On Dec. 22, Al Jazeera broadcast a long interview with Julian Assange conducted by Ahmed Mansour, an Egyptian journalist.  --  Mansour asked questions in Arabic, and Assange responded in English.  --  The interview has been posted on YouTube, but most of what Assange says is drowned out by the Arabic translation.[1]  --  The Peninsula (Qatar) reported that Assange blamed the paucity of cables relating to Israel on those published so far on unwillingness on the part of his media partners, but said:  "“There are 3,700 files related to Israel and the source of 2,700 files is Israel.  In the next six months we intend to publish more files, depending on our sources."[2]  --  The interview was almost completely ignored in U.S. mainstream media:  only Voice of America[3] and the Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.[4] mentioned it briefly.  --  The Jerusalem Post said Israeli officials "did not express undue concern" at the prospect of the release of the cables; "One government source said there is 'not much of a difference between what we say publicly and what we say privately, so I wouldn’t say there is concern.'"[5] ...

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WIKILEAKS / JULIAN ASSANGE INTERVIEW TO AL JAZEERA CHANNEL 1/2 & 2/2


YouTube
December 22, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCJ9QUCQ3_Y (46:23)
or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC4skDoCAZU (23:10)
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvlkj9XJiQ4 (9:41)
or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLAFWcEof6s (9:41)

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WIKILEAKS TO RELEASE ISRAELI DOCUMENTS IN SIX MONTHS


The Peninsula (Qatar)
December 23, 2010

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/qatar/136564-wikileaks-to-release-israel-documents-in-six-months.html

DOHA -- WikiLeaks will release top secret American files concerning Israel in the next six months, its founder Julian Assange disclosed yesterday.

In an excusive interview with Al Jazeera, Assange said only a meager number of files related to Israel had been published so far, because the newspapers in the West that were given exclusive rights to publish the secret documents were reluctant to publish many sensitive information about Israel.

“There are 3,700 files related to Israel and the source of 2,700 files is Israel.  In the next six months we intend to publish more files depending on our sources,” said Assange in the nearly one-hour interview telecast live from the U.K.

Asked if Israel had tried to contact him though mediators, Assange said, “No, no contacts with Israel but I am sure Mossad is following our activities closely like Australia, Sweden, and the CIA.

“The Guardian, El País, and Le Monde have published only two percent of the files related to Israel due to the sensitive relations between Germany, France, and Israel.  Even the New York Times could not publish more due to the sensitivities related to the Jewish community in the U.S.,” he added.

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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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 analyze 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 U.S. 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.

--Note:  The Al Jazeera (Arabic) telecast the interview on Wednesday, 10:30 pm (Doha time). Ahmed Mansour was the journalist who did the interview.


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Israel-Palestinians

WIKILEAKS TO RELEASE ISRAEL CABLES


Voice of America
December 23, 2010

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/israel-and-palestinians/Wikileaks-to-Release-Israel-Cables-112384009.html

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his website will publish hundreds of what he calls "sensitive" U.S. diplomatic cables on Israel.

Al-Jazeera television quotes Assange as saying the documents will include information on Israel's 2006 war with Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group, and this year's assassination in Dubai of a Hamas militant leader.

Assange says WikiLeaks has 3,700 U.S. documents regarding Israel, including 2,700 originating from Israel.

Wikileaks has previously released some other U.S. cables regarding Israel.

A cable released by WikiLeaks this week says Israel and the Palestinian Authority shared intelligence about the Palestinian militant group Hamas as it took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

Another says U.S. diplomatic cables show top Syrian officials suspected Israel carried out the assassination of a top aide to President Bashar al-Assad.

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Israel

WIKILEAKS TO RELEASE MORE ISRAEL CABLES


Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
December 23, 2010

http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/wikileaks_to_release_more_israel_cables_20101223/


WikiLeaks will release sensitive leaked diplomatic cables regarding Israel in the coming months, its founder said.

Julian Assange told Al-Jazeera Wednesday that his website will release top secret letters dealing with the 2006 Second Lebanon war, the assassination of a high-level Palestinian official in Dubai suspected to have been carried out by the Mossad, and other Israel-related cables.

Assange claims to have about 3,700 files related to Israel, most from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv.

He reportedly told Al-Jazeera that few documents involving Israel have so far been published because the newspapers to which he gave exclusive rights to publish the cables were unwilling to publish sensitive information about Israel.

He said he was certain that Israeli intelligence is currently monitoring WikiLeaks closely and denied that there was a deal between Israel and WikiLeaks to keep information on Israel private.

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'CABLES TO BE RELEASE ON ISRAEL, LEBANON, MABHOUH'

By Herb Keinon

** Israeli officials take in stride prospect of flood of Israel related WikiLeaks releases; Assange tells Al Jazeera newspapers hesitant to publish sensitive info. **

Jerusalem Post

December 23, 2010

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=200775


Government officials did not express undue concern Thursday at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s comment to Al-Jazeera that there are around 3,700 cables yet to come out about Israel.

One government source said there is “not much of a difference between what we say publicly and what we say privately, so I wouldn’t say there is concern.”

Assange said the cables relating to Israel that will be released in the coming months have to do with the Second Lebanon War and the assassination of Hamas operative Mahmoud Mabhouh in Dubai earlier this year, the Qatari newspaper *The Peninsula* reported, citing the Al- Jazeera interview.

Assange said only a small number of documents related to Israel have been published so far because newspapers in the West that had exclusive rights to publish the material were hesitant to publish sensitive information about Israel.

The Guardian, El Pais and Le Monde have published only 2 percent of the files related to Israel due to the sensitive relations between Germany, France and Israel. Even the New York Times could not publish more, due to the sensitivities related to the Jewish community in the U.S.,” he said.

Observers in Jerusalem expressed disbelief that Assange had to go on the defensive that not more cables putting Israel in a bad light have been released, saying this line of questioning would not be taken regarding any other country in the world.

The Peninsula quoted Assange as saying there are diplomatic files about how “Mossad agents used Australian, British, and European passports to travel to Dubai” as well as “the role of Mossad in killing a Lebanese military leader in Damascus by sniper bullets.”

Assange said WikiLeaks has 3,700 US documents regarding Israel, including 2,700 originating from Israel.

--Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.