Media focus on Iran in Wikileaks release
Nov 30, 2010

Media focus on Iran in Wikileaks release

The latest round of leaks from whistle-blower Wikileaks contains hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables. There is much to discuss about the revelations but I wish here to focus on the media bias in their presentation particularly with regards to Iran.

Many of the other distortions and distractions given by the political class and echoed in the media that I discussed after the Iraq files reoccur here. They focus on attacking the founder Julian Assange and trying to delegitimize him. They focus on the supposed threat or danger these releases contain to endangering lives despite heavy redaction and not a single case of this happening from the previous releases. All of this has been repeated here to the point that Clinton refers to them as attacks and several politicians including Palin referring to Assange as a terrorist, a patently ludicrous claim.

While the administration has essentially not commented on the content of the leaks in any meaningful way they have commented on one aspect outside of the security threat: Iran. Indeed, Clinton spent several minutes of her press release talking about how this showed the world was unified in opposition to the Iranian threat. This was the single subject of the myriad she chose to discuss the content of. The press has been complicit in putting the components that relate to Iran at the front center of their presentation. A similar unilateral presentation has been adopted by Netanyahu in Israel, incidentally, which grabbed onto the anti-Iran comments but ignored everything else.

The two primary results about Iran released thus far are that several Arab leaders support military action by the US against Iran and that Iran has received missiles from NK. Both facts are actually completely expected and are one of the more minor revelations in my view. On the missiles, it has been long known that there have been several NK-Iranian deals on both weapons and nuclear tech. What is new to us is the specific type of missile given, not that NK and Iran have shared weapons tech. On the Arab leaders hawkishness, we must recall that much of the Sunni world is in strict competition and hates the Shia world or Iran. Much the way taking out Iraq shifted the balance of power to Iran, taking out Iran would be clearly beneficial to countries like Saudi Arabia. That they would take an antagonistic position is not exactly secret. For example consider the alleged claims found in European but not American press previously that Saudi Arabia was opening up an air space route for Israel through Saudi Arabia to, presumably, Iran for military strikes. This is a far more direct provocation.

That there is a focus on Iran is to be expected. Iran is currently public enemy number one (although North Korea tries hard to take this spot) these days and intentional relations are entirely built around the narrative that Iran is a rogue country that needs to be dealt with. What we experience here is blatant opportunism, Clinton and to some degree the media have seized upon the components of the leaks that confirm this narrative they want to tell. See, it isn't just the US who want to attack Iran, Arab leaders do to! See they have dangerous missiles that could carry WMD's!

Don't expect to see press releases from the government discussing how the US and Yemeni governments lied to its people that the US was engaging in war in their country, how the Saudi's are financing terrorism, the illegality of the coup in Honduras or the blockade of Gaza. Expect commentary on precisely that which furthers the US policy narrative.

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