Cablegate roundup. Part II. #cablegate

From Ankara to Moscow: Reading World Leaders’ Reactions to WikiLeaks – TIME

WikiLeaks and the Art of Diplomacy
Wall Street Journal
Turkey, it turns out, is the diplomatic listening post that ranked first in the volume of the cable traffic sent to Washington

WikiLeaks: a strange interlude

I?ve never actually seen a production of Eugene O?Neill?s groundbreaking play ?Strange Interlude,? but it won a Pulitzer Prize back in 1928 for its innovation of having the characters interrupt their normal dialogue to turn and tell the audience what it is they really think.

US embassy cables flush out royal gossip

from World news: Turkey | by David Leigh, Robert Booth

Nuggets of diplomatic ‘news’ about Prince Charles, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew found in leaked dispatches

Prince Charles ‘to face Diana inquiry’

Some members of the Syrian regime appeared to show “stark ignorance” of the outside world, one US ambassador in the Middle East reported in a leaked cable. The Syrian foreign minister, Farouk al-Sharaa, had assured Jordanian officials, who passed it on to the US ambassador in Amman, “that British Prince Charles would soon be implicated in a Scottish judicial investigation into Princess Diana’s death, and was consequently planning a trip to Iraq and Iran ‘to seek the support of the Muslim world'”. This “tabloid-like story” showed how out of touch with reality he was, the Jordanian foreign minister confided in February 2004. “They just don’t get it.”

NATO condemns WikiLeaks over tactical nukes

from Hurriyet Dailynews
NATO on Tuesday condemned the release by WikiLeaks of confidential and secret diplomatic cables detailing the deployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Europe, describing the move as “illegal and dangerous.”

WikiLeak’s documents not credible: Ahmadinejad
Tehran Times
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ahmadinejad said that it is likely that Brazil and Turkey will participate in the planned talks between Tehran and the 5+1 group

Wikileaks’ ‘cablegate:’ how the newspapers approached it

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald
Wikileaks has struck again, this time releasing a quarter of a million confidential US diplomatic cables to select news organisations. After several days of anticipation following the US state department’s warning to Congress on 24 November, The Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and El Pais published their first stories yesterday.

US congressman wants Wikileaks designated as terrorist organization

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, says WikiLeaks should be officially designated as a terrorist organization. This would “place 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 cable disclosure shows Arab fears of Iranian ambitions

from Wikinews

Foreign governments say WikiLeaks revelations undercut relations with U.S.

from Wash Post Europe by Edward Cody

Diplomats and government officials around the world lamented Monday the massive leak of U.S. diplomatic cables, and many predicted it would undercut their ability to deal with the United States on sensitive issues.

EU governments defend US on WikiLeaks scandal

from – Headline News

WikiLeaked: How to handle a walk-in

from FP Passport by Elizabeth Dickinson

If your saw the movie Salt, you already know that one of the most intriguing intelligence conundrums that comes up is how to handle a ‘walk-in’ — a foreign national who literally walks into a U.S. embassy (or other agency) and wants to talk. They can be sources of intelligence (maybe they know about nuclear proliferation) or in dire need of protection (perhaps they’ve been threatened by their home government.) But in all cases they pose a delicate challenge for diplomats: They are either valuable, dangerous, or both.

Boing Boing’s Wikileaks “Cablegate” coverage, all in one linkdump

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Julian Assange interviewed in Forbes: an American bank is next leak target

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Business magazine Forbes, of all places, has an interview up with Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder says the next leak target will be a major US bank. “It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume?For this, there’s only one similar example. It’s like the Enron emails.”

Wikileaks cables need to be poked with a long stick, not because they are fraudulent, but because they are the subjective opinions of US diplomats

from ORGANIZED RAGE by Mick Hall
Whilst I welcome the release by Wikileaks of 250,000 ?top secret? US diplomatic cables, I have some niggles about how the media outlets Julian Assange gifted the cables too, are using them. The newspapers which published them almost simultaneously, El Pais, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, NYT, and The Guardian, whilst authoritative are hardly known for being radical, even the latter which attempts to fly the radical flag supports a Conservative led coalition government.

Wikileaks reveals plans for North Korean collapse

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Leaked U.S. diplomatic cables show China’s frustration with isolated ally North Korea and speculate Beijing would accept a future Korean peninsula unified under South Korean rule, according to the documents released by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks: Israel’s Netanyahu supports land swaps

from Hurriyet Dailynews
A confidential diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supports the notion of land swaps with the Palestinians.

WikiLeaks exposes the hypocrisy of Muslim nations by Muqtedar Khan

WikiLeaks is in the process of transforming foreign affairs and international relations in a dramatic fashion. In revealing over 250,000 cables from US embassies worldwide to the State Department and other classified documents, the consequences of this ?mega-scoop? will be very far reaching indeed.

The Wacky Wiki Leaks

from by tabsir

Yes, yes, yet another blog post about #wikileaks #cablegate

from Armenia & the South Caucasus | The Caucasian Knot by Onnik

True, the release of 251,000 documents to the public, but mainly to the media, is the biggest news of the day, but as it pertains to relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan as well as Turkey, there?s not much that we didn?t know already. Well, perhaps save for the somewhat embarrassing revelation in a closed and classified letter from U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte that the U.S. considered imposing sanctions on Armenia after discovering that the supply of weapons to Iran ended up in the hands of insurgents in Iraq.

Hacker Takes Responsibility for Wikileaks Takedown

from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder

Latin America: Summary of Several Leaked Documents on the Region

from Global Voices Online by Silvia Viñas

By Silvia Viñas

Erwin from The Latin Americanist summarizes some findings about U.S relations with Honduras, Venezuela, Argentina,  Colombia, and Panama from the diplomatic documents recently released by Wikileaks.

WikiLeaks founder could be charged under Espionage Act

from Wash Post Europe by Ellen Nakashima and Jerry Markon

Federal authorities are investigating whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange violated criminal laws in the group’s release of government documents, including possible charges under the Espionage Act, sources familiar with the inquiry said Monday.

Jordan: Wikileaks’ ?Cablegate? Raises Questions

from Global Voices Online by Betsy

Middle East: The Not-So-Secret US Embassy Secret Cables

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Bermuda: Wikileaks Fallout

from Global Voices Online by Janine Mendes-Franco

Amidst WikiLeaks documents, novel diplomacy

from – Op-Ed Columns by Dana Milbank

In seeking ‘free speech,’ Wikileaks strikes a blow against honest speech

from – Op-Ed Columns by Anne Applebaum

WikiLeaks provides the truth Bush obscured

from – Op-Ed Columns by Richard Cohen

Prosecute WikiLeaks, then reform our espionage laws

from – Op-Ed Columns by Jeffrey H. Smith

Obama administration is weak in the face of WikiLeaks

from – Op-Ed Columns by

WikiLeaks dump: Los Angeles dentist horrified his escape from Iran was made public
New York Daily News
from the US Mission in Turkey said. Vahedi’s fears echoed the worries raised at all levels of the State Department about WikiLeaks causing casualties

WikiLeaks exposé: Israeli officials accused Egypt of undermining ties
Some of the documents highlighted Israel’s increasingly tense relations with Turkey. James F. Jeffrey, then US ambassador to Ankara, wrote in an April 26

WikiLeaks: the 77-year-old who fled Iran on horseback
Turkey initially wanted to deport him back to Iran because of his illegal entry into the country but US officials intervened and he was allowed to fly home

WikiLeaks Reveals Everybody’s Christmas List: The World Wants Drones
Wired News (blog)
countries from the United Arab Emirates to Turkey from pestering & pleading with America to sell them the shiniest new toy, the WikiLeaks document show.

WikiLeaks stages ‘diplomatic 9/11’


The United States has condemned the publication by WikiLeaks, a whistle-blowing website, of hundreds of coded messages by US diplomats, many of which appear embarrassing for Washington while others could possibly put human lives at risk.

Wikileaks reveals the details of Russo-Georgian War

from Ideas on Europe by Giorgi Tabagari
As almost everyone, I got lost in Wikileaks as well? Despite the interest, certainly I am not able to go through all the information, but the leaked data about the Russo-Georgian War is indeed worthy to delve into.
The information is interesting as much as it proves, that triggering war in 2008 was NOT Georgia?s original intention!

Morning Brief: Clinton works to contain diplomatic fallout while U.S. investigates WikiLeaks for espionage

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

WikiLeaked: Drone Envy

from FP Passport by Elizabeth Dickinson

After you read through enough of these WikiLeaks cables, you realize that most of it is fairly mundane. And then you stumble on a line like this: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to CENTCOM Commander John Abizaid: “The Somalia job was fantastic.”

Chavez on Wikileaks: Hillary Clinton “thinks she is superior to the black guy,” should resign

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Caucasus: Revelations & Confusion over Cablegate

from Global Voices Online by Onnik Krikorian

By Onnik Krikorian

As the media worldwide reveals revelation after revelation with the gradual release by Wikileaks of over 251,000 leaked U.S. Embassy cables over the coming weeks, there were also some items of specific interest in the South Caucasus. However, most bloggers decided to copy and past the text of the leaked documents rather than offer any commentary or opinion.

Central & Eastern Europe: Initial Reactions to WikiLeaks’ Cablegate

from Global Voices Online by Veronica Khokhlova

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