WikiLeaks reveals undiplomatic U.S. critiques (CBC)

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  1. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    A large batch of U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks and given to several media outlets reveals unflattering views of several world leaders.

    Some details of the latest WikiLeaks dump were published Sunday by the weekly German magazine Der Spiegel, which was reportedly placed on newsstands too early.

    According to tweets from German-speaking Twitter users who picked up the embargoed issue, Der Spiegel said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is compared to Hitler in U.S. diplomatic files.

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy was nicknamed "the emperor with no clothes" and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is described as "driven by paranoia."

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is praised as "Teflon."

    A number of other publications, including the French newspaper Le Monde, the New York Times, England's Guardian newspaper and the Spanish newspaper El Pais have been given access to the cache of 250,000 documents and were expected to release details Sunday and throughout the week.

    The New York Times said the files cover three years of communications between U.S. diplomats and Washington and some are dated as recently as late February.


    I can sort of see how this is a matter of national security. You realize how much chaos would ensue if everyone found out how much foreign diplomats acted like immature spoiled brats on a regular basis?

    RACKnRAIL 今は知っているでしょ Staff Member Moderator

    I have a feeling this is just skimming the surface.
  3. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Oh yeah, there will be plenty of revelations coming out of this in the weeks ahead as journalists scramble to find their piece of the exclusive pie brought to you by Wikileaks.


    WikiLeaked Diplomatic Cables Confirm China’s Politburo Was Behind Google Hacking Incident

    Details about the U.S. State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks are starting to come out. Although WikiLeaks itself may be under a denial of service attack, it provided several newspapers around the world access to the raw documents it is preparing to release later today. The New York Times just posted it’s first article summarizing the contents of the cables and highlighting the most newsworthy ones.

    Among the 251,287 U.S. diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks, there is one set which deals with the massive computer attack on Google and other companies which was first revealed last January. At that time, Google went public with its contention that the attacks came from the Chinese government, and resulted in Google temporarily pulling out if China. They returned in a more limited way last summer.


    Yup, things should get real interesting in the next little while.
  4. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    WikiLeaks to cause red faces at worst, New Zealand premier says

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Monday he had been briefed on the contents of some of the cables released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks that had been sent to Washington by the U.S. embassy in Wellington, but declined to reveal what they said.

    He told a weekly news conference that he preferred to wait and see if the cables would be released in their entirety, but some were sure to cause red faces.

    “We don’t know all of the details in them, but there are bound to be one or two comments in there that might lead to embarrassment at most, but nothing more serious than that,” he said.

    You know what my favorite part of the story is so far? Some media outlets are portraying Wikileaks as evil and bad for releasing these documents. Already saw one report then go on in the same breath to disclose some of the details that were leaked.

    If anyone finds other stories on this huge thing, please help post them here. It's very hard to even keep track of them all, let alone post them up.
  5. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    WikiLeaks: Mideast nations urged strike on Iran

    Secret U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks reveal distress among Mideast nations over Iran with some leaders urging the U.S. to take whatever steps necessary to halt its nuclear program.

    Summaries of discussions with Mideast leaders between 2006 and 2009 — published Sunday on the New York Times website, among others — indicate at least two countries favoured U.S. military action to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

    During a meeting on Nov. 4, 2009, between Bahrain's King Hamad and U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, the king argued forcefully for U.S. action against Iran, saying: "That program must be stopped. The danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it."

    The account is included in a summary of the meeting sent to Washington by the U.S. ambassador to Bahrain.


    Ah, yes. The international version of chess.
  6. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    WikiLeaks: Royal family member 'made inappropriate remarks'

    US diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks include claims of "inappropriate remarks" by a member of the Royal Family and request for "specific intelligence" about MPs.

    The Guardian, which is one of a number of newspapers to have advance sight of the 250,000 classified documents released by the whistle-blower website, said they included criticisms of David Cameron and of British military operations in Afghanistan.

    The document, however, gave no details of the claims concerning the member of the British royal family or of the requests for intelligence about MPs.

    The criticisms about British operations in Iraq were however said to be "devastating", while the remarks concerning Mr Cameron were described as "serious political criticisms".


    Embarrassment continues.
  7. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    WikiLeaks Disclosure: Clinton ordered spying operation on UN diplomats

    The United States reportedly ordered a spying operation on diplomats at the United Nations, including British officials, in apparent breach of international law, disclosures by the WikiLeaks web site reveal.

    According to the Daily Mail, American staff in embassies around the world were ordered by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to obtain frequent flyer numbers, credit card details and even iris scans, fingerprints and DNA of foreign officials.


    Oh joy.
  8. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    U. S. in diplomatic tailspin as dirty linen spills globally

    WASHINGTON—From caustic snapshots of world leaders to deep misgivings about many of its own allies to secret plans to topple governments, the long-awaited WikiLeaks onslaught is proving precisely the diplomatic nightmare Washington feared it would be.

    Embarrassment and anger abound in Washington and far beyond as governments everywhere pore over the emerging diplomatic cables, taking measure of the damage.

    Canada was spared in the initial wave of secret State Department memos released Sunday — but likely not for long.

    More than 2,600 classified U.S. dispatches mentioning Canada — including nearly 100 designated “secret” — are on the verge of exposure, as online whistler-blower WikiLeaks and its five media partners spill basket upon basket of diplomatic dirty laundry in daily installments throughout the week.


    I'm not entirely sure that the US were ever known for their diplomatic skills. Donating to other countries, probably, but diplomacy, I think, is a different story.
  9. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    U.S. lawmakers outraged over WikiLeaks’ disclosure

    Cutting across party lines, U.S. lawmakers expressed their outrage at what they called “illegal” publication of classified American documents by WikiLeaks, and asked the Obama Administration to use all legal means to shut down this whistleblower website.

    “The release of classified information under these circumstances is a reckless action which jeopardises lives by exposing raw, contemporaneous intelligence,” said Senator, John Kerry, Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    “This is not an academic exercise about freedom of information and it is not akin to the release of the Pentagon Papers, which involved an analysis aimed at saving American lives and exposing government deception,” he said.


    Aw, don't take it too hard loser.
  10. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Kadhafi never without 'voluptuous' nurse: WikiLeaks

    WASHINGTON — Veteran Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi fears flying over water, prefers staying on the ground floor and almost never travels without his trusted Ukrainian nurse, a "voluptuous blond," according to a US document released by WikiLeaks.

    Kadhafi's eccentric and unpredictable personality is described in the State Department cable, which was posted on the New York Times website, a small sampling of the more than 250,00 documents unveiled by WikiLeaks on Sunday despite Washington's protests.

    The cable from September 2009 describes how Kadhafi's preferences for shorter flights and accommodation on the ground floor created logistical headaches for his staff, and that the Libyan leader never traveled without a certain Ukrainian nurse at his side.

    Kadhafi had a team of nurses and "relies heavily on his long-time Ukrainian nurse, Galyna Kolotnytska, who has been described as a 'voluptuous blond,'" said a secret cable from the Tripoli embassy dated September 29, 2009, written by the US ambassador, Gene Cretz.


    Ahh, the life of a diplomat must be a rather eventful life indeed.
  11. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Australian police investigate WikiLeaks founder

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police were investigating whether any Australian law was broken by the latest leaking of confidential documents by online whistle-blower WikiLeaks, the attorney-general said Monday.

    Robert McClelland said he was not aware of a request from the United States to cancel WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's Australian passport. A range of options were under consideration by Australian government agencies in response to the latest disclosure of classified U.S. material, he said.

    McClelland told reporters there are "potentially a number of criminal laws" that could have been breached.

    Defense Minister Stephen Smith said later that a cross-government committee was studying the documents to ascertain what damage could be done by their release.


    Yeah, shoot the messenger. That'll solve all of your problems. And what would happen if Wikileaks gets a new spokesperson? What then? Arresting the guy isn't going to solve anything other than make you look even worse now.
  12. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Karzai's brother 'corrupt drugs baron' US says: WikiLeaks

    KABUL — American officials believe a powerful brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and an ally in the Taliban heartland of Kandahar, is a corrupt drugs baron, leaked US documents showed Monday.

    The president's younger half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, who serves as chairman of Kandahar's legislative council, has long been dogged by allegations of unsavoury links to the lucrative opium trade and private security firms.

    But as a powerful figure in the pivotal southern province, where US and Afghan forces are concentrating efforts to break a nine-year Taliban insurgency, Western officials have stayed quiet publicly on his tainted record.

    Documents from the US embassy in Kabul among the flood of diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks revealed their true feelings.

    "While we must deal with AWK (Ahmed Wali Karzai) as the head of the provincial council, he is widely understood to be corrupt and a narcotics trafficker," said one note that followed a meeting between the president's brother and US envoy Frank Ruggiero in September 2009.

    Of the meeting itself, the report said Karzai "dressed in a crisp white shalwar kameez and pinstriped vest, appeared nervous, though eager to express his views on the international presence in Kandahar."


    Don't worry man. Stage fright is perfectly normal.
  13. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    WikiLeaks: world press justifies publication of cables

    The newspapers that led the controversial publication of details contained within 250,000 US state department cables, leaked by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, have justified their decision amid consternation from governments around the world.

    The Obama administration warned the website ahead of the leak that publishing the documents would put "countless" lives at risk and damage US international relations, and American senators called for legal action against the website.

    But the newspapers who were given advanced access to the material each launched a strong defence of their editorial policy alongside their coverage of the documents. Here is how they explained their decisions.


    Meh. Everyone is reporting on this stuff now. Hard to find any news source that isn't salivating over details of these documents now.
  14. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Congressman wants WikiLeaks listed as terrorist org

    The incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says WikiLeaks should be officially designated as a terrorist organization.

    Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the panel's next head, asked the Obama administration today to "determine whether WikiLeaks could be designated a foreign terrorist organization," putting the group in the same company as Al Qaeda and Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese cult that released deadly sarin gas on the Tokyo subway.

    "WikiLeaks appears to meet the legal criteria" of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, King wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reviewed by CNET. He added: "WikiLeaks presents a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States."

    King's letter was prompted by a massive document dump totaling more than 250,000 State Department diplomatic cables, which WikiLeaks gave in advance to news organizations, including Germany's Der Spiegel and Spain's El Pais, that began appearing on the Internet this morning. The White House has condemned the release, which Der Spiegel called "nothing short of a political meltdown for U.S. foreign policy."


    There you have it. The US government says information is terrorism. They have said it all.
  15. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    U.S. sees top German diplomat arrogant: WikiLeaks

    (Reuters) - U.S. diplomats describe German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle as arrogant, vain and critical of America, documents released on Sunday by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks showed.

    The reports were part of a bundle of over 250,000 U.S. State Department documents obtained by WikiLeaks and distributed to media in the United States and Europe, and which have revealed sensitive information and candid views of foreign leaders.

    The documents, published in Germany by news weekly Der Spiegel, included 1,719 diplomatic cables from the U.S. Embassy in Berlin -- which showed diplomats giving frank assessments of high-ranking politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    "She avoids risk and is seldom creative," one U.S. diplomat cited by Der Spiegel wrote of the Chancellor, who was referred to as 'Teflon Merkel' in some reports.


    Heh. Oops.
  16. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Wikileaks: 'US: Turkish leadership unreliable, divided'

    US diplomats have cast doubts on much of a reliable partner Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is and portrayed its leadership as divided and permeated by Islamists, according to the German Der Spiegel magazine's website, citing leaked Wikileaks documents.

    According to the US diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks, Erdogan was described as having "little understanding of politics beyond Ankara," Der Spiegel said.

    Erdogan had surrounded himself with an "iron ring of sycophantic (but contemptuous) advisors," the leaked cable suggested.


    I think someone is going to get pissed off over that one.
  17. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    U.S. role in Yemen covered up by its president, WikiLeaks file reveals

    Washington (CNN) -- In public, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has consistently played down any U.S. military role in air strikes against al Qaeda targets in Yemen, but one of the secret U.S. cables published by WikiLeaks paints a different picture.

    In a meeting with U.S. Gen. David Petraeus in the capital of Sana'a in January, President Saleh agreed to continue covering up the latest plan to use U.S. fixed-wing bombers with precision weapons to attack terrorists in his country. The Yemeni president told Petraeus that would be preferable to the continued use of long-range cruise missiles, which Saleh said were "not very accurate."

    "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours," Saleh said, according to the diplomatic cable written by the U.S. ambassador at the time, Stephen Seche. That comment prompted Saleh's deputy "to joke that he had just 'lied' by telling Parliament" that the U.S.-made bombs were used in attacks by Yemeni forces.

    Yemeni and American officials are reluctant to publicly acknowledge the U.S. role, because it could cause a backlash in Yemen. The country is a hotbed of al Qaeda activity and is considered the launching point for recent attempts to take down airplanes using explosives. The home of radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is based in Yemen.


    How is the US covering shit up news exactly?
  18. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    WikiLeaks: US ambassador described Britain as 'Dickensian' and 'racist'

    The US ambassador to Britain in 1985 likened the country to a racist version of Charles Dickens's London, cables leaked through the whistle-blower website Wikileaks disclose.

    Toxteth, Brixton, and Handsworth were the scenes of violent race riots that summer, leading Raymond Seitz, the then US ambassador, to write to Washington: "Dickens described the squalor, overcrowding and poverty in Britain's cities over a century ago.

    "What has changed is that the people affected are increasingly likely to be members of minority groups."

    The Guardian newspaper reported that Seitz added that Britain was unprepared for dealing with the impact of immigration and looked on "complacently" while America dealt with similar riots in the 1960s


    Ooo, that's gonna leave a mark!
  19. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    WikiLeaks: Arab world according to Mossad chief

    WikiLeaks documents contain reports of 2007 meetings in which Meir Dagan presented US with five-step program to perform coup in Iran; said 'nothing can be achieved' with Palestinians

    Mossad chief Meir Dagan presented the United States with a five-step program to perform a coup in Iran in August 2007, one of the documents revealed by the WikiLeaks website indicates.

    In a meeting with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns Dagan said that Israel and the US have different timetables regarding Iran's ability to achieve nuclear abilities. He noted that the Mossad is taking into consideration the Iranian regime's determination to succeed.

    The Mossad chief claimed in the meeting there was time to solve the Iranian nuclear crisis but stressed that the Islamic Republic is putting great effort into obtaining nuclear abilities.

  20. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Wikileaks to show Nelson Mandela slammed the war on Iraq

    More secret United States files due to be published on Wikileaks on Monday are believed to contain strong criticism of former president Nelson Mandela. Wikileaks has already published over a quarter of a million confidential cables sending shockwaves around the world and angering several governments.

    More disclosures are expected on Monday.

    The secret documents that have yet to be released are expected to reveal that Mandela suggested US President George W. Bush had ignored calls by the United Nations for restraint on the Iraq war. This apparently because the UN’s then General Secretary Kofi Annan was black.

    The confidential documents apparently also show that Madiba referred to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as America’s foreign secretary because he supported the war on Iraq.


    Join the club dude.

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