Tortilla con Sal
On July 5th something happened that may dramatically alter the course of events in relation to the request for political asylum to Ecuador by Australian citizen Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks.
That something was the publication by Wikileaks of more than 2 million e-mails from different Syrian government institutions. Syria is currently subject to a criminal terrorist war by NATO, Israel and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council under the well worn pretext of fighting a “dictatorship”.
With the aim of advancing its regional agenda in the Middle East, the forces of empire are carrying out a war that recalls the Reagan administration’s war against Nicaragua in the 1980s and the aggression against Libya in 2011. One is dealing, too, with a war that represents a direct threat to Iran, Russia and China, a war that could well bring the world to the brink of thermonuclear conflict.
Part of this war is the demonization of the Syrian government by the global corporate media dictatorship, aided by the corrupt complex of human rights organizations that daily flood news outlets with false or tendentious reports on events in Syria. The war against Syria is very clearly one heavily dependent on psy-warfare and misinformation.
In this context, the publication of these Syrian government cables by Wikileaks amounts to an open intervention in that war on the side of NATO, under the pretext of offering information that permits a better understanding events in Syria and their context.
To publish these cables, Wikileaks has sought help from various media outlets in the Middle East, Europe and the United States, comprised of newspapers and news agencies like Al Akhbar (Lebanon), Al Masry Al Youm (Egypt), ARD (Germany), Associated Press (USA), L’Espresso (Italy), Owni (France) and Publico.es (Spain).
Most of these outlets are already well integrated in NATO’s psywarfare campaign against Syria. Only the Lebanese daily Al Akhbar is regarded as independent – close to Syria’s ally Hizbollah – but also critical of the Syrian government.
No Syrian media appear in this list. Nor do any media figure from countries not allied with NATO, for example Venezuela’s Telesur, Iran’s Press TV, or Russia Today, among many other possible outlets.
Certainly, the contents of the e-mails will over time shed more light on NATO’s real intentions in Syria than on real or alleged wrong doing by the Syrian government.
But the current situation has nothing to do with an academic debate on the reasons for the conflict in Syria and a great deal to do with NATO-led psy-warfare operations carried out for very precise purposes. An advantage of days or weeks in broadcasting information becomes decisive at crucial moments of perception management in favour of NATO’s war aims.
In this context, Wikileaks has now handed NATO the equivalent of many nuclear missiles in this psychological information war while assigning to the Syrian government a hand-held catapult, in the form of Al Akhbar. This can only be interpreted as a blatant intervention in favour of NATO, the most powerful party to the conflict, one with a proven agenda of global domination.
Previously, we have argued in favour of Julain Assange’s request for political asylum in Ecuador. We did so based on the imperative need to defend the right of political asylum in a world where all the institutions and mechanisms for civilized relations between nations are being dismantled by the NATO countries and Israel. Now, with the decision by Wikileaks to publish the Syrian e-mails, certainly approved by Julian Assange himself, things no longer look so clear cut.
The Ecuadoran government is taking the necessary time to prepare in good conscience a report that could run to tens or even hundreds of pages on which to base its decision about whether or not to give asylum to Assange.
With the decision to commit this act of psy-warfare against Syria, Assange himself may have provoked doubt as regards the seriousness of his request for political asylum. Publishing 2 million e-mails is not an overnight action. It takes weeks and months of preparation, not to mention the time required to establish appropriate contacts with international media.
Julain Assange obviously knew what he had up his sleeve even before he asked for asylum in the Ecuadoran embassy in London.
This earlier article by Tortilla con Sal from 2010 gives further reasons for our reservations about Wikileaks, at that time in relation to e-mails the organization published by US diplomats in Nicaragua.