It is becoming common for people to say they don’t like Wikileaks because they can’t stand Assange. This is misleading. Few sympathize with Assange as a character. Most of us, myself included, have never met with him. But the issue here is not Assange, his hair or whether he does, or does not have, the ability to have sex with women while they are asleep. What is crucial instead, is the wealth of information that we have learned thanks to Wikileaks. Here’s a good summary from The Guardian. And yes, it is a lot of information. And there is much more. No matter how many experts out there say that “they already knew it all”. Because regardless of whether some experts really “knew it all”, the average Mohammed, Rui or Juana did not. And they are angry. It’s not suprising then that Foreign Policy calls the Tunisian revolt “the first Wikileaks revolution”. Wikileaks has been a catalyst for change in Egypt, Tunisia and in lesser degrees in many other countries. Wikileaks revelations will likely continue to outrage demonstrators and activists around the world for quite a while. And all that change we owe to the diplomatic service of the United States which turned out to be a group of remarkable journalists, the courage of one soldier, and the entrepreneurial spirit of everyone who worked at Wikileaks, including Julian Assange.

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Haim on February 15, 2011  · 


I just read this article (excerpt below) in the Jpost, also published in “The Guardian”.
It is related to a story generated by the “courage of one soldier” that triggered a war on his own country.

Jerusalem Post 02/15/2011 19:07

Informant hold little regrets on stories fabricated, used by German intelligence to concoct war that brought down Saddam Hussein. Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, the defector who had convinced the George W. Bush administration that Iraq had a secret biological weapons program, admitted to British news daily the Guardian that he fabricated his tales.

Wikileaks is pure gossip and it can be very dangerous that Mohammed, Rui or Juana start believing in any unreliable publication that might appear on the newspaper or in facebook or twitter.

My main disagreement with you, Martin, is that I do not believe these movements in the Arab world are related to the internet media. About 40% of these people are illiterate and do not carry a Mac.


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Haim on February 15, 2011  · 

My apologies. I did not tag correctly my comment above

The newspaper article is “Informant hold …. his tales”

My comment starts on “Wikileaks is pure gossip… etc”

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