UPDATED: December 3, 2010 12:33pm
The WikiLeaks website is under attack and is rotating between different servers around the world. We’ll put the current link to the Embassy Cables at the bottom of the article, but if our readers find it has changed, please issue an update in the comments.
Are the FBI files mentioned?
Unless you’ve been living in an information vacuum for the past few days, you are aware Wikileaks is in the process of publishing 251,287 stolen United States embassy cables. But if you think that those cables couldn’t possibly impact little old Barbados, you are in for a surprise.
Today, Barbados Free Press learned that our country is mentioned in 261 of those still to be released cables.
What will they say? The cables go back to 1966, and like you, we can probably guess at some of the subjects. Here’s what we think, what we’ve learned and how you can examine the documents yourself…
Some guesses as to what could be in the cables
Will the cables reveal the infamous FBI files that Prime Ministers Owen Arthur and David Thompson slid under the rug? Will they talk about the American-supported terrorists who murdered 73 people on Cubana Flight 455 off Bridgetown? How about the rumours surrounding the death of Prime Minister Tom Adams or the bribes that VECO provided to politicians around the world? Is Gerald Bull’s HARP project or his assassination mentioned?
We have mixed feelings about Wikileaks but we have no control over what has been done, so we might as well make it a learning experience.
At the time we’re writing this, Wikileaks has released only 603 of 251,287 US Embassy cables. There is a chart showing the number of cables by country, and Barbados is mentioned in 261 cables.
We understand that Barbados has only appeared once in a minor way in the 603 already released cables, so the remaining 260 cables about Barbados are yet to come over the next few months.
You can check for yourself as new documents are posted at WikiLeaks “cablegate” website (link at the bottom of our story).
As we said, we’re of two minds about this. People like Ezra Lavant correctly point out that these WikiLeaks documents are stolen, and that good people will die, and probably have died because WikiLeaks President Julian Assange and others made the documents public.
Assange published the names of Afghan human rights activists and others who have co-operated with the U.S. — giving out names of villages and GPS coordinates.
That’s not journalism. That’s not whistleblowing. That’s setting up “deadly revenge attacks,” says Reporters Without Borders.
Zabihullah Mujahid is grateful. He’s a Taliban spokesman who says “we know how to punish them.”
Assange published details about technology used to stop improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from being detonated. WikiLeaks calls roadside bombs a “rebel investment,” proudly pointing out for every dollar spent by the terrorists, the U.S. and Canada have to spend a thousand to defend against them. So Assange published those anti-IED details online.
from the Ottawa Sun article WikiLeaks boss living on borrowed time
On the other hand, the cables show that many of the world’s leaders are lying scum who betray their people and their country’s principles every day. How many people have died for their lies?
Once again the bottom line for us is this: we have no control over what has been done, so we might as well make it a learning experience. It may take a few more months, but unless something drastic happens to WikiLeaks, the truth will out about the 261 US Embassy cables that mention Barbados.
Here’s what WikiLeaks has to say…
Wikileaks began on Sunday November 28th publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into US Government foreign activities.
The cables, which date from 1966 up until the end of February this year, contain confidential communications between 274 embassies in countries throughout the world and the State Department in Washington DC. 15,652 of the cables are classified Secret.
The embassy cables will be released in stages over the next few months. The subject matter of these cables is of such importance, and the geographical spread so broad, that to do otherwise would not do this material justice.
The cables show the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in “client states”; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for US corporations; and the measures US diplomats take to advance those who have access to them.
This document release reveals the contradictions between the US’s public persona and what it says behind closed doors – and shows that if citizens in a democracy want their governments to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see what’s going on behind the scenes.
Every American schoolchild is taught that George Washington – the country’s first President – could not tell a lie. If the administrations of his successors lived up to the same principle, today’s document flood would be a mere embarrassment. Instead, the US Government has been warning governments — even the most corrupt — around the world about the coming leaks and is bracing itself for the exposures.
The full set consists of 251,287 documents, comprising 261,276,536 words (seven times the size of “The Iraq War Logs”, the world’s previously largest classified information release).
The cables cover from 28th December 1966 to 28th February 2010 and originate from 274 embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions.
… continue reading this statement and see the stolen US Embassy documents at Wikileaks
UPDATED: December 3, 2010 12:33pm
The WikiLeaks website is under attack and is rotating between different servers around the world. We’ll put the current link at the bottom of the article, but if our readers find it has changed, please issue an update in the comments.
We’ve found that the WikiLeaks page at Wikipedia is a good place to find the latest link if ours goes dead.