1st Dec 2011. It was a long time since WikiLeaks had handed Los Del Guardian the massive Cablegate scoop. After raking in the profits, journos at the UK Guardian newspaper had also successfully taken the lead in smearing Julian Assange to a global audience. Thanks to spineless toads like former WikiLeaks staffer James Ball, the enigmatic Australian was now widely smeared as an anti-Semite and a sexual deviant.
Guardian CEO Alan Rusbridger's hacks, including his brother-in-law David Leigh, couldn't help high-fiving each other:
Then WikiLeaks published the #SpyFiles, defying media reports that the organisation was set to disappear:
While the global media scrambled to report the latest WikiLeaks release, the Guardian completely ignored the story. I was not impressed :
It was time to ask Los Del Guardian what was going on...
Finally one Guardian journo went off reservation, at least momentarily, and spoke the truth. James Ball tried to jump in and repair the damage:
James Ball kept insisting that this was old news. Just a bunch of brochures. Nothing newsworthy...
I tried to point out the ridiculousness of this situation.
Yep, he blocked me.
But that's not all. Shortly thereafter I discovered that I was also blocked by Alan Rusbridger, David Leigh, and every other Guardian journalist I tried to contact. So... Did a Guardian editorial directive go out to the whole office, telling people to block me? For what? Telling them to report the news?
A bit of background: a few days earlier I had contacted dozens of Guardian journos by Twitter, trying to find just one single individual who did not agree with Rusbridger's negative opinions on Assange and WikiLeaks. Ryan Gallagher was the only one who responded with anything moderately supportive, but he soon backed off when pressed (from memory, he took the WikiLeaks Is Good But Assange Is Destroying It line, then told me to shut up).
So why didn't The Guardian want to report on WikiLeaks #SPYFILES release? Could it be that the UK's leading left-wing newspaper is really just another Guardian of the UK Establishment, protecting British companies doing secretive "security" business with despotic regimes around the world? Is that why the Guardian also redacted the names of multiple UK corporations from the #CABLEGATE release?
It's what they like to call "national security". Like other newspaper chiefs, Alan Rusbridger gets invites to discuss it with the UK's top politicians and spy chiefs. In secretive meetings, they agree what can and cannot be reported in the media.
And WikiLeaks is a thorn in their sides.
Post Script: An excellent article on Spy Files by Pratap Chatterjee (not a Guardian journalist) was eventually posted in the Guardian's Comment Is Free opinion section (not "real" news). This appears to be the only Spy Files story run by the paper.