Sullivan vs Netanyahu on Wikileaks

The Prime Minister:

is it [sic] customary for there to be an information gap between what is said publicly to what is said privately. When it comes to Israel, the gap isn’t too big. As far as other countries are concerned, the gaps are very very big. We shall wait and see.

Andrew:

Exposing the U.S.-Israel relationship?

The latest Wikileaks bombshell is a bundle of diplomatic cables and documents that could allegedly make headlines

Washington has warned its ally Israel of potential embarrassment from the expected release of US diplomatic cables on whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, an Israeli newspaper said on Thursday. A senior Israeli official, quoted in Haaretz, said it has been informed that WikiLeaks plans to release hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables, some of which could include confidential reports from the US embassy in Tel Aviv. “The Americans said they view the leak very seriously,” he told the paper, on condition of anonymity. “They don’t know when they will be released on the Internet and what exactly they say, but they didn’t want us to read about it in the newspapers,” the Israeli official said.

Which is the same story for all the other countries but Andrew’s …. er, focus should take a while to broaden.

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BIZARRE UPDATE:

Assange in a Time interview

There is simply too much volume for us to even be able to see. But looking at what we can, I can see that there is a tremendous rearrangement of viewings about many different countries. And so that will result in some new kind of harmonization [variant: harm minimization]. And we can see the Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu coming out with a very interesting statement that leaders should speak in public like they do in private whenever they can.
If we are thinking about the same Netanyahu quote, then I Netanyahu wasn’t making a normative judgment as I can see.
He believes that the result of this publication, which makes the sentiments of many privately held beliefs public, are promising a pretty good [indecipherable] will lead to some kind of increase in the peace process in the Middle East and particularly in relation to Iran. I just noticed today Iran has agreed to nuclear talks. Maybe that’s coincidence or maybe it’s coming out of this process, but it’s certainly not being canceled by this process.

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