world.
Suddenly, millions of people have access to actual US foreign relations communications, not the spin, not the lies, not the media releases, the truth. These are not documents 30 years old that have been declassified. Many of them date right up to this year. These are not censored and watered down cables obtained through the US Freedom of Information Act. They are the real thing.
On Wikileaks we have an insight into how the world is run.
A quick scan for Latin American Embassy cables (of which there are not many yet) instantly reveals that the US knew the military coup in Honduras last year was entirely illegal and unprovoked. Yet, the USA (our global democracy police) was uncharacteristically silent at the time, because, of course, a far right government was ousting one of the centre-left. A centre-left government may have led to the unthinkable, an improved deal for Honduras´ poor majority, perhaps at the expense (albeit small) of the oligarchy and US corporations.
This is but one of the quarter of a million cables from around the globe. The 28th of November 2010 will go down in history as the beginning of a major moment. How big a moment depends on whether modern globalised society has care and concern for other parts of the globe.
Here is what Wikileaks says on its main page for the embassy leaks:
Wikileaks began on Sunday November 28th publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into US Government foreign activities.
The cables, which date from 1966 up until the end of February this year, contain confidential communications between 274 embassies in countries throughout the world and the State Department in Washington DC. 15,652 of the cables are classified Secret.
The embassy cables will be released in stages over the next few months. The subject matter of these cables is of such importance, and the geographical spread so broad, that to do otherwise would not do this material justice.
The cables show the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in “client states”; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for US corporations; and the measures US diplomats take to advance those who have access to them.
This document release reveals the contradictions between the US’s public persona and what it says behind closed doors – and shows that if citizens in a democracy want their governments to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see what’s going on behind the scenes.
Every American schoolchild is taught that George Washington – the country’s first President – could not tell a lie. If the administrations of his successors lived up to the same principle, today’s document flood would be a mere embarrassment. Instead, the US Government has been warning governments—even the most corrupt—around the world about the coming leaks and is bracing itself for the exposures.
The full set consists of 251,287 documents, comprising 261,276,536 words (seven times the size of “The Iraq War Logs”, the world’s previously largest classified information release).
The cables cover from 28th December 1966 to 28th February 2010 and originate from 274 embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions.
After a year travelling in Latin America it is impossible not to see and learn of the depth and brutality of US interference especially in this region, yet it is so often partially clouded and obscured by power and deceit. Now those interested can hear of it from the dictator´s mouth on Wikileaks.
The question will be however, are we interested? Or are we so entertained and numb we are not interested in truth, are we so apathetic that we are complicit in the misery globalised by US foreign policy?
Pick a keyword, place or a date, and search, you might just be interested.
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