Assange: Israel Runs US, Europe Newspapers

Thursday, 06 Jan 2011 09:31 AM

By William Chedsey

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An Al Jazeera interview of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange late last month exposed a lesser-known side to the man Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell calls a “high-tech terrorist”: that of paranoid, Zionism-obsessed conspiracy theorist.

The high-profile media outlets in the West that WikiLeaks has collaborated with, giving them exclusive rights for the publication of secret government documents, have printed only a tiny fraction of the sensitive information given to them regarding Israel for fear of offending the Jewish state, according to Assange.

“The Guardian, El-Pais and Le Monde have published only two percent of the files related to Israel due to the sensitive relations between Germany, France and Israel,” Assange claimed in the interview with the Islamic news service. “Even the New York Times could not publish more due to the sensitivities related to the Jewish community in the U.S.,” Assange contended.

“There are 3,700 files related to Israel and the source of 2,700 files is Israel,” Assange claimed in the nearly hour-long televised broadcast, conducted in Britain. “In the next six months we intend to publish more files depending on our sources,” Assange promised.

Assange identified the source of the 3,700 documents relating to Israel as the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. He ominously noted that “Prime Minister Netanyahu was traveling to Paris to talk to the U.S. ambassador there; you will see more information about that in six months.” Among the files are top secret documents pertaining to the 2006 conflict between Israel and Lebanon, Assange claimed.

He also said the file dump would feature information regarding the assassination a year ago of high-ranking Hamas militant Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in a hotel room in Dubai, suspected of being the work of Israeli Mossad agents using forged British passports.

“Mossad agents used Australian, British and European passports to travel to Dubai and there are diplomatic files about that” which WikiLeaks will release, Assange promised.

Assange also said, “there may be some files related to the role of Mossad” in the fatal shooting of a Lebanese military leader in Damascus.

The Paris newspaper Le Monde a month ago revealed that it was advising WikiLeaks on the public release and redaction of it multitude of secret government documents. WikiLeaks reportedly gave Le Monde, Spain’s El Pais, Britain’s Guardian and Germany’s Der Spiegel all the classified U.S. State Department cables in its possession. The Guardian then passed them onto the New York Times, and the five media outlets have since then been coordinating the timing of their coverage of the WikiLeaks revelations.

Apparently spending a good deal of time looking over his shoulder for Israeli agents, Assange told Al Jazeera, “I am sure Mossad is following our activities closely” – but he is equally afraid of the U.S. government, telling the Guardian last month that if he were extradited to America, there was “high chance” he would be killed “Jack Ruby-style” in a U.S. prison.

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