posted on Dec, 10 2010 @ 08:00 PM
reply to post by zorgon
I understand what you're getting at here Zorgon, but how many people who have been named in some of these cables would jump at the chance of denying
the evidence unless there was some truth in it?
Here's an example regarding the state of corruption in Tunisia. I found it today and it makes me feel sick:
Corruption In Tunisia - What's Yours Is Mine
- All in the Family
President Ben Ali's extended family is often cited as the nexus of Tunisian corruption. Often referred to as a quasi-mafia, an oblique mention of
"the Family" is enough to indicate which family you mean. Seemingly half of the Tunisian business community can claim a Ben Ali connection
through marriage, and many of these relations are reported to have made the most of their lineage.
Ben Ali's wife, Leila Ben Ali, and her extended family -- the Trabelsis -- provoke the greatest ire from Tunisians. Along with the numerous
allegations of Trabelsi corruption are often barbs about their lack of education, low social status, and conspicuous consumption. While some of the
complaints about the Trabelsi clan seem to emanate from a disdain for their nouveau riche inclinations, Tunisians also argue that the Trabelsis
strong arm tactics and flagrant abuse of the system make them easy to hate.
Leila's brother Belhassen Trabelsi is the most notorious family member and is rumored to have been involved in a wide-range of corrupt schemes from
the recent Banque de Tunisie board shakeup (Ref B) to property expropriation and extortion of bribes. Leaving the question of their progenitor
aside, Belhassen Trabelsi's holdings are extensive and include an airline, several hotels, one of Tunisia's two private radio stations, car
assembly plants, Ford distribution, a real estate development company, and the list goes on. (See Ref K for a more extensive list of his holdings.)
Yet, Belhassen is only one of Leila's ten known siblings, each with their own children. Among this large extended family, Leila's brother Moncef
and nephew Imed are also particularly important economic actors.
Have we heard a single word from President Ben Ali or his extended family regarding these revelations? No, because then they would have to answer
questions. If they were not true then they could speak out, try to clear their names, the silence hides what I believe to be guilt and the first to
speak out would immediately gain the focus, something I believe any corrupt person is afraid of.
This is only one example out of hundreds where actual names have been given and nothing has been heard from the corrupt parties.
Regardless of Wikileaks true identity, history or origins the information is now out there, I have not heard of any claims of denial and to presume
all these people would be innocent of what we are reading just seems rediculous.