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Monday, December 20, 2010

Wikileaks trip Government up lying

So what has the National Party been caught out lying about?

Key exposed over Dalai Lama
Among the cables is a briefing which stated that Key told Jiabao in April last year neither he nor any of his ministers would meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. The statement broke a promise Key had made before the election - and reassured the Premier almost eight months before the New Zealand public was told. But the statement might also have landed Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully in trouble after he assured Parliament that there was no boycott.

So John Key spinelessly assures the Chinese that we won't meet with the Dalai Lama but then has Murray McCully tell Parliament - LIE TO PARLIAMENT- that there is no boycott of the Dalai Lama. Why should be doing the bidding of China and why should we put up with the Government lying straight to our faces about doing the bidding of China?

What else have they lied about? They are lying about the so called benefits from this free trade deal with America...

US free-trade deal suspect
A FREE-TRADE deal with the United States may not be the economic miracle it's been painted as.

New Zealand's chief trade negotiator Mark Sinclair privately told a visiting US State Department official that New Zealand had little to gain from a free-trade agreement. This view – recorded in a confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks – differs from the one the public has been given.

When the US joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in November last year, Prime Minister John Key said it could be worth "billions and billions" to New Zealand, and that a deal would "position New Zealand brilliantly for growth".

But in a meeting in February, Sinclair told US Deputy Assistant Frankie Reed "there is a public perception that getting into the US will be an `El Dorado' for New Zealand's commercial sector. However, the reality is different".

He said New Zealand would need to "manage" public expectations about the benefits of a US free-trade agreement.

...so this free trade deal won't be the wonderful skip to the pot of gold at the end of the free market rainbow, yet John Key is pretending that it is, and as for corporate meddling in NZ politics, what about the revelations that the pharmaceutical industry attempted to get rid of a Minister of the crown OR that they attempted to use free trade agreements to screw us...

WikiLeaks: Drug firms tried to ditch Clark
Drug companies tried to get rid of Helen Clark when she was health minister, leaked US Embassy cables claim. They also claim that one major drug firm so strongly objected to restrictive drug buying rules that it lobbied against New Zealand getting a Free Trade Agreement with the US.

...yep, them corporates care about us.

What about the wider wikileaks debate? The constant drip, drip, drip is never ending. Currently they have released a mere 1788 cables. Just think about that, look at the damage those 1788 cables have caused, look at the startling revelations that our own Government have lied and lied and lied about literally everything in their arrogance to rule rather than represent.

The balance of power in the real world is controlled by nuclear bombs, aircraft carriers and large armies, in the cyber world one person can effectively take on a super power, this imbalance will not, can not be tolerated by the super power, the empire will strike back.

1788 cables since first released on the 28th, that's 77 cables a day, there are 251,287 cables, at this rate it will take 3240 days, that's a decade of leaks. What impact will a decade of leaks have on any system? This growing reality means the response will be extraordinary and unrelenting. There are 49,500,000 results on google for rape, there are 30,500,000 results on google for Assange and rape, that's one hell of an effective smear campaign.

That said, the latest details in the rape case suggest Assange isn't the most romantic chap in the world. While much has been made of Sweden's supposed 'liberal rules on rape', no means no and the only bit that stands out is that if it is true he agreed to an HIV test then he didn't wear a condom, which leaves the case in the he said-she said territory.

What is most revealing in this torrent of information is the audacity of American diplomats thinking they can play god and the out right duplicity involved in American foreign policy, nothing shows it better than this example...

In early 2009, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scobey wrote to Hillary Clinton to prepare her for her visit with Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit. The cable is a model of diplomatic acumen, providing a character sketch of Gheit (“smart, urbane with a tendency to lecture”) and offering a series of options that Gheit might push Clinton on (such as an invitation to the Gaza Donors' Conference in Cairo). Scobey, a career foreign services officer, knows her business. No wonder that the Indian Ministry of External Affairs asks its trainee diplomats to study the cables “and get a hang of the brevity with which thoughts and facts have been expressed”.

Early in the cable, however, Scobey reveals the problem with her profession. She correctly points out to Hillary Clinton that Gheit “may not raise human rights (specifically Ayman Nour), political reform, or democratisation; but you should”. Ayman Nour is the leader of the El Ghad liberal party who had been in Cairo's prisons since 2005 (he was released shortly after Clinton's meeting with Gheit).

The problem here is that while Scobey tried to push the agenda of human rights in one room, in other, more shadowy rooms, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and military intelligence officials of the U.S. carried a more powerful brief. Since 1995, the U.S. government has provided the Egyptian secret service (the Mukhabarat) with various prisoners through the extraordinary rendition programme. These prisoners, often suspected of being Al Qaeda members, are alleged to have been tortured in those very jails that Ambassador Scobey criticised.

...the Ambassador couldn't critique human rights in Egypt because the CIA were quietly kidnapping people and using secret torture chambers in Egypt.

This constant drip, drip, drip is a cyber water torture corroding State authority in a way no other dissident could manage.

The revolution will not be televised, it will be on wikileaks.


At 21/12/10 4:56 am, Blogger Chris Prudence said...














At 21/12/10 6:58 pm, Blogger Chris Prudence said...

The espionage Act 'and other' U.S laws could be used to prosecute him.

MILITARY EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION ACT, which allows the Federal Government to charge an American in civilian court for alleged crimes committed overseas.


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