Regular visitors to Spiegel Online, the website of German news magazine and Wikileaks collaborator Der Spiegel, will by now have noticed the frontpage and content of Monday’s issue is not yet up. The e-paper edition has also not yet been released. “For editorial reasons the e-paper edition of the new Spiegel 48/2010 is only available from Sunday, 22.30 pm“, subscribers are informed. CET stands for Central European Time, naturally.
This is highly unusual and, in light of the expected release, it seems rather safe to say the new edition’s content is embargoed until 22.30 CET, tomorrow, and will most probably deal with the tens of thousands of US diplomatic cables leaked to Wikileaks early this year.
Hilarious Clinton, the State Department and US ambassadors are either visiting or chatting with heads of states, ministers and the likes worldwide. In England, the US Ambassador even visited 10, Downing Street. According to reports, the cables will also unveil corruption of political leaders and officials in Afghanistan, alongside other nations.
In the UK, the government is also fretting the release of the US diplomatic cables. Wikileaks staffers twittered so-called D-notices had been issued to editors in the crumbling, once-was empire. These D-notices are basically a way of the government making it clear it would be rather cheesed off if newspapers and magazines would report on rather sensitive or potentially embarassing issues, so please don’t or we won’t be friends anymore.
As for Wikileaks, it claims the up- and coming leak will redefine global history. Seeing the Icelandic government has been contacted by officials, it will be interesting to see if the USA ever tried having a say in regards to Julian Assange, the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative and not only the Kaupthing bank disaster. Iceland is in a rather interesting geographic position in the upcoming race for Arctic treasure and certainly a country one thus doesn’t want to cheese off too much.
The grand hubbub is going to be a grand spectacle. It can be expected heads will roll here and there if corruption is indeed exposed. Whether exposing the USA’s diplomatic back office notes, memos and communications can change the world is another question entirely. It can be hoped that the US will not remain the only country receiving this treatment – Russia, Iran, China and other regimes deserve the same.