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WikiLeaks Releases 250K More US Cables

From a positively giddy New York Times:

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Cables Obtained by WikiLeaks Shine Light Into Secret Diplomatic Channels

By SCOTT SHANE and ANDREW W. LEHREN
November 28, 2010

WASHINGTON — A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.

Notice that they are State Department documents. Who is the Secretary of State, again?

Some of the cables, made available to The New York Times and several other news organizations, were written as recently as late February, revealing the Obama administration’s exchanges over crises and conflicts. The material was originally obtained by WikiLeaks, an organization devoted to revealing secret documents

Actually, WikiLeaks is only devoted to revealing secret documents that can hurt American interests. It never ‘leaks’ sensitive information from China, Russia, Iran or even North Korea.

They must not have any secrets. Or they must not be doing anything untoward in the world – by WikiLeaks’ lights.

A statement from the White House on Sunday said: “We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information.

“President Obama supports responsible, accountable, and open government at home and around the world, but this reckless and dangerous action runs counter to that goal. By releasing stolen and classified documents, WikiLeaks has put at risk not only the cause of human rights but also the lives and work of these individuals.”

Meanwhile, the US and Immigration And Customs Enforcement from the Department of Homeland Security are busy closing down music piracy sites.

The cables, a huge sampling of the daily traffic between the State Department and some 270 embassies and consulates, amount to a secret chronicle of the United States’ relations with the world in an age of war and terrorism. Among their revelations, to be detailed in The Times in coming days:

¶ A dangerous standoff with Pakistan over nuclear fuel: Since 2007, the United States has mounted a highly secret effort, so far unsuccessful, to remove from a Pakistani research reactor highly enriched uranium that American officials fear could be diverted for use in an illicit nuclear device

Which should have been a piece of cake, given Mr. Obama’s special relationship with Pokeestaahn.

¶ Thinking about an eventual collapse of North Korea: American and South Korean officials have discussed the prospects for a unified Korea, should the North’s economic troubles and political transition lead the state to implode. The South Koreans even considered commercial inducements to China, according to the American ambassador to Seoul…

¶ Suspicions of corruption in the Afghan government: When Afghanistan’s vice president visited the United Arab Emirates last year, local authorities working with the Drug Enforcement Administration discovered that he was carrying $52 million in cash. With wry understatement, a cable from the American Embassy in Kabul called the money “a significant amount” that the official, Ahmed Zia Massoud, “was ultimately allowed to keep without revealing the money’s origin or destination.” (Mr. Massoud denies taking any money out of Afghanistan.)

A global computer hacking effort: China’s Politburo directed the intrusion into Google’s computer systems in that country, a Chinese contact told the American Embassy in Beijing in January, one cable reported. The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government. They have broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, the Dalai Lama and American businesses since 2002, cables said.

Notice how brutally we and Google have punished China for their mischief.

¶ Mixed records against terrorism: Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like Al Qaeda, and the tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar, a generous host to the American military for years, was the “worst in the region” in counterterrorism efforts, according to a State Department cable last December…

¶ Arms deliveries to militants: Cables describe the United States’ failing struggle to prevent Syria from supplying arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon, which has amassed a huge stockpile since its 2006 war with Israel

The 251,287 cables, first acquired by WikiLeaks, were provided to The Times by an intermediary on the condition of anonymity. Many are unclassified, and none are marked “top secret,” the government’s most secure communications status.

Technically, "top secret" is not "the government’s most secure communications status." But never mind that.

But some 11,000 are classified “secret,” 9,000 are labeled “noforn,” shorthand for material considered too delicate to be shared with any foreign government, and 4,000 are designated both secret and noforn…

But don’t worry. If these cables were harmless WikiLeaks wouldn’t have bothered to ‘leak’ them. And the New York Times would not have published them as quickly as possible.

Still, it makes you wonder if maybe we should put whoever is guarding Mr. Obama’s college transcripts in charge of our military secrets.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, November 29th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “WikiLeaks Releases 250K More US Cables”

  1. sheehanjihad

    Someone needs to put Mr. Ass ange in a position where the only leaks will be from the bullet holes in his body. The Big Sleep in a Dirt Bed is the only thing that is fitting for such a wantonly inhuman germ like him. I wish someone in the State Department would quietly order that chancre eliminated from the ranks of the breathing. He is as appealing as pus. And an infected weeping open sore on humanity. Lance that boil….someone, please.

    • Mithrandir

      You are going to stick-up for the government? The people who steal our money, who live like kings, who torture people, hold them for eternity without charging them, use the Constitution for toilet paper…….and you’re angry that 1 man exposed all their lies, spying, and evil deeds?

      –Bleech! The government loves people like you. . .

    • Enthalpy

      It’s astounding that Assange remains alive.

  2. Mithrandir

    Well well well!

    The government who pats you down, knows how many cavities you have, knows all your private information, can’t even smoke in your private home or car, can’t have a lemonade stand without a license, can’t park your car in your own driveway without getting a parking ticket—-(all for your safety of course….)

    NOW IS SUDDENLY CONCERNED ABOUT PRIVACY!

    Strange set of rules our “humble servants” have for us, NONE for themselves, ALL for us.

  3. heykev

    Someone needs to bring treason charges against this group. Or maybe the good King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia can use his money to influence his buddies at Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, etc. to issue a fatawa against those associated with WikiLeaks.

    “maybe we should put whoever is guarding Mr. Obama’s college transcripts in charge of our military secrets.”
    We should issue a challenge to university students everywhere to see how long it would take them to recover BHO’s academic transcripts. We would have those transcripts before Christmas and wouldn’t that make for one of the bestest Christmas gifts ever?

  4. GetBackJack

    Let’s clear the air, here. Everyone in the world-diplomatic community knows everyone else is spying on them. It ain’t news, folks. It’s not only known, it’s expected. So, let’s ask the real question …. who is this “release” for? It sure ain’t to clue in our enemies. They already know we’re tracking them. It sure ain’t for our ‘allies'; they already know that we’re tracking them, too. And we know everyone out there is 24/7 working on taking us down. That ain’t news. It’s the way it is. So, who is this Assange-leaked material supposed to inform and impress? Seriously, ask yourself that.

    Because every government in the world, and every multi-national business, and every global financial concern and every power-center already knows all this stuff. You and me are the ones who are kept in the dark. I assure you that what you imagine ‘secrets’ to be are already well known facts to our enemies who employ millions of people to know these things by expensing hundreds of billions to get the data.

    You’re the one who doesn’t know these secrets. It is the citizen population of the United States who don’t know what even our enemies know. Our enemies know virtually everything; our allies certainly do. So, let me ask it again …. WHO is this data dump for? What is it meant to accomplish?

    And if it’s meant t sway the Voting Citizen here …. damn; nothing seems to make that work. 1/3 of the nation is going to vote Democrat. 1/3 of the nation is going to vote Republican. And 1/3 of the vote is going to bought or stolen or suppressed by the Left. So, swaying US voters is a non-starter.

    Who the heck is this for?

    • tranquil.night

      Brilliantly put, Jack.

      The curtain rises on stage left preemptively before the last act is over. Even though the audience now has full view of the puppetmasters whom they were coming to be aware, the show is now officially over and ruined. The audience isn’t captivated by the show anymore, in fact they’re disgusted and think they were scammed, the stage director’s and all the performer’s magic is all gone. They’re filing out of the theatre.

      So, which stage director and his theatrical production team was it that saw the writing on the wall and pulled the plug on his colleague’s game? For that matter, who is it pulling the strings on the wikileaks theatre? Well whose mischief has been in the crosshairs of public view since the play very abruptly turned sour on the national and world stages? Hmmm..

    • proreason

      helter skelter

  5. wardmama4

    GBJ – you make a great point – who is benefiting from these leaks and/or who is paying for them.

    Not ice how the NYTs – had no problem leaking truly confidential stuff during evil bushitlerburtonco and not even batting an eye – but now feel the need to ‘defend’ themselves – so someone is attempting to silence this (oh my, now who would that be?!?).

    Wrong – yes, it’s all going to come out in the end. And yes all govs & corps know that spying is the name of the game – so again, exactly who is this jerk after or who is paying him?

    And why does the msm not even seem to care about those questions?

  6. proreason

    Who is writing the real story?

    The stunning incompetance of the Obamy administration for allowing this to happen.

    Or perhaps the real story is that it wasn’t incompetance at all.

    • GetBackJack

      Pro – being a guy who is deeply involved in cyber-security – here’s the thing. The federal establishment runs on more Operating Systems of a different type than I can shake a stick at. In Congressional Hearings – which are dog and pony shows as we all know – over and over again it’s made clear that the Feds are stupid people when it comes to a secure IT environment. It’s so bad Hollywood has even taken a cue from how bad it is by making movies that takeoff from this theme (long story about the seed-kernel for the script of the last DieHard movie)

      That said, on the other hand, in certain sectors, we’re way ahead of the curve in IT security. I’m thinking Air Force cyber-command.

      Our enemies are much farther around the curve than we are in almost every other area. No shiite. In certain parts of the federal establishment we still rule the world of cyber-security, but it’s be only about 5%-6%of the totality of what we need.

      Over and over again Congress refuses to pay for what it takes to secure our data and communications. Our enemies however are not reluctant in this matter. They’re POURING. HAMMERING resources people and $$$ into cyber-war and for the most part we’re in serious trouble and it started long before the Obambi got in office.

      In fact, most corporations spend virtually NOTHING on cyber-security compared to the threat level they face. I know, personally, more than one IT expert who has quit the business rather than continue to shout the Sky IS DAMN WELL FALLING to a bunch of knuckleheads focused on their next Quarter’s stock price.

      In short … the wonder of it is that this hasn’t happened before, and worse.

      In shorter short … wait for what will happen in the next year. This is just the start of eviscerating our secrets.

    • proreason

      GBJ, yep. Stuxnet has given a glimpse into the next level. Of course, some think that the US was involved, but that could fit easily with your information that security capabilities vary considerably within the government.

      My point is that there have been leaks before, but nothing on this scale.

      Another point would be the total incompetance of so much of the government, aside from Obamy and his fellow criminals.

      It’s obvious to everyone now that data security should have been an absolute top priority for decades. So much for that water and that bridge.

      Hopefully there are some people somewhere in government who are ahead of smart-alecky kids in their basements.

    • Mithrandir

      Don’t kid yourselves here, Hillary Clinton LOVES the attention. Lawyers love to run to their microphones (and teleprompters) to give their opening statements to the jury.

      The headline to this whole Wikileaks thing should be:
      “Gov’t Scumbags Alarmed that their Comments About Other Gov’t Scumbags, Revealed.”

    • proreason

      re Hilary,

      she wouldn’t be devious enough to be involved with these leaks would she? I mean really, that would be beyond the pale, wouldn’t it?

      surely it is just coincidence that such a high percentage of the leaks are documents under her jurisdiction and on her watch. An Obamy loyalist like herself would never condider a traitorous act of course.

    • GetBackJack

      The incompetence is stunning, if incompetence it is, this time. On the other hand, never ‘misunderestimate’ the power of human stupidity.

      My vote is – this is a PSYOP. Who is the target and What is the reason remain fogged. But it’s a lot cheaper and, frankly, more effective to get the world’s basement dwellers to fear ECHELON via media-hyped stories about how universally capable and invasive ECHELON is than to actually build an ECHELON that can do all that. Make them BELIEVE Echelon is watching over their shoulder and your basement dwellers become self-regulating and self-policing.

      Remember, Niven and Pournelle authored the Plan and White Paper for the Space Defense Initiative (Star Wars) and when Reagan ran into a brick wall in Congress – they wouldn’t consider funding it – Reagan’s team went into full PSYOP mode littering the media with information about Star wars, the progress we were making and how invincible it was about to be and lo …. Russia did the math and came up empty with being able to keep up with the technology-advancement costs to stay even with us. Reagan’s Team won that critical confrontation via mind-games.

      The US Army has a fully staffed detachment of their PSYOP operators stationed at CNN. http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=4056 No ‘news’ can be trusted, though everyone here inherently knows that. Whatever this is, believe nothing until it is officially denied.

      I sense the same sort of Reagan mind-game at work in the L’affair d’Assange.

      But who and why is above my pay grade.

    • proreason

      “My vote is – this is a PSYOP”

      I’m about there myself. But I wonder whether it’s an American operation, a non-administration American opersation, a foreign operation and even whether it’s a national or trans-national, or mixed national / extra-national operation.

      It seems to be a wheel within a wheel within a wheel. It’s so layered and convoluted that the original purpose may never be known, and it might have been through 7 evolutions anyway and still be evolving.

      The Stuxnet action seemed to be a multi-national with cooperation from multiple corporations as well. The Wikileaks things may be similar. Surely, the US could have easily taken out the Assange creature if that had suited American or even Obamy interests. It’s hard to believe that it is a simple question of incompetance (although that is certainly a possibility with the marxist keystone kops on recess with our country as their playground).

      And along the theme of the keystone kops, it could also very well be an Obamy / Soros operation designed to bring down the government and or serve as as excuse for a massive power grab. You have to be a little suspicious that it has happened right after the election catastrophe.

  7. mom58

    how is it that a worm can be used to infiltrate Iran’s nuke program and yet
    this Leaker cannot be stopped
    of course unless someone out there really WANTS IT OUT THERE
    and whom is gaining financially???


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