Scores of cables between the US State Department and the American embassy in Brasilia released by WikiLeaks have laid bare the ruthless pursuit of US imperialist interests in Latin America’s largest country: here.
From the USA, on the persecution of WikiLeaks: Kieran Manjarrez, Woodchip Gazette: “After a quarter century of listening to sociologists, distressed mothers, sobbing victims and ‘at risk groups,’ Americans may have forgotten that a ‘risk’ is simply a conjectural possibility of harm. Some risks may be more probable or more direct than others but all risks are simply a speculative harm which might or might not actualize. With this in mind, it can be seen that the Administration is seeking to prosecute and imprison anyone who is unfortunate enough to have done something that some official decides is potentially injurious to the interests of the State. This principle is not unheard of; it just happens to be a principle insisted upon by tyrants and totalitarian regimes”: here.
The former United States ambassador to France suggested “moving to retaliation” against France and the European Union (EU) in late 2007 to fight a French ban on Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) corn and changes in European policy toward biotech crops, according to a cable released by WikiLeaks on Sunday: here.
US to Vatican: Genetically Modified Food Is a “Moral Imperative”. Mike Ludwig, Truthout: “Secret United States diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks detail efforts to promote genetically modified (GM) crops and biotechnology across the globe, including the Vatican, where US diplomats pushed the Roman Catholic Church to support biotech food in developing nations. Cables from embassies in Spain, Austria and even Pakistan reveal the US diplomats have clearly sided with the biotech industry, even as court cases and public debates over GM food raged in the US and abroad”: here.
WikiLeaks and banking: here.
The Nation magazine in the US, with its publication of “The Case of Julian Assange” by columnist Katha Pollitt, has joined the right-wing campaign against the WikiLeaks co-founder: here.
Manning tortured: here.
Floyd Abrams, who played a significant role in the legal defense of the New York Times’ publication of the Pentagon Papers, has endorsed the government’s campaign against WikiLeaks and its editor Julian Assange: here.
Ellsberg on WikiLeaks: here.
Francis Shor, Truthout: “Given the battered economic and military standing of the United States over the past several years, the hysterical reaction of the American political class over the recent release of State Department cables by WikiLeaks is not surprising…. The abuses heaped on Julian Assange and the threats against him, especially, but not exclusively, from politicians in the United States, reflects this hollowing out of democracy and a fear of the new virtual world of free speech”: here.
McClatchy Newspapers: “A U.S. magistrate in San Francisco has ordered Twitter to turn over to the Justice Department account whatever information it was about four of its users, including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Army PFC Bradley Manning, the one-time Baghdad-based intelligence analyst accused of unauthorized downloading of hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents”: here.
WikiLeaks documents have illuminated the underhand foreign policy shenanigans of governments worldwide. The cables also demonstrate that many states are intent on halting meaningful progress on the environment: here.
White House creating ‘insider threat’ programs to prevent new WikiLeaks: here.
Bradley Manning deserves to be free: here.
Amnesty International opposes US abuse of Private Manning: here.