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Wikileaks Is PopBitch For A Lazy Media

by | 29th, November 2010

WIKILEAKS has done it again: giving lazy hacks information on a plate and then letting them edit the stuff and fill pages of copy with diplomatic mutterings that may or may not have been tampered with. It’s Popbitch for celebrity politics.

(You trust Wikileaks and all the hands in the food chain between the source and the press to give you’re the goods unedited and as given? Why?)

Sod protecting sources and spending time building trust and getting to the truth. The desperate news media will just take whatever you have and pass the buck. It wasn’t us, yer honour. Get Julian Assange. He made us publish it. He knew how much we needed the money and the fame. Blame him. Blame Bradley Manning, the man many allege leaked the leaks. He said it was easy.

So, why did no investigative hack keen on freedom of information go it? No budget. Reporting is a largely desk-bond job. Sit tight and let the story some to you.

It’s the Telegraph’s MPs’ expenses scandal Mark 2. The Telegraph did no sleuthing. It was just offered a job lot of information and while the Sun passed over the chance and kept its money, the Telegraph seized the opportunity to cut through its usual diet of press releases and news wire missives.

The biggest joke is that Wikileaks claims to be about freedom and transparency. So, why was CNN asked to sign a confidentiality clause before Wikileaks would release the stuff to it? ( CNN declined.)

Wikileaks wants the US that softest, litigious target to be accountable. What Wikileaks shows you is the truth, clear, clean and unredacted. Look! So we look. The media shouts and hollers. But we don’t have all the facts. We have snapshots of chatter not from the state but from employees of it. If one thing can be gleaned from the missives it is that at this confidential level the US allows its operatives to speak freely. Anyone want to see the Chinese equivalent messages? Do you think it would be big on jokes?

And what have we learnt? Well, Iranians are not Arabs. Yeah, who knew? The Middle East is not one big foaming gob of phlegm–faced nutters aimed at destroying Israel and dominating the world, as the pigeon-yellers in the shopping precinct tells us. Not all Muslims get on and speak a with common voice. Arabs fear Iran getting a big nuclear bomb and pointing it where it likes. It can hit Moscow? Well, it can hit Saudi Arabia and Jordan a darn sight easier.

What’s that you say? Silvio Berlusconi hosts great parties?! Colonel Gaddafi likes his nurses blonde with big knockers and holding a vial of Botox ?! The Yemeni air force is only one of the top 15 air forces in the Middle East and not the mighty as we imagine it to be?! William Hague lived with a gay man called Alan Duncan!?

And these cables are so damaging, how? This Italian politician calls them the “9/11 for diplomacy”. He;s not even joking. But the military are not too upset nor worried. Get this from on high :

From: Andrew Vallance
Sent: Fri 26/11/2010 12:42
To: Sunday Telegraph;

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