The Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence is a group of retired CIA officers that annually gives away the Sam Adams Award to an intelligence professional who takes a stand for integrity and ethics. This year (2010), this award was won by a man named Julian Assange. For those who haven’t guessed it yet, Julian Assange is the editor-in-chief for WikiLeaks.
Spreading sensation all over the world, WikiLeaks is producing documents in public through the internet which were never even imagined by the US government to be accessible by ordinary people. The interesting thing though is the fact that neither the US foreign office nor the Pentagon has denied the authenticity of these documents; maybe because of the reason that they themselves would look stupid if they accuse anyone of faking millions of documents. Whatever the reasons maybe, the documents are spreading like a fire in the jungle. One can only imagine the number of hits the website would be getting at this moment of time (certainly beating Zulqarnain Haider’s facebook profile.)
The documents reveal a lot about how the US army and its coalition forces are operating in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan and the ‘calculated’ attacks that take place in these regions by the US & NATO forces. The documents also highlight the direction of the US foreign policy and pentagon and America’s love-hate relationship with many countries.
The recent documents however have revealed a lot about how the US government deals with other countries on the forefront and what actually happens backstage. This is definitely going to further hamper the already distorted image of the US government in front of many nations. Pakistan’s relations with the US however might not get affected; this is simply because of the fact that the government and its policies here have no relation with the sentiments and wishes of the people of this country. A few more bucks and everything will be back to normal!
What did please an ordinary citizen like me was the revelation that Pakistani officials denied the US government permission to visit our nuclear facilities in 2009. This would most probably be because of the fact that the nuclear assets here are under military control (to a very large extent), otherwise the government might have put a ticket outside the nuclear facilities and made it a nuclear amusement park for the US officials to have a ball inside with their family and kids.
Nobody’s still quite sure about the reasons behind these leaks being made by WikiLeaks but one thing is for sure, it has shaken the whole diplomatic world and shown them the uglier side of the picture. As far as Pakistan is concerned, the government should get just a touch selfishly worried because of the fact that these documents will further improve the military’s image in the minds of the people and the so-called ‘Democratic’ government might not like that a lot.
On the other hand, Zulqarnain Haider is waiting for 2011 to start so that he can contest for the Sam Adams award next year by revealing some of his own secrets.
US Diplomatic Glossary
Iranian President Ahmedinijad – Adolf Hitler
French President Nicolas Sarkozy – Emperor with no clothes
German Chancellor Angela Merkel – Risk Aversive
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin – Alpha Dog
Afghan President Hamid Karzai – Driven by paranoia
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari – WikiLeaks didn’t mention that, so I guess even the US diplomats must have assumed, ‘ Samajh to gaey hongay aap’ 😉
Hammad A. Mateen