A private Arabic-language newspaper in Lebanon, al-Akhbar, has been knocked down by a series of coordinated hacking attacks against their internal information systems, in apparent retaliation for the paper’s heavy coverage of the WikiLeaks cables.
Earlier in the week the site found itself banned in Tunisia for reprinting a cable detailing corruption in the Tunisian President’s family. But the bigger news seems to have been its coverage of Lebanon itself.
The paper reprinted cables detailing Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr giving the US advice on how Israel could win a future invasion of Lebanon. Murr also promised that the Lebanese military would not be involved in resisting such an invasion.
Murr had angrily claimed the comments in the cable were “out of context,” but the claims ring true, as Lebanon’s military stayed on base during the last Israeli invasion. As Israel killed some 1,200 civilians in the last invasion in 2006, the seeming encouragement from Murr to launch another attack (and at a time when Israeli officials insist another invasion is “inevitable”) was likely to anger many. It is exactly the sort of truth for which the WikiLeaks cables were released, and also exactly the sort of truth for which censorship seems to be enjoying a renaissance the world over.
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No matter how hard you try, hamburger cannot be turned back into cow.
"Most apt comment of year award nominee"
Wait, wait, wait! Are you saying that it's the US government who's targeting them, right, and not the cyberwarriors? Or, most likely the Israeli government with Amerikan tax dollars. Leave it to the Axis of Evil to screw everything.
Sounds like a counter-attack to me. In true psyops fashion, they're trying to blame those other kids, I guess.
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Oh, oh! Sorry about that, didn't read the entire article but just went thru the last paragraph and see that I'm probably right on target with my comment. Mossad to the rescue!
Its not that we didn't know the covert collaboration between some lebanese like Murr and Israel, but was refreshing to have these retarded figures,justify their treasonous behavior, in a country legally considered at war with Israel.As an Arab,am glad to still have some degree of immunity that keeps our faculties clear to distingush between friends and foes.Assange should be nominated for the "man of the year reward."
Its becoming fairly obvious that there is something odd about Wikileaks and Israel.
Clearly somewhere along the line material affecting Israel has been filtered and censored. Why then have cables been sent to a Lebanese newspaper but not Wikileaks,
Anyone who thinks Bradley Manning is soley responsible for the leaks in dreaming.
The leaks could well have come as a result of the existing spying mechanism within the US government controlled by Israel. There are numerous intriguing questions waiting to be answered.
Did anyone MISS an earlier link at antiwar.com to the Alantic article on the leaked by Wikileaks/Al Akhbar U.S. Diplomatic cables…?? Here is the link for the previously posted on antiwar.com article http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/…
0"Another series from Beirut in 2008 shows Lebanese Defense Minister Elias al-Murr telling U.S. diplomats, in a message he implied they should pass on to Israeli officials, that the Lebanese military would not resist an Israeli invasion so long as the Israeli forces abided by certain conditions. Murr, apparently hoping that an Israeli invasion would destroy much of the Hezbollah insurgency and the communities in Lebanon's south that support it, promised an Israeli invasion would go unchallenged as long as it did not pass certain physical boundaries and did not bomb Christian communities. A U.S. embassy official wrote, "Murr is trying to ascertain how long an offensive would be required to clean out Hizballah in the Beka'a." Murr added that he had discussed the plan with then-Military Commandant Michel Sleiman, who has since become the President of Lebanon. The small but vibrant community of Middle East-based, English-language Arab bloggers have expressed outrage at Murr and Sleiman's apparent invitation, predicting it will bring political disaster and possibly worse"
Immediately after I read this story, I went to the site of the Star, Lebanon's paper of record…………….
Not one word about this was there……. I sent them this link..!!
Today Thursday I googled to relocate this story…… I did NOT find it there….. I could have missed it.. Still, I get the funny feeling that the fix is in…….for this story in the English language press….. Can you imagine it….. the Christian president who was army chief BEFORE being president, conspired with Israel through the U.S. Ambassador to invade HIS country and KILL his countrymen…..!!…AND to blow-up the infrastructure and pave their South with child killing toys [CLUSTER BOMBS] [made in Massachusetts] the gift of death for CHILDREN that keeps on giving, year after year after year……For decades………… IS THIS NOT TREASON..???
"A U.S. embassy official wrote, "Murr is trying to ascertain how long an offensive would be required to clean out Hizballah in the Beka'a." Murr added that he had discussed the plan with then-Military Commandant Michel Sleiman, who has since become the President of Lebanon. president "
ALSO!!! Don't forget how the U.S, did NOT want a ceasefire….. but wanted the killing and destruction to CONTINUE…. Vetoing U.N. ceasefire resolutions on July 13. On July 15, the United Nations Security Council rejected pleas from Lebanon that it call for an immediate ceasefire, the U.S. reportedly being the only member of the 15-nation Council to oppose any action.
On July 19, The United States rejected calls for an immediate ceasefire. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that a ceasefire could only occur when "conditions are conducive to do so".
Despite the low profile reaction to the Wikileak/Al Akhbar revelations, they are sure to produce a sea change in Lebanon…… What it will be is anyones guess……….
"The Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora stated that his government had not been aware of Hezbollah's raid before it happened "and does not take responsibility for, nor endorses what happened on the international border", and Lebanon urged the United Nations to take an immediate decision to stop the firing and lift the Israeli sea and air blockade.
On the same day, the United States vetoed a draft resolution before the Security Council calling for a ceasefire and release of all hostages in relating the Gaza conflict, citing the "fluid and volatile nature of events on the ground" which rendered it outmoded."
So the U.S. apparently secretly negotiated the shape of the conflict [before it occurred] but also used it's veto to keep the war going too. What a wonderful friend of Lebanon the U.S. must be….!!!
Yet, another atrocity orchestrated by the American dictatorship. When will somebody have the courage to bring war crimes charges against these killers?
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another website under attack is the Free Patriotic Movement's forum website: forum.tayyar.org
there were some postings of wikleaks files.
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