The Embassy Cables

Wikileaks reveals new Apple security plan 0

The crew that helped put an end to counterfeit Viagra pills from China is now on board with Apple, helping to stop the rampant underground market overseas, according to CNN. CNN’s report was based off of a memo that Wikileaks exposed last Wednesday and promoted via Twitter. According to the memo, counterfeit Apple problems are(…)

The Embassy Cables: Violence in the French housing projects 0

PARIS — A partial Wikileaks-leaked cable written in November 2005 by the American Embassy in Paris, most likely to the Secretary of State’s office sheds light on violence in France and the government’s reaction to violence in the suburbs of Paris. The memo recounts the analysis of the situation in the cités, or projects, by(…)

The Embassy Cables: French support for Brazil high

The Embassy Cables: French support for Brazil high 1

PARIS — A 2009 memo from the US Embassy in Paris to the Secretary of State’s office released in the latest batch of Wikileaks documents, details French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s efforts to cultivate the rapport between Brazil and France by providing political, diplomatic, economic and military support to South America’s largest country. Wikileaks cable 09Paris1526,(…)

Julian Assange granted bail in London 0

A British judge freed WikiLeaks founder and editor Julian Assange on bail Tuesday, setting strict conditions as the online information mogul fights extradition to Sweden on sex charges. Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, has been held in London for a week after surrendering on the Swedish arrest warrant. He is wanted to for questioning after two(…)

The Embassy Cables: The relationship between France and Africa

The Embassy Cables: The relationship between France and Africa 1

PARIS — A 2008 cable sent from the American Embassy in Paris to the Secretary of State and other U.S. embassies around the world outlines the history of the diplomatic relationship between France and Africa, as President Nicholas Sarkozy has tried to reshape. The memo, recently released by Wikileaks, outlines Sarkozy’s efforts to reform the(…)

The Embassy Cables: Military partnership with India

The Embassy Cables: Military partnership with India 0

In a June 2009 cable posted online by Wikileaks, a meeting is detailed between National Security Adviser James Jones and Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony, who stressed the importance of a close military relationship between India and the United States. The cable shows that both men were acting under the direction of the leaders of(…)

The Embassy Cables: Putin is in control of Russia, elections 1

Putin today, Putin tomorrow. In a cable written in February and released by Wikileaks recently, the American embassy in Moscow asserts its belief that former president and current prime minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin, will decide the outcome of the 2012 Russian presidential election. “While supporters of Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev are pushing him to(…)

The Embassy Cables: Burma building nuclear site with North Korea’s help

The Embassy Cables: Burma building nuclear site with North Korea’s help 0

If China and the US agree on one thing it is that Burma is unstable and potentially dangerous. According to an August 2004 embassy cable released by Wikileaks, the government of Burma has been building nuclear and missile sites deep underground with the help of the North Koreans. “The North Koreans, aided by Burmese workers,(…)

The Embassy Cables: Saudi Arabia attacked civilians using American intel

The Embassy Cables: Saudi Arabia attacked civilians using American intel 0

In a US embassy cable released by Wikileaks, American Ambassador James B. Smith, the ambassador to Saudi Arabia, met with Saudi Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation Prince Khaled bin Sultan in February to relay concerns that the Saudis, battling with a Yemeni separatist group, attacked a hospital in Yemen using American satellite photos. The(…)

The Embassy Cables: Blood diamonds in Zimbabwe

The Embassy Cables: Blood diamonds in Zimbabwe 0

A leaked embassy cable posted online by Wikileaks shows that the Zimbabwean government planned to forcibly displace 25,000 villagers in a diamond-rich section of the country early last year. The January 23, 2009 cable shows that a local chief informed the embassy at Harare, the capital city, that the military was planning to force the(…)

The Embassy Cables: Our friend Iran (in 1972)

The Embassy Cables: Our friend Iran (in 1972) 1

Well, we knew this already, but a Wikileaks-posted cable from the US Embassy in Tehran in 1972 shows how the United States rushed to arm the Shah’s Iran, concerned over Soviet interests in the area. The cable indicates that the state department urged the delivery of one of several squadrons of F-4 jets to Iran(…)

The Embassy Cables: Brazil drug problems aren’t new

The Embassy Cables: Brazil drug problems aren’t new 2

A small civil war broke out briefly in Brazil in November, as the government tried to clamp down on Rio de Janeiro’s massive drug and gang problem. Boston.com’s Big Picture blog captured the scene wonderfully. But as a December 2005 cable posted Tuesday by Wikileaks reveals, the problem is nothing new. On November 30, 2005,(…)

The Embassy Cables: Saudi youth party hard

The Embassy Cables: Saudi youth party hard 1

According to a November 2009 cable from the American Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, put online by Wikileaks on Tuesday, the elite young people there “party like the rest of the world.” “Behind the facade of Wahabi conservatism in the streets, the underground nightlife for Jeddah’s elite youth is thriving and throbbing. The full range(…)

The Embassy Cables: Saudis fear Iranian missile strike more than terrorism

The Embassy Cables: Saudis fear Iranian missile strike more than terrorism 0

In a Wikileaks-leaked cable from the US embassy in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s office, Ambassador James C. Oberwetter reported in December 2006 that an unnamed Saudi official told the embassy that Saudi Arabia fears an Iranian missile strike more than terrorism. “xxxxxxxxxxxx told Assistant to the President(…)

The Embassy Cables: Leak suggests strategic importance of Sweden, Qatar

The Embassy Cables: Leak suggests strategic importance of Sweden, Qatar 0

Cables released online by Wikileaks on Sunday were called a “terrorist blueprint” by many, including several prominent news outlets, which have begun to turn on Wikileaks despite continuing to run stories every few minutes about the leaked US Embassy Cables. In recent releases, ambassadors suggest that resources in Sweden and Qatar should be added to(…)