Wikileaks Cables Show Race To Carve Up Arctic

ArcticBBC News reports:

Secret US embassy cables released by Wikileaks show nations are racing to “carve up” Arctic resources — oil, gas and even rubies — as the ice retreats.

They suggest that Arctic states, including the US and Russia, are all pushing to stake a claim.

The opportunity to exploit resources has come because of a dramatic fall in the amount of ice in the Arctic.

The US Geological Survey estimates oil reserves off Greenland are as big as those in the North Sea.

The cables were released by the Wikileaks whistleblower website as foreign ministers from the eight Arctic Council member states – Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland – met in Nuuk, Greenland on Thursday to sign a treaty on international search-and-rescue in the Arctic and discuss the region’s future challenges.

The cables claim the Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller joked with the Americans saying “if you stay out, then the rest of us will have more to carve up in the Arctic”.

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18 Comments on "Wikileaks Cables Show Race To Carve Up Arctic"

  1. Hadrian999 | May 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm |

    they know about the cave……

  2. Hadrian999 | May 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm |

    they know about the cave……

  3. well i’d expect those who think global warming is going to take off at a rapid pace think its all prime real-estate as well.

  4. well i’d expect those who think global warming is going to take off at a rapid pace think its all prime real-estate as well.

  5. Rex Vestri | May 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |

     I don’t get it. Care to elaborate?

  6. Fortress of Solitude perhaps? We all know these government are dying to get their hands on some Kryptonian technology.

  7.  Again…not a secret…although it gets treated like one by the press. Anybody…and I mean anybody…who did a very small amount of research on easily accessible information regarding international court cases and theoretical national borders/treaties and property rights can turn up this information by inference. This has been shaping up to be the legal-land war of the 21st century for almost a decade plus already.

  8.  Again…not a secret…although it gets treated like one by the press. Anybody…and I mean anybody…who did a very small amount of research on easily accessible information regarding international court cases and theoretical national borders/treaties and property rights can turn up this information by inference. This has been shaping up to be the legal-land war of the 21st century for almost a decade plus already.

  9. Simiantongue | May 15, 2011 at 4:10 am |

    It’s true, I’ve been there actually. Or was that Brendan Fraser? I get confused sometimes. I’m not a clever man.

  10.  The Wikileaks Cables will reveal much more than Arctic turf wars. BrandedAlive.com has published an exclusive on Assange teaming up with James Ellroy to publish new leaks as spy thriller books, with newspapers to create Puzzleaks, and with rappers to write rap songs that leak the most explosive leaks in rhyme. 

  11.  The Wikileaks Cables will reveal much more than Arctic turf wars. BrandedAlive.com has published an exclusive on Assange teaming up with James Ellroy to publish new leaks as spy thriller books, with newspapers to create Puzzleaks, and with rappers to write rap songs that leak the most explosive leaks in rhyme. 

  12. Anonymous | May 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm |

     Fuck.  There goes the neighborhood.

    Off to Cydonia, I guess…

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