I’ve been steering clear of the Wikileaks story. In part, because everyone else is discussing it, but also because I think it’s either a distraction, or will eventually be used as a justification to limit free speech. Hopefully, a future post will address that, but for the time being, some recent stories put a rather humorous spin on the whole fiasco.
First off, there’s Michael Moore, that pudgy useful idiot. Proclaiming his admiration for wikileaker, Julian Assange, he offered $20,000 for the effort to bail him out of a British prison.
And then, the fun began.
It seems that not long after Assange’s release, Wikileaks leaked a cable stating that Cuba banned Moore’s film, “Sicko.” Doing what any good liberal would do, Moore wrote a whiny post for the Huffpo.
Former health insurance executive Wendell Potter recently revealed that the insurance industry — which had decided to spend millions to go after me and, if necessary, “push Michael Moore off a cliff” — had begun working with anti-Castro Cubans in Miami in order to have them speak out and smear my film.
Well, then clearly, Mr. Moore would oppose the smearing of Glenn Beck by folks bought and paid for by George Soros?
I know. Never mind.
But yesterday WikiLeaks gave the ‘Sicko’ Cuba cable to the media — and what did they do with it? They ran it as if it were true! Here’s the headline in the Guardian:
WikiLeaks: Cuba banned Sicko for depicting ‘mythical’ healthcare system
Authorities feared footage of gleaming hospital in Michael Moore’s Oscar-nominated film would provoke a popular backlash
And not one scintilla of digging to see if Cuba had actually banned the movie! In fact, just the opposite. The right wing press started to have a field day reporting a lie (Andy Levy of Fox – twice– Reason Magazine, Spectator and Hot Air, plus a slew of blogs). Sadly, even BoingBoing and my friends at the Nation wrote about it without skepticism. So here you have WikiLeaks, who have put themselves on the line to find and release these cables to the press — and traditional journalists are once again just too lazy to lift a finger, point and click their mouse to log into Nexis or search via Google, and look to see if Cuba really did “ban the film.” Had just ONE reporter done that, here’s they would have found:
June 16, 2007 Saturday 1:41 AM GMT [that's 7 months before the false cable]
HEADLINE: Cuban health minister says Moore’s ‘Sicko’ shows ‘human values’ of communist system
BYLINE: By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press Writer
Cuba’s health minister Jose Ramon Balaguer said Friday that American filmmaker Michael Moore’s documentary ‘Sicko’ highlights the human values of the island’s communist-run government… “There can be no doubt this documentary by a personality like Mr. Michael Moore helps promote the profoundly human principles of Cuban society.”
Alrighty then. In his own defense , Moore cites the glowing support he received from a communist dictatorship. Yeah, I know that matters little to him, but the rest of the free world is having some laughs at his expense.
Lets summarize what we have so far.
Moore offers cash to bail Assange out of jail, where he sat accused of rape. In the meantime, Larry Flynt, the infamous purveyor of porn, offers cash for a legal defense fund. (Where are the feminazis when you actually need them?)
Then, Asssange leaks a diplomatic cable, a false one mind you, which said that Moore’s film was banned in Cuba.
Moore then becomes extremely indignant, and writes his post for the HuffPo, citing the Cuban dictatorship’s favorable treatment of the film as a defense. Just so this sinks in, he’s citing a government that has killed or jailed dissenters, and that people craft makeshift rafts and brave shark infested waters in order to escape.
That’s a vote of confidence if there ever was one, right?
But, the “leaker” himself, Julian Assange, has not escaped a heaping dose of irony. It seems that the leaker of other people’s secrets has had some of his leaked as well.
LAWYERS for Julian Assange have expressed anger about an alleged smear campaign against the Australian WikiLeaks founder.
Incriminating police files were published in the British newspaper that has used him as its source for hundreds of leaked US embassy cables.
In a move that surprised many of Mr Assange’s closest supporters on Saturday, The Guardian newspaper published previously unseen police documents that accused Mr Assange in graphic detail of sexually assaulting two Swedish women. One witness is said to have stated: “Not only had it been the world’s worst screw, it had also been violent.”
Bjorn Hurtig, Mr Assange’s Swedish lawyer, said he would lodge a formal complaint to the authorities and ask them to investigate how such sensitive police material leaked into the public domain. “It is with great concern that I hear about this because it puts Julian and his defence in a bad position,” he told a colleague.
Again, let’s let this sink in for a moment…
Assange, who has leaked the national secrets of the United States, has people whining that HIS secrets have been released?
I know that Assange is an Australian, so perhaps this bit of wisdom will be educational for him…
“What comes around, goes around.”