OP-ED

Wikileaks: Just Print the Lies

Wikileaks has changed the rhythm of politicians around the globe by printing the secret scandals and conspiracies of leaders and VIPs. But how true is that? And why it has been released so massively, and at this particularl time? Is this a new game to keep nations busy with documentary issues of their countries’ secret information with the American government agencies?

The Wikileaks issue has captured the attention of all nations’ decisions-makers, and caused them to recalculate their secret conspiracies and to define their secret work plans by different means. The issue has turned into a war of paper that includes all players, forgiving no one in the field of politics, starting from the United States, UK, Europe, Middle East, Iraq, Yemen, the Gulf, and Africa.

Also, international and local broadcasting channels, TV, and newspapers are continuing to print the secrets, both true and false. Audiences are watching a new battle of a war with no machine guns or helicopters. It’s an enjoyable battle and it’s no less important than the war of Israel against Gaza or the war against Hezbollah in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq or anywhere else in the world.

The question remains of just how negotiated deals and business in the future look after Wikileaks. Are there going to be more secrets and conspiracies or will transparency be the better option?  Is Wikileaks going to be a new era for governments to reformat their deal-making? There is ongoing talk that countries can work more openly and directly with each other rather than hiding their secrets and withholding their trust

Yemen was not far away from the Wikileaks; the network has revealed some secret issues on President Saleh, apparently giving the US government access to fight al-Qaeda in different areas of Yemen. Another leaked cables details a meeting between the Yemeni President, Deputy Prime Minister Rashad al-Alimi, and U.S. Gen. David Petraeus. The conversation among the three men suggests that Yemeni officials sought to cover up U.S. airstrikes on Al Qeada targets inside the country. Here, the deputy Prime Minister al-Alimi was quoted as joking that he had “lied” in telling parliament that the air strike was a Yemeni production.

As yet unreleased Wikileaks promise to reveal more about Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Sudan.  Wikileaks is one of the major issues of the year 2010, and I believe its owner saved it up to gain more media coverage and to be the talk of the current year.

Of course the Wikileaks is not an admirable website in official eyes, but it’s excellent for the public to fulfill their imaginations on past issues.  The fact that your, my, everyone’s leaders are commenting on and apologizing for their mistakes in these revealing communications is quite entertaining. So Wikileaks, we hope you are not printing lies.

On Sunday 28th November 2010, Wikileaks began publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents give people around the world unprecedented insight into the US Government’s foreign activities and those of countries it’s worked with.  While many leaders try desperately to explain away the fact that what they do in public and say in private aren’t always the same thing, the rest of us can just sit back and enjoy the show.