A. R. JERRAL WikiLeaks latest disclosures have hit the international diplomatic arena as lethal bombshells. How should one view these revelations - facts, fictions or a deliberate hoax? Those who deal with sensitive and classified material know that such information is not available to everyone; only authorised persons are permitted to handle it. How can an organisation outside the authorised authority access it is beyond comprehension. There can be only one of the two possibilities - either these leaks are a deliberate disclosure by the US for some ulterior motives or the handling procedures for classified documents enforced by it are wonky to put it mildly. These days storage of classified documents is handled by complex methods; these are encrypted, encoded and are safeguarded by elaborate access procedures. No hacker can access, decode passwords and decrypt the text to make it readable. The manner these 250,000 documents have been flashed on WikiLeaks website appears as if Uncle Sam had these on display on a table in Times Square from where this website has whisked them away. The media all over the world is depicting this leak a diplomatic upheaval, why that be so has not been explained. Diplomacy is an art of interstate relationship. It is conducted to safeguard, protect and enhance national aims and objectives. It also hinders, eliminates and reduces the interstate obstacles that come in way of interest realisation. Diplomacy thus is conducted on lies, half-truths and deceit. A long time back a British diplomat at the Hapsburg Court at Vienna when asked to define a diplomat replied: A diplomat is an honourable man, who tells lies in the service of his country. Two classic books on diplomacy - Kotalias Earthshaster and Machiavellis Prince advocate deceit in diplomacy. The USAs interstate observations leaked by WikiLeaks fall in the category of this deceitfulness, and the countries and personalities mentioned in there know this trait of diplomacy. Their countries and governments too, conduct the interstate relationship in a similar manner. There is no reason to get panicky. In intelligence jargon everything is taken with a whiff of doubt and suspicion. These leaks too fall in that category. They have been flashed to create political and diplomatic instability in target countries and region. The leaks disclose some truths and facts, and then lead towards creating doubts and mistrusts among the target countries. There is a need to read and analyse them, so that target countries do not get carried away by emotions. The fact is that the US has global fears or wants to create global fears for two reasons: One, it wants to convince its people that the world hates them and is out to harm them. Two, with the backing and support of its populace, thus gained, it can mount aggressive posture towards those it wants to subjugate and dominate. The US administration keeps evoking this fear psyche from time to time. Recall the episode of Washington DC Beltway sniper, or the Sher Khan hype and the significance of fear therapy becomes clear. Michael Moore, an American critic of US policies, dubs America as United States of Boo. If WikiLeaks depicts USAs global fears, it goes along the US official policy of constant fear therapy to its populace. The Americans have lived in the psychic security of protected environments, since the US is so far away that it is not easily vulnerable to an outside aggression. However, Pearl Harbour was the first incident, which created the sense of vulnerability. The 9/11 has been described as 'second Pearl Harbour, which provided public support for the US government for the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, though the plans of invasions were already on the cards. Hence, WikiLeaks enhanced these fear elements in the US global policies. Other leaks also depict events and actions that are not secrets at all. Pakistans nuclear programme has always been on Americas hit list. We have suffered embargos, aid cut-offs and sanctions against this programme. We know that with the aid and abetment of India and Israel there was a physical aerial assault planned against Kahuta. With such a background and antagonism against Pakistans nuclear programme, if efforts were mounted to remove highly-enriched uranium from a Pakistani reactor, as claimed by the leaks, should be no surprise. This leak is not something that we are not aware of. The fact that the US failed to remove the substance speaks volume about the effectiveness of our security measure in place. However, the disclosure prompts us to be more vigilant and effective in measures to protect our assets. Among the disclosures, released from time to time, two are most significant: The Saudi Kings suggestion to attack Iran and Saudi nationals financial support to Al-Qaeda. But the idea of destroying of Irans nuclear programme is not new. The US has vowed to finish it at all cost, there is no doubt that a military option will be on the cards. Israel has declared its willingness to mount an aerial assault on Irans nuclear facilities a la their attack on Iraqs installation. This plan cannot be finalised without USAs backing. This leak has tried to capitalise on the past fact that Saudi and Jordan had provided tacit support to attack Iraqs facility back then. Today, Iran is gaining the political support of the Arab masses because of it defiance and courageous stand against the US. This leak, nevertheless, targets this Iran-Arab political solidarity. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is a monarchy; it had good relations with Iran when it was a monarchy. The relations may be somewhat strained now that Iran is a republic, but it cannot be so strained that the king would have urged the US to attack Iran. Indeed, it is an attempt to isolate Iran from the Arab support. Depiction of the Iranian President as Hitler is an attempt to put fear of God in the people of the European Union. The accusation that the Saudi nationals are financing Al-Qaeda too is a motivated revelation. Al-Qaeda is an ideological enemy of the US-led West. On ideological grounds, the US is losing its battle, despite a decade of military operations. Immediately after 9/11, there was a clamour about the Saudi element in terroristic endeavours. At that time, accusations were mounted about Saudi nationals financial support to Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden. These leaks are surely a continuation of the old blames since 9/11, as there have been no concrete proofs. In fact, the US is trying to find reasons of its failures in the so-called war on terror, and is desperately looking for scapegoats to pin the blame on. Hence, this leak is motivated by this desire. These leaks should not be taken at their face value. The American security systems are not so fragile and faulty that ordinary people can hack into them and steal state secrets at will. The fact that the US State Department was running to foreign countries to play down these leaks speaks volume about the website. It is a deliberate US diplomatic ploy with a specific political agenda in the region of their interest. The fact that the US administration has taken no legal steps to stop WikiLeaks from exposing secret documents confirms this doubt. The writer is a freelance columnist.