The world is in a state of frenzy about the Wikileaks. Zimbabwe radio has been leading with stories about how the former US Ambassador Chris Dell viewed the opposition as ‘inept‘, while politely ignoring the first few paragraphs he wrote about our Dear Leader being a ‘bully’.
Aside for State media: Wikileaks is NOT a “US whistleblower website”. Get a clue.
Just thought I’d enter the debate by highlighting the comments of Robert Gates, the American Secretary (that’s Minister to you) of Defence. He’s also a former head of their notorious spy agency, the CIA.
“Let me just offer some perspective as somebody who’s been at this a long time. Every other government in the world knows the United States government leaks like a sieve, and it has for a long time. …
“Now, I’ve heard the impact of these releases on our foreign policy described as a meltdown, as a game-changer, and so on. I think those descriptions are fairly significantly overwrought. The fact is, governments deal with the United States because it’s in their interest, not because they like us, not because they trust us, and not because they believe we can keep secrets. Many governments — some governments — deal with us because they fear us, some because they respect us, most because they need us. We are still essentially, as has been said before, the indispensable nation.
“So other nations will continue to deal with us. They will continue to work with us. We will continue to share sensitive information with one another.
“Is this embarrassing? Yes. Is it awkward? Yes. Consequences for U.S. foreign policy? I think fairly modest.’’
There you have it. And the next American politician (yes, you, Sarah Palin) who calls Julian Assange “treasonous” should learn the definition of treason.
He’s Australian, you dumb bitch.
And does anyone else find it a little … interesting … that Interpol issues a (generally ineffectual) Red Notice two days after the largest document leak in history? I don’t … I see the world for what it is.