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Column 082012 Brewer

Monday, August 20, 2012

The WikiLeaks' Founder and Tyrannical Friends in South America

By Jerry Brewer

It did not take WikiLeaks to warn of the rising pink tide in South America. Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez have been active participants in providing this fodder to the U.S. intelligence community, especially since Castro adopted Chavez as his revolutionary protégé.

WikiLeaks' alleged authentic cables weakly appeared to profess the deteriorating relationships between Washington and Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela, and described "U.S. diplomats as imperious and scheming."

Julian Paul Assange, the self-professed "editor in chief" of WikiLeaks, has been defined as the actual founder. As well, he has stated that he had the final decision in the process of vetting documents submitted to the site.

As a "hacker-activist" in his youth, Assange apparently graduated into the thick of exposing diplomatic secrets on November 28, 2010 by releasing many of the 251,000 U.S. diplomatic cables in his possession. Although over half of the communiqués were listed as unclassified, 46 percent fell into the confidential and secret clearance classifications.

The leaked government documents, callously thrust before an information hungry world audience, did not necessarily live up to accuracy or relevance. Although the identified topics of the information may get one's attention, the relevance of the information itself can be fundamentally flawed on the basis of being preliminary and/or incomplete.  This is especially true with those documents that respond to times and certain events without adequate narrative.

The proper authentication of the documents and information is virtually unconfirmed and thus could fail the truth scrutiny as well.  Within this regard, these documents deserved little weight, and much less attention. Much could be simply idle chatter or ideas by someone wishing to enhance one's own work reputation, and not cycled through the tedious intelligence and analysis processes rinse for proper dissemination.

Assange, as a controversial free-speech advocate, currently has much more serious and pressing issues that now curtail any form of freedom of movement. Last month he took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, "to avoid extradition to Sweden where he's wanted on allegations of sexual misconduct."  Furthermore, Assange apparently exhausted all appellate options in his case and "British authorities are under a binding obligation to extradite him to Sweden."

In typical Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez fashion, Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño played the U.S. card of subterfuge, saying he shared Assange's fear that Sweden might send him to the United States where, he said, he would likely face "persecution and human rights violations on espionage charges."

UK authorities, perhaps unmoved by much of the rhetoric that regularly flows from the South American pink tide, stated that "Under our law, with Mr. Assange having exhausted all options of appeal, we shall carry out that obligation. The Ecuadoran Government's decision (to offer him asylum in Ecuador) does not change that."

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said Assange was being denied safe passage because he was wanted for "serious sexual offenses," and not for his work with WikiLeaks, the Associated Press reported.

Ecuador's leftwing President Rafael Correa has praised the work of Assange in defense of his fellow leftists in Venezuela, Bolivia and Argentina. Furthermore, Correa's offer of residence to Assange in Ecuador appears to be in retaliation for U.S. documents believed to question the sanity of Hugo Chavez, and concerns of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as to the mental health of Argentina's now President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Even Bolivian President Evo Morales joined Chavez and Correa in accusing the U.S. of assisting in the ouster of then president of Honduras Manuel Zelaya, in 2009. However, they obviously missed a dispatch from the U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa that undercut the widely-held belief within the Latin American left that the United States orchestrated the removal.

Rafael Correa's brother, Fabricio Correa, has said that Ecuador is being "directed" from Venezuela in an effort to impose "a political model" that is widely rejected.  In October of 2010 Fabricio stated that, in Ecuador, "everything that is done has a political connotation that follows orders from ALBA," the transnational Latin American project that seeks to impose a fascist model like that of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Fabricio further stated that he is being "chased" by his brother's administration for denouncing "his government's incompetence and rampant corruption."

Perhaps Julian Assange should have hacked and exposed the secrets of Latin America's undemocratic and freedom oppressing leaders, but then Ecuador would undoubtedly not have come to his rescue.

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Jerry Brewer is C.E.O. of Criminal Justice International Associates, a global threat mitigation firm headquartered in northern Virginia.  His website is located at http://www.cjiausa.org/.

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