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12-04-13 Wikileaks Releases Kissinger Cables and Two Decisions in Manning Trial

12-04-13 Wikileaks Releases Kissinger Cables and Two Decisions in Manning Trial

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Report from Michale Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, and chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. He's also the American attorney for Julian Assange. And he's also a board member of The Real News.
Report from Michale Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, and chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. He's also the American attorney for Julian Assange. And he's also a board member of The Real News.

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PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore. And welcome to this week's edition of 
The Ratner Report 
with Michael Ratner, who now joins us from New York City.Michael is the president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. He's chair of the European Center for Constitutional andHuman Rights in Berlin. He's also the American attorney for JulianAssange. And he's also a board member of The Real News.Thanks for joining us.MICHAEL RATNER, PRESIDENT EMERITUS, CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: Good to be with you again, Paul.JAY: So what have you been following this week?RATNER: You know, it's an exhausting week. There's a lot we could talk about, from the demonstrations around Guantanamo and the hunger striketo new information about drones, to what's happened with the new release by WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning's trial. I'm going to focus today onWikiLeaks and what they just did this week, and then what happened inthe Bradley Manning trial on Wednesday.It was really an amazing thing that WikiLeaks did. They had a pressconference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. A spokespersonfor WikiLeaks came over from Iceland, and they released 1.7 milliondocuments that they are labeling the Kissinger Files.
 
What they are are documents that had already been declassified by theUnited States and were sitting in the National Archives in 1.7 millionseparate PDF files, so there was no real way to search them, and yet they'rea very valuable set of documents, because Kissinger either authored themor was mentioned in many, many of those documents. And what they did isthey--what--they said they reverse-engineered the documents.And now, if you go to the website, which I think you're going to post, it'san incredible thing to search through 1.7 million documents and look for  people you may have known, cases that I might have worked on,information about what was going on in the world from the U.S. point of view and their diplomats' point of view. It's an extraordinary, anextraordinary achievement, and one that I think is really just--again sayshow important WikiLeaks are as an organization or how important it is asan organization.JAY: What jumps out at you? I know that people are just starting to siftthrough all of this. So far, what seems to have been some of the headlinesthat come out of it?RATNER: Well, there were some quotes from Kissinger about--you know,that we don't--it's not bad when we do things illegally, it's harder to dothings when they might be unconstitutional, things like that. But thenthere's material on every single country in the world, for example in India.There's a document that says that Rajiv Ghandi, who is--he's dead now, butat a time before, I guess, he was prime minister, that he had tried to broker deals for arms in which he and his brother were going to be themiddlemen, apparently obtaining a kickback of some sort. India nowdenies that's true, but that's the claim.Then there's a document from the U.S. ambassador in Saudi Arabia, 1975,that goes, of course, to the State Department, and it says that Israel is the
 
 biggest block to peace, that Israel is not making any efforts at peace, thatall it's doing is [incompr.] to fight the fourth, fifth, sixth, or seventh war,Yom Kippur War, rather than understanding who's on the other side, thechanges in the Arab world, and that Israel is being the stubborn partner inthe peace negotiations. I mean, that's pretty impressive to have come froma U.S. diplomat. I don't think you would necessarily see that today.JAY: Well, one thing we're going to do--and this is a--I'm going to speak now to our viewers. I would suggest any of you that have some time go tothe WikiLeaks site and send us stuff you find you think is newsworthy,historically of importance. And we'll find a place to post the selection. Wedon't have the manpower to go through 1.7 million PDF files. And not onlythat, WikiLeaks has way more than just the Kissinger Files there. So if  people will help us go through that, you send us the links to the things youthink are of importance, we'll do some interviews around some of thosequotes to kind of unravel what the meaning or significance of them. Andwe'll also have a section where we can post some of the best selections.Go ahead, Michael.RATNER: No, no. I think that's critical. And people will love searching it.They will just love it. I mean, I searched, for example, for the nameCharles Horman, who was killed in a coup in '73. American citizen. Thefilm
 Missing 
was made about him. And while I didn't have time to get allthe documents, there's numerous documents that we had not seen before,even though we represented Charles Horman and brought a lawsuit,documents about the U.S. embassy wanted to get fingerprints, lots of other things like that.Then my friends who worked on Haiti got the Haitian documents from that period, searched about Duvalier, came up with the fact that there was a period--there was a fire somewhere, at one of the barracks in Haiti. And as

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