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
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.”
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
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.”
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.
from EUobserver.com – Headline News
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.
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 tabsir.net by tabsir
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.
from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder
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.
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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.
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.
Morning Brief: Clinton works to contain diplomatic fallout while U.S. investigates WikiLeaks for espionage
from FP Passport by Joshua Keating
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.”
from FP Passport by Joshua Keating
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.
from Global Voices Online by Veronica Khokhlova