[International Herald Tribune, France]
Al Riyadh, Saudi
Saudis Must Ask: Who
Benefits from the WikiLeaks Disclosure?
question that one must forcefully pose, regardless of the veracity of these
documents - or lack of it, is: What party benefits from a leak of such a huge
number of documents? And then we can also ask: Was an intelligence agency
behind this leak, or is it purely a journalistic effort?"
Dr. Hashim Abd Hashim
Translated By James Jacobson
December 3, 2010
Saudi Arabia - Al Riyadh - Original Article
There are no more
"secrets" in this world. Before the public, the "alarm" was
registered by governments. Before the media, it was registered by intelligence
organizations and their global tools. Among those who fear or are skeptical of
the information - or are eager to keep it in a secret room, in silent minds, or
locked away in computers - there is a need to be convinced.
This shift in understanding,
perception and conviction occurred after a series of documents were published
by the so-called WikiLeaks.
The question that one must
forcefully pose, regardless of the veracity of these documents - or lack of it-
is: What party benefits from a leak of such a huge number of documents? And
then we can also ask: Was an intelligence agency behind this leak, or is it
purely a journalistic effort?
The fact that one cannot
escape, whatever the professionalism of this Web site and whatever the degree
of specificity it provides, is that the issue at hand is much bigger than the
professionalism and capabilities of WikiLeaks.
Thus, I believe it has become
acceptable to ask whether there are one or several intelligence agencies behind
the leak … even if that gives rise to even more pressing questions. For
example, what is the nature of the interests that hide behind the establishment
of this entity and the publication by such an entity or intelligence agencies of
these documents in the manner we have seen?!
These questions seem logical
and legitimate, because with this leak, the "information war" between
nations seems to have reached a climax. And by this I mean the struggle between
the intelligence services of the great powers and those in the Middle East, at
the forefront being Israel, Iran, Turkey and Syria.
Every nation tries to obtain
the greatest amount of information about their adversaries and attempts to disseminate
data that will harm or destroy their interests in the region and the world.
What this amounts to, is that such agencies, with their tremendous
capabilities, are able to recruit people, even within the countries mentioned
in these documents, to obtain the information that have acquired - and then
proceed to leak and publish it.
As far as the impact of the
game, this is just the beginning. There will be more such leaks. These will hit
the world like an earthquake and destroy bilateral relationships, existing
policies and mutual interests between nations, not only in our region but
around the world.
This is a potentially very
damaging matter and will lead to a severe disruption for many countries. This
type of information must be read with extreme caution, because its publication
is intended to achieve the greatest degree of disruption of international
relations, shattering the trust among nations and peoples toward one another.
Won't it help such parties achieve what they want, if we offer up our countries
and peoples to such tremendous psychological shock and begin to deal with one
another - even within our agencies and public lives - in such a confusing and
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The situation is very
difficult, extremely critical and far more complicated that anything we've
But at the same
time, this requires a particular brand of realistic thinking about our
confidence in ourselves and our nation. Our agencies must not waiver. We have
to expect the worst from this and yet we mustn’t let it affect us. This must
not be permitted to disturb our way of thinking. But we have to realize that
this is the reality of international relations and the nature of the politics
of our age. We have to expect more such challenges. We must confirm that much
of this information was tampered with, and that those who helped provide the
information day to day [to the U.S. State Department], for a variety of
reasons, may not have been acting constructively.
If we look at some of these
documents and ask ourselves who benefits from leaking and publishing them,
despite the harm that this might cause some parties and people, we will reach
the ultimate goal of finding out who is behind this new war.
In the end, we'll have to
have our eyes and minds much more open. If not, next time the consequences will
be even more dangerous - a corruption of conscience.
"He who doesn’t make
mistakes, doesn’t fear. And he who doesn’t fear, doesn’t tremble. And he who
doesn’t tremble, is ultimately deserving of life."