Kissinger WikiLeaks document: Illegal we do immediately; unconstitutional takes a little longer
by homment | 21.04.2013 | Views: 87
WikiLeaks has published the ‘Kissinger Cables’: its largest public release of documents in nearly a year, totaling some 1.7 million classified files, including information on the US’s secret diplomatic history.A variety of files have been collected and collated, includingfrom congressional correspondence, intelligence reports, andcables.
Julian Assange, who heads the organization, told the PressAssociation that the documents were illustrative of the “vastrange and scope” of global US influence. He is to present andmark the release of the documents on Monday in a mass-pressconference.
Assange is currently residing at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London,under the threat of arrest if he leaves.
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is quoted as saying,“Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say atmeetings, ‘The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutionaltakes a little longer’,” during a 1975 conversation whichincluded a Turkish and Cypriot official.
Among the other information released is the revelation that theVatican may have collaborated with the US in supporting thePinochet coup in Chile, which saw in a regime of bloodshed anddisappearances.
In a cable dated 18 October 1973, it is stated that “Archbishop[Giovanni] Benelli, Vatican Deputy Secretary of State, expressed toilling [sic] his and Pope’s grave concern over successfulinternational leftist campaign to misconstrue completely realitiesof Chilean situation.”
The events which preceded Pinochet’s 17-year dictatorship weredismissed as overblown.
“Bellini labeled exaggerated coverage of events as possiblygreatest success of Communist propaganda, and highlighted fact thateven moderate and conservative circles seem quite disposed tobelieve grossest lies about Chilean Junta’s excesses.”
It went on to admit that there had been bloodshed during what theylabeled ‘mopping up’ procedures in Chile, but followed it upwith the statement that the Junta was making ‘every effort’to return the situation to normal.
Documents had previously come to light about US involvement in thebloody Chilean coup. One CIA document released in a 2003 book ofcollected works stated “It is firm and continuing policy thatAllende be overthrown by a coup…it is imperative that these actionsbe implemented clandestinely and securely so that the USG [USgovernment] and American hand be well hidden.”
The WikiLeaks releases additionally suggest that former IndianPrime Minister, Rajiv Ghandi, worked as a negotiator for Swedishcompany Saab-Scania, which was trying to sell its Viggen fighteraircraft to Chile in the 1970s.
The documents are comprised of the 250,000 leaked state departmentmemos made previously available through the ‘Cablegate’ release,alongside the new 1.7 million US State Department files fromKissinger’s time in the SoS position, from 1973-1976.
Although the 1.7 million had been officially declassified, andaccessible through the National Archives and Records Agency,members of the WikiLeaks team consider their importance to be toosignificant for them to stay subtly tucked away.
“The Kissinger Cables provides unparalleled access to journalistsand the general public,” said WikiLeaks in a statement.
Assange himself commented on the role that their publication of thedocuments’ played in preserving all sides of US history.
“The US administration cannot be trusted to maintain the history ofits interactions with the world. Fortunately, an organization withan unbroken record in resisting censorship attempts now has acopy,” he said. He went on to call it the single mostsignificant the single most significant body of geopoliticalmaterial ever published.
The lack of accessibility was also commented upon.
“One form of secrecy is complexity. That’s the reason why wedecided to merge these files with our existing cables and put a lotof effort into making a user-friendly and accessible database”a WikiLeaks spokesperson, Kristinn Hrafnsson, told Forbes.
WikiLeaks has voiced additional concern over the possibility thatsome documents could be reclassified.
Julian Assange’s confinement in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy meansthe country has already spent some $4.5 million on police officerspatrolling the building on 24-hour watch. He has been resident inthe building since he lost a UK court case demanding hisextradition to Sweden.
WikiLeaks dropped a bombshell when it released over 250,000 leakedUS cables in 2010, infuriating the US, as many related to the warin Iraq.
The material released by the organization included the infamous‘Collateral Murder’ video, which was shot from an Apachehelicopter gun-sight, and documented direct attacks on unarmedIraqi civilians.