Wikileaks: Getting Personal. Juicy bits 1

Wikileaks shows that there’s a big difference between suspecting what goes on, and actually seeing some evidence:

  • President Barack Obama is revealed in one damaging cable as having ‘no feelings for Europe’ and preferring to ‘look East rather than West’.

  • The revelation that repeated private calls from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia for the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme and ‘cut off the head of the snake’ risked destablising the Middle East, experts warned.

  • The U.S. branded France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy an ’emperor with no clothes’ with a ‘thin-skinned and authoritarian personal style’, Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as an ‘alpha dog’ and Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as ‘Hitler’.

  • The documents released tonight show Saudi donors remain chief financiers of militant groups like al Qaeda

  • Chinese government operatives have waged a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage targeting the United States and its allies, according to a review of the WikiLeaks documents published in the Times.

  • Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is referred to as “feckless, vain, and ineffective as a modern European leader” by a US diplomat in Rome.

  • In 2008, the Moscow embassy describes Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as playing “Robin to (Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s) Batman”.

  • The cables also comment on the extremely close relationship between Mr Berlusconi and Mr Putin.

  • North Korea’s Kim Jong-il is a “flabby old chap” suffering from trauma from a stroke, while Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is referred to as “Hitler”

All of which  = ouch.

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6 Responses to Wikileaks: Getting Personal. Juicy bits 1

  1. kinziblogs says:

    Thanks for the round-up, saving me some reading! Somehow I am relieved.

    Maybe with all the dread of anticipation (and thrill of bad-guy exposure?) I was expecting much worse. Wasn’t sure whether to hide under the bed today depending on how Jordan was implicated and by which American.

    • descantia says:

      And the ‘truth’ shall set you free, or not! 😀

    • shufimafi says:

      Hey… in some ways i sort of feel sorry for the US diplomats… well actually no… but perhaps a little bit of sympathy for some of their comments. My two favorite are the Saudi’s pressuring to bomb Iran (gotcha) and the US attitude toward Europe and the current and previous British PM (still not yet fully disclosed).

      Nothing revelatory i guess… but interesting to see what’s being said behind closed doors! For more on the story my other self just uploaded this: http://www1.albawaba.com/wikileaks-us-diplomats-record-secrets-revealed

      • kinziblogs says:

        I certainly feel for my Ambassador, I typed his name in the comment then realized it wasn’t a good idea. He really is a good man, trying to do his job well.

        Once we were invited to a dinner at a previous Ambassador’s home. He got a call from the White House, and came back to the table fuming…and what he said was much harsher than what I have seen of yesterday’s leak. @@

        (thanks for the albawaba link love us multi-personalitied people)

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