|POLITICS - UNMASKING WHO WE ARE
• 3 million documents set to go online
• Bombshell leak thought to include U.S. assessments of Gordon Brown
• Secret talks on return of Lockerbie bomber to Libya may also be leaked
• Allegations 'include U.S. backing of Kurdish terrorists'
• U.S. diplomats face being kicked out of countries in backlash
• Corrupt politicians expected to be named and shamed
David Cameron was warned last night by America that damaging secrets of the ‘special relationship’
are about to be laid bare.
The U.S. ambassador to London made an unprecedented personal visit to Downing Street to warn
that whistleblower website WikiLeaks is about to publish secret assessments of what Washington
really thinks of Britain.
The website is on the verge of revealing almost 3million documents, including thousands of sensitive
diplomatic cables sent to Washington from the American embassy in London.
The bombshell leak is thought to include U.S. assessments of Gordon Brown’s personality and his
prospects of winning the General Election, and secret discussions on the return of the Lockerbie
bomber to Libya.
Assessments of David Cameron’s election chances and his private assurances to U.S. officials may
also be included, Government sources believe.
They fear they will emerge on Sunday in co-ordinated releases in newspapers in Britain, Germany
The British government is so worried that last night it issued a D-Notice, warning that
publishing the secrets could compromise national security.
The website has previously released secret details of allied military operations in Iraq and
Revelations of American brutality in Iraq and Afghanistan created shockwaves, made WikiLeaks
notorious and led to its founder Julian Assange - an Australian-born computer hacker - being vilified
by governments around the world. He is now wanted for alleged rape in Sweden.
In total, around 2.7million confidential messages between the U.S. government and its embassies
around the world are to be released.
The U.S. State Department warned that the leaks would damage relationships around the world.
Spokesman P J Crowley said: ‘These revelations are harmful to the U.S. and our interests. They are
going to create tension in relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world.’
The U.S. ambassador to Britain, Louis Susman, was seen going into Downing Street and the Foreign
Office yesterday to brief officials for what was described as ‘contingency planning’.
‘He came in to explain what they thought we could expect,’ said one Whitehall source.
Defence sources said British national security could be ‘put at risk’ by the release, as they are
expected to contain details of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and pull-outs and revelations about
secret service practices and intelligence sources.
Downing Street is braced for potentially hugely embarrassing disclosures about private U.S.
assessments of Britain and its leaders.
There are fears of even the most apparently trivial secrets being hugely damaging.
One British official said they feared that mutual American and British contempt for the French would
‘Moaning about the French was practically a sport,’ he said.
Mr Cameron’s spokesman declined to discuss the nature of any confidential communications that
could be released.
He said: ‘Obviously, the Government has been briefed by U.S. officials, by the ambassador. I don’t
want to speculate about precisely what is going to be leaked before it is leaked.’
As well as Britain, the U.S. has warned the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and
Israel in advance of the release.
It has been claimed that a backlash by countries upset over the leaks may lead to U.S. diplomats
The next release is expected to include thousands of diplomatic cables reporting allegations of
corruption against politicians in Russia, Afghanistan and other Central Asian nations.
But there were no specific details as to the nature of the corruption allegations or which governments
However, according to the UK-based Arabic daily newspaper al-Hayat, the WikiLeaks release
includes documents that show Turkey has helped Al Qaeda in Iraq - an extraordinary revelation which
could kill off the country’s hopes of joining the EU.
The Washington Post reported that the files will contain allegations that the U.S. has supported the
PKK, a Kurdish rebel organization that has been waging a separatist war against Turkey since 1984.
The U.S. says it has known for some time that WikiLeaks held the cables.
No one has been charged with passing them to the website, but suspicion focuses on Bradley
Manning, an intelligence analyst arrested in Iraq in June and charged over an earlier leak.
A Downing Street spokesman today declined to discuss the nature of any confidential
communications which may have been obtained by WikiLeaks.
But he said: 'Obviously, the Government has been briefed by U.S. officials, by the U.S. ambassador,
as to the likely content of these leaks. 'I don't want to speculate about precisely what is going to be
leaked before it is leaked.'
The U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv warned the country's foreign ministry that some of the cables could
concern U.S.-Israel relations, the daily newspaper Haaretz claimed.
WikiLeaks said on its Twitter feed earlier this week that its new release would be seven times larger
than the nearly 400,000 Pentagon documents related to the Iraq war which it made public in October.
The U.S. State Department confirmed it has begun notifying foreign governments and it fears serious
diplomatic fallout over the expose.
'These revelations are harmful to the United States and our interests,' said a spokesman.
'They are going to create tension in relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the
Senior military staff on both sides of the Atlantic are still furious over that release of 400,000
classified documents, the biggest military leak of all time. They detailed what WikiLeaks founder
Assange called 'compelling evidence of war crimes' by the U.S.-led coalition and the Iraq government
and sparked calls for a full inquiry. Should WikiLeaks go ahead with its promise, it will be the third
time it has published such information in the face of opposition from military top brass around the
The first batch was about the war in Afghanistan and gave a grim picture of the day-to-day struggle
against the Taliban and the frustrations of trying to train the Afghan police.
The second covered the period in the occupation of Iraq between 2004 and 2009 and contained
revelations that America failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, rape, torture and murder
by Iraqi police and soldiers.
The information also revealed that more than 15,000 civilians died in previously unknown incidents -
U.S. and UK officials have insisted that no official record of civilian casualties exists but the logs
record 66,081 non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities.
In addition, the logs claim that in one incident a British rifleman shot dead an eight-year-old Iraqi girl
as she played in the streets.
The information will almost certainly have come from the Bradley Manning, the dissident U.S. army
intelligence analyst who earlier this year is alleged to have leaked the first tranche, some 90,000 logs
chronicling bloody encounters and civilian killings in Afghanistan.
Adding to the controversy is the international arrest warrant which has been issued for Mr Assange
by Swedish prosecutors over allegations of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.
The allegations, which the 39-year-old Australian has repeatedly denied, relate to two women he met
while on a visit to Sweden in August.
Assange’s London lawyer Mark Stephens, has said the claims were 'false and without basis’.
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|Blowing the whistle: Julian Assange,
the founder of WikiLeaks (pictured
earlier this month), is said to be
preparing to release more sensitive
|U.S. warns Britain over new WikiLeaks revelations that
will 'expose corruption between allies'
By Daily Mail Reporter
|WHAT IS HIS WEBSITE
WikiLeaks was set up in 2007 by
journalist and computer
programmer Julian Assange.
The Australian, whose parents met
at a protest against the Vietnam
War, says he wanted to allow
whistleblowers to publish sensitive
materials without fear of being
Mr Assange, pictured below at a
press conference in July following
his first major expose, says his
website's complex set-up is
designed to ensure that
information sent to it becomes
anonymous before it is passed on
to the web servers.
Its servers are spread all over the
world and do not keep logs, so
governments cannot trace where
the information is being sent and
|Even so, WikiLeaks encourages
donors to post the material to them
on CDs to its base in Iceland, over
encrypted internet connections or
from net cafes.
The service, which also runs a
network of lawyers to defend its
publications and sources, claims
that none of its informants have
been traced so far.
Adding to this intrigue, Mr
Assange's legal team have recently
been busy arguing over an
international arrest warrant which
has been issued for the WikiLeaks
boss by Swedish prosecutors over
allegations of rape, sexual
molestation and unlawful coercion.
The allegations, which the 39-year-
old has repeatedly denied, relate to
two women he met while on a visit
to Sweden in August.
Mr Assange’s London lawyer Mark
Stephens, has said the claims were
'false and without basis’.
|WikiLeaks first major
Nov 28, 2010
Clinton spoke to leaders in
China, Germany, Saudi
Arabia, the United Arab
Emirates, Britain, France and
Afghanistan on Friday,
according to State
Department spokesman P.J.
Crowley. Canada, Denmark,
Norway and Poland have also
The cables are thought to
include candid assessments
of foreign leaders and
governments and could erode
trust in the U.S. as a
The U.S. ambassador to
Germany, Philip Murphy, told
the German newspaper Bild
am Sonntag that it will be
difficult to predict the
consequences of the leaked
"It will be uncomfortable for
my government, for those who
are mentioned in our reports,
and for me personally as U.S.
ambassador to Germany," he
said in an interview published
|The Guardian newspaper in Great Britain has
been given access to all the documents
Diplomats ordered to spy on allies as well as enemies.
|Arab leaders are privately urging an air strike on Iran and that US officials
have been instructed to spy on the UN leadership. These two revelations
alone would be likely to reverberate around the world
Posted November 28, 2010
The United States was catapulted into a worldwide diplomatic crisis today, with the leaking to the
Guardian and other international media of more than 250,000 classified cables from its embassies,
many sent as recently as February this year.
At the start of a series of daily extracts from the US embassy cables – many designated "secret" – the
Guardian can disclose that Arab leaders are privately urging an air strike on Iran and that US
officials have been instructed to spy on the UN leadership. These two revelations alone
would be likely to reverberate around the world. But the secret dispatches which were obtained by
WikiLeaks, the whistleblowers' website, also reveal Washington's evaluation of many other highly
sensitive international issues.
These include a shift in relations between China and North Korea, high level concerns over Pakistan's
growing instability and details of clandestine US efforts to combat al-Qaida in Yemen.
Among scores of disclosures that are likely to cause uproar, the cables detail:
• Grave fears in Washington and London over the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons
programme, with officials warning that as the country faces economic collapse, government
employees could smuggle out enough nuclear material for terrorists to build a bomb.
• Suspicions of corruption in the Afghan government, with one cable alleging that vice
president Zia Massoud was carrying $52m in cash when he was stopped during a visit to the
United Arab Emirates. Massoud denies taking money out of Afghanistan.
• How the hacker attacks which forced Google to quit China in January were orchestrated by a
senior member of the Politburo who typed his own name into the global version of the search
engine and found articles criticising him personally.
• The extraordinarily close relationship between Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister,
and Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, which is causing intense US suspicion.
Cables detail allegations of "lavish gifts", lucrative energy contracts and the use by
Berlusconi of a "shadowy" Russian-speaking Italian go-between.
• Allegations that Russia and its intelligence agencies are using mafia bosses to carry out
criminal operations, with one cable reporting that the relationship is so close that the country
has become a "virtual mafia state".
• Devastating criticism of the UK's military operations in Afghanistan by US commanders, the
Afghan president and local officials in Helmand. The dispatches reveal particular contempt
for the failure to impose security around Sangin – the town which has claimed more British
lives than any other in the country.
• Inappropriate remarks by a member of the British royal family about a UK law enforcement
agency and a foreign country.
The US has particularly intimate dealings with Britain, and some of the dispatches from the
London embassy in Grosvenor Square will make uncomfortable reading in Whitehall and
Westminster. They range from political criticisms of David Cameron to requests for specific
intelligence about individual MPs.
The cables contain specific allegations of corruption, as well as harsh criticism by US
embassy staff of their host governments, from Caribbean islands to China and Russia. The
material includes a reference to Putin as an "alpha-dog", Hamid Karzai as being "driven by
paranoia" while Angela Merkel allegedly "avoids risk and is rarely creative". There is also a
comparison between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Adolf Hitler.
The cables names Saudi donors as the biggest financiers of terror groups, and provide an
extraordinarily detailed account of an agreement between Washington and Yemen to cover
up the use of US planes to bomb al-Qaida targets. 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."
Other revelations include a description of a near "environmental disaster" last year over a
rogue shipment of enriched uranium, technical details of secret US-Russian nuclear missile
negotiations in Geneva, and a profile of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, who they say is
accompanied everywhere by a "voluptuous blonde" Ukrainian nurse.
Clinton led a frantic damage limitation exercise this weekend as Washington prepared foreign
governments for the revelations, contacting leaders in Germany, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf, France and
US ambassadors in other capitals were instructed to brief their hosts in advance of the release of
unflattering pen-portraits or nakedly frank accounts of transactions with the US which they had thought
would be kept quiet. Washington now faces a difficult task in convincing contacts around the world that
any future conversations will remain confidential.
As the cables were published the White House released a statement condemning their release. "Such
disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come
to the US for assistance in promoting democracy and open government. By releasing stolen and
classified documents, WikiLeaks has put at risk not only the cause of human rights but also the lives and
work of these individuals."
In London, a Foreign Office spokesman said: "We condemn any unauthorised release of this classified
information, just as we condemn leaks of classified material in the UK. They can damage national
security, are not in the national interest and, as the US have said, may put lives at risk. We have a very
strong relationship with the US Government. That will continue".
The state department's legal adviser has written to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his London
lawyer, warning that the cables were obtained illegally and that publication would place at risk "the lives
of countless innocent individuals … ongoing military operations … and cooperation between countries".
The electronic archive of embassy dispatches from around the world was allegedly downloaded by a US
soldier earlier this year and passed to WikiLeaks. Assange made them available to the Guardian and
four other news organisations: the New York Times, Der Spiegel in Germany, Le Monde in France and
El País in Spain. All five plan to publish extracts from the most significant cables, but have decided
neither to "dump" the entire dataset into the public domain, nor to publish names that would endanger
innocent individuals. WikiLeaks says that, contrary to the state department's fears, it also initially intends
to post only limited cable extracts, and to redact identities.
The cables published today reveal how the US uses its embassies as part of a global espionage
network, with diplomats tasked to obtain not just information from the people they meet, but personal
details, such as frequent flyer numbers, credit card details and even DNA material.
Classified "human intelligence directives" issued in the name of Clinton or her predecessor,
Condoleezza Rice, instruct officials to gather information on military installations, weapons markings,
vehicle details of political leaders as well as iris scans, fingerprints and DNA.
The most controversial target was the UN leadership. That directive requested the specification of
telecoms and IT systems used by top officials and their staff and details of "private VIP networks used for
official communication, to include upgrades, security measures, passwords, personal encryption keys".
PJ Crowley, the state department spokesman in Washington, said: "Let me assure you: our diplomats
are just that, diplomats. They do not engage in intelligence activities. They represent our country around
the world, maintain open and transparent contact with other governments as well as public and private
figures, and report home. That's what diplomats have done for hundreds of years."
The acting deputy spokesman for Ban Ki Moon, Farhan Haq, said the UN chief had no immediate
comment: "We are aware of the reports."
The dispatches also shed light on older diplomatic issues. One cable, for example, reveals, that Nelson
Mandela was "furious" when a top adviser stopped him meeting Margaret Thatcher shortly after his
release from prison to explain why the ANC objected to her policy of "constructive engagement" with the
apartheid regime. "We understand Mandela was keen for a Thatcher meeting but that [appointments
secretary Zwelakhe] Sisulu argued successfully against it," according to the cable. It continues:
"Mandela has on several occasions expressed his eagerness for an early meeting with Thatcher to
express the ANC's objections to her policy. We were consequently surprised when the meeting didn't
materialise on his mid-April visit to London and suspected that ANC hardliners had nixed Mandela's
The US embassy cables are marked "Sipdis" – secret internet protocol distribution. They were compiled
as part of a programme under which selected dispatches, considered moderately secret but suitable for
sharing with other agencies, would be automatically loaded on to secure embassy websites, and linked
with the military's Siprnet internet system.
They are classified at various levels up to "secret noforn" [no foreigners]. More than 11,000 are marked
secret, while around 9,000 of the cables are marked noforn.
More than 3 million US government personnel and soldiers, many extremely junior, are cleared to have
potential access to this material, even though the cables contain the identities of foreign informants,
often sensitive contacts in dictatorial regimes. Some are marked "protect" or "strictly protect".
Last spring, 22-year-old intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was charged with leaking many of these
cables, along with a gun-camera video of an Apache helicopter crew mistakenly killing two Reuters news
agency employees in Baghdad in 2007, which was subsequently posted by WikiLeaks. Manning is facing
a court martial.
In July and October WikiLeaks also published thousands of leaked military reports from Afghanistan and
Iraq. These were made available for analysis beforehand to the Guardian, along with Der Spiegel and
the New York Times.
A former hacker, Adrian Lamo, who reported Manning to the US authorities, said the soldier had told him
in chat messages that the cables revealed "how the first world exploits the third, in detail".
He also said, according to Lamo, that Clinton "and several thousand diplomats around the world are
going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified
foreign policy is available in searchable format to the public … everywhere there's a US post … there's a
diplomatic scandal that will be revealed".
Asked why such sensitive material was posted on a network accessible to thousands of government
employees, the state department spokesman told the Guardian: "The 9/11 attacks and their aftermath
revealed gaps in intra-governmental information sharing. Since the attacks of 9/11, the US government
has taken significant steps to facilitate information sharing. These efforts were focused on giving
diplomatic, military, law enforcement and intelligence specialists quicker and easier access to more data
to more effectively do their jobs."
He added: "We have been taking aggressive action in recent weeks and months to enhance the security
of our systems and to prevent the leak of information."
|Leak: Washington is running a secret
intelligence campaign targeted at the
leadership of the United Nations,
including the secretary general, Ban
Ki-moon and the permanent security
council representatives from China,
Russia, France and the UK.
Here. and Here
WikiLeaks and the Transition
I think we should all support the idea of open transparent government and to expose illegal abuse of
power also spying within the United Nations on our allies. I thought it was our duty as Americans to
say STOP. The mass release of secret documents by WikiLeaks though pose threats to agents like
former secret CIA agent Valerie Plame and is deplorable - but didn't the mirror just break and
demonstrating the hypocrisy of our times!!!!!.
Its time for us to learn, we must do our business differently inside and outside of Government. Where
is the humanity, the intelligence the respect in all this?
Understandably the American government is paranoid about its security, with its internal and external
standing challenged in ways not seen before. Its to no ones advantage to tare ourselves apart by
attacking each other but its also time to face up to the reasons for this mess. To be respected we
must respect others and pull together. Our security is assured acting as one and talking to all.
The TRANSITION we are in has to be tackled together, there will be no other way to succeed.
Currently the chips are stacked against humanity and so we better start the talking soon.
2012 Debate - Politics and the TRANSITION. Who said it was merely another
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**Amazon run scared and throw WikiLeaks off of their servers.
**Interpol place Assange on top of wanted list.
**Sweden call to arrest Assange on rape charge - Former intelligence official
and independent MP Andrew Wilkie says the rape charges brought against
WikiLeaks' Australian founder Julian Assange "could definitely be a set-up".
**US government says it will be carrying on as before - nothing WikiLeaks have done
will change the way they operate. The media in the US tip toeing around the most important issues
released SO FAR like bugging and spying on top officials at the United Nations.
**Most people don't see Assage and WikiLeak as Terrorists and some that he
is a hero.
**A Mega-leak is coming early next year about a large American Bank.
Interview with Forbes:
An Interview With WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange
Nov. 29 2010 - 5:02 pm
Admire him or revile him, WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is the prophet of a coming age of involuntary
transparency, the leader of an organization devoted to divulging the world’s secrets using technology
unimagined a generation ago. Over the last year his information insurgency has dumped 76,000
secret Afghan war documents and another trove of 392,000 files from the Iraq war into the public
domain–the largest classified military security breaches in history. Sunday, WikiLeaks made the first of
250,000 classified U.S. State Department cables public, offering an unprecedented view of how
America’s top diplomats view enemies and friends alike.
But, as Assange explained to me earlier this month, the Pentagon and State Department leaks are just
For our cover story on Assange and the coming age of leaks read the full story including a Mega Leak
is coming about an American Bank early next year…………….Full story:
WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks
Posted December 3, 2010
By RAPHAEL G. SATTER and PETER SVENSSON, Associated Press Raphael G. Satter And Peter
Svensson, Associated Press
LONDON – WikiLeaks struggled to stay online Friday as corporations and governments moved to cut
its access to the Internet, a potentially crippling blow for an organization dedicated to releasing secret
information via the web.
Legal pressure increased on the site's founder, Julian Assange, after Swedish authorities cleared an
obstacle to his arrest by adding information to a European arrest warrant in response to procedural
questions from British officials, who had put his possible arrest on hold for more than a day.
Assange's lawyer said that he is in the U.K. but she hadn't received a warrant by Friday afternoon.
Assange said that his arrest would do nothing to halt the flow of American diplomatic cables being
released by his group and newspapers in several countries. Hundreds have been published in
redacted form this week and Assange said that all of the cables had already been distributed in a
heavily encrypted form to tens of thousands of people.
If something happened to him, he suggested, then the password needed to unencrypt the data would
be released and all the secrets would go out at once.
"History will win," Assange said in a web chat with readers of The Guardian newspaper, one of the
media organizations helping to coordinate the documents' publication. "The world will be elevated to a
Will we survive? That depends on you."
Full report: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/wikileaks
We must ask ourselves who the enemy of the people is in all this? WikiLeaks was set up to expose
lies and corruption and abuse of power against the people. If we allow WikiLeaks to be branded
terrorists will we fail ourselves and our personal security?. The Wikileak story is a big deal. We now
have specific cases where lies have been told by officials to their governments and people, thanks to
WikiLeaks but what now happens rests with us. I am not anti-American nor do I think Assange is
himself. I have a lot to thank the country and its peoples for, so much so I now live here and have
become an American citizen. That said I deplore the arrogance and deceptions one sees in the inner
workings of government and business. The fact we know these exists in other countries is not the
point. To be proud we have to be above it.
Its well worth reminding ourselves of the words of Benjamin Franklin and then again think about what
WikiLeaks claims its doing on behalf of The People and are being painted as the bad guys by the very
governments concerned. This could be a defining moment and one which the Founding Fathers would
be gravely concerned.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
contesting the vote.
When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor
Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man
may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on
its surface and say: This is my country.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.
If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy reading,
Or do things worth the writing.
Never confuse motion with action.
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men
who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be
enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girl friends.
Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and
vicious, they have more need of masters.
Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
He’s a fool who cannot conceal his wisdom.
What is the use of a new-born child? (When asked the use of a new invention)
...a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles...is absolutely necessary to preserve the blessings
of liberty and keep a government free.
There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and more frequently fall
than that of defrauding the government.
|"This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties.
A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to
know and prize the rights which God has given them
cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that
tyranny begins" - Benjamin Franklin
"Only a virtuous people
are capable of freedom.
As nations become more
corrupt and vicious, they
have more need of
Diplomat and founding
|The American Dream. Was it just that, A Dream?
|WikiLeaks - First Digital War is underway - More HERE