Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pentagon-WikiLeaks conspiracy theory

Cass Sunstein wrote (at page 22 of his paper, "Conspiracy Theories" - download here as a pdf - written with Adrian Vermeule concerning various dirty tricks tactics for government to undermine conspiracy theories):
"Government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action."
Sunstein, one of the Jews brought to Harvard Law School in the Jewification process conducted by Supreme Court nominee Kagan (who, btw, equates the KKK and the NRA - the 'left' is spinning furiously, if completely unconvincingly, and it will be fun to watch the Republicans bite their tongues!), is the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration. He thus can advise the White House on how to deal with those pesky conspiracy theories. Given that the Obama White House is much harder on leakers than even the Bush White House, it is obvious that truth is in the cross hairs.

If you read between the lines of the excellent Glenn Greenwald reporting you can see how the Pentagon used a weirdo hacker/writer at Wired, a guy joined at the hip to a real writer at Wired, to fatally undermine the credibility of WikiLeaks to potential whistleblowers by suggesting that WikiLeaks was unable or unwilling to protect the anonymity of its leakers (there are also ethics issues involved in the strange relationship between the Wired reporter and Lamo, but ethics in American 'journalism' is a joke). Obviously, this would cause the leaks to dry up. Spreading a lot of publicity about going after the head of WikiLeaks allows the Pentagon to reinforce the idea that WikiLeaks will not be able to keep secrets.

There is no credible explanation given how, or why, Manning got in contact with Lamo (except that it involved exactly the kind of internet dirty trick promoted by Sunstein). It seems quite likely that Lamo was working for the Pentagon all along, as was Wired (being cooperative to the Pentagon no doubt opens a lot of doors to juicy tech stories, and Lamo appears to have become a lot more government friendly after he got out of jail). Lamo apparently got Manning to completely fess up on the basis of misrepresentations made by Lamo, and Lamo almost immediately turned Manning in, and started to work on his self-publicity program with the help of the Wired writer.

Which leads us around to the question of whether WikiLeaks is just a Pentagon front. Just how did Lamo get in touch with Manning? Did he have help from Wikileaks? At least that is what any other potential whistleblower must be wondering.

You might think that the Iraq helicopter massacre video, and the promised Afghanistan drone massacre video, are so damning to the Pentagon that the Pentagon can't possibly be behind the leaks. On the other hand, I'm sure there are a lot of generals who think this kind of behavior both reflects terribly on the institution and actually undermines the ability of American soldiers to fight anything other than wedding parties. The fact that American soldiers are losing everywhere in Afghanistan is proof that an atrocity army is useless at real war fighting. Perhaps the leaks are supposed to embarrass the Pentagon to return to some kind of discipline. That would make the WikiLeaks story an internal Pentagon turf war.
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