Once again, Julian Assange and Wikileaks have revealed information which embarrasses and angers the powerful of the world. The Wikileaks site is linked at the right of the page, but as I write this their server is bogged-down rather badly by traffic.
What have they done? Well, they have posted online 90,000 leaked US military and intelligence documents from 2004 to 2010, relating to the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Let's get right to the Telegraph interview with Julian Assange himself -
And the Al Jazeera interview with retired Pakistani General Hamid Gul, former head of the ISI, implicated within some of these newly leaked documents in all manner of nefarious Taliban-related activities. The interviewer is Jane Dutton, a South African reporter who is usually quite mellow. In this interview she goes after General Gul quite aggressively at several points, yet he seems not at all disturbed by it, other than asking her to let him finish -
The part that made me sit up straight was hearing General Gul compare this incident to the false accusations against Iraq (WMD's, etc) used to justify the 2003 invasion of that country. He then went on to suggest that perhaps the USA was preparing to move against Pakistan militarily. Some of the more lurid scenarios General Gul painted were obvious exaggerations, but his suggestion that perhaps the US is building a case to justify seizing Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is entirely credible.
If it seems to you, my friends, that the world has grown very strange, you are not alone in that perception.
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And as long as I'm going crazy with the videos today, here is the TED interview with Julian Assange on Al Jazeera English -