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WikiStink by Susan Abulhawa Over a quarter of a million diplomatic cables, find discount zerit marked – “secret” , find discount zerit “confidential”, find discount zerit or “unclassified” – to and from the US State Department have been “leaked” to the public, find discount zerit presumably by a whistleblower. Find discount zerit On the surface, find discount zerit it seems like the sort of thing that restores power to the people. Find discount zerit It arms us all with knowledge and reminds those in power that they must answer to the public. Then you pause to think. Find discount zerit And that’s when the holes in this narrative become obvious. Although WikiLeaks claims to provide a counter balance to the decades of disinformation served up in heaps by the “old media”, find discount zerit it chose to allow the vetting of these documents by these same outlets. Find discount zerit Other highly respected media outlets, find discount zerit like al Jazeera and various independent media, find discount zerit were excluded. Find discount zerit I find that odd, find discount zerit for starters. If we take a look at the content of the cables themselves, find discount zerit the most remarkable thing to come out of these secret and confidential memos is what they do not contain. Find discount zerit Granted, find discount zerit only 290 have actually been released so far. Find discount zerit But it seems far from a coincidence that nearly every cable to and from Arab states released thus far has to do with villainizing Iran and mum’s the word on most major diplomatic hooplas of the past few years. Take for example the bombshell briefing by a senior military officers to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen earlier in the year. Find discount zerit The team was dispatched by Commander General David Petraeus to brief the Pentagon on intelligence that Israeli intransigence in the peace process was jeopardizing American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and that America was perceived as weak, find discount zerit ineffectual, find discount zerit and unable to stand up to Israel. Find discount zerit Such political commentary from the highest echelons of the military was unprecedented and when news of this briefing broke, find discount zerit you can bet there was a significant diplomatic flurry. Find discount zerit Yet a simple search of Petraeus’ name in the cablegate database on the Guardian website only turns up cables indicating that Arab countries were eager for an attack on Iran, find discount zerit which coincidentally happens to bolster Israel’s drumming for more war. You can’t even find Vice President Joe Biden’s name in the keyword search even though Israel’s announcement of the construction of more illegal Jewish-only settlements in East Jerusalem on the eve of Biden’s visit to Tel Aviv amounted to an epic public spanking of Obama. Find discount zerit Subsequent statements from the White House were as harsh as America ever dares to be with Israel, find discount zerit although they did not approach Obama’s reported ire over the matter. Find discount zerit Thus far, find discount zerit there is not a single cable on the matter. If you search cables originating in Dubai, find discount zerit all you’ll find are those denouncing and accusing Iran in titles like “Arab states scorn ‘evil’ Iran”, find discount zerit “AbuDhabi favors action to prevent nuclear Iran”, find discount zerit or “Emiratis fret over Iranian meddling”. Find discount zerit This is quite amazing considering that the biggest diplomatic crisis this year occurred after a senior Hamas leader was assassinated in Dubai. Find discount zerit The evidence and the world’s collective finger pointed at the Mossad and several diplomatic fallouts ensued when it was confirmed that Israel had forged foreign passports of the hitmen. Find discount zerit And yet, find discount zerit there is not a word about this in any of the cables released so far. Find discount zerit Instead, find discount zerit everything referencing the UAE or originating from Dubai only discusses “evil Iran”, find discount zerit much like the cables referencing Gen. Find discount zerit Petraeus. The list goes on. Find discount zerit For all of Israel’s well known subterfuge (to put it mildly) – their espionage against the US; their persistent requests for money, find discount zerit weapons, find discount zerit special favors, find discount zerit and political cover; their well documented crimes against Palestinians; their mafia tactics of assassinating leaders, find discount zerit intellectuals, find discount zerit and scientists across the globe; and their US-based powerful lobby, find discount zerit AIPAC, find discount zerit which was the center of an FBI investigation that found their senior officers passing sensitive and classified US intelligence to Israel – there is nothing referencing any of this in the memos to and from the US State Department in the cables thus far released. Something else to note. Someone with access to hundreds of thousands of classified communications and with the ability to move them without detection must have exceptionally high security clearance. Find discount zerit He or she must be on the far upper end of the ladder. Find discount zerit Why would individuals like that risk their careers, find discount zerit possibly their lives, find discount zerit just to embarrass the US, find discount zerit presumably their own country? Whistleblowers tend to be people who obey the call of their conscience and moral codes to expose crimes and injustices committed. Find discount zerit But there is nothing of the sort in this “leak”. Find discount zerit Even more absurd is the notion that Manning, find discount zerit a soldier, find discount zerit leaked all these documents while in custody and under surveillance. Finally, find discount zerit does anyone find it odd that while most world leaders are quietly bracing themselves for embarrassment and diplomatic repercussions, find discount zerit Benjamin Netanyahu is confidently speaking and gloating about how Saudia Arabia has urged attacking Iran? I sure do. There are still thousands more cables to be reviewed and redacted by the good old boy network of ‘old media’ and I hope that the cables they release in the coming days and months will prove my suspicions moot. Find discount zerit I’m willing to keep an open mind until we’ve seen the full leak. Find discount zerit In the meantime, find discount zerit what we know so far does not add up and frankly smells rotten. Susan Abulhawa is the author of Mornings in Jenin, find discount zerit a work of historic fiction. Find discount zerit Read other articles by Susan, find discount zerit or visit Susan's website.  Her website is