According to conspiracy theorists, Israel is manipulating all the information coming out in the WikiLeaks cables to assist Israeli interests. Some say that Israel is behind it all and are asking where the dirt is on Israel. According to Gordon Duff, editor for Veterans Today, anti-war website, a deal has been struck between Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, and Israeli officials, a deal that ensures all “dirty” Israeli documents are removed from WikiLeaks before the public get to see them. Duff is of the opinion that Israel has a good deal of influence, mostly secret, over world events. In an interview with Haaretz, Duff said that it is very clear that WikiLeaks was partly made up of an intelligence agency and that Israel is behind it, using it as a PR platform.
In the meantime, an Arabic ezine called Al Haqiqa, has added to this conspiracy, citing unhappy volunteers for WikiLeaks as their sources. They suggest that the agreement is between Assange and Mossad, alleged to have taken place in Geneva, and involves a promise from Assange that no document will be published if it harms Israeli diplomatic interests or security.
An anonymous blogger on IndyMedia further adds that it looks as though the Israeli government had discovered that documents that were going to be leaked contained information about attacks by Israel on Gaze in 2008-2009 ad on Lebanon in 2006. The documents were claimed to have come from US embassies in Beirut and Tel Aviv; it is further claimed that Assange destroyed these documents – he is, after all, the only person with the password to open them, according to anonymous sources.
The Le Monde WikiLeaks project is one of five newspapers who was given copies of these cables before they go public and Remy Ourdon, who heads up the projects says that information saying there are no cables of any interest about Israel is incorrect. He says that there are thousands of cables still to be released and there is much interesting information to come out. He also says that Assange does not have all the control over every cable published by WikiLeaks. That determination is left to the person who gets the cables and is dependent on what information they can access.
There are alternative explanations about the lack of useful Israeli cables. According to Ed Abington who was US consul general in Jerusalem between 1993 and 1997, it could be down to the lack of information coming from Israel. He says that the US Embassy based in Tel Aviv has been so far out of the loop in recent years that all they can report is on what is published in the Israeli press, likely where pretty much all their information is gained from.
He goes on to say that US embassies use a specific channel for information regarded as sensitive and it is unlikely that WikiLeaks will ever have sight of cables from that channel. The previous two US ambassadors in Tel Aviv have kept low profiles and have taken no risks, not wanting to rock the boat, which means they likely had little access to any insider information.
Abingdon says that what people should be focusing on is the lack of reporting coming from the US Consulate in Jerusalem and asking the question, “Where is it?”.