Qatar Wiki, WikiLeaks
December 2, 2010 by staff
Qatar Wiki, Over 250,000 diplomatic docs released by the whistleblower website Wikileaks yanked back the curtain on an array of devastating secret policies, decisions and opinions that could wreak havoc on U.S. relations around the world. More than half of the cables from date of 2007 or later.
These documents cover the activities of the secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton – including a directive for diplomats secretly collect sensitive and personal information about their foreign counterparts.
The leaks also included thousands of files from the presidency of George W. Bush.
Clinton led a frantic attempt to limit the damage over the weekend, contacting leaders in Germany, Saudi Arabia, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and France. And U.S. ambassadors in capitals have been asked to inform their guests on the accounts unflattering and frankly embarrassing transactions with the United States should be kept secret.
“By releasing the classified documents stolen, Wikileaks has endangered not only the cause of human rights but also the life and work of these people,” the White House said in a statement. “We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified and sensitive national security.”
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, whose exact location is unknown, said the administration has tried to conceal the alleged evidence of serious “human rights abuses and other criminal conduct” by the government of the United States.
Rep. Peter King (R-LI) was stunned.
“Wikileaks has a clear and present danger to national security of the United States,” he said.
Among the most alarming information, according to British newspaper the Guardian – one of five media blitz to get the cable leak – is that Arab leaders are calling for a private air strike on Iran and that U.S. officials was charged with spying on leaders of the United Nations.
“It’s pretty devastating,” said Roger Cressey, a former cybersecurity official fight against t*rror*sm. “He compels foreign leaders to be frank and honest in their conversations with U.S. diplomats, and it will also make U.S. diplomats hesitate to put diplomatic cables what they really think for fear of being leaked.”
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini predicted dire consequences. “It will be September 11 of world diplomacy,” he said.
Other information from embassies and consulates U.S. 250 through the world are likely to trigger an international outcry. Leaks include information that:
* The Saudi King Abdullah repeatedly lobbied the U.S. to attack Iran to end its nuclear weapons program.
“Cut the snake’s head”, the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir quoted as saying the king, according to a report of the meeting with Abdullah U.S. General David Petraeus, in April 2008.
* The Chinese government agents conducted a campaign of sabotages surprisingly, the breakthrough in U.S. government computers and those of Western allies, the Dalai Lama and U.S. companies since 2002.
* The United States has mounted a dangerous – and so far unsuccessful – effort to eliminate HEU from a research reactor in Pakistan, fearing it could be diverted for use in a nuclear device illegal.
* Iran has obtained sophisticated missiles of North Korea capable of hitting major cities in Western Europe.
* Donors are Saudi donor’s chief Sunni militant groups like al-Qaeda – and the tiny state of Qatar is the worst in the region in efforts against t*rror*sm.
* Afghan Vice President Ahmad Zia Massoud was suspected of corruption after being caught with cash and 52 million during a visit to the UAE last year.
The cables also jab at many world leaders.
For example, the documents noted the “extraordinarily close” between the Soviet Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, including a “shadow” Russian-Italian go-between and “lavish gifts” Berlusconi showing “of increasingly to be the spokesman for Putin “in Europe.
It was also said that Putin is playing “Batman” to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is relegated to “Robin”.
The news also shed light on other sensitive issues diplomatically.
Cable, for example, reveals that Nelson Mandela was “furious” when a senior aide stopped him from meeting Margaret Thatcher shortly after his release from prison to explain why the African National Congress has opposed his policy of “constructive engagement” with the then-apartheid regime.
The documents also include a report from U.S. officials and South Korea to discuss the prospects for a reunification of Korea would implode North Korea. And they detail an account of the negotiations with other countries – with millions of dollars of incentives – to take prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to empty the prison there.
Another area of explosives was the U.S. apparent expansion of the role of diplomats in collecting information abroad and the United Nations.
According to documents, the State Department has issued guidelines under the name of Clinton, for diplomats to gather information such as credit card numbers, work schedules and personal information about foreign leaders – all short state secrets.
The wish list – which comes from an intelligence agency – has also targeted the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
An American intelligence official played down the diplomatic espionage, saying that the cable reminded representatives to provide valuable information that they may encounter in their daily operations.
Wikileaks has given information to Spanish newspaper El Pais, Le Monde in France, Der Spiegel in Germany, The Guardian in Britain, and The New York Times.
The electronic trip in itself will have an impact, “said Sir Christopher Meyer, former British ambassador to the United States.
“People will look at the security of electronic communications and records. Paper would have been impossible to fly in such quantities,” he said.
The information was delivered to The Guardian on a small USB inches long, which held 1.6 gigabytes of text, millions of words.
Last month, Wikileaks published an unprecedented 400,000 classified documents from the United States. In July, it boasted 77,000 secret files of the United States on the Afghan conflict.
It is believed that information was transmitted by U.S. Army soldier Bradley Manning, who was charged by the federal government in July with unauthorized access to computers and the transmission of classified information.
The White House last night was livid, claiming that disclosure of documents could endanger the lives of people living in “oppressive regimes” and “profound impact” foreign policy interests of the United States and its allies.
“To be clear: This information does not jeopardize our diplomats, intelligence specialists and people in the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government,” spokesman White House Robert Gibbs said.
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