Wikileaks: Stratfor emails indicate Israel already destroyed Iran’s nuclear facilities

We should consider which government departments and political party wouldn’t want this information to be general public knowledge, if true:

Wikileaks emails indicate Stratfor discovered Israel already destroyed Iran’s nuclear facilities

Stratfor allegedly discussed that Israel may have already destroyed the Iranian nuclear facility, according to one of the emails released by Wikileaks Monday.

In one of the over five million emails leaked, the conversation centered on Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak praising the news of deadly munitions blasts at a base of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

“I think this is a diversion. The Israelis already destroyed all the Iranian nuclear infrastructure on the ground weeks ago,” one intelligence official wrote in an email dated November 14, 2011. “The current ‘let’s bomb Iran’ campaign was ordered by the EU leaders to divert the public attention from their at home financial problems. It plays also well for the US since Pakistan, Russia and N. Korea are mentioned in the report. ”

One other Stratfor official allegedly indicated a similar finding.

“Israeli commandos in collaboration with Kurd forces destroyed few underground facilities mainly used for the Iranian defense and nuclear research projects,” he wrote on November 13, 2011. “Even if the Israelis have the capabilities and are ready to attack by air, sea and land, there is no need to attack the nuclear program at this point after the commandos destroyed a significant part of it.”

The “Let’s Bomb Iran Campaign” is also currently supported by and very important to the Republicans — for maybe similar reasons as the EU? Distraction. In between discussing his plans for a new Catholic sharia law, Rick Santorum has been warning his supporters in every state he visits of impending nuclear doom from Iran. Thankfully, the Obama Administration isn’t as gung-ho for Iran as the Bush Administration was for Iraq.

Wikileaks dumps Stratfor emails

Wikileaks has exposed this so-called “global intelligence” think tank operation to be nothing more than an overpriced teabag-gossip clearinghouse. Josh Marshall comments on the email dump — Lordy Lordy Lordy:

Wikileaks tonight released a massive trove of emails from ‘Stratfor’ and TPM Reader KB has been looking through them …

Truly comical. The jokers at Startfor (people actually pay good money for their “intelligence”) have had a bunch of internal emails published by WikiLeaks. Take a look at 2008. So much anti-Dem rumor mongering. It reads like Newsmax. So many references to “my source” “my guy”.” See this one for example. Or this.

What these emails will do mostly is expose Startfor for the bogus overpriced operation is actually is.

What’s this about? In part,

WikiLeaks releases massive hoard of emails from security firm Stratfor

According to a release posted on Sunday evening, “Today WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files – more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered ‘global intelligence’ company Stratfor. The emails date from between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods.”

Perhaps the most shocking revelation in the release is that “Stratfor’s use of insiders for intelligence soon turned into a money-making scheme of questionable legality. The emails show that in 2009 then-Goldman Sachs Managing Director Shea Morenz and Stratfor CEO George Friedman hatched an idea to ‘utilise the intelligence’ it was pulling in from its insider network to start up a captive strategic investment fund.”

[...] It also charges, “Stratfor claims that it operates ‘without ideology, agenda or national bias’, yet the emails reveal private intelligence staff who align themselves closely with US government policies and channel tips to the Mossad – including through an information mule in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Yossi Melman, who conspired with Guardian journalist David Leigh to secretly, and in violation of WikiLeaks’ contract with the Guardian, move WikiLeaks US diplomatic cables to Israel.”

WikiLeaks will be partnering with more than 25 activists and media organizations to process the massive horde of emails. In the United States, these include McClatchy and Rolling Stone.

An official press conference is to be held in London on Monday.

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Here’s the sort of FoxNews-RWNJ-Newsmaxian-High-Teabaggery that every American taxpayer has been funding:

 Here’s Burton after the 2008 election (via):

1) The black Dems were caught stuffing the ballot boxes in Philly and Ohio as reported the night of the election and Sen. McCain chose not to fight. The matter is not dead inside the party. It now becomes a matter of sequence now as to how and when to “out”.

2) It appears the Dems “made a donation” to Rev. Jesse (no, they would never do that!) to keep his yap shut after his diatribe about the Jews and Israel. A little bird told me it was a “nice six-figure donation”. This also becomes a matter of how and when to out.

3) The hunt is on for the sleezy Russian money into O-mans coffers. A smoking gun has already been found. Will get more on this when the time is right. My source was too giddy to continue. Can you say Clinton and ChiCom funny money? This also becomes a matter of how and when to out.

Does that sounds like “intelligence” that’s “without ideology, agenda or national bias” to you? For that matter, does that even sound like intelligence to you?

And why hasn’t this guy Burton “determined how and when to out” this valuable and double-plus sekrit intel YET after four fucking years!

Palin and Huckabee issue Fatwa on Assange

Julian Assange has accused Fox personalities Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, among others, of committing terrorism through their calls to hunt down and kill the WikiLeaks founder.

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Huckabee and Palin publicly calling for someone’s death is not any different from Osama bin Laden issuing a Fatwa.  The king and queen of Fox News’ Evangelical Christian Patriots are acting exactly like the leadership of Al Qaeda.

Jesus Akbar!

US contractor bought Afghan policemen drugs, little boys, cable reveals

Your tax dollars, America!

US State Dept. called ownership of Afghan ‘dancing boys’ a ‘culturally sanctioned form of male rape’

The Afghanistan interior minister was so concerned about an incident where DynCorp, a US contractor charged with training Afghan police, bought drugs and paid for young “dancing boys” that he asked the US embassy to work to “quash” the story, a secret US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks indicates.

In Afghan society, “dancing boys” are little boys dressed as girls, commonly abused and kept by some men as possessions.

Dancing boys, alter boys, rent boys — fundamentalist repression and religion feeds all kinds of abuse.

Related Wikileaks cable via Guardian.

Pravda on Palin: A clown short of a circus

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey of Pravda discusses Palin calling President Obama incompetent for not stopping Wikileaks and nails it!

Pravda.ru: Spankin’ Sarah Palin: A clown short of a circus

I have already called Sarah Palin a pith-headed bimbo from the back of beyond, in this column. I shall now go one step further. By attacking the democratically elected President of the United States of America at a sensitive time in her country’s history, she shows the tact of a boorish drunkard bawling obscenities at a funeral.

2737.jpegIf Sarah Palin is not some kind of a massive political joke in the USA, wheeled out to liven up the political scene from time to time with nonsensical and pastiche (one hopes) displays of sheer and utter ignorance, then it is worrying. It is even more so if anyone other than a manic depressive suffering from a chronic lack of lithium takes this…female…seriously.

Hockey Mum Sarah ex-Governess of Alaska is famous for her shrill shrieking style, displaying a pitifully shallow persona which one hopes is stage-managed to give the rest of the world a good chuckle at the Americans’ ability and unique quality to make fun of themselves, a real-life female version of Homer Simpson-cum-Belching Barney at Mo’s, giving us ever-more hilarious soundbites as she sets herself up as the dumbest woman on Earth.

Read it ALL

And Sullivan

Thoughts so far on the latest Wikileaks: Who does Julian Assange answer to?

How exactly did Wikileaks come into possession of this latest information? Simple downloading from an Intelligence intranet database called Siprnet, developed for Bush’s DHS after 9/11:

“In the rush to merge the information held by the various intelligence agencies to form the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11, millions of diplomatic and military personnel were given access to the U.S. government intranet that houses all of this type of secret information.”

Couple discoveries: :

  • You’ll never believe this (sarcasm), but Israel purposely exaggerated Iran’s nuclear threat. Some countries would really, really like the U.S. to go to war with Iran, apparently. Who else? Saudi Arabia: The Saudi king “repeatedly requested” the US attack Iran.
  • The Guardian reports that U.S. diplomats spied on UN officials. I don’t mean to sound cynical, but wouldn’t most people assume this was a matter of course for decades? All around? Just me?

Here’s the thingCharles Johnson of LGF:

“I don’t recall voting for Julian Assange. As he sets himself up as the arbiter of government morality, and recklessly reveals secrets that will distort and vastly complicate international relations, and very probably cause innocent people to suffer and die, who will hold him accountable? Who does he answer to?

Exactly. Think that’s an exaggeration?

“Every cable includes the date, author, addressee, classification level and the report text itself. The cable texts also often mention the names of informants. DER SPIEGEL and SPIEGEL ONLINE have for that reason decided not to publish the vast majority of the documents.

UPDATE:

Why were there none of these “leaks” during the Bush years? Are there political motivations at work? I have to agree with Steven Benen about the latest wikileaks dump:

I would, however, like to know more about the motivations of the leaker (or leakers). Revealing secrets about crimes, abuses, and corruption obviously serves a larger good — it shines a light on wrongdoing, leading (hopefully) to accountability, while creating an incentive for officials to play by the rules. Leaking diplomatic cables, however, is harder to understand — the point seems to be to undermine American foreign policy, just for the sake of undermining American foreign policy. The role of whistleblowers has real value; dumping raw, secret diplomatic correspondence appears to be an exercise in pettiness and spite.

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Bush was right

No, the clapping hasn’t ended:

Right-wing media figures have seized on a Wired article about the classified Iraq war documents recently released by WikiLeaks.com to desperately claim ‘Bush was right’ that Saddam Hussein had a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). In fact, the Wired article reported the documents did not ‘reveal evidence of some massive WMD program by the Saddam Hussein regime,’ but rather remnants of the stockpiles largely destroyed during the Gulf War.

DougJ: Balloon Juice

Of course, Fox News viewers will have all the facts:

Morning in the bunker (Friday the 13th edition)

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Politics:

  • NEWT [GINGRICH] is so pro-marriage, he can’t stop doing it. ~ Stephen Colbert

News:

Misc:

Song of the day:

Morning reading

Politics:

DNC TV Ad: ‘Stop Apologizing’
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According to John Cole, Keith Olbermann quit DKos because someone criticized him and accused him of planned fauxtrage.

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Bob Cesca notes the U.S. Senate, including 21 Democrats, voted to continue paying Big Oil’s $35 billion annual welfare check — in the midst of the biggest environmental disaster in American history but voted down the extension of unemployment benefits for jobless Americans.

BP:

Best comment on BP Chairman Tony Hayward will step down from managing daily operations in Gulf:

If his appearance yesterday is any indication, he has no clue what the daily operations are. ~Soup

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via Desdemona Despair (it’s definitely worth a few minutes to page down and see the images of the Gulf on this blog):

Burning  oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, 17 June 2010. James Duncan  Davidson via flickr

James Duncan Davidson, TED’s conference photographer, is among a crew of five photographers and videographers reporting on the Gulf of Mexico for the TEDxOilSpill Expedition. His photos, taken aboard a plane above the Deepwater Horizon accident site, reveal the staggering extent of the oil slick.

Aerial photos of the oil slick

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via Wonkette:

[T]he Washington Post just posted this story with the view from BP’s partner on the Gulf well. Guess what? The partner company says BP was “reckless” and the whole disaster was “preventable.” Good to know!

It was the first time since the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico that Anadarko Petroleum had given its view of the accident, and its chief executive, Jim Hackett, did not mince words. In a statement, Hackett said he was “shocked” by information that has emerged from investigations of the accident. He said it “indicates BP operated unsafely and failed to monitor and react to several critical warning signs during the drilling of the Macondo well.”

Misc:

Who knew? via TYWKIWDBI:

“Unlike the dog or the horse… the cat walks by moving the front and back legs on one side of its body and then the front and back legs on the other. The only other animals to move that way are the camel and the giraffe.”

– from Life Regarded as a Jigsaw Puzzle of Highly Lustrous Cats, by Michael Bishop, in Nebula Awards 28 (1994).

I don’t see it though

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The founder of Wikileaks fears the U.S. will detain him and is currently in hiding. But in an email to supporters, he says he has new video of alleged U.S. ‘massacre’ in Afghanistan that’s more shocking than the first.

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