The Wiki conspiracy that wasn’t — a rejoinder

Published: December 14, 2010
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ISLAMABAD: This is with reference to Fasi Zaka’s article of December 14 titled “The Wiki conspiracy that wasn’t”. I feel that the writer has committed a gross act of misrepresentation with a view to slander. Mr Zaka mentioned my name and the title of an online article I authored, “Guardian uses WikiLeaks for propaganda, Pakistani media can’t?” Based on this title, he accused me by name of supporting the idea of “lying to our people” because others lie to our people too. The actual article was a protest against a British newspaper selectively using leaked US diplomatic cables to write biased stories against countries such as Russia and Pakistan, and said that the Pakistani media retains the right to selectively use WikiLeaks data to promote its own worldview and interests.

Mr Zaka also misrepresented a statement made by late US columnist Robert Novak about alleged “ISI mouthpieces” in the media, which Mr Novak published in the Washington Post, while mentioning my name, in late 2007. The “revelation” was fed to him by a US diplomat (whose name I withhold) posted in Islamabad and whom I confronted about this disinformation. The example was meant to show how some US diplomats posted here can peddle conspiracy theories as well as anyone else. I find Mr Zaka’s misrepresentations deliberate, distasteful and slanderous.

Ahmed Quraishi

Published in The Express Tribune December 15th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Salman
    Dec 15, 2010 - 12:10AM

    All Ahmed Quraishi is saying if Guardian can selectively use the Wikileaks they have in their possession, Pakistan agencies can selectively use the Wikileaks they don’t have in his possession by first manufacturing them (by using the power of imagination). For the sake of patriotism and nationalism spreading lies is a fair game according to him. And since we Pakistanis love to live in la-la land, its really for our benefit. Who really cares if the world now is making fun of our media?Recommend

  • Gurriya
    Dec 15, 2010 - 2:15PM

    touchy touchy, Mr. AQ. i find it irrationally, humorously and stupendously ironic that you are complaining of misinterpretation or misrepresentation since you are the one who actually advocated its use in the first place. However its good to see you speak against it. this letter of yours thematically is opposed to the discourse of your blog under discussion. See? Now thats improvement. bravo. Recommend

  • Gurriya
    Dec 15, 2010 - 2:34PM

    @ Salman
    Lolz, well said. i believe the next letter AQ will write here would be to protest your intention to malign him. Recommend

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