Democracy Now: WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Secret U.S. Diplomatic Cables

The United States is facing a diplomatic crisis as the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has begun releasing over 250,000 secret diplomatic cables. The cables have already proved embarrassing to numerous world leaders. The cables show the Saudi king Abdullah has repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran. Yemen’s president has helped to cover up U.S. airstrikes inside Yemen. Numerous leaked memos on Afghanistan confirm reports of widespread corruption inside the Karzai government. One cable from the United Arab Emirates shows Karzai’s vice president once entered the UAE with $52 million in cash. Other leaked cables reveal a secret U.S. plan to spy on U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and top U.N. officials. Also of note is a memo from the U.S. embassy in Honduras from 2008 that clear states the military coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya was “illegal and unconstitutional.”

~ by wheresthemic on November 29, 2010.

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