Criminalizing the Freedom of the Press

Want to know why Brad Manning is being held in solitary confinement without any charges being filed, and without a trial scheduled more than a year after being arrested?

Want to know why Julian Assange is being besieged in the Ecuadoran embassy?

Want to know why Bank of America is leading a worldwide assault on Wikileaks seeking to freeze accounts and to deny this nonprofit information service, against which NO CHARGES have ever been filed by any government, access to donations?

WIKILEAKS has been releasing the truth about our Government and its machinations, here is a sampling from the Latin American releases:

# In Chile, two WikiLeaks cables from 2009 revealed how “a subsidiary of a giant U.S. construction company, AEA Gener, pressed the U.S. Embassy for help to circumvent a Supreme Court ruling that the building permit for a thermonuclear power plant had been issued illegally,” said Francisca Skoknic, reporter for CIPER, an online investigative media center in Santiago.

# Argentinian editor O’Donnell said that, based on WikiLeaks documents, his paper reported how agribusiness giant Cargill “asked the (U.S.) embassy to launch a covert lobbying campaign on its behalf during a farm strike that potentially threatened Cargill’s position as one of the leading grain wholesalers in Argentina.”

# O’Donnell also said Argentinians were stunned at the hand the U.S. had in the investigation of the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and injured more than 200.“”One cable recorded the FBI attache instructing the prosecutor to stop investigating certain subjects and to concentrate on the Iranian suspects…” O’Donnell noted.

# In the 2007-09 period, some 120 Mexicans working undercover for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI were assassinated in Mexico by the drug cartels.

# During the Bush years, “U.S. officials repeatedly requested that Brazil take the lead in isolating Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez—even proposing that Brazil engage in espionage against him,” author Natalia Viana reports.

# Under former President Alvaro Uribe, the Colombian military “quietly” maintained a base on Venezuelan territory” that housed a 100-man “counter-guerrilla company,” according to investigations editor Carlos Eduardo Huertas of “Semana,” writing in “The Nation.” The Colombians were running covert operations inside Venezuela.

# The U.S. secretly transferred to Brazil, 30 Drug Enforcement Administration personnel “who had previously been expelled from Bolivia for spying and aiding the opposition,” reporter Viana said she learned from the cables.

# According to Blanche Petrich Moreno’s “The Nation” article, “The WikiLeaks cables revealed the astonishing degree to which the United States exercised its power and influence at the highest levels of the Mexican government. In some cases it appears that an essential part of the decision-making process on matters of internal security is actually designed not in Mexico City but in Washington.”



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