A few days ago I mentioned that one of the major figures in Wikileaks, Birgitta Jonsdottir, in addition to apparently goading on some of the “Anonymous” cyber-attacks we’ve seen over the last few days, was also linked to 9/11 “Truth” organizations, lunatics like David Icke, and even neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers.
Turns out she’s not the only one. Harry’s Place and Reason are both reporting that one so-called “Israel Shamir,” a well-known Swedish neo-Nazi and anti-Semite posing as an Israeli writer, as well as his equally notorious son, are the so-called “Gatekeepers” for Wikileaks in large parts of Northern Europe. That is to say it is they who get to decide what gets published and who gets to publish it. This is what Harry’s Place has to say:
Here’s the specific problem. “Shamir” is a liar and a racist. So is his son. Both are responsible for feeding Wikileaks stories to the press. Some of the stories given to the Russian press, apparently, are fakes.
What we’re seeing, instead, is material being taken from liberal democracies which, because they are open societies, are particularly vulnerable to leaking. It is then being peddled by two Nazis to Russia: one of whom may not simply be selecting who gets to see what, but may be making things up too.
As Reason’s Michael Moynihan puts it:
So let’s treat the WikiLeaks organization like the journalists they insist they are, and ask the question put forward by Novaya Gazeta reporter Yulia Latynina: Out of all the competent journalists who are sympathetic to the WikiLeaks mission, why have Wahlström and Shamir—one a disgraced journalist, the other an extreme racist—been trusted with the largest intelligence leak in history?
I’m not sure which is worse: neo-Nazis working for Wikileaks or Michael Moore involving himself in the whole fiasco:
Might WikiLeaks cause some unintended harm to diplomatic negotiations and U.S. interests around the world? Perhaps. But that’s the price you pay when you and your government take us into a war based on a lie. Your punishment for misbehaving is that someone has to turn on all the lights in the room so that we can see what you’re up to. You simply can’t be trusted. So every cable, every email you write is now fair game. Sorry, but you brought this upon yourself. No one can hide from the truth now.
Remember what I wrote the other day about people suddenly jumping on all this “open and transparent government” business as a smokescreen for their own agendas? I mean, does anyone on earth believe Michael Moore gives half a fuckload about open government? After all, when he isn’t bloviating about Iraq, he’s advocating creating massive government bureaucracies and stumping for corrupt Democratic Machine politicians like Barack Obama (who, Moore seems to have forgotten, got exposed by Wikileaks for trading access for Guantanamo inmates).
Oh, and then there’s this:
And any of you who join me in supporting them are committing a true act of patriotism. Period.
What’s that old phrase that got bandied about so often during the Bush years about patriotism being the last refuge of a scoundrel, again?
Michael Moore is welcome to go around throwing tens of thousands of dollars at whatever cause he pleases. But that doesn’t make him any less a cynical glory hound. And don’t for a minute fool yourself into thinking he cares about open, responsible, democratic government. His voting record alone proves that, despite raking in money hand over fist by playing the populist, he’s mostly just interested in making sure his faction runs the plutocracy.
And if you’re in the mood to die a little bit inside, just read the comments thread under Moore’s piece.