Posts tagged ‘WikiLeaks’

2011/02/26

What WikiLeaks Really Reveals

2011/02/23

WikiLeaks: The Gaddafi Family Lifestyle

Which A-listers have been partying with the Gaddafi family over the years? If you guessed Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Usher, you’re less then half-right because you left out Jon Bon Jovi, Lindsay Lohan, supermodels Miranda Kerr and Victoria Silvestedt and BET Founder Robert Johnson.

As for the 68-year-old Colonel Gaddafi, the cables describe him as a hypochondriac who fears flying over water and has an intense dislike or fear of staying on upper floors. The cables said he was an avid fan of horse racing and flamenco dancing who once added “King of Culture” to the long list of titles he had awarded himself. The memos also said he was accompanied everywhere by a “voluptuous blonde,” the senior member of his posse of Ukrainian nurses.

His second wife, Safiya, was raised in Banghazi and travels by chartered jet in Libya, with a motorcade of Mercedes vehicles waiting to pick her up at the airport to take her to her destination.

The second-eldest son and heir-apparent, Saif, is a trained engineer who received his PhD from the London School of Economics.

Western media reported that Saif paid Mariah Carey $1 million to sing just four songs at a New Year’s Day bash in 2009 on the Caribbean island of St. Barts.

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2011/02/08

WikiLeaks Investigators Get Hacked

Forbes

If you thought Anonymous limited its cyber attacks to those who blocked WikiLeaks or suppressed free information, you’d be wrong. One software security firm is learning the hard way that it also targets anyone who acts to bring down the loosely-knit, global movement of young people who campaign through Web attacks.

On Sunday evening, just when the Super Bowl was kicking off in Dallas, Texas, five supporters of Anonymous’ elite arm AnonOps brought down the Web site for HBGary Federal, a small, Washington D.C.-based security services firm.

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2011/02/06

China ‘Ready To Abandon North Korea’


Ed. Note: Although this was made public via WikiLeaks several months ago, it received scant coverage in the US media.

Guardian

China has signaled its readiness to accept Korean reunification and is privately distancing itself from the North Korean regime, according to leaked US embassy cables that reveal senior Beijing figures regard their official ally as a “spoiled child.”

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2011/02/05

WikiLeaks: US Gave UK Secrets To Russia

Telegraph

Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.

Defense analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.

The fact that the Americans used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip also sheds new light on the so-called “special relationship,” which is shown often to be a one-sided affair by US diplomatic communications obtained by the WikiLeaks website.

Details of the behind-the-scenes talks are contained in more than 1,400 US embassy cables published to date by the Telegraph, including almost 800 sent from the London Embassy, which are published online today. The documents also show that:

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2011/02/05

Chomsky: US Fears 2nd World Freedom

ED. NOTE: I really don’t want to be associated with many of the fringe-types that follow Noam Chomsky as if he were a demi-God, but I do believe he has a viewpoint worthy of dissemination, and that those who work to suppress his voice are wrong to do so.

It’s Not Radical Islam That Worries the US – It’s Independence
By Noam Chomsky

‘The Arab world is on fire,” al-Jazeera reported last week, while throughout the region, western allies “are quickly losing their influence”. The shock wave was set in motion by the dramatic uprising in Tunisia that drove out a western-backed dictator, with reverberations especially in Egypt, where demonstrators overwhelmed a dictator’s brutal police.

Observers compared it to the toppling of Russian domains in 1989, but there are important differences. Crucially, no Mikhail Gorbachev exists among the great powers that support the Arab dictators. Rather, Washington and its allies keep to the well-established principle that democracy is acceptable only insofar as it conforms to strategic and economic objectives: fine in enemy territory (up to a point), but not in our backyard, please, unless properly tamed.

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2011/02/02

The WikiLeaks Revolt

Ed. Note: Not sure if I’m particularly open to assigning blame to the GW Bush administration for the situation in Egypt – five consecutive administrations have been strongly supportive of Mubarak – but I did appreciate this commentator’s attempt to put some perspective on events.

The current popular unrest in the Arab world has a lot of lessons for Washington. Undoubtedly one of the most jarring is this: The leak of a simple series of cables from a U.S. ambassador in an obscure country — officially condemned by Washington — may have done more to inspire democracy in the Arab world than did a bloody, decade-long, trillion-dollar war effort orchestrated by the United States.

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