Julian Assange and Wikileaks have released two new batches of documents to the public in the last few days, and it hasn’t gotten nearly as much news coverage as one would think. A Google search for details on what the latest leaks offer turns up less than stellar results.
The two latest leaks are the “Yemen Files“, published Friday, and “The Carter Cables 3“, published Monday. Both show the massive U.S. involvement, or rather manipulation, of the middle east for decades. The Carter Cables 3 take readers back to 1979, while the Yemen Files are more recent – documents from 2009-2015.
They show that the United States’ CIA was knowingly funding the Mujahideen in Afghanistan during the Cold War. In an attempt to defeat the Soviet Union, the CIA worked with radical rebels in the area, offering them training, funding, and weaponry. These rebels would go on to become al-Qaeda, who the U.S. would go to war with over 20 years later.
The Yemen files reveal that the U.S. has been fueling the war in Yemen for years, again offering up training, funding, and weaponry. The goal is to destabilize the region and allow for a Saudi overtaking of a part of Yemen – that closest to the Strait of Hormuz, an important passageway for the shipment of oil out of the region.
The response from the mainstream media has been nil. It is as if there were no new leaks; there’s nothing to talk about. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. If the press didn’t hear or see it, they won’t report it.
The media’s silence can be deafening at times, especially the mainstream media’s, but Fox News and talk radio has also neglected to cover these most recent releases. Why? While one could, and many do, claim a vast conspiracy to provide cover for the military industrial complex, the reality may be simpler.
Mainstream media wants to cover stories that are news-worthy – something to gain and hold viewers’ attention. Quite frankly, the latest Wikileaks are not news, especially to those of us who are in the know and follow American foreign policy. Wikileaks did not blow the lid off of any top secret operations. They merely confirmed what was already known.
During the 2012 Republican Presidential primaries, Texas Congressman brought up the U.S.’s bombing of Pakistan and Yemen. In 2016, Jill Stein commented on current policy which has America bombing seven different countries. It was brushed off. It’s all known already. Nothing new to see.
The latest emails only serve as more ammo for arguments and debates, but offer little to the average American, who couldn’t care less about foreign policy, especially as it pertains to countries most people haven’t heard of. At best, the sum of evidence of the extent America’s interventionist policies will be sold as a readable book, and the case for a non-interventionist foreign policy can be made (again).