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Monday, December 6, 2010

Wikileaks cable

The Wikileaks cables

Concern among the US and other foreign officials over the fitness of President Karzai to govern.
"[Karzai is] a paranoid and weak individual unfamiliar with the basics of nation-building."
July 2009 cable published by the Guardian

The US urged China to stop a shipment of missile components from North Korea to Iran in 2007, and also expressed concern over Chinese computer hacking.
"The best way to prevent these shipments in the future is for Chinese authorities to take action."
November 2007 cable released by the Guardian

In 2004, a German citizen was snatched in Macedonia and allegedly taken to a secret prison by the CIA. In a separate cable Chancellor Angela Merkel is labelled "Risk averse and rarely creative".
"Our intention was not to
threaten ... but rather to urge that the German Government weigh carefully implications for relations with the US."
June 2007 cable from the US embassy in Berlin concerning the CIA row

A number of Arab leaders called on the US to attack Iran to stop its suspected nuclear weapons programme. President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is also referred to as "Hitler" by the UAE defence minister. In a cable from April 2008 the Saudi ambassador in Washington, Adel al-Jubeir, recalled King Abdullah's "frequent exhortations" to the US to attack Iran.
"[King Hamad of Bahrain] argued
forcefully for taking action to terminate their nuclear program, by whatever means necessary."
November 2009 cable details Arab views on Iran, published by the New York Times.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is described as "feckless and vain" and had profited from a "nefarious connection" with Russian PM Vladimir Putin.
"Berlusconi admires Putin's macho, decisive, and authoritarian governing style, which the Italian PM believes matches his own."
January 2009 cable speculates on the relationship between Berlusconi and Putin published by the New York Times.

Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi relies heavily on his long-time Ukrainian nurse, described as a "voluptuous blonde".
"Gadaffi has been described as both mercurial and eccentric, and our recent first-hand experiences
with him demonstrated the truth of both characterisations."
September 2009 cable on Gadaffi published by the New York Times
North and South Korea

China was becoming frustrated with North Korea's behaviour and was coming round to the view that the Korean peninsula should be reunified under Seoul's control in the long term. North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is described by US diplomats as a "flabby old chap".
"We need to solve this problem. It is very troublesome," China's ambassador to Kazakhstan told the Americans.
June 2009 cable published by The Guardian

The Mexican army was failing in its fight against drugs cartels.
"Mexican security institutions are often locked in competition... information is closely guarded, and joint operations are all but unheard of."
January 2009 cable published by The Guardian

US and British diplomats feared that Pakistan's nuclear material could fall into terrorists' hands and that the US had been trying to remove highly enriched uranium from a research facility since 2007.
"The UK has deep concerns about the safety and security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons."
September 2009 cable published by the Guardian

The country is descibed as being a corrupt, autocratic kleptocracy centred on the Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. A separate cable describes President Medvedev as "Robin" to Putin's "Batman".
"[Spanish prosecutor Jose 'Pepe' Grinda Gonzalez] stated that he considers Belarus, Chechnya and Russia to be virtual 'mafia states'."
February 2010 cable published by the Guardian
Saudi Arabia

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warns that donors in Saudi Arabia are the "most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide".
"More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qa'ida, the Taliban, LeT, and other terrorist groups, including Hamas, which probably raise millions of dollars annually from Saudi sources, often during Hajj and Ramadan."
December 2009 cable published by the Guardian

Embassy claims Rolls-Royce lost out on a key contract with the Spanish military following lobbying of Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero by Washington.
"Moncloa - the office of the President - overturned the decision and it was announced that GE had won the bid. The Ambassador is convinced that Zapatero personally intervened in the case in favor of GE."
Cable published by the Guardian
Sri Lanka

President Mahinda Rajapaksa was responsible for alleged war crimes, according to a January 2010 cable sent by the US ambassador.
"There are no examples we know of a regime undertaking investigations of its own troops or senior officials for war crimes while in power."
January 2010 cable published by the Guardian

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown was perceived to be "finished" by US diplomats in summer 2008, while the UK also kept quiet about a loophole allowing the US to continue storing cluster bombs on its territory despite an international ban.
"A terrible by-election defeat in Scotland has left the Labour Party reeling and fuelled fears among MPs that Brown's premiership may now be beyond repair."
July 2008 cable published by the Guardian
UK - Royal Family

The Duke of York criticised the Serious Fraud Office probe of an arms deal between BAE and Saudi Arabia and spoke in a rude manner during an official engagement.
"[Prince Andrew] railed at British anti-corruption investigators, who had had the 'idiocy' of almost scuttling the Al-Yamama deal with Saudi Arabia."
October 2008 cable published by the Guardian
United Nations

Diplomats were instructed under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's name to collect DNA samples, fingerprints and credit card details of key UN officials.
"Reporting officers should include as much of the following information as possible... organizational titles; names, position titles and other information on business cards; numbers of telephones, cell phones, pagers and faxes; compendia of contact information."
July 2009 cable on UN espionage published by the Guardian
United States

US State Department asks US missions for list of key facilities around the world it describes as vital to its national security and provides 2008 list.
"BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd., Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom: Critical to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter..."
February 2009 cable published by Wikileaks