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In late February 2012, WikiLeaks began releasing “The Global Intelligence Files,” a trove of more than five million internal emails from Stratfor Global Intelligence, a private spy firm headquartered in Texas. The documents contained politically explosive information, including speculation that Julian Assange would soon be indicted by the U.S. Justice Department. The Stratfor files also exposed the obsession Olympic sponsors have with political activists.
Coca-Cola—a Stratfor client and “Worldwide Olympic Partner”—was concerned that the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) might interfere with the smooth running of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. In a June 2009 email, one Stratfor employee discussed “a long list of questions regarding PETA/Animal Activism and the upcoming Olympics in Vancouver.” Among Coke’s queries were “How many PETA supporters are there in Canada?”; “How many of these are inclined toward activism?”; and “To what extent could non-PETA hangers-on (such as anarchists or ALF supporters) get involved in any protest activity?” PETA barely registered on the roster of resistance among anti-Olympic activists in Vancouver, but Coca-Cola wasn’t taking any chances. Like all corporate sponsors of the Olympic Games, Coke wanted to maximize profits and minimize political fallout.
Wikileaks’ Assange & Slovenian radical philosopher Zizek - mediated by Amy Goodman
The documents published by WikiLeaks detailed for the world the widespread use of torture by Iraqi and Afghan security forces and the silent complicity of Washington. They confirmed that civilians, including children, are routinely murdered by occupation forces and that the killings are not investigated. The documents lifted the veil on our undeclared, black war in Pakistan, including drone strikes that have killed more than 900 civilians in Pakistan since Barack Obama took office. They shed light on the gross corruption, drug trafficking and crimes committed by the Afghan president as well as the reign of terror carried out by the Afghan National Army. These documents confirm that huge numbers of Iraqi civilians have been killed by U.S. troops at checkpoints, and that since the invasion tens of thousands of civilians have died as a result of the war. These documents illustrate in page after page that our government makes no effort to protect liberty, democracy or human rights, but instead prefers crude and brutal mechanisms of power.
But why is this surprising?
Chris fucking Hedges speaks the truth.
Wikileaks Reveals Sea Shepherd is a Serious Concern to Japan’s Illegal Whaling Operations @ Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Environment editor John Vidal @ Guardian ~ WikiLeaks: Secret whaling deal plotted by US and Japan: American diplomats proposed Japan reduce whaling in exchange for US help cracking down on the anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd, leaked cables reveal
Japan and the US proposed to investigate and act against international anti-whaling activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as part of a political deal to reduce whaling in Antarctic waters.
Four confidential cables from the US embassy in Tokyo and the state department in Washington, released by WikiLeaks, show US and Japanese diplomats secretly negotiating a compromise agreement ahead of a key meeting last year of the International Whaling Commission, the body that regulates international whaling.
The American proposal would have forced Japan to reduce the number of whales that Japan killed each year in the Antarctic whale sanctuary in return for the legal right to hunt other whales off its own coasts. In addition, the US proposed to ratify laws that would “guarantee security in the seas” – a reference to acting against groups such as Sea Shepherd that have tried to physically stop whaling.
The US proposal was eventually shot down by Britain and the EU in June 2010 (…)
We don’t have real journalists in the United States, save for a few brave souls who are immediately shut down and cut off from access after a damning article. I’ve spelled this out for you guys probably about a dozen times so I won’t go on a total rampage.
Our media is the left arm of the establishment and the fact that they’re bowing their heads to the government over this Wikileaks fiasco is shameful. Several outlets have been releasing statements saying they’ll support going after Assange if one of their own journalists is harmed.
What makes them think the government gives a damn about journalism? Thanks to Wikileaks, we now know that our government has killed journalists and you can even watch the murders of Reuters’ staff.
What is all of this weak journalism for? Future access? Whatever happened to accountability and integrity? Why do a disservice to one of the most important professions in the world over a personal end? That’s cowardice.
Wikileaks wouldn’t exist if the media and its journalists did their jobs. The media is the reason why so many people think global warming doesn’t exist, why so many believe our president is a socialist Muslim born in Kenya, why so many of us ignorantly persisted to believe Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11. Do. Your. Jobs.