Lost in all the noise and attention surrounding the trial and sentencing of Chelsea Manning for turning over a huge stash of classified documents to Wikileaks is the substance that those documents contained. Greg Mitchell at The Nation offers up a list of the many important things being hidden from the public that Manning’s actions revealed.
First, just a very partial list from “Cablegate” (keep in mind, this does not include many other bombshells that caused a stir in smaller nations abroad):
• Yemeni president lied to his own people, claiming his military carried out air strikes on militants actually done by the US. All part of giving US full rein in country against terrorists.
• Details on Vatican hiding big sex abuse cases in Ireland.
• US tried to get Spain to curb its probes of Gitmo torture and rendition…
• State Dept. memo: US-backed 2009 coup in Honduras was “illegal and unconstitutional.”…• Oil giant Shell claims to have “inserted staff” and fully infiltrated Nigeria’s government…
• The US secret services used Turkey as a base to transport terrorism suspects as part of its extraordinary rendition program.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There were also documents showing that our military allowed Iraqi authorities to torture and abuse more than a thousand people, with some of the beaten to death. When the Pentagon higher ups were asked what to do about it, the answer was: nothing. The truth is that Manning revealed a great many important things that our government was doing, things that were illegal, immoral and being hidden from us.