Everything went wrong when the Wi-Fi betrayed us. There we were, twenty delegates of the Press Corps, trying to sign in to our WordPress accounts in the Computer lab. Not being able to use the Wi-Fi meant we had to go back to the boardroom, where the next crisis struck hard. Then there was another. And another. I can’t even keep track.
WikiLeaks. 20 secrets. 1 decision. Many governments accused. Several world economies at stake. Millions of lives in danger. To publish everything or not to publish anything at all, that was the question.
Ambiguity in legitimacy of sources and validity of Julian Assange’s information was the most immediate problem. We collectively passed a directive sending a “third party” investigation team to validate Julian Assange’s sources. In all the commotion, we forgot the importance of specificity in a directive. Without there being time to take a breath, an Iranian government official stormed in and accused our mysterious “third party”, that had reached Iran undercover, of having questionable and unclear motives. Another directive was passed- The Return of the Investigators: Episode VI- wherein we made a formal apology to Iran and substantiated our reason as “a harmless attempt to authenticate the sources of information obtained by us”.
The Director permitted crisis notes. The next thing we knew, the King of Qatar entered committee, officially banishing Al Jazeera from its base, Qatar. This caused a stir and an intense question and answer session followed, where Al Jazeera revealed its secret. The Qatari Royal Family had supposedly funneled 20 million dollars to the ISIS, without the knowledge of the USA. Al Jazeera warned all independent news organizations to beware if they were attempting to poke their noses into the secrets. They had to be careful where they looked.
To our surprise, the Iranian official reappeared, looking angrier than before. She condemned our “vague” apology and reason for the presence of the “third party” in Iran and threatened that the “third party” might not ever be released. Next, Al Baghdadiya shone light on its secret. Iranian and Iraqi forces had attempted to expel the ISIS from Mosul, a powerful stronghold. Another heated question and answer session followed.
Finally, we ended the first session of committee, voting in favor of not publishing any of the information we obtained from Assange. We walked in expecting a calm first session, and walked out, a few hours and several crises later, not really knowing what to expect in the following sessions. It was here, that I truly understood the meaning of a constant crisis committee.