WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has claimed that the CIA created ISIS, as the whistleblowing organization celebrates the sixth anniversary of “Cablegate.”
The news comes after the website released over half a million classified diplomatic cables dating back to 1979.
In a statement released by Assange along with the cables now known as “Carter Cables III,” he explained how the terrorist group traces its origin back to 1979. He added, “If any year could be said to be the ‘year zero’ of our modern era, 1979 is it.”
1979, The Year It All Began
According to WikiLeaks, 1979 changed the relationship between oil, militant Islam and the world. It was the year when most of Middle East fell into the hands of militant Islam. This includes Pakistan, where the U.S. embassy was razed to the ground, and Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed.
The year 1979 was also the year Saddam Hussein rose to power in Iraq. Moreover, it is when the Islamic Revolution began to unfold in Iran.
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With regards to ISIS, Assange said that the CIA and Saudi Arabia’s decision to arm Mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan to fight the Soviet occupation led to the creation of al-Qaeda. It was also during this time Osama Bin Laden left his Saudi Arabia to Pakistan and support the Mujahideen.
Their creation eventually caused the 9/11 attacks to happen, prompting the U.S. to invade both Afghanistan and Iraq. The resulting power vacuum in Iraq eventually led to the creation of the Islamic State.
The majority of the group’s fighters came from different terrorist organizations in Iraq, including al-Qaeda. After the United States withdrew forces in Iraq, the group made its move from its stronghold in Raqqa, Syria. Sweeping across Northern Iraq, the group took Mosul along with all its cash and oil, funding the group for much of its existence.
Among documents in the WikiLeaks cable dumps not pertaining to ISIS are papers on the Irish Republican Army (IRA), who in 1979 killed Lord Mountbatten, cousin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Also included are documents regarding the election of Margaret Thatcher as British Prime Minister and the Three Mile Island nuclear incident.
1979, When Blood Didn’t Stop
“In 1979 it seemed as if the blood would never stop,” according to Assange. “Dozens of countries saw assassinations, coups, revolts, bombings, political kidnappings and wars of liberation.”
With the release of the Carter Cables III, Wikileaks has now published over 3.3 million U.S. diplomatic cables to date. With governments all over the world beginning to hide more information from its people, the number is expected to grow within the coming months.