In an interview with Al-Jazeera this week, I was asked if the Yemeni people were shocked by the WikiLeaks reports. I said that most of what was revealed was expected, and the Yemeni people already know that its government does not have a national agenda. Those nations that do not have agendas are forced to follow others agendas. That is the policy of life.
Yemenis were not shocked that high ranking officials openly lied to parliament. They were not shocked that Saleh gave the U.S. open access to Yemen’s airspace. They were not shocked that Saleh joked about allowing good whisky to enter Yemen.
However, Yemenis are anxiously waiting for new leaks that might expose its government in much sensitive file. Analysts believe that only the small files were leaked, and soon hundreds of files will follow.
Yemeni officials have complained to U.S. officials that the leaks have damaged their reputation and this can hurt their image in front of their people, as people will start to understand that they are puppets and not rulers with a national agenda.
We sat with numerous high ranking officials this week, and all informed me that the leaks damaged Washington’s reputation. They made clear that they will have to censor every word they say to U.S. officials before talking.
While we wait for more leaks to come, the Yemeni government is openly giving a blind eye to the revealed documents. What else do you expect them to do?
The opposition is not using the leaks to its advantage for one reason. They fear that the next leaks will also contain documents exposing them.
While government and opposition are busy following other agendas, loyal Yemenis are wondering if destiny will soon give them a leader with a national mission rather than leaders with personal missions.
ABOUT Yemen Post Publisher & Chief Editor:
Hakim Almasmari is an American journalist and Middle East expert based in Sana'a, Yemen. His work has appeared for many of the worlds top media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Washington Post, AlJazeera, Fox News, The Guardian, The National, USA Today among numerous others. He has also worked with some of the world’s top organizations. Reporting out of Yemen for nearly eight years, he is the current editor in chief for the Yemen Post. He is a university lecturer in the field of international media and also studied business and law. Considered one of the top experts on Yemen, Almasmari has closely worked with international strategic centers and think tanks helping them better understand Yemen. He is a frequent guest on many international TV outlets discussing current local and international affairs. Almasmari's ancestors are from Yemen, and was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. His mother tongue is English and is fluent in Arabic.