The recent WikiLeaks incident will be in the history books of our children. Although US Secretary of Defense calls WikiLeaks insignificant it’s clear he lies and he does it without blinking (video: http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/wiki-fallout-quot-insignificant-quot-gates-23280280). Impressive but THIS is the biggest disaster in US diplomacy I know of and every politician who denies it lies. The first reaction of the Italian foreign minister was that it’s the 9/11 of diplomacy. Later the Italian defense department said it’s rater April fools day than 9/11 but I think the first is more appropriate. I live in Germany and this week I bought DER SPIEGEL that reported as one of the exclusive media partner extensively about the US embassy cables in relation to German politics. It’s really scary how many spies the Americans have everywhere reporting not to the CIA or NSA but to regular US embassies! I knew that allies spy on each other but the dimensions are immense.
Nevertheless it is WRONG what WikiLeaks has done.
The first leak contained unfiltered information that have not even be reviewed by WikiLeaks before publishing. Insurgents from Afghanistan or Iraq had just to download it and analyze to plan much better attacks on US and allied troops in this region. Irresponsible!
The recent second leak is a disaster for the US diplomacy and the shock waves of it might even cause wars in future. The leak is so evil that apparently FSB (former KGB) analysts think that there might be someone behind it and Putin told Larry King at CNN about this theory in an interview (http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2010/11/30/lkl.putin.wikileaks.cnn.html). Indeed the only one who looked happy after the WikiLeaks release has been the prime minister of Israel as the US embassy cables have shown that Saudi Arabia asked the US to bomb Iran. Personally I don’t think there is someone behind the leak in particular. Yes, some foreign secret services (of US-enemies) might support WikiLeaks but I think it was really Bradley Manning who leaked all the documents because he wanted everyone to “know the truth”.
The best analysis I have seen so far was is Y! News (originally a video by abc News: http://news.yahoo.com/video/tech-15749651/wikileaks-reverse-spying-23260436). It shows the hacker who reached out to the FBI after being contacted by a person who indicated the willingness of leaking secret documents from the US military (Bradley Manning who is facing now a sentence of 52 years in jail: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/30/wikileaks-cables-bradley-manning). It was most probably him who leaked all the documents. Not only the video known as the “collateral murderer” helicopter attack from Iraq. BTW: I remember watching the video and it only showed to me what kind of dirty war we are facing in this region where Muslim insurgents bring their children to the battlefield as human shields!!! Disgusting! The video indicated the US pilots have done something wrong. My conclusion was the contrary. They behaved just right.
I hope there won’t be any third leak as announced WikiLeaks. The organization is under heavy pressure and their website will probably vanish from the Internet in the long term (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/blog/2010/dec/03/wikileaks-knocked-off-net-dns-everydns). Amazon removed it from their servers and Paypal deleted their account. DNS providers are deleting the domains from their servers. This will continue till there is nothing left of WikiLeaks website but it will be in the history books of our children for sure. Not sure in what context it will be but I hope not it won’t be something like a “prelude to World War III”. In my opinion it has the potential to be exactly that.
Edit: Like a year later I changed my opinion about the leaks a bit. The damage was limited, it helped to end the war in Iraq, influenced the Arab spring and I think history will show more benefits of it. Manning will be the Daniel Ellsberg of our time…
Like most Poles I’m shocked about the tragic airplane-crash of Smolensk where the Polish president, his wife and many more have been killed. I heard the news from my mother in law who called my on Saturday and said I need to turn on the TV because Kaczynski died in a plane crash on his way to Katyn. I felt a little bit like on 9/11. It was truly a shock! Now a few days later the question about the reason comes up. My first thought was of course that the Russians must be behind this. Kaczynski didn’t make any friends in Moscow when he supported Georgians in the war with Russia. Then I have seen on TV that this has been one of these old TU-154 airplanes that are known to get broken. One of these went to Haiti with rescue workers after the earth quake there and couldn’t get back because it broke on the airport. So maybe this accident happened because something broke on this plane during the flight. Now I think it has been the cussedness of Kaczynski himself who insisted on landing in very bad weather conditions and maybe additionally something on the plane stopped working correctly. I’m curious what the investigations will show!
I see one good thing in this tragedy. The world public and Russians them self now know what Katyn is. A place where Soviets murdered more than 20.000 Polish soldiers and maybe this is a chance to re-think the Polish-Russian relationship. In general Poles and Russians have a very similar mentality and should not act against each other. An attempt to express this is the open letter in the Polish press: http://tygodnik.onet.pl/44321,artykul_info.html
More info: http://www.euronews.net/2010/04/13/crash-investigators-to-examine-whether-pilots-put-under-pressure/
Michael Jackson’s Thriller has been my first music cassette. In the early eighties I got a Walkman with fancy orange earphones and this cassette. Now Jacko is dead. Quite sad.
There are tons of articles at the moment but OMG has quite a lot I can recommend: http://omg.yahoo.com/news/mystery-surrounds-michael-jacksons-sudden-death/24348
Uri Geller thought it’s a hoax… 😉 and I was quite surprised I must admit. 50 is not an age to die if you are not sick.
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What a nice view, isn’t it? This is Swat valley. A popular place where Pakistanis used to go on vacation. Swat valley is today a nest of these Taliban-Suckers… really a shame that Pakistan allowed this to happen for so long! Finally the Pakistani authorities are moving their ass. I hope they can handle the military offensive on their own.
I just got some ice cream (X-Cream-Sundae 🙂 ) for my wife and me at Burger King and a guy who bought a few burgers in front of me returned to the desk to ask if there is pork in the burgers. Nice 😉 ! OK, you can never know but Whoppers are known to have 100% beef. Swine-Flu-Angst?
Today we went also on a nice long walk with our baby. When three Spanish speaking women passed our stroller my wife started wondering if they had been from Mexico. Then we started wondering how close you need to get to someone to get infected with Swine Flu.
I think the swine flu is not funny at all but sometimes simple facts get lost in media – Egypt began a controversial slaughter of the nation’s 250 000 pigs in earnest on Saturday, despite the WHO saying there was no evidence the animals were transmitting swine flu to humans (source:http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?from=rss_Africa&set_id=1&click_id=68&art_id=nw20090502151554634C858680) – and just like the guy at Burger King my mother in law called one day after the news of the outbreak and said we shouldn’t eat pork anymore. Nice! What media can do… puhh
Here are some real facts about H1N1: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/
Really interesting is that the global financial crysis looks like a joke compared to this epidemic. Perfect material for nice conspirancy theories!
Maybe not the best transition after my last post that has been some kind of funny but it’s something that was in the news yesterday and I can’t forget: The WW1 genocide of Armenians. It’s in my opinion very similar to the Holocaust and the denial of it is a shame for Turkey! It seems there are now small steps towards normalization:
“After nearly a century of hostility, Turkey and Armenia have agreed a road map to normalise ties. The deal was made on the eve of the commemoration of the alleged 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks. It is thought to include the opening of their mutual border, something which would boost Turkey’s relations with the EU.”
More Information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide
In general this story reminds me of the Fatherland movie with Rutger Hauer that I watched recently where you see an alternative future with Nazi-Germany that won WWII. Just like the Turks in reality the Nazis of 1964 in this movie deny the Holocaust and any genocide on the Jews.
More information on the Fatherland movie and the novel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatherland_(novel)#The_Fatherland_Movie
You can watch the complete movie on YouTube!
Playlist permalink: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=197B77C3188007FF&search_query=fatherland
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Is the Conficker threat just a wash? I think it is. Shame on me if my PC is going to shut down in a minute because it’s infected. But that won’t happen. Why? Because the IT department of the company I work for keeps Windows up-to-date with the latest security patches. According to IBM only 6% of PC’s are infected in the US. 31% in Europe and 45% in Asia. I thought it had Ukrainian roots but who knows… maybe it’s Chinese? BTW: Check out http://www.newgrounds.com/ – the ultimate “government approved” website of the People’s Republic of China 😉
Source: IBM: Conficker Infections Low in United States – http://www.pcworld.com/article/162339/ibm_conficker_infections_low_in_united_states.html?tk=rss_news
Edit: I found this nice info on how you can check if your computer has been infected: Eye chart can help diagnose Conficker – http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-10212286-12.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5
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