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Wed Sep 5, 2012, 04:54 AM
unc70 (2,987 posts)
20. Not a "Good Read". More like a concern troll on DU, or a planted disinfo story
In addition to the issues described in earlier replies, there is the general problem with Mr. Keating's work. With the disclaimer that this is "opinion" he routinely implies as facts things that are at best as beliefs, opinions, or theories
Just how has WikiLeaks "allowed itself to be associated..." and in whose mind and based on what? Allowed by what action? What topics are off limits?
Another question one might ask of Mr. Keating is why has the Washington Post (which owns Foreign Policy) not seemed interested of late in writing about or publishing further documents being released by WikiLeaks?
Foreign Policy magazine and its parent, The Washington Post, are widely seen as representing the views of the very rich and powerful, both those in the government and those not. The WP has had a close relationship with the intelligence agencies since the 1930's, particularly with the CIA.
Katherine Graham's father, Eugene Meyer, bought in bankruptcy the WP in 1933 to make sure Wall Street had a voice in Washington. Meyer was a very wealthy banker and industrialist, with held a variety of government appointments. Meyer was Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Hoover and later the first President of the World Bank.
Katherine's husband, Phil Graham, had been in Naval Intelligence during WWII. After the war, he returned to the Post where he was enlisted by the CIA on of the leaders in Operation Mockingbird, which put roughly 3,000 reporters and columnist worldwide in the employ of the CIA. Although against the law since the 1970's, the CIA and others still operate large networks of "journalists" who plant stories, sometimes keep things unreported, and generally disrupt, discredit, confuse, or otherwise mislead groups domestic and foreign. Phil's younger half-brother is Bob Graham who was Senator from Florida and Chair of the Intelligence Committee.
Many of the articles regarding Assange show tell-tale signs of being part of a disinfo operation. Presumptive "facts" inserted 3-5 paragraphs down in a story about something else, maybe as an aside or a barely related anecdote. Enough info to satisfy someone doing a quick verify, but lacking enough details to determine if it is really true. We have discussed these a lot here, regarding things like the Irag war, Valerie Plame, the banking crisis, etc.
Here is a link to an exmple of how Keating's story is being interpreted around the world.
For anyone who is new to these topics, search on these topics (Some of the Wiki's appear to have been scrubbed 1-3 years ago. Discussions on DU2 archive may have more details.):
Operation Mockingbird, Ben Bradlee, Katherine Graham, Phil Graham, Mary Pinchot Meyer, Cord Meyer
Operation Gladio, Operation Northwoods, Operation Condor
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