Interesting how the Washington Post describes WikiLeaks in a recent article about the whole Evo Morales issue:
Snowden has applied for asylum in Venezuela, Bolivia and 18 other countries, according to WikiLeaks, a secret spilling website that has been advising him.
Wow. A secret spilling website? Really??! Hmm call me crazy but I think that’s actually called investigative journalism. Revealing truths hidden by political elites in order to keep justice blind is sorta the hallmark of journalism. Also, WikiLeaks is not “advising” Snowden. They are not lawyers and there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest this, only mere speculation which stems from the DOJ’s stance toward slandering Assange. The Washington Post (WP) unwittingly subscribes to this agenda without offering any evidence to suggest otherwise. Ironically enough, if anybody is doing the “advising” it’s the WP, with its sprawling lobby inside Washington that controls and manufactures policymaking. The WP, among other mainstream media, likes to assume an objective stance but sneakily rallies behind anything and everything political elites do in the realm of foreign policy. See, the media can afford to be contentious and antagonistic toward the Hill when it comes to domestic issues like abortion or voter fraud or whatever, but when it comes to foreign policy the media flatly and shamefacedly rally behind anything our political elites do in order to preserve their precious meme: “this is a matter of national security” — and we must protect this house, even if it’s crooked and corrupt from its very core. The media show their teeth over domestic issues but cower into the laps of the elite when it comes to the policies and movements of the American empire.
The Washington Post article feigns objectivity while delicately framing the issue in favor of the coveted national security image of the US. While indicating that French and Portugal denied him airspace due to “suspicions that Edward Snowden was on board” the Washington Post conveniently failed to inform us of those alleged “suspicions.” Which suspicions? What are your sources? Instead WP proceeded to cleverly suggest but not explicitly implicate the likelihood that Snowden was actually on board based on Morales’ comments alone. This is very shrewd. Essentially the WP is manufacturing your consent by insinuating guilt on Morales’ part, though providing ZERO evidence to back that claim. Jedi Mind tricks! These are not the facts you’re looking for *waive the hand* Goebbels would be proud.
Fact: Morales said Bolivia had not received an asylum request from Edward Snowden, but hinted to the media in a couple different interviews that any request would be “looked at favorably” (Guardian). That is on the record. Other than that, I’ve read many different media reports and have found no other hard evidence which would grant legal grounds to deny airspace to the plane of the president of a sovereign nation, the equivalent of grounding Air Force One.
I don’t need to tell you, this is highly circumstantial evidence. But the Washington Post is silent on this point. Which is telling. Instead they focus on mere speculation. You’d think they would dig a little bit; you’d think, being a member of the Fourth Estate, they’d raise Constitutional issues regarding unreasonable search and seizure ESPECIALLY when diplomatic concerns are in the mix. But no, Uncle Sam is golden in the eyes of the media when it comes to dealing with national interest.
Of course the DOJ has refused to “either conform nor deny involvement” blah blah blah.
I may or may not have heard that same line over and over again. Of course they were involved.
Austrian authorities boarded the plane and specifically reported that Edward Snowden was not on board — that was the whole point of the search and seizure — and yet we are supposed to believe the US wasn’t involved?! This is the same tired card played by Obama when he “neither confirmed nor denied the drone program.”
Our political system acts with impunity. And the media, being the biggest lobby in Washington, is simply in the business of being good PR for all their customer-politicians. Justice is anything but blind, and the Fourth Estate is getting a taste of what the palatial elites have to offer, eating the caviar off the floor dropped by sated elites whilst dining with their shadowy cohorts.