Cablegate: Highlights from the leak
The leaders of several Arab states have pointedly asked that the United States attack Iran. The leaders of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have all asked U.S. officials to strike Iran (Saudi Arabia on multiple occasions).
A leader of the UAE, when being briefed on the probable lack of impact that air strikes on Iran would have, was quoted as exclaiming, “Then it will take ground forces!”
CHINA HACKED GOOGLE
The Chinese government was directly responsible for hacking into Google’s servers last year, leading to Google pulling out of China.
STATE DEPT. SPYING ON UN, ALLIES, AND OTHERS
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ordered State Department employees to gather private information from high-ranking officials, including the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Security Council members’ ambassadors (including our allies, France and Britain, as well as China and Russia), prominent African military and political leaders and top UN directors.
The information to be gathered included DNA samples, retina scans, credit card numbers, private passwords, frequent flier numbers, PINs, website information and work schedules.
BRAZIL LIES ABOUT COUNTER-TERRORISM
The Brazilian government has used United States help in extensive counter-terrorism actions in its country, including asking prominent moderate Brazilian Arabs to keep tabs on their Arab neighbors.
The Brazilian government has repeatedly denied that there are any counter-terrorism activities going on in Brazil.
THE UNITED STATES IS SECRETLY BOMBING YEMEN
The U.S. has been secretly bombing Yemen. Yemen has repeatedly taken full responsibility for the bombings, which have resulted in numerous civilian deaths.
The president of Yemen was quoted as saying, “We’ll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours,” which prompted the deputy prime minister to boast that he had “just lied” to Parliament by saying that the bombs were from Yemen.
A STRANGE SAUDI SUGGESTION
The King of Saudi Arabia suggested implanting Bluetooth chips into released Guantanamo Bay prisoners to track them across the globe, saying, “we do it with horses and falcons.”
State Department officials replied, “Horses don’t have lawyers.”
SEC. CLINTON REQUESTS DETAILED INFORMATION ON IRANIAN MURALS
Secretary of State Clinton curiously requested all detailed information that could be found. on the removal of Iranian murals in Tehran.
U.S. WARNED GERMANY AGAINST TAKING LEGAL ACTION
The U.S. warned Germany not to take legal action against CIA agents who illegally kidnapped an innocent German citizen who happened to have the same name as a suspected terrorist.
BULLYING SMALL COUNTRIES
The State Department has attempted to strong arm small nations into taking Guantanamo Bay prisoners.
Slovenia was told if it wanted to meet with President Obama, it should take prisoners. The small Pacific Ocean island nation of Kiribati was offered millions of dollars to take in Chinese Muslim prisoners, and Belgium was told “accepting more prisoners would be ‘a low-cost way for Belgium to attain prominence in Europe.’”
Please note All comments are eligible for publication in The Indiana Daily Student.