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Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has released extracts from secret messages sent by US embassies which give an insight into current global concerns. They include reports of some Arab leaders - including Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah - urging the US to attack Iran and end its nuclear weapons programme. Other concerns include the security of Pakistani nuclear material that could be used to make an atomic weapon.
The widespread use of computer hacking by China's government is also reported. The US government condemned the release of the documents, which number in the hundreds of thousands, saying they put the lives of diplomats and others at risk.

The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, countered by saying the US authorities were afraid of being held to account. The leaked US embassy cables, published at length in newspapers including the New York Times and the UK's Guardian, also reportedly include accounts of:

Iran attempting to adapt North Korean rockets for use as long-range missiles

Corruption within the Afghan government, with concerns heightened when a senior official was found to be carrying more than $50m in cash on a foreign trip

Bargaining to empty the Guantanamo Bay prison camp - including Slovenian diplomats being told to take in a freed prisoner if they wanted to secure a meeting with President Barack Obama

Germany being warned in 2007 not to enforce arrest warrants for US Central Intelligence Agency officers involved in an operation in which an innocent German citizen with the same name as a suspected militant was abducted and held in Afghanistan

US officials being instructed to spy on the UN's leadership by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

The very close relationship between Russian PM Vladimir Putin and his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi
Alleged links between the Russian government and organised crime

Yemen's president talking to then US Mid-East commander General David Petraeus about attacks on Yemeni al-Qaeda bases and saying: "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours"

Criticism of UK politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron

Faltering US attempts to prevent Syria from supplying arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon

The leaked embassy cables are both contemporary and historical, and include a 1989 note from a US diplomat in Panama City musing about the options open to Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega and referring to him as "a master of survival" - the author apparently had no idea that US forces would invade a week later and arrest Noriega.
In a statement, the White House said: "Such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government.

"President Obama supports responsible, accountable, and open government at home and around the world, but this reckless and dangerous action runs counter to that goal."

Earlier, Wikileaks said it had come under attack from a computer-hacking operation.

"We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack," it reported on its Twitter feed.

No-one has been charged with passing the diplomatic files to the website but suspicion has fallen on US Army private Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst arrested in Iraq in June and charged over an earlier leak of classified US documents to Mr Assange's organisation. Wikileaks argues that the site's previous releases shed light on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.[/p]

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Wow, Just wow.....
 

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I like how it's ok for the government to spy on you and what your doing but as soon as some dirt leaks out on their dirty little deeds it's a bad thing. If I did the shit that they are doing I'd fear for my life too.
They sit behind their thrones in DC and have the nerve to tell us what we are doing is wrong, yet we are not the ones conspiring to throw the world in to a climate on civil unrest and possibly another world war. This country needs an enema. Badly.

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Wikileaks is getting like a sickness. Informations are good and its important we know, but not if this means that countries and people live in danger.
 

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Iran attempting to adapt North Korean rockets for use as long-range missiles
Should be leaked.
Corruption within the Afghan government, with concerns heightened when a senior official was found to be carrying more than $50m in cash on a foreign trip

Bargaining to empty the Guantanamo Bay prison camp - including Slovenian diplomats being told to take in a freed prisoner if they wanted to secure a meeting with President Barack Obama
Strong-arm tactics, while not looked well upon, are sometimes necessary. Not saying they are here, and securing a meeting with an official is most certainly not something that needs to be bargained for.
Germany being warned in 2007 not to enforce arrest warrants for US Central Intelligence Agency officers involved in an operation in which an innocent German citizen with the same name as a suspected militant was abducted and held in Afghanistan
The USA asked Germany to forgive a mistake on their part. Nothing is said about the compensation the man did or did not receive. Mistakes happen. Is it acceptable? No. Is it unavoidable? Sometimes.
US officials being instructed to spy on the UN's leadership by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
I'm not going to be the most popular guy here, but I don't see anything wrong with spying. It's a spatial world - no matter what you do, you will take up space, and light will reflect off of you. The only thing that changes is that someone else sees it.
The very close relationship between Russian PM Vladimir Putin and his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi
Alleged links between the Russian government and organised crime
Not really related to the USA, so I don't know about it.
Yemen's president talking to then US Mid-East commander General David Petraeus about attacks on Yemeni al-Qaeda bases and saying: "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours"
It doesn't sound nice, but publicity is a big thing in a democracy. How is it possible to continue any sort of popularity when your actions just say "Bomb bomb bomb!"? Yemen is receiving aid in exchange.
Criticism of UK politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron
....K?
Faltering US attempts to prevent Syria from supplying arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon
Wait, so you mean the USA isn't doing a perfect job or something?! This must be reported!
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