Perhaps the single most damming collection of data in a massive trove of secret documents from Afghanistan released by the website WikiLeaks is some 180 files that seem to show Pakistan's premiere intelligence service, the ISI, helping the Afghan insurgency attack American troops.Wikileaks Documents Seem to Show ISI Pakistan Intelligence Helped Afghanistan Insurgents Attack American Troops - ABC NewsThe United States provides more than a billion dollars to Pakistan each year for help in fighting terrorism, but the papers seem to link the ISI with major Afghan insurgent commanders; claim its representatives meet directly with the Taliban; accuse the agency of training suicide bombers; and indicts Pakistani intelligence officials on hatching up sensational ways to assassinate Afghan president Hamid Karzai and even poison the beer drunk by Americans in Afghanistan.
If the reports are true, there are some very serious allegations here. Remember when Bush told Pakistan after 9/11: "Either you're with us or against us."WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange said the documents are "legitimate," but he added that it is important not to take their contents at face value.
"We publish CIA reports all the time that are legitimate CIA reports. That doesn't mean the CIA is telling the truth," he said.
If the allegations in these leaks were true it would bring an entire new light to Pakistan's involvement in Afghanistan.
If they are not true, then what is the motive behind the leaks? What is the motive for trying to paint Pakistan as an enemy of the United States? Gulf of Tonkin anyone?