Ray McGovern's such a damn joke. This is from Maidhc O Cathail's "WikiLeaks: Advancing an Israeli Agenda?" at Dissident Voice:
Asked on the night of September 11, 2001 what the terrorist attacks meant for U.S.-Israel relations, Benjamin Netanyahu, the then former prime minister, tactlessly but accurately replied, “It’s very good.” And on the day after WikiLeaks’ publication of U.S. diplomatic cables, Netanyahu “strode” into a press conference at the Israeli Journalists Association, looking “undoubtedly delighted” with the group’s latest embarrassment of U.S. President Barack Obama.
“Thanks to WikiLeaks,” Aluf Benn wrote in Haaretz, “there is now no fear Washington will exert heavy pressure on Israel to freeze settlement construction or to accelerate negotiations on a withdrawal from the territories.” Instead, also courtesy of WikiLeaks, the world’s attention had been shifted exactly where a “vindicated” Netanyahu wanted it – toward Iran’s non-existent nuclear weapons programme.
“Our region has been hostage to a narrative that is the result of 60 years of propaganda, which paints Israel as the greatest threat,” Netanyahu told the assembled journalists. “In reality leaders understand that that view is bankrupt. For the first time in history there is agreement that Iran is the threat.” While there is considerable dispute about the extent to which Arab leaders share Netanyahu’s understanding of “the Iranian threat,” the Arab public overwhelmingly considers Israel to be a far greater threat.
Nevertheless, according to Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit, Julian Assange “has shattered the accepted dogma on the understanding in the Middle East in the 21st century.” WikiLeaks, crowed Shavit, “proved” that the Israeli occupation and colonisation of Palestine was not the main cause of instability in the Middle East. Instead, the secret cables “revealed” that “the entire Arab world” is concerned about “one problem only — Iran, Iran, Iran.” Thus, Shavit concluded, the only way to bring peace to the region was to deal with “Iran first.”
And Gordon Duff at Veterans Today has an alternate take as well:
The current Wikileak “dump” has had a number of talkingpoint “dumps” in order to properly exploit pro-Israel press assets in the blogger world. These talkingpoints expose “seeded” intelligence meant to support an attack on Iran, the primary purpose of the current Assange/Murdoch/Israel output. Not only do members of the mainstream press receive these talking points but dozens of “alternative” or internet media sources as well. It has become increasingly obvious that many internet news sources that describe themselves as “alternative” or even anti-Zionist are totally controlled.This branding, this call for war is entirely based on fabricated cables “released” Monday by the Sidney Morning Herald. Wikileaks has issued a virtual declaration of war against Iran, part of the Mossad’s “war by deception” of which Wikileaks is a proven component. Blog after blog followed suit, spreading the same “poison,” Wikileaks again “leaks” false information citing Iran for having a nuclear weapons program long proven not to exist.
Every Wikileaks revelation conceals the same “poison,” a message that intended to discredit anyone preventing an immediate attack, nuclear attack, on Iran. A curiosity in itself, the cables Wikileaks most often quotes are not only favorable to Israel but written by diplomats who have visited Israel on “fact finding” missions, often privately financed.
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