TO circulate accusatory material, albeit unverified, confusing and largely based on inputs from an unfriendly, if not hostile, source, is an outrageous misuse of the freedom of the press. There can be little doubt that WikiLeaks story, widely distributed and carried by even prestigious print and electronic media in the West, which alleges that the ISI is providing all possible help to certain factions of the Taliban to enable them to fight against the US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan, has been leaked with sheer mala fide intent. It constitutes the latest attempt in the series of malicious moves at discrediting the Pakistan Armys intelligence agency by presenting it as a villain, who is out to throw a spanner in the works of the Americans inevitable march towards victory in the war against terrorism. The truth behind the expectation of victory is embarrassing for the US, rather too embarrassing to encounter in a world where it struts about as the greatest military might existing today, and to hide their shame the ISI has come in handy. Incidentally, it serves more than one purpose and of more than one player in the game. Washington is desperately trying to find an honourable exit out of the deepening quagmire of the war, but does not want to be labelled as the vanquished; the 'spoiler ISI aptly fits in to pressurise Islamabad to move into North Waziristan, even though it would be counterproductive to its interests, but in the American strategists view holds the last hope of turning defeat into victory. Besides, the perfidy of an important organ of the Pakistani state would provide an excuse to wriggle out of its oft-repeated assurance of a lasting friendship, once it has beaten a retreat. The Indians growing importance in the eyes of the US encourages them to hatch plans to malign Pakistan, and the Northern Alliance, their beneficiary in the days of the Taliban rule when Pakistan stood in the opposite camp, bears an understandable grudge against it. The NAs predominant position in the top ranks of the Afghan army and its intelligence agency provided it an opportunity to stigmatise the ISI in its reports that form the bulk of material released by WikiLeaks. Thus, we have a US-Indo-Afghan nexus to run down a key institution of Pakistan. Neither Islamabads outrage at the malicious and baseless account of the situation where its forces have valiantly outdone militants in Malakand Division and South Waziristan, nor the US public condemnation of the inspired leak would undo the damage it has done. One really wonders what other evidence our US-subservient leadership needs to know who our enemy is