According to WikiLeaks, they have a total of 251,287 political cables in their possession. As of today (3 Dec, 2010), they have released a paltry sum
of 667 cables. And whilst these released cables do occasionally contain tidbits of interesting info, by and large there has been nothing earth-shaking
or revelationary within them.
Obviously I don't know Julian Assange's release timetable or even what sort of criteria he's using to select particular cables for public disclosure
but irrespective of that, he sure seems to be going about this in a totally illogical way.
One would have assumed right from the start that Assange would have realized that releasing ANY of these cables would have immediately painted a huge
bullseye on his back and made him a walking target to varied "interested and affected" organizations. And the longer he delays in releasing cables
with "significant info", the greater the chance of being shutdown and/or arrested by these organizations.
So, would it have not made sense to begin releasing THE most critical and sensitive documents 1st and thereby ensuring that the public gets the best
chance to examine them. Then if worse comes to worse and Assange/Wikileaks does get shutdown, at least the most important of these documents get to
see the light of day and present themselves for global public scrutiny.
On the topic of Assanges's cable release criteria, so far he's released cables starting at 1966 ... then he skips 6 years and jumps to 1972 ... then
jumps to 1975 ... then continues jumping (apparently at random) between other years. Looking at the individual documents for these years, there seems
to be no specific and easily recognizable pattern to account for a jump directly from 1966 to 1972 to 1975 to 1979, etc, etc - so why do it this way
Also, what stands out like a sore thumb is the fact that there is not a single document released for Desert Storm in 1991 or for the 911 period in
2001 or for the period immediately leading up to the Iraq invasion in 2003. And where are the documents detailing the subsequent search for Bin Laden
One would tend to think that cables relating to the above would have been given PRIORITY over anything else and yet all we're being shown are cables
with hardly any substance to them.
Well, perhaps it's just me but in my opinion it looks like Assange/Wikileaks seem to have dropped the ball on this golden opportunity to make public a
wealth of critical info and instead have settled on doling out dribs and drabs of mediocre cables.
I'll make a prediction here if I may .... Assange and Wikileaks will be shutdown PERMANENTLY long before any cable containing significant data of
global import is ever released.
In fact, WHY aren't the cables being released in the following order ....
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
instead of the apparently haphazard and random order currently being released ?
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