US cable leaks reveal disturbing and important information

US cable leaks reveal disturbing and important information

The US diplomatic cables leaked to WikiLeaks, and reproduced by them, by the Guardian, the New York Times and others have been dismissed in some quarters as 'tittle tattle'. Actually, they have revealed some significant, startling and disturbing facts.

Here are just a dozen of them.

* The US asked its diplomats to steal personal human material and information from UN officials and human rights groups, including DNA, fingerprints, iris scans, credit card numbers, internet passwords and ID photos, in violation of international treaties.

* King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia asked the US to attack Iran.

* Officials in Jordan and Bahrain want Iran's nuclear programme stopped by any means available.

* China is getting impatient with an unstable and unpredictable North Korea.

* Britain's Iraq inquiry was manipulated to protect "US interests".

* Sweden is a covert member of NATO and US intelligence. The information sharing thereby involved has been kept from parliament.

* Eastern Europe is a major source of arms to groups in the Middle East, with arms trade regulation proving weak and ineffective.

* The US is playing tough to get other countries to take freed detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

* Poland fears Russia, not Iran.

* NATO has a covert plan to protect the Baltic states against possible Russian expansion.

* President Obama agreed to meet the Slovenian President only if Slovenia took a Guantanamo prisoner.

* US Pacific neighbour Kiribati was offered millions of dollars to accept detainees from Guantanamo.

There may be all kinds of questions about WikiLeaks floating around right now, but the importance of the material they have put into the public domain from disgruntled whistleblowers should not be denied; and the enemies they have made by so doing are not surprising.

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Simon Barrow is co-director of Ekklesia.

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