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Kiyani’s extension – Part of War of terror or a drama to mask corruption of Zardari - 15000 missing would never be recovered now.

By: International Professor

Gaillani is trying to pose that he is the sole authority to extend tenure of Gen. Kiyani whereas it is no secret that his extension was approved by Admiral Mike Milan at his home when Kiyani was sent to attend so called strategic dialogue to USA a few months back. Even peoples were aware of three years extension period since long.

According to country laws there is no provision to re-hire any General for three years. So notification of extension is unlawful and without the backing of army act, it would also create precedence for arriving generals and has voided essence of 18th amendment to block army dictators, now army chief has no need to seek legality from courts as Supreme Court has already surrendered its constitutional right to interfere in army matters (refer three recent judgments).

However Kiyani behind the curtain remained busy to justify that he is the sole soldier on earth that can help Americans to win their war. Dozens of retired military men and yellow journalists stayed behind busy in writing columns in favor of his extension and posing him “God of Bravery” on the globe. His extension is controversial and against the law and ethics.

Necessity is mother of all inventions:

Generally Gen. Kiyani is the major beneficiary of Bush declared war on terror and caretaker of hidden secrets behind exhaustion of $18 billion money funneled to Pakistan since 2002.  Not only Pakistani politicians and generals have made money but there are many elements in defense and procurement departments of foreign countries who made money while in supplying of billion dollars worth equipment to Pakistan, mean mark up and commissions.

The extension in the tenure of Kiyani has reversed the time back to year 2002-2008 eras to Musharraf appointed setup; policies and corruption carried forward by Zardari, and that would further be secured up till 2013. Currently cronies of Mush are working on all important civil and military posts, in uniform or without uniform. It is a myth that Kiyani did not allow army persons to work in bureaucracy, he carefully selected only persons on the approved list of CIA like Gen retired Athar Ali secretary defense or some retired generals etc. The utmost desire of the current fraudulent political set up in Pakistan to grant him extension is entirely moves around personal interests of individuals. As Kiyani was main bawd in corruption cases of Benazir and Zardari.

Everybody knows about personal interest of Gen. Kiyani in Swat Golf Course and being president of Golf association he had an eye on Swat to take control of Swat for arranging a permanent army set up for the luxuries of army officers being a famous tourism resort and existence of Swat Golf Course. Please read my article about Swat on link given below (1). Sufi Muhammad was a forgotten story after his arrest and killings of his companions in Afghanistan. He was in Jail and army itself started to involve him in negotiations and assigned him some role in peace.

Later army started propaganda that TSNM was running FM radio while Pir Saif ur Rahman the most victimized Pir portrayed was also running FM Radio in that area at the same period of time (2), but Maj. Athar Abbas and his brothers in media did not allow anyone to speak truth.

Kiyani is the architect of drone attacks inside boundaries of Pakistan, whereas he has been lying and hiding truth from the nation, today BBC has represented about facts and figures and Hippocratic role of Pakistan army. As DG ISI he was involved in kidnapping, selling and making money of citizens. Today almost 15,000 missing persons is a shame on the name of army. Due to extension of Kiyani fates of those peoples have been sealed and would never return back.

He has kept almost 25,000 persons in army detention cells without producing any alleged person in the courts of law, so forget about their fate as well. Drones would never stop and forget about Kashmir, Siachen and Kargal as well.

Human rights violations and extra judicial killings:

Almost 30,000 persons have been killed with the help of Jets, Helicopters and artillery and 3 million peoples were thrown out from their homes, most of those refuges are still wandering for any help but in vain. This all shows fascist mentality and cruelty of Gen. Kiyani made up in his personality. He is King of fascism and involved in worst Genocide and massacres of current century. Excluding FATA areas he has made Baluchistan hell, he is master mind of creating Lashkars (Vigilantes) all over Pakistan, army agencies are on back of terrorists’ organizations like Sunni Tehreek, MQM, Brelvi Lashkars, Mahdi army and communists.

Zardari’s existence at President House was a cause of satisfaction for Generals to put out of sight loot of $ 18 billion from the public, because all eyes were focused on $2 billion corruption of Zardari and no one talked about scrutiny of loot by the hands of Generals. Flow of dollars and property business of army officers made them billionaire and union of army officers started to work in united way to cover corruption of each other, that is still going on and Kiyani’s extension would camouflage criminals up till Nov 29, 2013.

Failure of Lawyers struggle and role of honest judges:

Honest judges have proved to be coward in cases concerning army crimes and judiciary has insulted to word “Supreme” in the name of Supreme Courts. Judges adopted a path that could save their skin and any case where army was involved in cruelty was thrown outside. It surprised everyone that Chief Justice ordered to throw out of court petitioners. Relatives of missing persons are wandering door to door but secretary defense refused to appear when summoned by courts. Worst example was Nusrat Bhutto corruption case where courts decided without any proof that Nusrat Bhutto is sick and by not investigating who is managing her corruption money, the case was lingered. On other hand police in many cases is dragging ordinary peoples including women and seniors since years. Judges under fear has chosen a safe path and sacrificed supreme authority of courts by declaring that army is not under their jurisdiction.

Corrupt President and Prime Minister already have no morale power to ask for accountability of army generals, contrarily media also had chosen safe passage under fear or corruption to adopt self created censor on information. It shows that authority of army is above constitution and any prevailing laws mean that there is only one pillar of state and that is army. That is why it is called flawed constitution that strength of 5 million army persons is above constitution and Supreme Courts jurisdictions. On other hand all big names in lawyer’s movement have adopted a different passage to side with Zardari to protect his crimes.

Motives behind praising extension of Kiyani:

PPP, ANP and MQM have common goals and interests to make money and optimistic to stop any action against beneficiaries of NRO.

A famous quotation would put light on motives behind praising in extension of Kiyani that is “Hubb e Ali and Bughz e Muawia” mean in praise of Ali and in hate of Muawia, the basis of quotation has a history. Muslims were politically divided but original source of narrations and laws of Islam were in original form. Later when flow of Sufi’s started from Iran soaked under sectarian theories than a new history was written parallel to existing one, at that time fake narrations were created and gossips were given place in history books. So a heap of malicious narrations were shaped on the basis to pick different narrations in praise of Ali (RA) and criticizing one be rejected, opposite to that any narration in praise of Muawia (RA) was rejected and criticizing one was included. Quotation is a metaphor, a protest to raise finger against peoples who do something in love but on the basis of hate. Praising vigilantes in Kiyani’s extension is best example of above quotation.

Groups of admirers in extension of Kiyani is mostly consists of heterogeneous creeds that have opposite ideologies and keep diverse goals but their unity is based on hate. Some are on pay role of foreign agencies or local agencies. Some of the high up’s involved in genocide are afraid of revenge seekers. Some religious factions have a strong belief that Taliban are Deobandi, Ahle Hadis or Salfi citizens and their praise to Kiyani is also based on hate. Let we analyze divided community in favor of army chief’s extension or opposing that action.

Maoists, Leninists and communists or apologists of Zardari mafia have strong feelings that Kiyani is their last savior, and like Mr. Rashid Rahman Chief editor of the Daily Times, his interview with BBC and a news item in July 24th daily the Times is eye opener that he is strong supporter of Gen. Kiyani in war of terror and viewed him as Kali Devi of Pakistan.

Media has mixed reactions and most sensible approach has been adopted by some of the columnists of Jang Group like Mr. Ansar Abbasi and Rouf Klasra, where as in the same newspaper Haroon Rashid, a right wing senior columnists and strong supporter of Zia era has gone too far in praise of extension. Like other Brelvi columnists his visits to GHQ and COAS house are no secret and he is the most beneficiary of travels on army helicopters. Most people speculate that two retired majors of army and columnists are on pay role of ISPR, but surprisingly both opposed Kiyani’s extension openly, like Ikram Saigol in daily the News and Kamran Shaffi in daily the Dawn.

Daily Express is the only newspaper that has published at least 15 separate news items in praise of Gen. Kiyani’s extension. Leaving other columnists and reporters of Express Mr. Athar Abbas himself spreads venom of sectarianism and strong supporter of Gen. Kiyani on sectarian abhorrence.

Jamat e Islami is the only political party that condemned extension, whereas Asma Jahangir has used best words to damn this exercise. PML N and JUI F have used same Hippocratic approach, however anger against such decision is worth feeling, additionally JUI F has pointed finger toward Swat operation as well.

Supporters of Pakhtoonistan, Jinnahpur, Sindhu Desh, PPP, ANP, MQM and Northern alliance in Pakistan distributed sweets on extension. In fact Gen. Kiyani is a strong supporter of Northern alliance and peoples say that ARIANA institute at Islamabad is a subsidiary of ISI and Khadim Husain and Farhat Taj Andersen both are on pay role of ISI. The same speculations about other communists and Zardari apologists like the Daily Times owned by Salman Taseer, and in others Najam Sethi and TV channels like Dunya are also financed by ISI etc. Majority of retired Generals and Col’s usually found on talk shows and writing for media are on pay role U.S. embassy and strong supporters of extension.

Conclusion: Miserable life of ordinary peoples has left no choice to think about luxuries of appointments or extensions. Hunger, poverty, oppression and lack of justice have left peoples helpless and without any hope. In fact might is right and backing of U.S. administration to thugs of Pakistan has also not left any light for Pakistani’s to think about luxury of free speech, democratic rights and citizen rights.

U.S. has its own interest in continuity of Gen. Kiyani and by forcing a sovereign country to appoint its stooges on key posts, makes hidden deals with army officials, kill peoples with drones and violate international borders than how it expects peoples would support their policies. After current decision of Extension in service has devalued standing of Army Chief, confirmed him as a CIA operative along with his group of generals. After begging for extension in front of corrupt politicians his status is not left more than Latif Khosa, Fauzia Zarkari, A Rahman Malik or Hussain Haqqani in the eyes of public, all cronies of Zardari mafia.

Peoples strongly believe now that army professionalism, discipline and bravery was a myth. Army is owned by some influential thugs and stooges of CIA and Pakistan army did not trust remaining generals in uniform. Mush was a war lord and Kiyani is also a war lord like Gen Dostum’s authoritative sectarian and ethnic combatants. Moreover it has raised question mark against training, schooling and rules and regulations of Pakistan Military. Pakistan army is not seemed to be any more disciplined set up working under merit policies and last sixty years of history of army is witness and speaking loudly that its motto is might is right under maxim of feet licking and making money or properties.

Greed of single army chief always force other professional generals to go home prematurely and bribe of extensions to different generals is a dishonor to Pakistan army as an organization and discredits credibility of other professional soldiers.

If Kiyani and his mafia are so faithful to fight U.S. war of terror than like Sufi Muhammad he must go to Afghanistan along with his Lashkars. Go and fight in Afghanistan to help in U.S. victory, take all Brelvi Lashkars, gay and lesbians, sectarian journalists, Leninists, communists, secularists, liberal fascists and prostitution gangs as combatants to fight with Taliban.

Zardari is a pygmy and Lilliputian whose act of extension is a replay of Sikandar Mirza to dig his own grave like granting extension to Ayub Khan. His personal interest in securing $2billion loot is nothing to do with sovereignty of Pakistan and further Gaillani says that Zardari, Kiyani and he are untouchable now after extension of Kiyani up till 2013. 

In the presence of fraudulent Constitution, deceptive democracy, fearful media and judiciary, army on pay role of foreign powers, non-existence of accountability, hunger, poverty, load shedding, hypocrite law makers, corrupt police, missing persons, extra judicial killings, illegal detentions and failure of Supreme Courts to take hold of sanctity of any of its own decision is other name of an occupied Pakistan, democracy as revenge and lawless state.

Gen. Kiyani is no truer army chief, he was also not true before extension because he was on pay role of CIA, but now further degraded to the post of spokes person of Zardari house or a sec general of PPP, ANP and MQM. We don’t trust him to work as army chief instead he should have chosen to lead MQM, PPP or ANP as politician or may join NATO as their advisor.

References and further readings:

1.   Secret behind Swat Cantonment – Ideological war of Zardari & Kiyani

http://makepakistanbetter.com/why_how_what_forum.asp?GroupID=5&Group_title=Pakistan&ArticleID=6566

2.   Pir Saifur Rehman also set up an illegal FM radio to counter Mufti Munir Shakir’s propaganda. It led to tension in the area as they openly started issuing threats to each other.

http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=247876

3.   Reincarnation of Gen. Zia ul Haq, incest of C.I.A and Johnnie Walker whisky

http://makepakistanbetter.com/why_how_what_forum.asp?GroupID=5&Group_title=Pakistan&ArticleID=9406

4.   Punjabi style marionette views of Gen. Kiyani.

http://makepakistanbetter.com/why_how_what_forum.asp?GroupID=5&Group_title=Pakistan&ArticleID=9066

5.   Dismiss General Kiyani to save Pakistan

http://makepakistanbetter.com/why_how_what_forum.asp?GroupID=5&Group_title=Pakistan&ArticleID=8384

6.   True face of Gen.Kiyani and Shuja Pasha, the CIA agents

http://makepakistanbetter.com/why_how_what_forum.asp?GroupID=5&Group_title=Pakistan&ArticleID=8155
 Reply:   90,000 Afghan war documents leaked
Replied by(International_Professor) Replied on (26/Jul/2010)
Biggest leak in intelligence history

90,000 Afghan war documents leaked

Previously unreported civilian deaths among the disclosures by WikiLeaks

by KIMBERLY DOZIER

WASHINGTON — Some 90,000 leaked U.S. military records posted online Sunday amount to a blow-by-blow account of six years of the Afghanistan war, including unreported incidents of Afghan civilian killings as well as covert operations against Taliban figures.

The online whistle-blower WikiLeaks posted the documents on its website Sunday. The New York Times, London's Guardian newspaper and the German weekly Der Spiegel were given early access to the documents.

The White House condemned the document disclosure, saying it "put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk."

The leaked records include detailed descriptions of raids carried out by a secretive U.S. special operations unit called Task Force 373 against what U.S. officials considered high-value insurgent and terrorist targets. Some of the raids resulted in unintended killings of Afghan civilians, according to the documentation.

Among those listed as being killed by the secretive unit was Shah Agha, described by the Guardian as an intelligence officer for an IED cell, who was killed with four other men in June 2009. Another was a Libyan fighter, Abu Laith al-Libi, described in the documents as a senior al-Qaida military commander. Al-Libi was said to be based across the border in Mir Ali, Pakistan, and was running al-Qaida training camps in North Waziristan, a region along the Afghan border where U.S. officials have said numerous senior al-Qaida leaders were believed to be hiding.

The operation against al-Libi, in June 2007, resulted in a death tally that one U.S. military document said include six enemy fighters and seven noncombatants — all children.

The Guardian reported that more than 2,000 senior figures from the Taliban and al-Qaida are on a "kill or capture" list, known as JPEL, the Joint Prioritized Effects List. It was from this list that Task Force 373 selected its targets.

The New York Times said the documents — including classified cables and assessments between military officers and diplomats — also describe U.S. fears that ally Pakistan's intelligence service was actually aiding the Afghan insurgency.

According to the Times, the documents suggest Pakistan "allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders."

The Guardian, however, interpreted the documents differently, saying they "fail to provide a convincing smoking gun" for complicity between the Pakistan intelligence services and the Taliban.

White House, Pakistan respond
In a statement released Sunday, White House national security adviser Gen. Jim Jones lauded a deeper partnership between the U.S. and Pakistan, saying, "Counterterrorism cooperation has led to significant blows against al-Qaida's leadership." Still, he called on Pakistan to continue its "strategic shift against insurgent groups."

Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani said the documents "do not reflect the current on-ground realities." The United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan are "jointly endeavoring to defeat al-Qaida and its Taliban allies militarily and politically," he added.

Der Spiegel, meanwhile, reported that the records show Afghan security officers as helpless victims of Taliban attacks.

The magazine said the documents show a growing threat in the north, where German troops are stationed.

The classified documents are largely what's called "raw intelligence" — reports from junior officers in the field that analysts use to advise policymakers, rather than any high-level government documents that state U.S. government policy.

While the documents provide a glimpse of a world the public rarely sees, the overall picture they portray is already familiar to most Americans. U.S. officials have already publicly denounced Pakistani officials' cooperation with some insurgents, like the Haqqani network in Pakistan's tribal areas.

The success of U.S. special operating forces teams at taking out Taliban targets has been publicly lauded by U.S. military and intelligence officials. And just-resigned Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was leading the Afghan war effort, made protecting Afghan civilians one of the hallmarks of his command, complaining that too many Afghans had been accidentally killed by Western firepower.

More document releases possible
WikiLeaks said the leaked documents "do not generally cover top-secret operations." The site also reported that it had "delayed the release of some 15,000 reports" as part of what it called "a harm minimization process demanded by our source," but said it may release the other documents after further review.

Jones, the White House adviser, took pains to point out that the documents describe a period from January 2004 to December 2009, mostly during the administration of President George W. Bush.

That was before "President Obama announced a new strategy with a substantial increase in resources for Afghanistan, and increased focus on al-Qaida and Taliban safe havens in Pakistan, precisely because of the grave situation that had developed over several years," Jones said.

But Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said, "However illegally these documents came to light, they raise serious questions about the reality of America's policy toward Pakistan and Afghanistan."

A different U.S. official said the Obama administration had already told Pakistani and Afghan officials what to expect from the document release, in order to head off some of the more embarrassing revelations.

Another U.S. official said it may take days to comb through all the documents to see what they mean to the U.S. war effort and determine their potential damage to national security. That official added that the U.S. isn't certain who leaked the documents.

Another official said teams of analysts started examining the documents the moment they were disclosed online.

All three officials spoke on condition of anonymity to comment on the release of classified material.

U.S. government agencies have been bracing for the release of thousands more classified documents since the leak of a classified helicopter cockpit video of a 2007 firefight in Baghdad. That leak was blamed on a U.S. Army intelligence analyst working in Iraq.

Spc. Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Md., was arrested in Iraq and charged earlier this month with multiple counts of mishandling and leaking classified data, after a former hacker turned him in. Manning had bragged to the hacker, Adrian Lamo, that he had downloaded 260,000 classified or sensitive State Department cables and transmitted them by computer to the website Wikileaks.org.

Lamo turned Manning in to U.S. authorities, saying he couldn't live with the thought that those released documents might get someone killed.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38405052/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia

Afghanistan war logs: Story behind biggest leak in intelligence history

From US military computers to a cafe in Brussels, how thousands of classified papers found their way to online activists

US authorities have known for weeks that they have suffered a haemorrhage of secret information on a scale which makes even the leaking of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam war look limited by comparison.

The Afghan war logs, from which the Guardian reports today, consist of 92,201 internal records of actions by the US military in Afghanistan between January 2004 and December 2009 – threat reports from intelligence agencies, plans and accounts of coalition operations, descriptions of enemy attacks and roadside bombs, records of meetings with local politicians, most of them classified secret.

The Guardian's source for these is Wikileaks, the website which specialises in publishing untraceable material from whistleblowers, which is simultaneously publishing raw material from the logs.

Washington fears it may have lost even more highly sensitive material including an archive of tens of thousands of cable messages sent by US embassies around the world, reflecting arms deals, trade talks, secret meetings and uncensored opinion of other governments.

Wikileaks' founder, Julian Assange, says that in the last two months they have received yet another huge batch of "high-quality material" from military sources and that officers from the Pentagon's criminal investigations department have asked him to meet them on neutral territory to help them plug the sequence of leaks. He has not agreed to do so.

Behind today's revelations lie two distinct stories: first, of the Pentagon's attempts to trace the leaks with painful results for one young soldier; and second, a unique collaboration between the Guardian, the New York Times and Der Spiegel magazine in Germany to sift the huge trove of data for material of public interest and to distribute globally this secret record of the world's most powerful nation at war.

The Pentagon was slow to engage. The evidence they have now collected suggests it was last November that somebody working in a high-security facility inside a US military base in Iraq started to copy secret material. On 18 February Wikileaks posted a single document – a classified cable from the US embassy in Reykjavik to Washington, recording the complaints of Icelandic politicians that they were being bullied by the British and Dutch over the collapse of the Icesave bank; and the tart remark of an Icelandic diplomat who described his own president as "unpredictable". Some Wikileaks workers in Iceland claimed they saw signs that they were being followed after this disclosure.

But the Americans evidently were nowhere nearer to discovering the source when, on 5 April, Assange held a press conference in Washington to reveal US military video of a group of civilians in Baghdad, including two Reuters staff, being shot down in the street in 2007 by Apache helicopters: their crew could be heard crowing about their "good shooting" before destroying a van which had come to rescue a wounded man and which turned out to be carrying two children on its front seat.

It was not until late May that the Pentagon finally closed in on a suspect, and that was only after a very strange sequence of events. On 21 May, a Californian computer hacker called Adrian Lamo was contacted by somebody with the online name Bradass87 who started to swap instant messages with him. He was immediately extraordinarily open: "hi... how are you?… im an army intelligence analyst, deployed to eastern bagdad … if you had unprecedented access to classified networks, 14 hours a day, 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?"

For five days, Bradass87 opened his heart to Lamo. He described how his job gave him access to two secret networks: the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, SIPRNET, which carries US diplomatic and military intelligence classified "secret"; and the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System which uses a different security system to carry similar material classified up to "top secret". He said this had allowed him to see "incredible things, awful things … that belong in the public domain and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC … almost criminal political backdealings … the non-PR version of world events and crises."

Bradass87 suggested that "someone I know intimately" had been downloading and compressing and encrypting all this data and uploading it to someone he identified as Julian Assange. At times, he claimed he himself had leaked the material, suggesting that he had taken in blank CDs, labelled as Lady Gaga's music, slotted them into his high-security laptop and lip-synched to nonexistent music to cover his downloading: "i want people to see the truth," he said.

He dwelled on the abundance of the disclosure: "its open diplomacy … its Climategate with a global scope and breathtaking depth … its beautiful and horrifying … It's public data, it belongs in the public domain." At one point, Bradass87 caught himself and said: "i can't believe what im confessing to you." It was too late. Unknown to him, two days into their exchange, on 23 May, Lamo had contacted the US military. On 25 May he met officers from the Pentagon's criminal investigations department in a Starbucks and gave them a printout of Bradass87's online chat.

On 26 May, at US Forward Operating Base Hammer, 25 miles outside Baghdad, a 22-year-old intelligence analyst named Bradley Manning was arrested, shipped across the border to Kuwait and locked up in a military prison.

News of the arrest leaked out slowly, primarily through Wired News, whose senior editor, Kevin Poulsen, is a friend of Lamo's and who published edited extracts from Bradass87's chatlogs. Pressure started to build on Assange: the Pentagon said formally that it would like to find him; Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, said he thought Assange could be in some physical danger; Ellsberg and two other former whistleblowers warned that US agencies would "do all possible to make an example" of the Wikileaks founder. Assange cancelled a planned trip to Las Vegas and went to ground.

After several days trying to make contact through intermediaries, the Guardian finally caught up with Assange in a café in Brussels where he had surfaced to speak at the European parliament.

Assange volunteered that Wikileaks was in possession of several million files, which amounted to an untold history of American government activity around the world, disclosing numerous important and controversial activities. They were putting the finishing touches to an accessible version of the data which they were preparing to post immediately on the internet in order to pre-empt any attempt to censor it.

But he also feared that the significance of the logs and some of the important stories buried in them might be missed if they were simply dumped raw on to the web. Instead he agreed that a small team of specialist reporters from the Guardian could have access to the logs for a few weeks before Wikileaks published, to decode them and establish what they revealed about the conduct of the war.

To reduce the risk of gagging by the authorities, the database would also be made available to the New York Times and the German weekly, Der Spiegel which, along with the Guardian, would publish simultaneously in three different jurisdictions. Under the arrangement, Assange would have no influence on the stories we wrote, but would have a voice in the timing of publication.

He would place the first tranche of data in encrypted form on a secret website and the Guardian would access it with a user name and password constructed from the commercial logo on the cafe's napkin.

Today's stories are based on that batch of logs. Wikileaks has simultaneously published much of the raw data. It says it has been careful to weed out material which could jeopardise human sources.

Since the release of the Apache helicopter video, there has been some evidence of low-level attempts to smear Wikileaks. Online stories accuse Assange of spending Wikileaks money on expensive hotels (at a follow-up meeting in Stockholm, he slept on an office floor); of selling data to mainstream media (the subject of money was never mentioned); or charging for media interviews (also never mentioned).

Earlier this year, Wikileaks published a US military document which disclosed a plan to "destroy the centre of gravity" of Wikileaks by attacking its trustworthiness.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Kuwait, Manning has been charged under US miitary law with improperly downloading and releasing information, including the Icelandic cable and the video of Apache helicopters shooting civilians in Baghdad. He faces trial by court martial with the promise of a heavy jail sentence.

Ellsberg has described Manning as "a new hero of mine". In his online chat, Bradass87 looked into the future: "god knows what happens now … hopefully, worldwide discussion, debates and reforms. if not … we're doomed."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/25/wikileaks-war-logs-back-story

 

 


 
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