Monday, August 20, 2012
The WikiLeaks' Founder and
Tyrannical Friends in South America
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.
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.
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/.