At The Conversation ( "The enemy of trusted journalism is disinformation and spin") what hopefully is the last gasp of the "Prisoner X" affair is being exhaled and this tragic business can finally be put to rest and the family left in peace. No doubt the conspiracy theories will continue forever and for certain it will be slyly integrated into the eternal disinformation campaigns against Israel and the Jews. That always happens.
Associate Professor Felix Patrikeef took on the job of writing two short pieces for The Conversation in an information vacuum that was being filled to the brim with disinformation in the general media and overflowing with malicious spin.
The first was on 22 February when the "affair" was at its peak and the whole Australian political class was in an orgasmic rapture of rancid speculation especially in the Fairfax/ABC mindgroup. At its worst journalists pontificated about the dual loyalty of the Australian You Know Whoooos. They do that. They have always done that.
The second was posted three days ago. It is striking how fundamentally the political climate surrounding the "affair" has changed in these weeks. There is only one reason for this. Der Speigal published an article which among other things killed stone dead the more lurid and ugly analyses at least in public or polite company where "progressives" still believe it expedient to suppress open displays of antisemitism. Then the ABC hammered the last nail when the Foreign Correspondent team, the same unit that broadcast the original story, broadcast an update last Monday.
So what have we learnt? That Israel sometimes uses clones of foreign passports to provide cover for its agents on national security missions while abroad? Duh. So does every other intelligence and security agency in the world including the Australian Security and Intelligence Service as an Australian politician got into strife for publicly almost admitting when the Dubai affair broke. What else?
On 15 February this blog said this when there really wasn't a lot to talk about but a certain element of the Australian media and political classes were absolutely preoccupied with talking about it anyway. What to say?
What does the Prisoner X tragedy prove?
Nothing at all really.
As if there has never been a death in custody in an Australian prison.
As if Australian law does not provide not only for the prosecution of persons employed by Australian security agencies for divulging secret information but also for the trial proceedings to be in secret AND even for the prosecution of court officials who keep a record of those proceedings.
That the Australian and Western media have demonstrated how much and how intensely they absolutely love a dead Jew?
Not that either. We already knew that.
Contrast the treatment of this affair with how the same political classes are coping with the news that the Boston marathon outrage was an attack by political Islamist ideology.
This is a job for Che Gorilla who as usual took it upon himself to venture forth into the The Conversation on the ground he is the only non-human primate in this outfit and therefore really the only one qualified to engage intellectuals especially on their own turf. He knows his way around a jungle when he sees one.
Not much room for speculation there.