Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/651/10811

From The Socialist newspaper, 15 December 2010

US government turns the screws on WikiLeaks

THE CONTINUING publication of leaked US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks highlights the role US imperialism plays in every corner of the world.

John Sharpe

The cover-ups of appalling atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan and other countries; the cynical and blatant bribery and corruption; propping up reactionary regimes; interfering with and subverting the democratic process.

All this to further the interests of US capitalism. The rights of workers and poor are not even given a second thought.

As bad as the revelations are, socialists already knew about many of the lengths US imperialism would go to, to further its grip on the world.

The leaks have also lifted a corner on the sickening sycophancy of many government leaders keen to impress their ally. The US diplomats' candid views on them has caused much embarrassment and left the likes of Gordon Brown and "lightweight" David Cameron, to name but two, squirming.

All the leaks so far have been 'grade B' leaks and future leaks will likely be of the same order. The 'grade A' secrets, the secret treaties, the plans to overthrow governments, etc, are guarded far more closely.

Following the October 1917 Russian revolution led by the Bolsheviks, Leon Trotsky publicised the secret treaties made between the Tsarist regime and its western allies. These agreements confirmed that World War One was a capitalist adventure and that millions were being slaughtered to further the interests of the ruling classes.

Reaction

The current leaks have nonetheless provoked a wave of rage and fury in the US government and among right-wing politicians; much of it aimed at the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.

For some of them, such as Republican Mike Huckabee, nothing short of his execution will do!

Assange, at the time of writing, is in jail in Britain fighting a European arrest warrant to answer allegations of rape in Sweden, even though no charges have been made as yet. His arrest in Britain (after handing himself in) and the refusal to grant bail (despite offers of bail surety), has led many of his supporters to suggest his current situation is linked to his website.

His supporters also believe that his arrest has CIA (the US spy agency) boot prints all over it.

Any charges must be properly heard and Assange should have the right to defend himself.

Internet companies have decided that now is the time to make their contribution to the campaign for freedom of speech and information. First the WikiLeaks domain name was withdrawn and PayPal have closed the account that was used to make donations. You can of course still use PayPal to make donations to the Ku Klux Klan, an extreme right-wing white supremacist outfit!

At the time of writing the website is still up and prominent newspapers are still publishing the cables. There have also been attacks made on the websites of companies like Amazon and others that have taken measures to undermine WikiLeaks.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 15 December 2010:


Anti-cuts campaign

Workers and students unite!

National Shop Stewards Network anti-cuts conference

Prepare to build the fight against all cuts in 2011

Fighting back against council cuts

Swansea: Council cuts must be fought

Hands off the Forest of Dean!

Workplace news in brief

Salford Against Cuts gets organised

Come to the TUSC conference


Socialist Party feature

Europe: Working class enters the struggle


Socialist Party news and analysis

US government turns the screws on WikiLeaks

Tommy Sheridan trial: Cameron's spin doctor let off the hook

Raking in the cash

Garment workers demand a living wage in Bangladesh


Socialist Party youth and students

Condemn brutal policing of students

Tories to legalise tax cheating

Interview with 24 November protesters

London students vote to coordinate with workers

Reports of 'Day X' fees protests

Save EMA day!

Youth democratic rights campaign: defend all victimised protesters

No more the 'apathetic generation'

Medirest workers on strike


Education

Education white paper: A threat to schools and teachers


 

Home   |   The Socialist 15 December 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Wikileaks:

triangleTrump victory: Failure of the Democrat establishment

triangleUSA: We need mass resistance to Trump and a new party of the 99%

triangleBig brother is watching you

triangleThe Julian Assange case

triangleWikiLeaks and Assange: No extradition to the USA

US:

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleYour newspaper fights with you: help fund it with May Day greetings

triangleVietnam War: 50 years since the Tet Offensive

triangleVictory! Trump's UK visit cancelled by fear of protests

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

22/2/18

UCU

Lecturers strike around country in defence of pensions

21/2/18

Strike

German engineering strike puts shorter week on agenda - but could have won more

21/2/18

Cardiff

Cardiff Refugee Rights gig success

21/2/18

Nottingham

Nottingham hospital black alert

21/2/18

East Midlands

Lively discussion at East Midlands Socialist Party conference

21/2/18

West Midlands

Tremendous determination on show at West Midlands conference

21/2/18

Wales

Successful Socialist Party Wales conference sets tone for the year ahead

21/2/18

Bradford

Bradford protests against kids' service cuts

21/2/18

May Day

May Day, May Day! Celebrate solidarity!

21/2/18

Kirklees

Labour councillors push through savage cuts in Kirklees budget

21/2/18

Salford

Save Salford nurseries!

21/2/18

Caerphilly

Victory: Pontllanfraith leisure centre saved

21/2/18

Council

Northants council crisis - protesters demand an end to cuts and privatisation

21/2/18

Leicester

Leicester Uni makes Tory fee tripler David Willetts chancellor - sack Willetts!

21/2/18

UCU

Bosses divided - university pension strikes can win!

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0191 421 6230

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999