27 July 2010
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Wikileaks on Political Bias
We need people at the US Social Forum, June27-July4, Atlanta
6 June 2007
Here's my personal opinion.
You're absolutely right in your arguments, and do not need to worry.
We know Wikileaks is bigger than we are and there was a great
celebration on understanding that other people realized this too (for
instance the Chinese government), because the idea can't be stopped,
it's everyone's now.
Naivety is unfailingly attractive when it adorns strength. People
rush forward to defend and fight for individuals and organizations
imbued with this quality. Virtuous sophisticates gasp, finding
themselves marooned on the hot pavement of shifting loyalties. Some
of us have a childlike naivety. It's not a weakness, it's a great
If you're worried about us being visibly captured by by left wingers,
don't. Outside of the US we have the opposite perceptual dilemma.
We're viewed too as close to the CIA and US foreign policy positions
and have received a lot of flack over it (see our Wikipedia page,
notice the edits from the French IP's). Inside the US, political
english astutes are familiar with the Pentagon papers and can read
between the lines. We'll take our torch to all, and whether it lets
in light or lights up flames depends only on the quantity of occluded
malevolence left to burn.
You have glimpsed, perhaps, that a substantial portion of Social
Forum types are ineffectual pansies who specialize in making movies
about themselves and throwing ``dialogue'' parties for their friends
with foundation money. They have increased visibility because they
love cameras. But what can we say? It's easy to wish that the vast
array of functional cogs in brute inhumanity, mendacity and rapacious
consumerism the world over would follow their lead, clapping, singing
and videotaping their way up Mt. Mostly Harmless.
In Africa WL advisors met with many committed and courageous
individuals -- banned opposition groups, corruption investigators,
unions, fearless press and clergy. In the US, the portion of serious
players will be reduced, since this quote from Solzhenitsyn is
"A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an
outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has
lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each
country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course,
in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly
noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites, causing an
impression of a loss of courage by the entire society. " -- Alexander
Solzhenitsyn, Harvard University address (1979)
However Freedom House and others sponsored resistance figures from
central asia and groups like Front Line Defenders gave their show as
did a dozen dictatorships who sent their envoys. The World Social
Forum has, become, for better or worse, the world's biggest NGO beach
party, where everyone who is anyone, or at least anyone with funding,
is accounted for. It remains to be seen how the USSF plays out, but
the attendance list suggests the full spectrum. Despite this there
will be substantial agreement on one political position -- opposition
to the Iraq war. My feeling is that the USSF be recalled as a
crucible for the US war opposition.
Wikileaks has concentrated on the most closed governments, since that
is where it can be of most assistance. However, we now have
substantial leaks from the US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Strategically, WL wants the main stream anti-war movement (upto and
including the Democratic Party) to swing in behind it when these
documents are released -- to steal the issue and with it, its
retributive focus. Technically and organizationally WL can survive
attacks in the west, but they will certainly slow us down in our
important work else where. We must be the centre of the journalistic
vanguard and normalize that position until it becomes an unassailable
WL is a position to be seen as everyone's friend, since we will
attempt to grant all individuals (and even the most depraved state is
comprised of nothing else but individuals and their desires)
knowledge with which to find their way though the world and a branch
of action -- a freedom! -- they did not have before.
Victory, freedom, truth,
"When truth cannot make itself known in words, it will make itself
known in deeds." -- Roger Scruton, The New Criterion, Sept 2006,
On Jun 5, 2007, at 5:00 PM, [Deleted] wrote:
> Wikileaks wrote:
>> We need people to run a WL group at the US Social Forum
>> www.ussf2007.org/) June27-July4, Atlanta. Are you interested?
>> The first US Social Form
>> place in Atlanta, June 27 to July 4th this year. We wanted
>> send a team to present there and make contacts with the
>> human rights groups and other interested organizations and
>> We had a team lecturing over 4 days at World Social Forum in
>> Kenya, Nairobi earlier this year
>> wikileaks.org/wsf) and many excellent outcomes arose (and are
>> still arising) from our presence there. Additionally the
>> atmosphere was of a personally fulfilling nature.
>> This original group can't make it to the USSF. It maybe difficult
>> for another group to produce a full presentation, but it
>> take minimal effort for another group of people to develop
>> contacts and distribute flyers etc, which is where most of
>> value (WL related and personal) is in the forum.
>> Additionally we have befriended a number WSF organizers (since
>> helped organize part of then Kenyan WSF), that we can put you
>> contact with for the USSF.
>> If you would like to join a group of volunteers who will organize
>> or attend the USSF, let us know.
>> "Truth comes as conqueror only to those who have lost the art
>> receiving it as friend." Rabindranath Tagore
>> Volunteers mailing list
> Ok, you guys need to keep the Progressive/Commie/Socialist agendas
> and rhetoric to yourselves or you're going to go absolutely nowhere
> very, very fast. Now, now, don't get your dander up; if I can pass
> by gross mis-characterizations of the existing world order as
> "capitalism", or "white supremacy", you can stay calm and listen a
> You need to realize that the premise of the WikiLeaks is, like
> democracy itself, bigger than you or your particular ambitions and
> agendas, however noble they may be.
> If you want to obtain for WikiLeaks the general currency,
> acceptance, and protections for it as established institutions, you
> seriously need to lay off from any kind of partisan or
> preferential activities yourselves. Let the content speak for
> itself, and keep the vetting and analysis open to all. Otherwise
> you not only risk a perception of serious bias, you will be
> engaging in it, and worse than that, you'll be guilty of,...what's
> a polite word...misrepresentation.
> Beyond that, if you keep yourselves open to whistle-blowers of all
> stripes and circumstances, including, say, oh, conservative and
> religious types waking up to the fact that they've been taken for a
> ride, too, you might realize not only more material, but a
> understanding of the true nature and scope of what you're up against.
> Realize I am fighting some cynical misgivings here, similiar to
> those of Mr. Young, that some of you may know the nature of the
> beast full well already, and that this whole enterprise could be
> suspect, an exercise in well-poisoning and disinformation, on the
> one hand, or possibly fraudulent preaching to the choir, karma-
> whoring, and reputation-leeching on the other. Sorry, but that is
> the impression that comes across sometimes. Same old political bs.
> and scams as usual.
> What you need to strive for is the same level of objectivity and
> analytical disinterest as the League of Women Voters. No, even
> higher. Else I'll be so disheartened that I'll lower myself to
> government contracting work.
> Good Luck,
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