Wikileaks is still in business despite Assange being detained in Great Britain by the policy makers complying with the wishes of the USA. Bradly Manning is still being held by the US government as a warning to all others who would dare to leak as he did. It seems to me that it is becoming more and more evident that there are two levels of government, the bureaucracy that runs things day to day and the policy makers who play a charade of democratic government with their elections and such but behind the scenes with their black ops, controlled media and corporate money, they are willing to do what is necessary to retain power. The club is small, the group of 8, with an ancillary group of 20 that has a more limited access. The Russians are only in the group of 8 because of their nuclear capacity and because they made an effort to end the attempt at socialism and take up the cause of the capitalist project whole heartedly. This is all old news. The cabal has evolved over the centuries, once centered in Europe, it emerged out of the feudal ages with the advent of western mercantilism as a deal between the owners of the land and investors in overseas adventures, that rather quickly emerged in empires, first Spain and Portugal who lost out Spain due to wars in Europe and Portugal because of crusades in Morocco. Later the Dutch, Great Britain and France took up the mantle. The Dutch got pushed out by the British, and now Italy, Germany, the losers of the last great world war, are included along with the British, French, Japan, the USA, Canada and the belatedly added Russia.
Each of the nations has its vested interests, the Europeans had a desire to put a lid on Libya and take advantage of an opportunity to get back at Gaddafi for old grudges. He messed with Europe back in the 80’s and he had his hands in Africa right up to the present. What exactly Gaddafi was trying to accomplish, besides securing a place for Libya at the table of world decision making is unclear. Perhaps someday we will get a decent biography. From what I can tell Gaddafi went from being an Arab nationalist to a pan African nationalist with a desire to create some unified African state and in his efforts he supported a variety of different players including James Taylor in Liberia. He has a lot of friends in Africa and as can be seen some of his loyalists are particularly tenacious in their support of him and what he stood for. He was an independent player, attempting to carve out an Africa and Middle East that was not a puppet of European or American power. Ultimately it looks like he did not succeed as we see French, British, American and other military forces engaged in Libya to overthrow Gaddafi and his African allies. Token Arab forces have been engaged by the NATO group to give their actions a bit of cover of support from the Arab nations. No African countries have joined in the attack on Gaddafi, and several seem to have sent covert support. Africa is being prepared for the firm hand of neo-colonialism and the last of the powerful players on the continent who might interfere has been eliminated. The question now is what will China do?