The much anticipated releases on Wikipeaks aren’t as revelatory as we’d like them to be, but they do provide insight to the inner workings of the world of diplomacy.
November 29, 2010 3:08 by Eva Fernandes
Wikileaks: quite possibly the buzzword of the past six months, especially following the recent publication of the Iraq war logs. The much anticipated leaked documents released this week are unfortunately not as juicy or exciting as the build up to it was. Kipp has gone through some of the sources and picked up the key revelations of the leaked documents:
Local authorities in the UAE working in association with the Drug Enforcement Administration, discovered that when Afghanistan vice President Ahmed Zia Massoud visited the UAE last year, he was carrying $52 million in cash. Though Massoud denies carrying any money out of Afghanistan, a cable from the US embassy in Kabul said the money was a “significant amount” [no kidding] and that Massoud “was ultimately allowed to keep without revealing the money’s origin or destination.”
-Terrorist groups continue to receive a majority of donations and support from Gulf countries, in particular Saudi Arabia and Qatar. A cable from the State Department said that the Qatari security services were “hesitant to act against known terrorists out of concern for appearing to be aligned with the U.S. and provoking reprisals”
-Reportedly at one meeting between senior US and Saudi officials, Saudi apparently made a call for an attack on Iran by calling for the US to “cut off the head of the snake” referring to Iran’s growing military strength.
-The thoughts of a unified Korea have been on the minds of authorities in America and South Korea; Officials have apparently discussed the possibility of a united Korea in the event of a collapse due to economic or political troubles.
-Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin apparently shares an unusually close relationship with Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. American diplomats in Rome reported that Berlusconi “appears increasingly to be the mouthpiece of Putin in Europe.”
-The US department is increasingly unable to deter arms deliveries to militants in the Levant. One week after Syrian president Bashar al Assad said he wouldn’t send new arms to Hezbollah, the US says they had information that Syria was doing the opposite.
-The leaks also revealed a somewhat a more lighthearted version of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. When Saleh met with American commander in the Middle East Gen. David H. Petraeus, according to a cable sent by the American ambassador Saleh said “we’ll continue saying the bombs are not ours, not yours.” And Saleh apparently joked with Petraeus that he is concerned with drugs and weapons not whiskey, “provided it’s good whiskey.”
-Perhaps less news-worthy, was the report that Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is accompanied everywhere by a “voluptuous blonde” Ukrainian nurse.