Your Guide to WikiLeaks' Latest Dump

The New York Times offers an extensive preview
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2010 2:57 PM CST
Your Guide to WikiLeaks' Latest Dump
This Aug. 14, 2010 photo shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Stockholm, Sweden.   (AP Photo/Scanpix/Bertil Ericson, File)

The Obama administration’s last-ditch attempt to stop WikiLeaks from releasing its latest batch of documents didn’t work: More than a quarter-million American diplomatic cables will be made public beginning today, and the New York Times has already seen some of them. It offers a preview of what the cables reveal:

  • A standoff between the US and Pakistan over nuclear fuel, dating back to 2007 when the US began attempting to remove highly enriched uranium from a Pakistani research reactor since it could be used in a nuclear device.
  • Discussions between America and South Korea over what would happen if North Korea implodes and the Koreas are unified.

  • Suspicions of Afghan government corruption, based on the fact that Afghanistan’s VP was found with $52 million in cash on a visit to the United Arab Emirates last year, and was never required to disclose where he got it or what it was for.
  • A coordinated campaign by the Chinese government and other experts to hack Google’s systems in that country. They have also broken into other systems including American government and business computers.
  • A close relationship between Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, including gifts exchanged and energy contracts. Berlusconi is once called “the mouthpiece of Putin” in Europe.
Click here for the full article, which gives an extensive preview, or click here for more from the Telegraph, which discloses that the US once referred to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as "Hitler."
(Read more WikiLeaks stories.)

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