possesses “the personal files of all prisoners
who have been held at
gossiped about Gazprom chaotic corporation
diplomats wanted to punish the EU for commercial blocking of
genetically modified sweetcorn
United States did not believe a coup in Honduras was possible
Intentionally Kept Gaza on Brink of Economic Collapse
‘second in command’ of group, says cable
economic espionage disturbs French allies
and Germany plan to spy on everybody
and Berlin develop spy satellites, affirms Wikileaks
American Department of State, commerce representative for Boeing
America mistrusts the Chinese expansion
ambassador in Copenhagen warned against
the Danish politician and writer Naser KHAD and stamped him as too
extreme in his attacks on Muslims.
has only 12 minutes to respond to an attack by Iran
Omar Bongo pocketed millions in embezzled funds
Pentagon pressed Turkey to accept the missile shield
does nothing to stop the corruption that currently ruins the state
United States suspects the Bolivian government faked a terrorist threat
nest for spies on Iran
next President of China is “elitist” and “very ambitious”
police help build secret hit lists
unveiled the Israeli attack against Siria after covering it for seven
Portray Expanded Reach of US Drug Agency
suspicion of producing fuel for Scud missiles
Drug Enforcement Administration focuses on West Africa
President of Panama asked the DEA to wiretap other politicians.
Failed to Bully Spain Into Adopting Untested Anti-P2P bill
to Uganda: Let Us Know If You Want to Use Our Intelligence for War
U.S. Army considered WikiLeaks a national security threat as early as
2008, according to documents obtained and posted by WikiLeaks
in March, 2010.
Then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his top commanders
repeatedly, knowingly lied to the American public about rising
sectarian violence in Iraq beginning in 2006, according to
the cross-referencing of WikiLeaks’ leaked Iraq war documents and
former Washington Post Baghdad Bureau Chief Ellen Knickmeyer’s
Secretary of State’s office encouraged U.S. diplomats at the United
Nations to spy on their counterparts, including collecting
data about the U.N. secretary general, his team and foreign diplomats,
including credit card account numbers, according to documents from
WikiLeaks U.S. diplomatic cable release. Later cables reveal
the CIA draws up an annual “wish-list” for the State Department,
which one year included the instructions to spy on the U.N.
Obama administration worked with Republicans during his first few
months in office to protect Bush administration officials facing a
criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing
policies that some considered torture. A “confidential” April
17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid obtained by
WikiLeaks details how the Obama administration, working with
Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.
released a secret State Department cable that provided a list
of sites around the world vital to U.S. national security, from mines
in Africa to labs in Europe.
U.S. Army helicopter allegedly gunned down two journalists in Baghdad
in 2007. WikiLeaks posted a 40-minute video on its website in April,
showing the attack in gruesome detail, along with an audio recording of
the pilots during the attack.
military intervened aggressively in support of Shiite combatants in
Iraq, offering weapons, training and sanctuary, according to
an October, 2010, WikiLeaks release of thousands of secret documents
related to the Iraq war.
to one tabulation,
there have been 100,000 causalities, mostly civilian, in Iraq
– greater than the numbers previously made public, many of them killed
by American troops but most of them were killed by other Iraqis,
according to the WikiLeaks Iraq documents dump.
authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse,
torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers
whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally unpunished,
according to the WikiLeaks Iraq documents dump.
special-operations forces have targeted militants without
secret assassination missions, and many more Afghan civilians have been
killed by accident than previously reported, according to the
WikiLeaks Afghanistan war document dump.
President Hamid Karzai freed suspected drug dealers because of their
political connections, according to a secret diplomatic
cable. The cable, which supports the multiple allegations of corruption
within the Karzai government, said that despite repeated rebukes from
U.S. officials in Kabul, the president and his attorney general
authorized the release of detainees. Previous cables accused Karzai’s
half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, of being a corrupt narcotics
government has allowed members of its spy network to hold strategy
sessions on combating American troops with members of the Taliban,
while Pakistan has received more than $1 billion a year in aid from
Washington to help combat militants, according to a July, 2010,
WikiLeaks release of thousands of files on the Afghanistan war.
stash of highly enriched uranium capable of providing enough material
for multiple “dirty bombs” has been waiting in Pakistan for removal by
an American team for more than three years but has been held
up by the country’s government, according to leaked classified State
sustained denials by US officials spanning more than a year, U.S.military
Special Operations Forces have been conducting offensive operations
inside Pakistan, helping direct U.S. drone strikes and
conducting joint operations with Pakistani forces against Al Qaeda and
Taliban forces in north and south Waziristan and elsewhere in the
Federally Administered Tribal Areas, according to secret cables
released as part of the Wikileaks document dump.
was behind the online attack of Google, according to leaked
diplomatic cables. The electronic intrusion was “part of a coordinated
campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives,
private security experts and internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese
State Department cables show a South Korean official quoted as saying
Korea’s collapse is likely to happen “two to three years” after the
death of the current dictator, Kim Jong Il. The U.S. is
already planning for the day North Korea implodes from its own economic
woes. China has “no will” to use its economic leverage to force North
Korea to change its policies and the Chinese official who is the lead
negotiator with North Korea is “the most incompetent official in China.”
Korea is secretly helping the military dictatorship in Myanmar build
nuclear and missile sites in its jungles, according to a
leaked diplomatic cable. Although witnesses told the embassy that
construction is at an early stage, officials worry Myanmar could one
day possess a nuclear bomb.
years ago, the International Committee of the Red Cross told U.S.
diplomats in New Delhi that the
Indian government “condones torture” and systematically abused
detainees in the disputed region of Kashmir. The Red Cross
told the officials that hundreds of detainees were subjected to
beatings, electrocutions and acts of sexual humiliation, the Guardian
newspaper of London reported Thursday evening.
British government has been training a Bangladeshi paramilitary force
condemned by human rights organisations as a “government death squad”,
leaked US embassy cables have revealed. Members of the Rapid Action
Battalion (RAB), which has been held responsible for hundreds of
extra-judicial killings in recent years and is said to routinely use
torture, have received British training in “investigative interviewing
techniques” and “rules of engagement”.
U.S. diplomatic cables reveal that BP
suffered a blowout after a gas leak in the Caucasus country of
Azerbaijan in September 2008, a year and a half before another BP
blowout killed 11 workers and started a leak that gushed
millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Arabia’s rulers have deep distrust for some fellow Muslim countries,
especially Pakistan and Iran, despite public appearances,
according to documents from the late November, 2010, WikiLeaks U.S.
diplomatic cable dump. King Abdullah called Pakistan’s president Asif
Ali Zardari “the greatest obstacle” to the country’s progress and he
also repeatedly urged
the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear
program to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Red Crescent ambulances were used to smuggle weapons to Lebanon’s
militant Hezbollah group during its 2006 war with Israel,
according to the leaked U.S. diplomatic memos.
- In a
leaked diplomatic memo, dated two weeks after elections that landed
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in office, a senior American
diplomat said that during a meeting a few days before “Netanyahu
expressed support for the concept of land swaps, and
emphasized that he did not want to govern the West Bank and Gaza but
rather to stop attacks from being launched from there.”
United States was secretly given permission from Yemen’s president to
attack the al Qaeda group in his country that later attempted
to blow up planes in American air space. President Ali Abdullah Saleh
told John Brennan, President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, in a
leaked diplomatic cable from September 2009 that the U.S. had an “open
door” on terrorism in Yemen.
to public statements, the Obama administration actually helped fuel
conflict in Yemen. The
U.S. was shipping arms to Saudi Arabia for use in northern Yemen even
as it denied any role in the conflict.
Arabia is one of the largest origin points for funds supporting
international terrorism, according to a leaked diplomatic
cable. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged U.S. diplomats to do
more to stop the flow of money to Islamist militant groups from donors
in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government, Clinton wrote, was reluctant to
cut off money being sent to the Taliban in Afghanistan and
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Pakistan.
- The U.S.
is failing to stop the flow of arms to Middle Eastern militant groups. Hamas
and Hezbollah are still receiving weapons from Iran, North Korea, and
Syria, secret diplomatic cables allege.
- A storage
facility housing Yemen’s radioactive material was unsecured for up to a
week after its lone guard was removed and its surveillance camera was
broken, a secret U.S. State Department cable released by WikiLeaks
revealed Monday. “Very
little now stands between the bad guys and Yemen’s nuclear material,”
a Yemeni official said on January 9 in the cable.
destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, constructed with apparent
help from North Korea, fearing it was built to make a bomb.
In a leaked diplomatic cable obtained by the Israeli daily Yedioth
Ahronoth, then-US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice wrote the
Israelis targeted and destroyed the Syrian nuclear reactor just weeks
before it was to be operational.
Diplomatic cables recently released by WikiLeaks indicate authorities
in the United Arab Emirates debated whether to keep quiet about the
high-profile killing of a Hamas operative in Dubai in January.
The documents also show the UAE sought U.S. help in tracking down
details of credit cards Dubai police believe were used by a foreign hit
squad involved in the killing. The spy novel-like slaying, complete
with faked passports and assassins in disguise, is widely believed to
be the work of Israeli secret agents.
founder Julian Assange told Al Jazeera network that some of the
unpublished cables show “Top
officials in several Arab countries have close links with the CIA,
and many officials keep visiting US embassies in their respective
countries voluntarily to establish links with this key US intelligence
agency. These officials are spies for the U.S. in their countries.”
- Of the
500 or so tactical nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal, it is known
that about 200 are deployed throughout Europe. Leaked diplomatic cables
reveal that dozens
of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons are in Germany, the Netherlands and
had secret plans to defend the Baltic states and Poland from an attack
by Russia, according to a leaked diplomatic cable. NATO
officials had feared “an unnecessary increase in NATO-Russia tensions,”
and wanted no public discussions of their contingency plans to defend
Baltic states from Russian attack.
Libyan government promised “enormous repercussions” for the U.K. if the
release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, was not
handled properly, according to a leaked diplomatic cable. The
Libyan government threatened “harsh, immediate” consequences if the man
jailed for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 died in prison in
Benedict impeded an investigation into alleged child sex abuse within
the Catholic Church, according to a leaked diplomatic cable.
Not only did Pope Benedict refuse to allow Vatican officials to testify
in an investigation by an Irish commission into alleged child sex abuse
by priests, he was also reportedly furious when Vatican officials were
called upon in Rome.
Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness carried out negotiations
for the Good Friday agreement with Irish then-prime minister Bertie
Ahern while the two had explicit knowledge of a bank robbery that the
Irish Republican Army was planning to carry out, according to
a WikiLeaks cable. Ahern figured Adams and McGuinness knew about the
26.5 million pound Northern Bank robbery of 2004 because they were
members of the “IRA military command.”
oil giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC has infiltrated the highest levels of
government in Nigeria. A high-ranking executive for the
international Shell oil company once bragged to U.S. diplomats, as
reported in a leaked diplomatic cable, that the company’s employees had
so well infiltrated the Nigerian government that officials had
“forgotten” the level of the company’s access.
is fast on its way to becoming a narco-state because of close ties
between drug smugglers and the southeastern African nation’s government,
according to U.S. Embassy cables released by WikiLeaks. The cables say
cocaine, heroin and other drugs come in from South America and Asia,
and are then flown to Europe or sent overland to neighboring South
Africa for sale.
Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe-appointed attorney general announced he was
investigating Mugabe’s chief opposition leader on treason charges based
exclusively on the contents of a WikiLeaks’ leaked cable. The cable
opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai encouraged Western sanctions
against his own country to induce Mugabe into giving up some political
President Felipe Calderon told a U.S. official last year that Latin
America “needs a visible U.S. presence” to counter Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez’s growing influence in the region, according to a
U.S. State Department cable leaked to WikiLeaks.
- A newly
released confidential U.S. diplomatic cable predicts Cuba’s
economic situation could become “fatal” within two to three years,
and details concerns voiced by diplomats from other countries,
including China, that the communist-run country has been slow to adopt
Honduran military, Supreme Court and National Congress conspired in
2009 in what constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup against
the Executive Branch, according to a leaked diplomatic cable.
However, the constitution itself may be deficient in terms of providing
clear procedures for dealing with alleged illegal acts by the President
and resolving conflicts between the branches of government.
deteriorating oil industry and its growing economic problems are taking
a toll on President Hugo Chavez’s popularity. In one
confidential leaked diplomatic cable dated Oct. 15, 2009, the U.S.
Embassy said “equipment conditions have deteriorated drastically” since
the government expropriated some 80 oil service companies earlier that
year. It said safety and maintenance at the now state-owned oil
facilities were in a “terrible state.”
has been reselling Venezuela’s cheap oil at a profit,
according to a classified U.S. document released by WikiLeaks.
President Hugo Chavez was upset that China apparently profited by
selling fuel to other countries, fuel that it had sold China at a
discount in order to gain favor. The cable also describes falling crude
output in Venezuela caused by a host of problems within the national
oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA.
counter-drug efforts have been so sluggish that exasperated Cuban
officials privately griped about their frustrations to a U.S. drug
enforcement official, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable.
The communique released by WikiLeaks said Cuban officials painted their
Caribbean neighbor to the south as chronically uncooperative in
stopping drug smugglers who use Cuban waters and airspace to transport
narcotics destined for the U.S.
- A leaked
U.S. diplomatic cable published Saturday depicts the leader of Mexico’s
army “lamenting” its lengthy role in the anti-drug offensive, but
expecting it to last between seven and 10 more years. The cable says Mexican
Defense Secretary Gen. Guillermo Galvan Galvan mistrusts other Mexican
law enforcement agencies and prefers to work separately, because
corrupt officials had leaked information in the past.
tried to delay the US government’s implementation of a free-trade
agreement in order to put pressure on El Salvador to appoint neutral
judges in a $24m lawsuit it was fighting in the country. The
revelation of the McDonald’s strategy to ensure a fair hearing for a
long-running legal battle against a former franchisee comes from a
leaked US embassy cable dated 15 February 2006.
WikiLeaks released only about 2,000 of the approximate 250,000 cables
it claims to possess, and the pace of those releases dropped
dramatically as the holidays approached. If Assange’s promises are to
be believed, 2011 will be another important year for learning about the
hidden forces that drive our world.