It might strike some people as more than a touch ironic that Official Washington, which has been responsible for incalculable bloodshed around the world, is justifying the assault on WikiLeaks out of a concern for people s lives, claiming that the disclosures put some U.S. allies and collaborators at risk.
Much of the mainstream U.S. news media has sought to distance itself from WikiLeaks over its disclosure of classified records about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and various diplomatic initiatives. The argument goes that WikiLeaks is not a real journalistic entity and thus undeserving of legal protections covering real journalists.
On December 7, 2010, following an international manhunt, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange surrendered at a London police station. The 39-year-old Australian was hauled into court, promptly denied bail and carted off to jail in a police van. A magistrate stressed this case is not about WikiLeaks, but about whether or not to extradite Assange to Sweden to be interrogated about his sexual conduct. He has not been charged with a crime
For the past several years, it s been clear that Iran has replaced Iraq at the top of the U.S. government s roster of most hated governments and that, therefore, the American people get fed a steady diet of anti-Iranian propaganda. Every negative in that country is exaggerated and trumpeted by leading U.S. news outlets.