Gaddafi’s voluptuous Ukranian nurse

1. Anyone who has done any kind of archival research will know immediately the use of the WikiLeaks cables, and also their limits. Now that the superficial and the obvious are out of the way, the truly interesting material is coming to light; specifics of diplomacy and statecraft in an era where those arts are in decline.

2. For instance, I have an interest in West Africa. Cables that the press outlets have presented in the last few days have given me new insight into efforts to stop the spread of Salafist groups in the Sahara; the influence game of oil majors in Nigeria; how mercenary-piloted Ivorian aircraft bombed the French base in Bouaké, and with what consequences; and how Moussa Dadis Camara was sidelined, clearing the way for elections in Guinea. This level of material is where the substantive value of this information concentrates.

3. Almost nothing that has been said in American political and media circles about WikiLeaks in the last ten days merits dignifying with a comment. Most of it has been factually wrong. Glenn Greenwald, a voice in the wilderness, has been keeping track.

4. Julian Assange is obviously a loose cannon and a narcissist. That should make it all the less surprising to learn that his sexual ethics were challenged. There is a particular form of privilege — white and male privilege — that at once underlies sexual and other forms of behavioral license and gives an agitator the needed room to agitate. The next step is to find ways to keep pushing the envelope against entrenched authority while at the same time treating one another with dignity.

5 thoughts on “Gaddafi’s voluptuous Ukranian nurse

  1. I dont think the reference was to Gadaffi so much as the so-called leak that he travels around with a voluptuous blonde nurse which is a silly leak that only serves the function of trying to morally discredit the guy. As in: Look! he is being “nursed” by a busty white lady. Oooh… And the photo that accompanies the article is presumably a photo of his actual medic- implied but not stated by the author, therefore vague I agree. The overall take away of reading the image alongside the analysis is that most of the leaks are of things that people already know or things that are, in a way, frivolous. YET, dig deeper than the mainstream media that has been feeding the masses these obvious or frivolous bits, and there is a bit of actual information in there about how the political systems we have to live with are created and by whom.

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