If you’ve been following the Julian Assange extradition story, and reading about it at the US Guardian, you may be wondering how it is that Mark Weisbrot seems at times to be the only person on the Guardian staff who is committed to telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth — in context — about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. For every fact-filled, straightforward Weisbrot piece like this one, there seem to be half a dozen little hit pieces — some subtle, some blatant — like this one, this one and this one.
So what’s behind the Guardian‘s war on Assange — a war that relies on snide assertions and the careful avoidance of certain facts?
It looks to my eye — and the eyes of others — that it may be bound up in how the collaboration between the Guardian and WikiLeaks fell apart when the Guardian’s investigative editor David Leigh, in violation of the signed agreement the paper had with WikiLeaks, published top-secret decryption passwords to the WikiLeaks archive in his book on WikiLeaks.
To paraphrase Molly Ivins, it’s difficult for us to forgive those whom we have deeply wronged. So it is with the Guardian and its vendetta against WikiLeaks in general and Assange in particular. The Guardian staff did WikiLeaks a deep wrong, and thus will never forgive WikiLeaks for it. They blame WikiLeaks and not their own David Leigh for releasing all of the WikiLeaks cache into the wild, even though the facts show otherwise.
You might want to keep this fact in the back of your mind whenever you read anything on Assange or WikiLeaks by any Guardian published writer not named Mark Weisbrot.