The Naked Truth: Wikileaks And The US

This is the first installment in many leaks to come for the next 10 days or so...

There is nothing really new in this first installment for the people who are not blinded by US propaganda and bad western complacent journalismin the latest leaks from Wikileaks.

Here is a short summary:

1. The Guardian quotes the leaks saying that Arab leaders are urging the US for a strike on Iran. Well actually, they might add 'Some' and we know who are these Arab leaders (Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, mainly)

2. Le Monde quotes one cable relating a meeting between US and Israeli officials on Iran: Israel is pushing the US for a harsher stance on Iran arguing that the politics of engaging Iran is simply buying time for Iran and is asking for GBU-28 bombs capable of reaching Iranian bunkers.  These bombs will be given to Israel, by the US, in May 2010.

3. The documents reveal also that Saudi donors remain chief financiers of terror groups like Al-Qaida.

4. Angry Arab is publishing on his blog information from cables relating to Israel, Lebanon and the Middle East.

5. The US is conducting a covert war in Yemen: ''One cable records that during a meeting in January with General David Petraeus, then US commander in the Middle East, Yemeni president Abdullah Saleh said: "We'll continue saying they are our bombs, not yours."

3. The US and the UK know that Pakistan's nuclear capacity might have ended up in the hands of small hostile groups

7.Suspicions over Afghan leaders' corruption...well that's really old news...and to be for such a long time at the stage of suspicions and do nothing is irresponsible...

8. The US is critical toward allies' military operations and leadership in Afghanistan (especially the UK)...When things go wrong, blame others...

9. The 'diplomatic' cables label Putin as an 'Alpha-dog', Karzai as 'paranoid', and Ahmadi-Nejad as 'Hitler'...

10. Ghaddafi is always accompanied by a 'voluptuous Ukrainian blonde nurse'...

11.  Spying on the UN...

12. Other items are related to the 'special relationship' with the UK:

They include high-level allegations of corruption against foreign leaders, harsh criticisms and frank insights into the world of normally- secret diplomacy.
Among literallyscores of revelations which may cause uproar, some will be particularly dismaying in Britain. They include:
• Highly critical private remarks about David Cameron and George Osborne's "lack of depth", made by Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, to the US ambassador.
• A scornful analysis of UK "paranoia" over the US-UK so-called special relationship. It is suggested that "keeping HMGthe British government "off-balance" about itthe relationship might be a good idea.
• US shock at the rude behaviour of Prince Andrew when abroad.
• Secret US military missions flown from a UK base, which Britain alleged could involve torture.
• A plan to deceive the British parliament over the use of banned US weapons.


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