Ifølge Julian Assange har Wikileaks 3.700 amerikanske dokumenter vedrørende Israel, inkludert 2.700 med opprinnelse fra den jødiske staten selv. Wikileaks planlegger nå å publisere dette innen de første 6 månedene.
Dokumentene inkluderer blant annet sensitive og klassifiserte documenter vedrørende Israels 2006 krig mot Libanon hvor mer enn 1200 mennesker ble drept, samt 160 israelere, og drapet på Hamas’ Mahmud al-Mabhuh i Dubai den 20. januar, som politisjefen i Dubai, løyntnantgeneral Dahi Khalfan har relatert til Mossad.
Wikilieaks har ifølge Assange ingen avtale om ikke å lippe noen lekkasjer med Israel. “Vi har ikke noen hemmelig avtale med noe land,” sa han. “Vi har ingen direkte eller indirekte kontakt med israelerne”, sa Assange, som la til at ikke mer enn 2 prosent av Wikileaks dokumentene vedrørende Israel har blitt publisert frem til nå.
Noen av Israels nabostater, slik som Tyrkia, har uttrykt uro på grunn av mangelen på lekkasjer som Wikileaks har gitt ut om den jødiske staten, noe som ifølge Assange, under et eksklusivt intervju med al Jazeera, skyldes at de kommersielle avisene i Vesten, som Wikileaks har samarbeidet med og som har fått eksklusive rettigheter når det gjelder publikasjon av de hemmelige dokumentene ikke ville publisere sensitiv informasjon vedrørende Israel.
“The Guardian, El-Pais og Le Monde har publisert kun to prosent av filene relatert til Israel på grunn av de sensitive relasjonene mellom Tyskland, Frankrike og Israel. Til og med New York Times kunne ikke publisere mer på grunn av det sensitive relatert til det jødiske samfunnet i USA,” legger han til.
Excerpts from the interview:
An Arabic newspaper called Al Haqeeq conducted an interview with one of your former colleagues who said you have a deal with Israel not to publish these secret files.
This is not true. We have been accused as agents of Iran and CIA by this former colleague who was working for Germany in the past and was dismissed from his job after we published American military documents related to Germany.
We were the biggest institution receiving official funding from the US but after we released a video tape about killing people in cold blood in Iraq in 2007, the funding stopped and we had to depend on individuals for finance.
When will you publish the files related to Israel on your website?
We will publish 3700 files and the source is the American embassy in Tel Aviv. Prime Minister Netanyahu was traveling to Paris to talk to the US ambassador there. You will see more information about that in six months.
Do these Israeli files speak about the July 2006 Israeli war against Lebanon?
Yes there is some information about that and these files were classified as top secret.
Is there any relation with these files and the assassination of Hamas military leader Al Mabhoh in Dubai?
Yes there are some indication to this and may be some special reports published by newspapers. Mossad agents used Australian, British and European passports to travel to Dubai and there are diplomatic files about that.
Are there any security service companies providing information to international airports and monitoring passengers even in the Arab countries?
There are some files about American and Israeli security companies that tried to intervene in certain areas. For example, in Brazil, the American embassy put some Israeli security companies during the Olympic Games.
Are there any files about agencies providing intelligence information about famous personalities in the Arab world?
I am not sure about that but there are files about Hezbollah in Lebanon. In one of these files Lebanon government complained against cables passing near the French embassy. American are always very much worried about the telecommunications network.
Are there any files about Israeli agents in the Arab world including some Arab royal palaces.
Most of the files related to Mossad are classified as top secret but there may be some files related to the role of Mossad in killing Lebanese military leader in Damascus by sniper bullets.
There 2,500 files related to Mossad and I have read only 1000. So I don’t know about everythiong, I need more journalists including Arabs to read and analyse and put everything in the context for the benefit of the readers.
We have 17,000 files where the word Qatar has been mentioned, the source of 3,000 of these files is the American embassy in Doha.
What is the most interesting file about Qatar that was not published?
There is a lot to be read. The name of Waddah Khanfar has been mentioned in 504 files. Some of these files have been published by The Guardian.
How do the Americans view Al Jazeera in these files?
There were some meetings between people from Al Jazeera and the US embassy where the latter suggested coverage of certain things in a certain way.
There are files about a TV channel in Dubai which the Americans said can be used against Al Jazeera and when this channel tried to move in the American direction, people stopped watching it.
The Americans despite having a base here were angry about the presence of an Iranian bank in Qatar but Qatar said it would not close it but would not open new banks. Despite that this bank established many more branches in Doha. Qatar is trying to create a balance between the Arab world and the America.
The Americans appreciate having their largest base in Doha but Qatar does not agree with all American requirements and Al Jazeera is a good example for that.