The lack of information damaging to Israel in the cables released by WikiLeaks has provided fodder for conspiracy theorists.
Bloggers claim WikiLeaks struck deal with Israel over diplomatic cables leaks, Haaretz, December 10, 2010
I don't know how damaging Wikileaks is supposed to have been to Israel since December 2010, but the carelessness of Wikileaks has been endangering the lives to the few remaining Jews in Iraq:
An Anglican priest here says he's working with the U.S. Embassy to persuade the handful of Jews who still live in Baghdad to leave because their names have appeared in cables published last month by WikiLeaks.The US Embassy addressed the issue of Wikileaks' negligence directly:
The Rev. Canon Andrew White said he first approached members of the Jewish community about what he felt was the danger they faced after a news story was published last month that made reference to the cables.
"The U.S. Embassy is desperately trying to get them out," White said. So far, however, only one, a regular confidante of the U.S. Embassy, according to the cables, had expressed interest in emigrating to the United States.
It slammed WikiLeaks for releasing the cables. "Releasing the names of individuals cited in conversations that took place in confidence potentially puts their lives or careers at risk," the statement said.Among the cables in question--over 250,000 of them--are descriptions of the deteriorating condition and danger faced by Jews because of Al Qaeda and the unlikelihood that the few remaining childless Jews, ages 40 to 82, would be able to contribute to an Iraqi community that does not accept them.
A furious White also hit the website for publishing the cables. "How could they do something as stupid as that?" he said. "Do they not realize this is a life and death issue?"
WikiLeaks did not respond to a request for comment. Previously, WikiLeaks has said that it had no choice but to make its copies of the cables public after the publication in a book of a password that opened an encrypted version of the cables already available on the Internet.
Thus a formerly flourishing Jewish community comes to an end:
Jews first arrived in the land now called Iraq in 721 B.C., exiled here after the Assyrian conquest of the Judean Kingdom. In 586 B.C., Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar attacked Jerusalem and destroyed King Solomon's temple, then led tens of thousands of Jews into captivity, where they built the hanging gardens of Babylon.On another note, Wikileaks--which likes to portray itself as the defender of democracy and openness--has been supporting the totalitarian regime of Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, where public assembly is a crime and those who challenge Lukashenko can end up in detention in a prison cell or tortured by secret police, which is known by its old Soviet name: the KGB.
The population survived repeated conquests of Iraq, by Alexander the Great, the Persians, the Arabs, the Shiite Muslims and the Turks, but over the centuries it flourished, producing the Babylonian Talmud, the Rabbinic work of law that supplements and interprets the Old Testament, the Five Books of Moses.
By the early 20th century, Iraqi Jews constituted one of the wealthiest communities in the country, serving as bankers, importers, retailers and academics. But Iraqi nationalists fighting British rule seized on Nazi ideology in the 1930s, giving rise to rabid anti-Judaic views.
The beginning of the end of a community then numbering some 130,000, was the Nazi-inspired pogrom in 1941, known as the Farhud, or violent dispossession, in which hundreds of Jews died at the hands of armed Iraqi Muslims. The creation of the State of Israel in 1948, followed by the declaration of war by Arab states including Iraq, brought more severe repression here.
The Iraqi government first made it a capital crime to be a Zionist, then reversed policy in 1950, after which more than 100,000 Jews emigrated to Israel. There was more repression in the 1950s and 1960s, and most of the remaining Jewish population emigrated to Israel in the early 1970s.
Wikileaks role in this?
This is the kind of person Wikileaks has in its employ.
In The Wikileaks Illusion, Alasdair Roberts gives as one of the reasons for Wikileaks' failure to live up to its fanfare its inability on its own to distinguish which information could put lives in danger. The solution was to partner with the media.
For some reason, among those that Wikileaks decided to partner with was Israel Shamir.
And so now Wikileaks serves the purpose of totalitarian regimes and terrorists against the people whose interests it claims to serve.
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