- Since the dramatic release of a US military film of a
US airborne shooting of unarmed journalists in Iraq, Wiki-Leaks has gained
global notoreity and credibility as a daring website that releases sensitive
material to the public from whistleblowers within various governments.
Their latest "coup" involved alleged leak of thousands of pages
of supposedly sensitive documents regarding US informers within the Taliban
in Afghanistan and their ties to senior people linked to Pakistan's ISI
military intelligence. The evidence suggests however that far from an honest
leak, it is a calculated disinformation to the gain of the US and perhaps
Israeli and Indian intelligence and a coverup of the US and Western role
in drug trafficking out of Afghanistan.
- Since the posting of the Afghan documents some days ago
the Obama White House has given the leaks credibility by claiming further
leaks pose a threat to US national security. Yet details of the papers
reveals little that is sensitive. The one figure most prominently mentioned,
General (Retired) Hamid Gul, former head of the Pakistani military intelligence
agency, ISI, is the man who during the 1980's coordinated the CIA-financed
Mujahideen guerilla war in Afghanistan against the Soviet regime there.
In the latest Wikileaks documents, Gul is accused of regularly meeting
Al Qaeda and Taliban leading people and orchestrating suicide attacks on
NATO forces in Afghanistan.
- The leaked documents also claim that Osama bin Laden,
who was reported dead three years ago by the late Pakistan candidate Benazir
Bhutto on BBC, was still alive, conveniently keeping the myth alove for
the Obama Administration War on Terror at a point when most Americans had
forgotten the original reason ssthe Bush Administration allegedly invaded
Afghanistan to pursue the Saudi Bin Laden for the 9/11 attacks.
- Demonizing Pakistan?
- The naming of Gul today as a key liaison to the Afghan
"Taliban" forms part of a larger pattern of US and British recent
efforts to demonize the current Pakistan regime as a key part of the problems
in Afghanistan. Such a demonization greatly boosts the position of recent
US military ally, India. Furthermore, Pakistan is the only muslim country
possessing atomic weapons. The Israeli Defense Forces and the Israeli Mossad
intelligence agency reportedly would very much like to change that. A phoney
campaign against the politically outspoken Gul via Wikileaks could be part
of that geopolitical effort.
- The London Financial Times says Gul's name appears in
about 10 of roughly 180 classified US files that allege Pakistan's intelligence
service supported Afghan militants fighting Nato forces. Gul told the newspaper
the US has lost the war in Afghanistan, and that the leak of the documents
would help the Obama administration deflect blame by suggesting that Pakistan
was responsible. Gul told the paper, "I am a very favourite whipping
boy of America. They can't imagine the Afghans can win wars on their own.
It would be an abiding shame that a 74-year-old general living a retired
life manipulating the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan results in the defeat of
- Notable, in light of the latest Afghan Wikileaks documents,
is the spotlight on the 74-year-old Gul. As I wrote in a previous piece,
Warum Afghanistan? Teil VI:Washingtons Kriegsstrategie in Zentralasien,
published this June on this website, Gul has been outspoken about the role
of the US military in smuggling Afghan heroin out of the country via the
top-security Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan.
- As well, in a UPI interview on September 26, 2001, two
weeks after the 9-11 attacks, Gul stated, in reply to the question who
did Black Sept. 11?, "Mossad and its accomplices. The US spends $40
billion a year on its 11 intelligence agencies. That's $400 billion in
10 years. Yet the Bush Administration says it was taken by surprise. I
don't believe it. Within 10 minutes of the second twin tower being hit
in the World Trade Center CNN said Osama bin Laden had done it. That was
a planned piece of disinformation by the real perpetrators" Gul is
clearly not well liked in Washington. He claims his request for travel
visas to the UK and to the USA have repeatedly been denied. Making Gul
into the arch enemy would suit some in Washington nicely.
- Who is Julian Assange?
- Wikileaks founder and self-described "Editor-in-chief",
Julian Assange, is a mysterious 29-year-old Australian about whom little
is known. He has suddenly become a prominent public figure offering to
mediate with the White House over the leaks. Following the latest leaks,
Assange told Der Spiegel, one of three outlets with which he shared material
from the most recent leak, that the documents he had unearthed would "change
our perspective on not only the war in Afghanistan, but on all modern wars."
He stated in the same interview that '"I enjoy crushing bastards."
Wikileaks, founded in 2006 by Assange, has no fixed home and Assange claims
he "lives in airports these days."
- Yet a closer examination of the public position of Assange
on one of the most controversial issues of recent decades, the forces behind
the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center shows
him to be curiously establishment. When the Belfast Telegraph interviewed
him on July 19, he stated,
- "Any time people with power plan in secret, they
are conducting a conspiracy. So there are conspiracies everywhere. There
are also crazed conspiracy theories. It's important not to confuse these
two...." What about 9/11?: "I'm constantly annoyed that people
are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide
evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud." What
about the Bilderberg Conference?: "That is vaguely conspiratorial,
in a networking sense. We have published their meeting notes."
- That statement from a person who has built a reputation
on being anti-establishment is more than notable. First, as thousands
of physicists, engineers, military professionals and airline pilots have
testified, the idea that 19 barely-trained Arabs armed with box-cutters
could divert four US commercial jets and execute the near-impossible strikes
on the Twin Towers and Pentagon over a time period of 93 minutes with not
one Air Force NORAD military interception, is beyond belief. Precisely
who executed the professional attack is a matter for genuine unbiased international
- Notable for Mr Assange's blunt denial of any sinister
9/11 conspiracy is the statement in a BBC interview by former US Senator,
Bob Graham, who chaired the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
when it performed its Joint Inquiry into 9/11. Graham told BBC, "I
can just state that within 9/11 there are too many secrets, that is information
that has not been made available to the public for which there are specific
tangible credible answers and that that withholding of those secrets has
eroded public confidence in their government as it relates to their own
security." BBC narrator: "Senator Graham found that the cover-up
led to the heart of the administration." Bob Graham: "I called
the White House and talked with Ms. Rice and said, 'Look, we've been told
we're gonna get cooperation in this inquiry, and she said she'd look into
it, and nothing happened.'"
- Of course, the Bush Administration was able to use the
9/11 attacks to launch its War on Terrorism in Afghanistan and then Iraq,
a point Assange conveniently omits.
- For his part, General Gul claims that US intelligence
orchestrated the Wikileaks on Afghanistan to find a scapegoat, Gul, to
blame. Conveniently, as if on cue, British Conservative Prime Minister
David Cameron, on a state visit to India, lashed out at the alleged role
of Pakistan in supporting Taliban in Afghanistan, conveniently lending
further credibility to the Wikileaks story. The real story of Wikileaks
has clearly not yet been told.
- General Hamid Gul, Arnaud de Borchgrave 2001 Interview
with Hamid Gul, Former ISI Chief, UPI, reprinted July 2010 on http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/07/28/arnaud-de-borchgrave
- Julian Assange, Interview in Belfast Telegraph, July