August 25, 2011

Did WikiLeaks Spur Arab Spring?

Judy Bachrach, World Affairs Journal

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Almost two weeks before the desperate young fruit-seller Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire on a street in Tunis and a full month before the uprising that ensued, touching off the “Arab Spring” that is still unfolding, the rationale for revolution appeared on the Internet, where it was devoured by millions of Tunisians. It was a WikiLeaks document pertaining to the unexampled greed and massive corruption of Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and all his money-hungry family.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Arab Spring, Tunis, Mohammed Bouazizi

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