The latest revelations from Wikileaks has not gone down well with either the Americans or the British. For the rest of us however, they are of great benefit.
TheOpinionSite.org exists in order that the truth of contentious and difficult matters can be told. Wikileaks is in exactly the same position. Just as their site is monitored by the authorities, so is ours and so are many others. We are glad about this as it proves that what is said by us matters to governments and authorities as well as our many visitors.
The latest revelations from Julian Assange’s organisation put a whole new light on the so called ‘special relationship’ that supposedly exists between the UK and the US. It now seems that the relationship is not actually that special after all and that our American cousins don’t hold the British in the high regard that was once thought.
Since the latest release of previously classified information, the airwaves have been full of politicians, ex-military commanders and civil servants all telling us that in fact, the Anglo-American relationship is as special as ever. They tell us that the Americans really do appreciate the UK’s contribution and so on.
When you think about the 300 British soldiers who have died, they could hardly say anything else. The question is whether or not they mean what they say.
It is interesting to note the difference between the attitude of the American Executive towards Blair compared with their assessment of Gordon Brown as revealed by the Wikileaks release. They liked Tony a lot more than Gordon apparently. Hardly surprising when you consider that, for all his faults, Brown was concerned with getting the best deal for Britain whereas Blair was only interested in himself and portraying himself as a world statesman. In truth, he was just doing what the Americans told him to do whilst feathering his own nest.
Now it seems that the US are trying to kill Wikileaks stone dead. They have put enormous pressure on the ISP who host the Wikileaks domain name and someone (guess who) has been trying to operate a sophisticated hacking exercise designed to overload the servers, thus making it almost impossible for Wikileaks to continue to do what it does best.
Again, we should not be surprised either that a once dead arrest warrant has been revised and that Julian Assange is once again in the firing line and quite possibly the target of a monumental stitch-up. TheOpinionSite.org would not be at all shocked to find a trail of breadcrumbs from the warrant leading straight back to the CIA and MI6.
Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing for citizens but it can be the kiss of death for governments. Politicians love power, they love to exercise that power over the rest of us and they love to hang on to power for as long as possible. They will do whatever is necessary, no matter how underhand, dishonest or unjust in order to keep that power.
Wikileaks does the world a great service by revealing the secrets that give over-powerful nations their unjustified control over others. We hope that those who can will help Wikileaks to continue their work.
As for the Americans, they should realise that whatever they may believe, they do not in fact rule the world, other countries are not their servants and do not have to do what they are told by the US.
The British don’t rule the world either – something that they too would do well to remember.
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