Wikileaks storm unabated…Open thread…

Cables show undiplomatic US take on world leaders

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Diplomats are known for the niceties of their public statements, but documents leaked Sunday show US officials can be merciless behind closed doors.

US dubbed Russian leaders as ‘Batman and Robin,’ according to WikiLeaks

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ‘plays Robin’ to his strongman Prime Minister Vladimir Putin?s ‘Batman,’ the US Embassy in Moscow said, according to documents leaked on the whistleblowing WikiLeaks website.

Wikileaks: US allies unruffled by embassy cable leaks
BBC News
There are also details of US efforts to support Turkey in its fight against Kurdish insurgents, and unfavourable comments about Turkey’s bid to join the

Wikileaks sparks anger in Europe

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
European countries react with irritation as whistle-blowing website Wikileaks reveals the contents of secret US diplomatic cables.

Morning Brief: Wikileaks reveals hundreds of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables

from FP Passport by David Kenner

WikiLeaks: US diplomats make fun of EU leaders, spy on EU citizens

from – Headline News

Wikileaks: Israel wanted Musharraf to stay in power
The Express Tribune
Dagan met Burns to provide his assessment of the Middle East region, Pakistan and Turkey. According to leaked documents: Dagan provided his assessment of

WikiLeaks’s unveiling of secret State Department cables exposes U.S. diplomacy

from Wash Post Europe by Glenn Kessler

A vast treasure trove of secret State Department cables obtained by the Web site WikiLeaks has exposed the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy, as well as bluntly candid assessments by American diplomats, according to news organizations granted advance access to the more than 250,000 confidential do…

1796 memos from US embassy in Manila in WikiLeaks ‘Cablegate’
The US embassy in Ankara, Turkey, is the origin of most cables among the diplomatic posts, with 7918 memos. The US Secretary of State has 8017 cables coming

India is concerned about WikiLeaks leaked documents
Apart from India, Turkey, Israel, Canada, Russia, and Britain have also been warned. Krishna said, ?India is not actually concerned about a new potentially

Wikileaks Hyperventilation or “Transatlantic Brainwashing”

from Atlantic Review

According to Spiegel, Wikileaks reveals that US diplomats consider Foreign Minister Westerwelle to be incompetent and Chancellor Merkel to be risk averse. So what? Most Germans think the same. Of course, US diplomats are more candid in secret cables than in public statements. Everybody is.

WikiLeaks defies US demands on leaked files


Washington: US State Department documents released by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks provided candid views of foreign leaders and sensitive information

MAIN FOCUS: Wikileaks embarrasses US | 29/11/2010

from euro|topics

The whistle-blowing website Wikileaks started on Sunday night with the dissemination of roughly 250,000 diplomatic US dispatches through international media. The documents weaken US diplomacy, commentators write, and urge a responsible approach to this new transparency.

Is WikiLeaks harming US interests?
Palm Beach Post (blog)
For example, documents might show that Turkey, a NATO ally, allowed arms to flow across its borders to terror groups in Iraq. That kind of revelation can

NZ Wikileaks Cables May Embarrass — PM
The earliest involving New Zealand is from the US embassy in Rome in October 1993 and also refers to Turkey. That is likely to be about New Zealand’s new

US briefs governments on WikiLeaks ‘dump’

from – World, Europe
US officials from Hillary Clinton down have briefed countries across the world on the release of diplomatic cables in an effort to counter their impact on its international relations

“Global diplomatic crisis” sparked by cables: U.N. spied on; Saudis want US to attack Iran; British royalty misbehaves; military incompetence

from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza

Cables out: Korea unification plan; Illicit Pakistan nukes; U.S. threatened Germany over CIA kidnapping

from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza

Wikileaks: Red faces, but no crisis

by Mark Mardell (the Reporters)

Wikileaks secret US Embassy cable site live

from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza

Wikileaks has begun publishing the leaked “embassy cables” at its website, with a handy ‘explorer’ at In total, the cache includes 15,652 secret documents, 101,748 confidential ones, and 133,887 that are unclassified. Iraq is the ‘most discussed’ country, while Ankara, Turkey, produced the most cables. External political relations and internal government affairs account for most of the cache, but more than 100,000 items concern human rights and economic conditions. 28,801 concern terrorism.

US foreign policy gets enhanced patdown: oddities from the leaks

from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza

US believed moderates would prevail during Iranian revolution

from World news: Turkey | by Simon Tisdall

Optimism of American diplomats in Tehran was cut short after they were taken hostage during the US embassy siege

Embassy cable tells of elderly American’s escape from Iran

from World news: Turkey | by Simon Tisdall

Man, 75, rode horse over freezing mountain range into Turkey after officials confiscated his passport

When Hossein Ghanbarzadeh Vahedi, a 75-year-old American of Iranian descent, decided to visit relatives in Tehran in May 2008, he took a flight from Los Angeles in the normal way. When he returned home, his means of transport was somewhat less orthodox.

Fear of ‘different world’ if Iran gets nuclear weapons

from World news: Turkey | by Simon Tisdall

Embassy cables reveal how US relentlessly cajoles and bullies governments not to give succour to Tehran

Sitting in the Rome office of Franco Frattini, the Italian foreign minister, in February this year, Robert Gates, the veteran US defence secretary and former CIA chief, issued a chilling warning of war in our time.

US embassy cables: Israel grateful for US support

from World news: Turkey |

US embassy cables: American citizen’s amazing ‘escape’ from Iran

from World news: Turkey |

US embassy cables: French and Americans exchange views on Iran

from World news: Turkey |

State Department warning to WikiLeaks

from – World, Europe
The Obama administration told WikiLeaks that plans to publish US government documents could risk lives, endanger military operations and damage international co-operation

Files will risk ‘countless’ lives, Obama administration warns Wikileaks

from Wikinews

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The United States government has urged Wikileaks not to publish new files because they will risk “countless” lives. In a letter to Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website, the Obama administration said that releasing the documents, rumoured to be seven times the size of the Iraq War Logs, would be in breach of U.S. law, and would result in “grave consequences.” Assange replied by stating that the U.S. did not want to be held to account.

WikiLeaks Hit By DDoS Attack Just as Its Newest Leak is Leaked Early

from Mashable! by Ben Parr

Has WikiLeaks finally gone too far?

from FP Passport by Blake Hounshell

Wikileaks’ massive cable leak expected today: “under attack,” Der Spiegel out early

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

By various reports, today at 430pm ET is the expected go-live point for Wikileaks‘ latest coordinated “radical transparency” dump: some 250,000 US State Department diplomatic cables, with partnered coverage expected again, as with prior releases, in Der Spiegel, The New York Times, and the Guardian. This time, El Pais and Le Monde are part of the early access club, according to a Wikileaks tweet.

Wikileaks to release thousands of secret documents; ‘international embarrassment’ likely

from Wikinews

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks is preparing to leak thousands of documents detailing correspondence between U.S. embassies around the world. American diplomats have contacted international allies, briefing them on the planned disclosure.

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