In a pitiful attempt to show that it matters, Wikileaks has released a cache of emails stolen from Stratfor, perhaps by Anonymous.
The media is treating this as a serious story, instead of the joke it is. The only reason–only–to pay attention to this is to heap scorn on Assange, Wikileaks, and Anonymous. To point out just how colossally lame they are, individually and collectively. Wikileaks can’t get actual, like, you know, confidential government documents, so it is reduced to accepting “charitable” donations of emails stolen by hackers that opportunistically exploit a private organization culpable of some egregious security lapses. How pathetic is that? (Even Wikileak’s big coup-the State Department cables-was handed to it on a plate by Bradley Manning. It was hardly an act requiring any technical expertise.)
Is this the best they can do? Really? A private organization, that has some dealings with defense contractors and the like? An organization with a mixed reputation?
Some journalists, like Dan Murphy of the Christian Science Monitor , and Jack Shafer at Reuters, are heaping the appropriate scorn on the losers. But for the most part, the media is breathlessly reporting the “revelations” like they are real news, or something. Assange, Wikileaks, and Anonymous have jumped the shark, and the media is driving the boat.
The Russians, and Russia Today in particular, take the cake. Russia Today refers to Stratfor as a “shadow CIA.” Seriously. They do. And there was a kerfuffle in Russia regarding Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, who apparently was a source for Stratfor reporting on Russian “clan wars.” Chaika’s office asserted that claims he had cooperated with “foreign intelligence services” was a provocation. What, Stratfor is now a “foreign intelligence service”?
I wonder if Stratfor CEO George Friedman is regretting his appearances on RT.
Speaking of Friedman, an email stating he had resigned as CEO was circulated. But that was apparently a forgery-part of the Anonymous campaign against Stratfor. Friedman posted a video about the leak, in which he was identified as Stratfor CEO.
He should really come out with a video stating conclusively he has not resigned. Preferably holding a copy of a newspaper with today’s date. It has really come to that.
Wikileaks and Assange and Anonymous wrap themselves in the cause of openness and transparency. In fact, they are rather low rent criminals who sow FUD rather than shed light into dark corners. If the media is going to give them any attention, it should be in the form of scorn and ridicule, rather than the rather embarrassing breathless coverage seen today. Taking them seriously only encourages the fools.