U.S. Embassy Cables Leak Sparks Global Diplomacy Crisis

U.S. Department Of StateNews Flash: Truth Told, Heavens Begin To Fall … David Leigh writes in the Guardian:

The United States was catapulted into a worldwide diplomatic crisis today, with the leaking to the Guardian and other international media of more than 250,000 classified cables from its embassies, many sent as recently as February this year.

At the start of a series of daily extracts from the US embassy cables – many of which are designated “secret” – the Guardian can disclose that Arab leaders are privately urging an air strike on Iran and that US officials have been instructed to spy on the UN’s leadership.

These two revelations alone would be likely to reverberate around the world. But the secret dispatches which were obtained by WikiLeaks, the whistlebowers’ website, also reveal Washington’s evaluation of many other highly sensitive international issues.

These include a major shift in relations between China and North Korea, Pakistan’s growing instability and details of clandestine US efforts to combat al-Qaida in Yemen.

Among scores of other disclosures that are likely to cause uproar, the cables detail:

  • Grave fears in Washington and London over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme
  • Alleged links between the Russian government and organised crime.
  • Devastating criticism of the UK’s military operations in Afghanistan.
  • Claims of inappropriate behaviour by a member of the British royal family.

Read more here.  The Guardian’s interactive guide to the cables, including original documents, is here.

16 Comments on "U.S. Embassy Cables Leak Sparks Global Diplomacy Crisis"

  1. Anonymous | Nov 29, 2010 at 1:21 am |

    I’ve been mesmerized by this all morning. The info aside, it’s as much the insight into what really goes down behind closed doors. That said the article’s short list is lacking in some prominent scandal:

    -North Korea has been supplying nuclear delivery systems to Iran in the form of B-25 missiles.Sheds new light on the current missile shield talks not to mention Iran’s claims about it’s nuke program.
    -The US has been using Guantanamo detainees as bargaining chips in diplo deals. Resettle a prisoner, get to meet the president (Speaking of chips – In 2009 there was plans to microchip that prison’s population as well.)

  2. dumbsaint | Nov 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm |

    I’ve been mesmerized by this all morning. The info aside, it’s as much the insight into what really goes down behind closed doors. That said the article’s short list is lacking in some prominent scandal:-North Korea has been supplying potential nuclear delivery systems to Iran in the form of B-25 missiles.Sheds new light on the current missile shield talks not to mention Iran’s claims about it’s nuke program.-The US has been using Guantanamo detainees as bargaining chips in diplo deals. Resettle a prisoner, get to meet the president (Speaking of chips – In 2009 there were plans to microchip that prison’s population as well.)

    • Hadrian999 | Nov 29, 2010 at 1:39 am |

      best part to me was the whitehouse statement “Such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government.” releasing government documents is a blow to open government and democracy.how do you have democracy and open government when the citizenry aren’t allowed to know what the government is doing?

      • dumbsaint | Nov 29, 2010 at 8:02 am |

        The spin they’re trying to put on things is pretty desperate. It’s as if they want to shame people for wanting to know. If they were so concerned with the safety of diplomats they wouldn’t have asked them to act as spies while in foreign countries (which we now know they were, thanks to the leaks.).

        My choice pick so far goes to the Chechen leader who carries around a gold-plated automatic like he’s some kind of Bond villain.
        http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/29/3079887.htm?section=justin

        • Seriously, if you’ve ever wondered why the world is so screwed up, just have a look at the douchebags who are leading it.

      • Syddstone | Nov 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm |

        People have been killed for much less information being leaked. The government just seized over 70 websites unconstitutionally but they leave Wiki leaks alone? The information that is released was ALLOWED to be released, if not it would never have been released, period. They are painting the world the way they want us to see it. They will tell us who our enemies are and who we should hate and destroy. Anyone up for some black ops?

    • My favorite is our “allies” in Saudi Arabia “urging” us to invade Iran (knowing full well our troops would get cut to ribbons just trying to get onto the Iranian plateau) and that it would probably sink us as a nation. My reaction to their little idea is, “If King Abdullah thinks Iran’s such a threat, why doesn’t he deal with it his damn self?” Don’t come crying to us like a little girl just because you can’t handle your neighbors, and don’t think we’re gonna do your dirty work for you anymore. We don’t have the bank, and our people could give a flying crap about your wife-beating populous. So suck on a camel fart. We’ve got problems of our own.

  3. Hadrian999 | Nov 29, 2010 at 3:30 am |

    the real scandal is that it’s sooo easy to get the info,
    really how bad is US counter intelligence that soooo much classified data gets out.
    imagine how bad the cold war would have gone if it happened in the information aga.

  4. Hadrian999 | Nov 28, 2010 at 11:30 pm |

    the real scandal is that it’s sooo easy to get the info,
    really how bad is US counter intelligence that soooo much classified data gets out.
    imagine how bad the cold war would have gone if it happened in the information aga.

  5. Hadrian999 | Nov 29, 2010 at 5:39 am |

    best part to me was the whitehouse statement “Such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government.” releasing government documents is a blow to open government and democracy.how do you have democracy and open government when the citizenry aren’t allowed to know what the government is doing?

  6. Anonymous | Nov 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm |

    The spin they’re trying to put on things is pretty desperate. It’s as if they want to shame people for wanting to know. If they were so concerned with the safety of diplomats they wouldn’t have asked them to act as spies while in foreign countries (which we now know they were, thanks to the leaks.).

    My choice pick so far goes to the Chechen leader who carries around a gold-plated automatic like he’s some kind of Bond villain.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/29/3079887.htm?section=justin

  7. My favorite is our “allies” in Saudi Arabia “urging” us to invade Iran (knowing full well our troops would get cut to ribbons just trying to get onto the Iranian plateau) and that it would probably sink us as a nation. My reaction to their little idea is, “If King Abdullah thinks Iran’s such a threat, why doesn’t he deal with it his damn self?” Don’t come crying to us like a little girl just because you can’t handle your neighbors, and don’t think we’re gonna do your dirty work for you anymore. We don’t have the bank, and our people could give a flying crap about your wife-beating populous. So suck on a camel fart. We’ve got problems of our own.

  8. Seriously, if you’ve ever wondered why the world is so screwed up, just have a look at the douchebags who are leading it.

  9. Funny how the most painful thing in the world is the Truth.

  10. Funny how the most painful thing in the world is the Truth.

  11. Syddstone | Nov 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm |

    People have been killed for much less information being leaked. The government just seized over 70 websites unconstitutionally but they leave Wiki leaks alone? The information that is released was ALLOWED to be released, if not it would never have been released, period. They are painting the world the way they want us to see it. They will tell us who our enemies are and who we should hate and destroy. Anyone up for some black ops?

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