Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wikileaks

Have you sat the Selective Attention Test yet?



As usual, distraction abounds in the Wikileaks saga, to the point I wonder if the whole thing is planted spin from the beginning. Early in the piece ProjectProject Blog posted on the number of Public Relations blunders that point to prior knowledge of the leaks, if not all together orchestrated.
To date I’ve been a staunch supporter of the wikileaks idea but recently, given my role in strategic communications, I could not help but consider seriously that what was unfolding before me was a massive integrated communications exercise – that is, a global campaign.
On a similar thread is this post on Voltairenet.org that unpacks some details about the main players, and questions their motives. Wikileaks: a Big Dangerous US Government Con Job by F. William Engdahl
The story on the surface makes for a script for a new Oliver Stone Hollywood thriller. However, a closer look at the details of what has so far been carefully leaked by the most ultra-establishment of international media such as the New York Times reveals a clear agenda. That agenda coincidentally serves to buttress the agenda of US geopolitics around the world from Iran to North Korea. The Wikileaks is a big and dangerous US intelligence Con Job which will likely be used to police the Internet.
There's a pretty good documentary about Wikileaks and the behind-the-scenes. Wikirebels.
Exclusive rough-cut of first in-depth documentary on WikiLeaks and the people behind it! From summer 2010 until now, Swedish Television has been following the secretive media network WikiLeaks and its enigmatic Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange. Reporters Jesper Huor and Bosse Lindquist have traveled to key countries where WikiLeaks operates, interviewing top members, such as Assange, new Spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson, as well as people like Daniel Domscheit-Berg who now is starting his own version - Openleaks.org! Where is the secretive organization heading? Stronger than ever, or broken by the US? Who is Assange: champion of freedom, spy or rapist? What are his objectives? What are the consequences for the internet?
The Real News had an interesting panel with Gareth Porter, investigative Journalist and Ray McGovern, Retired CIA Analyst discussing Wikileaks.



As an example of investigative journalism outside the square, Daphne Wysham explained WikiLeaked cables revealing a Canadian government cover up on tar sands info, as well as US covert campaign at Copenhagen.




That is the more interesting coverage I've seen on the Wikileaks to date, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was all a coordinated communications exercise. More importantly, the mainstream media's coverage has been so shabby, making themselves easy game for Public Relations agencies tasked with handling or orchestrating the scandal. It is the smaller, more independent media that is holding people to account - and their web based. Regulating the internet would be an ideal outcome for those who'd seek to silence the real media.

So planted or not, Wikileaks is effectively turning into a coordinated communications exercise. We need more investigative journalists, pouring over the Cables and situating them into the appropriate context. Perhaps only crowd sourced journalism can do this now, so long as the Internet remains free.

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