It is important to understand the forces at work, not through a paranoid lens but rather through an understandable human behavior lens. I like the way Assange describes the process here. He first reads from the screenplay of a movie purportedly about Assange and wikileaks to be released this November. The film opens with a lie-filled scene claiming that Iran is close to developing nuclear weapons and would sell the technology. He reads 2 or 3 lies embedded in the film, then goes on to say,
So that’s the reality of where we’re at, not merely a war of intelligence agencies but a war of corrupt media, corrupt culture. That war, we’ve got to understand, people who have appeared on this panel have been involved, sometimes with great sacrifice, at revealing the truth about important parts of the world, how the world is unfolding, how the world is shaping, the nature of institutions. They have revealed it, heroically in many cases, to the historical record, to our civilization as a whole, to you. You have to understand that where there are great powers at work—I don’t mean shadow conspiracies, I mean enormous cultural powers, enormous industrial powers, the vast network of corporations that interact with government agencies around the world, selling them products, shipping their logistics from one place to another. The National Security Agency, for an example, now has approximately 70 percent of its expenditure pass through Grumman and Lockheed Martin etc. This produces a lobby that pushes in particular directions. How is it that such a lie got into a script about wikileaks? How is it that in that lie that was the National Intelligence Estimate, how is that anyone could think that it is tolerable, that it is acceptable, to foist that lie on the public?