By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior EditorWikileaks is like the Hydra of Greek mythology. You cut off one head, another springs out, even more vicious than the one lying at your feet. After having waited until the scandal died down, discrediting Wikileaks for its ties to Israeli intelligence and its pattern of using censorship and ‘seeded’ information to serve a pro-war agenda, 700 new documents are released today on “Gitmo.”
At first glance, this is the usual Wikileaks “chickenfeed.” Yes, everyone knows America tortured prisoners, held innocent men for years and was utterly inept in handling intelligence. Though tales of sexual humiliation and torture sell newspapers, the information itself was old news years ago. However, as is usually the case, every Wikileak has a “Wiki-agenda” behind it and this one, as usual, is no exception.
The New York Times was heavily ‘burned” by Wikileaks, having been discredited by Assange’s reporting of censorship of leaked information that was turned over to that publication. Their report on today’s leak is restrained and cautious.
A NUCLEAR THREAT, BUT FROM WHOM?
Al Qaeda Threatens a ‘Nuclear Hellstorm’This is what Newsweek “gleaned” from Wikileaks. Here is another, even more frightening version from the Guardian:
In another chilling revelation, the files show that admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed claimed that al Qaeda operatives had planted a hidden nuclear bomb in Europe, vowing to detonate it if Osama bin Laden were ever captured. They promised a “nuclear hellstorm.” Attempts by al Qaeda to obtain nukes have been previously documented.
“We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets…We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen”Both quotes are nuclear threats against Europe. America has also been under the threat of nuclear terrorism. Veterans Today reports:
“The American people are afraid, they see disaster coming. Everyone is waiting to see what city is chosen to be sacrificed. Will it be Phoenix or Sacramento or perhaps Atlanta? This is the real fear, the “not so secret” fear in the heart of every American.”The first “nuclear threat” quote is a carefully “seeded” (an accusation made against Wikieaks by Zbigniew Brzezinski) document pulled out of context and promoted by a publication even more “Israeli-sensitive” than even Wikileaks itself, whose embattled head, Julian Assange, has long been established as a close ally of Israel.
Brzezinski said this to Judy Woodroof about Wikileaks:
I wonder whether, in fact, there aren’t some operations internationally, intelligence services, that are feeding stuff to WikiLeaks, because it is a unique opportunity to embarrass us, to embarrass our position, but also to undermine our relations with particular governments.The problem with the second and far more serious threat is that it is made by prominent Israeli spokesman Martin Van Cleveld and talks of an Israeli nuclear attack on Europe, not one by Al Qaeda. We know Israel has hundreds of nuclear weapons. We also know that a vital UN vote is coming up in September, a vote that could establish a Palestinian state under UN protection and set an agenda to return land stolen by Israeli “settlers.”
There has long been conjecture that Osama bin Laden may never have been involved in terrorism and that Al Qaeda may never have really existed. In light of the massive fabricated intelligence from the Iraq War, particularly since revelations this week by Nobel Prize winner El Baradei, the credibility of any “intelligence” on Al Qaeda or bin Laden comes into question.
From an AP story today:
This BBC report, suppressed in the United States, claims that, not only was bin Laden never a terrorist leader, but Al Qaeda is a myth as well: Freer to speak now than he was as an international civil servant, the Nobel-winning Egyptian accuses U.S. leaders of “grotesque distortion” in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, when then-President George W. Bush and his lieutenants claimed Iraq possessed doomsday weapons despite contrary evidence collected by ElBaradei’s and other arms inspectors inside the country
More questionable reporting comes from the Washington Post. This is the lead line in their front page coverage today:
On Sept. 11, 2001, the core of al-Qaeda was concentrated in a single city: Karachi, Pakistan.
But we though Osama bin Laden planned it all, over a period of years, in Afghanistan. Is there a reason to “deflect” attention from bin Laden, now known to have been dead for so many years despite the continual release of video and now audio tapes by the Israeli news agency SITE Intelligence?
According to the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States, the last bin Laden transcript included the following statement (from a classified CIA archive):
UPI’s Editor, Arnaud de Borchgrave says the following regarding the death of Osama bin Laden:
- “I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States.”
- “Neither I had any knowledge of these attacks nor I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. . Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people. Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle.” (Central Intelligence Agency Official Translation)
CIA Director Leon Panetta said in early July that the intelligence agency hadn’t been able to positively confirm any specific information on the uber-terrorist since “late 2001.” And all those audio and video tapes broadcast by the Qatar-based Al Jazeera global television network? Clever Israeli forgeries, says Duff.With bin Laden dead, is there a Wikileaks “agenda” to put Pakistan under the gun, particularly after reports tying admitted murderer Raymond Davis to an Indian/Israeli terrorist cell working with the Taliban. Pakistan’s advanced missile program and new “nuclear capable’ long range bombers may be seen as a threat to moves in the region if Paksitan-American relations continue to cool.
Many other voices in cyberspace claim the bin Laden myth is kept “alive” to justify the Afghan war and the global war on terror.
Angelo Codevilla, who teaches international relations at Boston University, is a former U.S. intelligence officer who studied Soviet disinformation techniques during the Cold War. He says a close examination of all the alleged bin Laden tapes, including the videos, have convinced him that Elvis Presley is more alive than Osama bin Laden.
By all accounts from those who knew him prior to 9/11, bin Laden was a deeply religious man and his early tapes after 9/11 were sprinkled with references to God and the Prophet Muhammad. Not so the later ones, which were subsequently analyzed by some experts who said they were professional forgeries.
The last time credible intercepts of bin Laden’s voice were made by overhead satellites in early December 2001 as he was escaping through the Tora Bora mountain range from Afghanistan to the sanctuary of Pakistan’s tribal areas.
The biggest giveaway is the return to attacks on Pakistan and her intelligence services. This seems to be the greatest area of Wikileaks bias. The Daily Beast reports:
Pakistan Intelligence Service Labeled as TerrorismHowever, the Economic Times reports, only two weeks ago:
A damning document that surely won’t help strained relationships between the U.S. and Pakistan: The main Pakistani intelligence service, ISI, was listed by American authorities as a terrorist organization—on par with al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah. “Through associations” with these groups, the documents say, the ISI was linked to “terrorist or insurgent activity.”
WASHINGTON: Pakistani spy master Lt. Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha flew into Washington for what an official called a “frank discussion” with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta on the strained US-Pakistan relationship.In fact, the “damning document” referred to by Newsweek is one of dozens carefully “seeded” into Wikileaks and equally “seeded” into the Newsweek story.
CIA spokesman Preston Golson called the discussions between Pasha and Panetta “productive” and said the “CIA-ISI relationship remains on solid footing.”
Yes, the documents are “damning” but more for Newsweek, Israel and Julian Assange.
General Mirza Aslam Beg, former Chief of Staff, Army of Paksitan, said this in an article in Veterans Today:
The Wikileaks revelations confirm the obvious, more than what it informs us about the darker corners of ‘US diplomacy, cloaked in securitocracy.’ In fact, it is Cyber War, in the new game of psy-warfare, targeting individuals and countries, to cover-up the shame of defeat of war on Afghanistan, war on Iraq and 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon. The cyber war has been launched, impacting public opinion globally, and focusing on three objectives mainly:
1.To cause defamation of the countries which have had a role, direct or indirect, in the defeat of the Americans and their allies, in Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan, and create mistrust amongst them, so that they are not able to challenge future American plans in the region.
2.To create conditions for a civil war in Afghanistan and out of the chaos and confusion, reduce Pakistan and Iran to subservience, something they have not been able to achieve during the last thirty years.
3. To establish Indian hegemony over South Asia, including Afghanistan, and project American strategic interests in the region.
The technique used in making these revelations is typical of psy operations approach, of mixing truth with lies in a manner that truth tends to get submerged under the lies, as is the case here. The report has not said a word about Israel, nor it gives any disadvantage to US in the implementation of policies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and other Muslim countries, which have been particularly targeted. The Wikileaks betrays the role of a country with resources to break the secret code of US diplomatic order, because it is not possible for an individual like Julian Assange, the fugitive, to accomplish such high profile task. The report, no doubt, has created ripples around the world, but will subside as it is looked into with a deeper perspective, regarding its source, intent and purpose.WASHINGTON POST GOES “NUTTER” ON BIN LADEN
Mixed with Wikileaks “chickenfeed” and unsubstantiated reports of the heinous acts of every nation but Israel (despite Julian Assange’s assertion that he would publish “dirt” on Israel many months ago) is wild conjecture steamed up by the papers themselves. Worst of all is the Washington Post.
Mixing Wikileaks with unsupported and unfounded text, the Post buries themselves in their attempt to establish Osama bin Laden as “alive and well” in Pakistan, a position they have taken with no sources, not even Wikileak material.
The Post is simply “making it all up.”
Here, from the Post:
According to the documents, four days after the Sept. 11 attacks, bin Laden visited a guesthouse in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. He told the Arab fighters gathered there “to defend Afghanistan against the infidel invaders” and to “fight in the name of Allah.”Here the Post attempts to cover its “behind” by cutting off contact with bin Laden after his death on December 14, 2001. Note that the use of “according to documents” doesn’t reference Wikileaks or provide any references as to whether the documents they are using are ones they wrote themselves, which, in fact, they are.
It was beginning of a peripatetic three months for bin Laden and Zawahiri. Traveling by car among several locations in Afghanistan, bin Laden handed out assignments to his followers, met with some of the Taliban leadership and delegated control of al-Qaeda to the group’s Shura Council, presumably because he feared being captured or killed as U.S. forces closed in.
They go on:
Bin Laden, accompanied by Zawahiri and a handful of close associates in his security detail, escaped to his cave complex in Tora Bora in November. Around Nov. 25, he was seen giving a speech to the leaders and fighters at the complex.Yes, bin Laden escaped, and I’ll bet he hasn’t paid back the $7,000 he borrowed. Invented details like the $7000 loan are a ploy to add credibility to phony story. Spies, when being trained to plant false information, are told to add colorful details to “sell” their disinformation.
According to the documents, bin Laden and his deputy escaped from Tora Bora in mid-December 2001. At the time, the al-Qaeda leader was apparently so strapped for cash that he borrowed $7,000 from one of his protectors — a sum he paid back within a year.
This is exactly what the Washington Post is doing. The idea of Osama bin Laden, even after his death, borrowing money is absurd for so many reasons.
Here is more from the Washington Post:
The place was teeming with fighters who were awaiting for al-Qaeda to return their passports so they could flee across the border to Pakistan.What part of “fleeing to Pakistan” involves a Passport? Weren’t we told that there were hundreds of unguarded mountain passes that made the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan one of the most porous in the World? Is it because terrorists hiding from the authorities in Pakistan want to be caught with a passport that proves they “fled” from Afghanistan? Would a terrorist travel dozens of miles an official border checkpoint, all supervised by the CIA and ISI, in order to be questioned?
Shouldn’t the Post be more careful when making things up?
But there’s more and it gets even better:
Here, the post, not even citing “documents” simply wings it, bringing “Elvis” bin Laden back from the dead, placing him in Pakistan and attributing him a zombie-like existence in an ethereal world with “few geographic references” until he faded from memory.
There are few geographic references in the documents for bin Laden after his flight into Pakistan. He apparently sent out letters from his hiding place through a trusted courier, who then handed them to Libbi, who had provided the secret guesthouse in Kabul immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks.In May 2005, while waiting for bin Laden’s courier at a drop point, Libi was arrested by Pakistani special forces.
LIBYA, ISRAEL AND WIKILEAKS
From Gitmo to Leading Libya’s RebelsA recurring and yet unsupported claim from certain circles in the US closely aligned with Israel is that insurgent forces in Libya are led by Al Qaeda. Most telling, however, aren’t the unsubstantiated reports, but rather who is making them. The question is, not whether Al Qaeda is in Libya or not. Al Qaeda simply doesn’t exist, except in the media and when defense and security agencies around the world are asking for money or dodging having to explain for their involvement in the worldwide heroin trade that has grown up in Afghanistan under NATO occupation.
One notable Guantanano inmate in the files is Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda Bin Qumu, a captive in the prison for five years who had been deemed a “probable member of al Qaeda” by the U.S. But now his relationship to America is a more complex: Qumu, a native of Libya, is now a leading figure among that’s country’s rebel fighters against Col. Gaddafi. His Gitmo assessment says he has a “non-specific personality disorder.”
Primary ‘water carrier’ for the phony Al Qaeda reports on Libya is Admiral James Stavridis, top American commander in Europe. Stavridis is also Israel’s “monkeyboy” in the US military. From the Telegraph:
Admiral James Stavridis, Nato’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, said that American intelligence had picked up “flickers” of terrorist activity among the rebel groups. Senior British government figures described the comment as “very alarming”.How is Stavridis keeping his job?
In our latest Wikileak, they are returning to their roots, a rehash of the America bashing of the Iraq video, a rehash of their attacks on Pakistan, seeded with key elements of Israel’s disinformation agenda.
When “lost nuke” recovery team leader Valerie Plame was framed by Republicans close to President Bush, was this to cover Bush or Tony Blair or Israel. The Plame “outing” puts the lost nukes in Israel. None of the other possible countries that could be holding the weapons would get White House protection. Plame got too close but couldn’t be murdered like Dr. David Kelly, not with a husband that had the kind of political connections that Plame has.There is only one reason for a threat of nuclear terrorism and only one agenda it would support, one long backed by Israel and Wikileaks, the invasion of Iran by the United States, something that would never be considered under any circumstances less than a nuclear attack.
Thus, this is the top of Wikileaks agenda and in turn, the top of Israel’s wishlist.
With Israel’s partnership with India in the development of long range missiles capable of striking, not only China but the United States as well, Israsel/Wikileaks is paying a debt or perhaps making an investment in returning to attacks on Pakistan.
Intelligence sources at the highest levels of, not only Pakistan, but the United States as well, place full complicity in the endless and deadly terrorist attacks inside Pakistan by the Taliban on, not only India’s RAW but Israel’s Mossad as well. These attacks, primarily aimed at destabilizing Pakistan, India’s “blood enemy,” have also spilled over into Afghanistan and caused the deaths of dozens of Americans.
It has been Wikileak’s job to try to tie Pakistan’s ISI to the same Taliban forces they are actively fighting, forces that have killed hundreds in Pakistan over the past year alone. In fact, Pakistan’s influence in Afghanistan is nil, their relations with their own Pashtun population and the Pashtun majority in Afghanistan permanently stained by Pakistan’s seeming complicity in US drone attacks that have killed hundreds of innocent civilians.
Wikileaks characterization of the situation on the ground in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is not only inaccurate but, even by propaganda standards, disturbingly inept.
The oddest lesson of the recent Wikileak is confirmation of suspicions that Libya and Israel have been maintaining a covert alliance for years, one kept secret by Colonel Gaddafi, whose blusterous pronouncements have fooled many into believing him to be a genuine advocate for Palestinian rights.
If anything, those seeking insights into the secret alliances and layered “subtext” of the secret world see Wikileaks as a gift.
For those with the skills and attention span, Wikileaks is a “hardwired” connection into the world of spies and deceit.
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