Walkingstick: How leaked documents find their way to Iraqi media
BAGHDAD — Every now and then, Iraqi political and media figures leak official documents from various government departments to satellite channels such as Al-Baghdadia TV and Al-Sharqiya TV, social networking sites, and digital newspapers such as Al-Masalah and Al-Ghad.
Some of these documents are authentic, as employees succeed in taking pictures of them while working in government institutions. They are then sold to be published in the media. On Nov. 1, documents were leaked about officials and the governor of Dhi Qar province squandering money. According to the Dhi Qarna website, the leak was the result of a political conflict between the legislative and executive authorities in the province about government positions.
However, there are also fabricated documents, forged for the purpose of defaming an individual, government department or political party. According to a news report published by the Iraqi Media House on July 21, the WikiLeaks documents concerning the relationship between Iraqi politicians and the Saudi government were falsified.
Airing the dirty laundry of political opponents has kept online activists quite busy on social networking sites. A Facebook page called “Top Secret Documents” publishes dozens of leaked government documents. This page’s administrator is unnamed and it does not specify how the documents were obtained.
Hisham al-Suhail, a parliament member for the National Iraqi Alliance, attributes the practice to a “lack of transparency … regarding the work of government institutions and the spread of financial and administrative corruption, which pushes citizens to try and expose such documents.”
Speaking to Al-Monitor, Suhail called on the government to “facilitate access to information and to hold accountable those responsible for corruption in order for citizens to realize that the judiciary is effective and does not overlook corruption issues. This would lead to decreased interest in leaking documents.”
The high rate of leaks reflects a tense Iraqi political environment, said Qasim Mozan, a journalist for the Iraqi newspaper Al-Sabah. He explained to Al-Monitor, “The majority of the leaked documents are a natural outcome of the differences between political parties and the officials that represent them. Each resorts to leaking documents that condemn the other to expose and undermine it.”
According to Mozan, “It is easy to take pictures with small cameras or mobile phone cameras. In addition, being able to immediately post these pictures on social networking sites has further encouraged this phenomenon.”
On Oct. 23, an anonymous source from the Iraqi Parliament revealed to the Waradana news site a decision to prevent parliament staff from bringing smartphones into the parliament, so they would not be able to take pictures and leak official documents. The General Secretariat for the Council of Ministers sent a letter on the same day to the parliament, banning smartphones belonging to both parliament staff and visitors.
In an interview with Al-Monitor, parliament member for the Civil Democratic Alliance Mithal al-Alusi said of the reason behind the leaks, “Some people are eager to prosecute corrupt figures, so they leak such documents to expose them.” Asked about fabricated documents, Alusi said, “These are part of the corruption that is rampant in Iraqi institutions.” Alusi also noted reasons related to “the political conflict between figures and parties.”
Although the Iraqi Cabinet issued a decision criminalizing the leaking of documents or the publishing of a leaked document in the media on Aug. 1, 2013, Al-Baghdadia satellite channel published on its show “Studio 9” on Feb. 26, 2014, official documentation of the minutes of the Cabinet meetings, information that is highly confidential. According to these documents, Iraqi ministers were busy securing their own financial privileges instead of discussing the concerns of the Iraqi people.
Al-Monitor asked journalist Nassar Alkurity of the Iraqi Media Network whether publishing official documents is legal. He answered, “Publishing [such documents] is a positive thing in terms of exposing corruption.” However, he said it is indeed illegal “since the documents are being stolen from government institutions, which results in the loss of confidence in government employees and subjects them to legal accountability.”
Al-Monitor spoke with attorney Ismail Ahmed, the director of a law firm in Babil, south of Baghdad. Ahmed said, “Publishing official documents in the media without official approval is a type of cybercrime. It also points to the government staff’s negligence, which is illegal, as Paragraph 438 of Section Four of the 1969 Iraqi Penal Code stipulates that the disclosure of confidential information is punishable by a period of detention that does not exceed one year based on the seriousness of the crime, which would be decided by the judiciary.”
Meanwhile, Paragraph 164 of the 10th Amendment Act 77 of the Penal Code of 1984 states, “The death sentence is given to any person who wilfully destroys, conceals, steals or forges banknotes or documents knowing them to be instrumental in upholding the rights of Iraq.”
Whatever the justification given for leaking documents — such as exposing corruption and theft and unveiling corrupt officials — such acts constitute an encroachment on the law and a breach of government workers’ responsibility to preserve the confidentiality of the department or institution in which they operate.
Postby dnari131 » January 9th, 2016, 12:52am GMT+5
FLASHBACK ARTICLE…Highlighted some names down below ( I could’ve highlighted the entire list of names), to give a better picture as to why it appears Sistani seems to be done playing games imo ..this is one of the corruption files Chalabi handed Sistani before his death. If you go back to this timeline you’ll start to see “Discord” and fragmentation brewing between Sistani and the govt. Iraqi citizens know all this too. Chalabi obviously wanted Sistani with these files apparently due to all the corruption in the 3 political branches and banking/cbi:
Names .. close to Chalabi publishes spoilers and details involved corruption files in his possession the most prominent al-Maliki and al-Jaafari and al-Hakim? !!
Dr. palm-publishing “Sadiq al-Moussawi,” which is close to the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the late Ahmad Chalabi details corruption files that were in possession of Chalabi.
Moussawi said: This is what we got and to eliminate a necessary:
The first list
1-Nuri Kamal al-Maliki _ mismanagement and exchange money and land without controls
3-Supreme Council led by Mr. Hakim to taking some offices and buildings in Baghdad, Iraq, in particular box FRP double-decker bridge in the heart of Baghdad.
4-Ibrahim al-Jaafari _ abuse of office and control of government properties and unrestricted exchange for the restoration of the role that their lives and open partisan offices in all parts of Iraq with money Iraq.
5-Haider al-Abadi, Minister of Communications and a former plain Egyptian company Araskm Iraqna taking mobile contract in Iraq, although the company is not eligible for millions of dollars for the party and during 8 years as Chairman of the Finance Committee did not object to any theft or exceeded financial Although the budget was explosive as it was named.
6 Abdul-Falah al-Sudani steal the Ministry of Commerce to participate in fake contracts.
8-Salah Abdul-Razzaq former governor of Baghdad, wasting money and seize the drugs and bring corrupt companies.
9-Ali Mohsen Keywords Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq and poor money management and overtaking on the laws and sale of foreign assets of Iraq without controls to the point of sale has become more of Iraq’s imports consumed any of the cash reserves of Iraq.
10-Essam al-Asadi and Haider Essam al-Asadi, the owner of the largest share in all large and medium construction that easy for him all the owners of these contracts which exceeded $ 12 billion of which has not been implemented 12% on the ground.
11-Ayham al-Samarrai and former Minister of Electricity.
13-Karim Wahid and former minister of electricity _ fake contracts and mismanagement and wasting money on consuming abacus.
14-Karim Aftan former Minister of Electricity also mismanagement of funds and bringing fake companies and consumer materials.
15-judge Mohsen Jafar al-Khazraji _ shut down more than 6,000 sued for millions of dollars and easy to work Contractors corrupt.
16-mobile phone companies Asia Company and Zain _ company involved paying bribes to officials in the Iraqi state and overtaking technical specifications and technology in the working and non-compliance in the way the monument towers causing health problems harmful for Iraq and the environment through this happened former environment ministers on the tens Millions of these companies paid even to the Telecommunications Authority.
18-Kazem more Abu Ahmed al-Maliki, witnessed a friend and a friend of Nuri al-Maliki _ business manager Ahmed al-Maliki and partner all the financial excesses.
19-Saadi and flames Sehud director of the ship’s captain _ decades of corrupt firms with more than a billion dollars to install solar lighting and fake projects and continuous failed so far snapped Milirah decades.
20-jewel Dana financial convertible _ pussy funds and falsification of company.
21-dew company financial management of convertible _ Accessories Mehanna _ money laundering and fraud.
23-Huda Bank Hamad al-Moussawi _ _ _ money laundering and fraud.
24-United Bank _ Haitham Fadel Al Dabbas money laundering and false invoices and fictitious contracts.
25-Almstfbl prospects of the UAE company _ money laundering and forgery of bills.
26-Rafidain Bank is considered most corrupt by facilitating the process of volatile Aattaa instruments in order to buy the currency from the central bank.
28-Wahab Tabra and Aseel Tabra close to dart _ washing company currency and false invoices.
29-Tarek al-Hassan _ washing currency.
30-Hamid Al-Najjar _ washing currency.
31-North Bank _ money laundering and forgery of bills.