Wikileaks to release documents on US bank showing corruption

But first, Ecuador offers asylum to WikiLeaks founder and even liberal and left blogs that should know better are harrumphing like neanderthal conservatives about how Assange has gone beyond the pale and isn’t it tragic that governments can have their sleazy lies and evasions exposed for all to see on the Intertubes. I expect they’ll be wrapping themselves in their respective flags soon, as they’ll need something to cover themselves after their tissue-thin protest garb proved to be so flimsy and disposable.

In a Forbes interview, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange details the damning documents they have on a major US bank (and will those same left blogs be getting their panties in a twist over this too?)

It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume.

Usually when you get leaks at this level, it’s about one particular case or one particular violation. For this, there’s only one similar example. It’s like the Enron emails. Why were these so valuable? When Enron collapsed, through court processes, thousands and thousands of emails came out that were internal, and it provided a window into how the whole company was managed. It was all the little decisions that supported the flagrant violations.

This will be like that. Yes, there will be some flagrant violations, unethical practices that will be revealed, but it will also be all the supporting decision-making structures and the internal executive ethos that cames out, and that’s tremendously valuable. Like the Iraq War Logs, yes there were mass casualty incidents that were very newsworthy, but the great value is seeing the full spectrum of the war.

You could call it the ecosystem of corruption.

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  • Timothy Marshal-Nichols

    Basically you are right. But is has to be said the blogs you rightly criticize aren’t that left wing. They may claim to be left in some ill defined way. However, in practice, they mostly draw conclusion that leave the status quo untouched. The ‘left’ bit is often a cover for some quite right wing, pro state, ideas.

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