Wikileaks has struck again, this time releasing information of embassy cables. They include reports of some Arab leaders – including Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah – urging the US to attack Iran and end its nuclear weapons programme. Other leaked information include:
Wikileaks release of embassy cables reveals US concerns
- Iran attempting to adapt North Korean rockets for use as long-range missiles
- Corruption within the Afghan government, with concerns heightened when a senior official was found to be carrying more than $50m in cash on a foreign trip
- Bargaining to empty the Guantanamo Bay prison camp – including Slovenian diplomats being told to take in a freed prisoner if they wanted to secure a meeting with President Barack Obama
- Germany being warned in 2007 not to enforce arrest warrants for US Central Intelligence Agency officers involved in an operation in which an innocent German citizen with the same name as a suspected militant was abducted and held in Afghanistan
- US officials being instructed to spy on the UN’s leadership by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
- The very close relationship between Russian PM Vladimir Putin and his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi
- Alleged links between the Russian government and organised crime
- Yemen’s president talking to then US Mid-East commander General David Petraeus about attacks on Yemeni al-Qaeda bases and saying: “We’ll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours”
- Faltering US attempts to prevent Syria from supplying arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon
[More in BBC]
I’m sure these are information are going to be quite controversial. Is this one of the cases where not knowing is better than knowing? Imagine the increased level of animosity towards Saudi Arabia in the coming days. Would this cause more conflict? Lives of diplomats might be threatened due to this to.
On other note, Australia has condemned Wikileaks and has blocked access and will fine people $11k/day linking to it.