organization:us embassy

  • NSA helps Israel discriminate against U.S. citizens - By Sandra Tamari*

    * Sandra Tamari is a Palestinian-American who lives in Glen Carbon, Illinois.

    http://blog.endtheoccupation.org/2014/01/nsa-may-help-israel-discriminate.html

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kOKN8YABWaI/T415Isfxk1I/AAAAAAAAACI/d5sSt0USU04/s1600/web_site_promo_for_blog.gif

    When I called the US Embassy in Tel Aviv during my detention by Israeli intelligence at Ben Gurion airport in May 2012, I told the Embassy official that the Israelis were demanding access to my Gmail account.  The Embassy staffer replied nonchalantly, “If the Israelis have your address, they can get in without your password.”  Stunned, I replied,  “How?” He simply answered, “They’re good.”

    Recent revelations that the National Security Agency regularly shares intelligence data with Israel put my experience in a new light.  Reports in The Guardian last month show that the NSA hands over metadata to Israel that includes emails and phone conversations of U.S. citizens, information that allows Israel to spy on U.S. citizens and discriminate American travelers of Palestinian origin.

    My saga began when I landed in Tel Aviv as part of an interfaith delegation along with 30 other U.S. citizens. I alone was pulled aside at the airport. Questions included, “What is your father’s name?” and “What is your grandfather’s name?” My passport was taken from me and I was told to take a seat in a waiting room occupied by hard chairs filled with other Palestinians like me.

    I was questioned by several Israelis over the course of the next eight hours. One of my interrogators turned her computer screen to me and handed me her keyboard. “Log in,” she demanded. Facing me was the Gmail home screen. When I refused, I was threatened that failure to comply would compromise my reentry into the United States and harm my relationship with my employer. I thought it wise to contact the U.S. Embassy for help. That was of no assistance.

    In addition to making light of the Israeli request to view my email, the Embassy official told me that because I wasn’t Jewish, there was nothing he could do to help me and that if he interceded on my behalf, it would hurt my case with the Israelis.

    In time, Israel denied me entry due to “security concerns” and imprisoned me. The next day, I was escorted onto a flight back to the United States. My story is not unique. Countless numbers of Palestinian-Americans have been denied the right to visit their families in Palestine. Many are now too scared to fly. Israel controls all entry points into Israel and the West Bank. The U.S. Congress has done nothing to tell Israel that this is an outrage.

    #Israël #Palestine #US #Palestiniens #NSA #renseignement


  • #Snowden worked at US embassy in India | News24
    http://www.news24.com/World/News/Snowden-worked-at-US-embassy-in-India-20140113

    Fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden worked briefly at the US embassy in India almost three years before revealing the scale of his country’s surveillance programmes, according to a report on Monday.

    The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor arrived in New Delhi in September 2010 “to assist as a technical expert” at the US embassy, according to Foreign Policy magazine.

    The American magazine, citing an unnamed source, did not say what Snowden was working on at the embassy during his short stay in the Indian capital.

    The embassy in New Delhi did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment or confirmation.


  • Germany calls in Britain’s ambassador to demand explanation over ’secret Berlin listening post’ - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/germany-calls-in-britains-ambassador-to-demand-explanation-over-secre

    From A to B to CIA: How the spy network functions

     

    Data is collected from “spy bases” in US embassies by a special CIA/NSA unit often located on the roof of the US embassy (circled above on top of the US embassy in Madrid). The operational nests in Europe and Central Asia are located in Athens, Baku, Budapest, Frankfurt, Geneva, Kiev, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Pristina, Rome, Sarajevo, Tbilisi, Tirana, Vienna and Zagreb.

    Collected data is then sent to a relay facility at RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire. (Pic credit: PA)

    The data is then transmitted to the College Park joint CIA/NSA centre (pictured above) in Maryland for analysis and use by America’s intelligence agencies. Under Britain’s long-standing intelligence-sharing pact with the United States, material can also be transmitted to GCHQ via a high-security link installed during the 1990s. (Getty Images)


  • #Iran hails “positive atmosphere” at Geneva nuclear talks
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/iran-hails-positive-atmosphere-geneva-nuclear-talks

    http://english.al-akhbar.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/4cols/leading_images/290950-01-08_0.jpg

    An Iranian woman walks past a mural showing a gun painted with an interpretation of the American flag on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on September 25, 2013. (Photo: AFP - Atta Kenare)

    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday world powers had a “good” first reaction to Tehran’s proposals for easing the stand-off over its #nuclear_program and that details would be discussed in the afternoon. The minister, speaking to reporters after (...)

    #Top_News


  • Activists to test ban with US embassy rally | GulfNews.com
    http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/bahrain/activists-to-test-ban-with-us-embassy-rally-1.1219655

    The Bahrain Rebellion Movement, Tamarod, which is organising the planned rally, is less than two months old.
    [...]
    Open letter
    On August 1, Tamarod posted an open letter asking the US embassy to provide protection for the planned rally, saying it poses “ethical responsibilities” for Washington.
    “We hope that you may convey our deep concern to the US State Department and the US Congress to exert a real political pressure on Bahraini regime to avoid any fatal crackdown and bloodshed,” the letter said.
    The group said the goal of the demonstration was a “real democracy in Bahrain not less than that found in Western countries such as the USA and the United Kingdom”.
    The main Shiite parties have all boycotted the kingdom’s parliament for more than two years to press their demand for a genuine constitutional monarchy, in which top ministers are elected representatives, not appointed by the king from within the ruling family.
    The government banned all demonstrations in the capital, except for officially authorised events outside the offices of international organisations.

    Veteran Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman, an uncle of King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa, warned on Saturday that the government would not tolerate any threat to public order.
    “This island will remain an ember that will burn those who want to jeopardise its security and stability,” he said.
    “We shall not allow our country to face the chaos, destruction and displacement suffered by other countries,” warned Shaikh Khalifa.


  • Hypocrisy all around and why industrial espionage is not comparable to mass surveillance: http://serendipity.ruwenzori.net/index.php/2013/07/01/hypocrisy-all-around-and-why-industrial-espionage-is-not-comp

    While I happily keep giving the #USA the bashing they deserve about mass #surveillance of citizens, you won’t hear me cast the first stone about industrial #espionage – for well-known reasons.

    While direct evidence of my own country’s industrial espionage activities rarely surfaces, we sometimes hear echoes of what goes on under the tables – take for example the testimony of Orbital High-Technology Bremen (#OHB) CEO, Berry #Smutny to the US Embassy in Berlin (http://cablegatesearch.wikileaks.org/cable.php?id=09BERLIN1476) on 2009-11-20:

    Smutny frankly said “#France is the evil empire stealing technology and #Germany knows this”, but Germany´s decentralized government is not willing to do much about it. Going on at length of his despise of the French, Smutny said French IPR espionage is so bad that the total damage done to the German economy is greater the that inflicted by China or Russia.

    Sure, this quote being in the context of sales by OHB to the US government, it is likely to be biased toward exaggeration – but such open expression of defiance from very close allies of France is nevertheless a strong hint that righteous outrage from French sources about industrial espionage is laughably hypocritical.

    In addition, industrial espionage should be kept in perspective : it is not even comparable to mass surveillance – let’s not dilute the evil of mass surveillance by amalgamating it with industrial espionage ! While corporate actors are strong enough to thrive on their own in a state of information warfare, citizens are not – they need political diligence toward a strong framework of laws and regulations consistent with human rights and ensuring adequate protection of the rights to privacy and freedom of expression: http://www.necessaryandproportionate.net


  • Les sunnites pro-régime continuent leur campagne contre l’ambassade américaine, persuadés que les Américains sont derrière les aspirations démocratiques de l’opposition chiite.

    On April 9, the daily Akhbar Al-Khalij reported: "The foreign minister has answered questions by MP Abdallah al-Dusari about the truth of an invitation extended by the US Embassy to Bahrainis to participate in its newly announced programme on political change, which is part of the Democratic Leaders Programme; about whether the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of this, and whether it was informed by the embassy; about whether this act complies with diplomatic rules and norms; about the ministry’s action to prevent any suspicious attempts; and about whether any ambassador was ever previously warned or prevented from doing any activities other than his diplomatic duty.

    Qu’ils se rassurent dans le cas du Demcoratic Leaders Programme, le gouverneent semble avoir transmis les dossiers d’inscription aux ministères les plus acquis à la cause du régime actuel.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent out the US Embassy’s memorandum to the Civil Service Bureau, which, in turn, referred it to the parties concerned. The Civil Service Bureau stated that the invitation was extended to the Ministry of State for Human Rights Affairs, Ministry of Social Development, and Bahrain Institute for Political Development.

    Pro-government Akhbar al khaleej


  • Conflit israélo-arabe. Télégramme diplomatique américain diffusé par WikiLeaks.

    Intéressante reprise de commentaires faits par Kissinger en 1975. Depuis l’Arabie saoudite, il y fait montre de compréhension à l’égard des positions arabes et critique la direction israélienne – Rabin est alors premier ministre – qui reste sourde aux évolutions des pays arabes et à leur désir de paix. Kissinger parle d’arrangement pacifique (peaceful accomodation) qu’Israël aurait pu aisément accepté si le pays ne souffrait pas des « complexes de Massada et de Samson ».

    http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/PrintArticle.aspx?id=309306

    WikiLeaks: US blamed Israel for holding back peace in 1975
    By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON

    10/04/2013

    “The ’Post’ uncovers WikiLeak’s ’Kissinger cables’ from US Embassy in Saudi Arabia analyzing Israeli-Arab conflict, sympathizing with Arab position; Israel depicted as panicky and suffering from a Samson complex.

    WikiLeaks has published 1.7 million US diplomatic documents ranging from 1973-1976 online. It is their largest release to date and it is named after the former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger because many of the documents were addressed to or written by him.

    The Jerusalem Post has uncovered a cable sent from the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia on January 9, 1975, which analyzed the Israeli-Arab conflict. It was concluded that it was Israel’s stubborn position that was holding back peace.

    At one point the cable stated, “Nevertheless, viewed from here, the Israeli pessimism seems largely if not entirely unwarranted. It seems based on an extraordinary lack of understanding of what happened in the Arab world in the last year and a half. Rather than girding their loins for the fifth, sixth, seventh Israeli-Arab wars. The Israelis might examine more carefully than they seem to have done so far the alternative of a peaceful accommodation with the Arabs.” (…) The report goes on to make stinging criticism against the Israeli position.

    “Before talking about extermination, and before allowing either the Masada or the Samson complex to progress to obsession, the Israelis might usefully examine their own position and that of the Arabs,” the report stated, adding that Cairo and Damascus strongly yearn for peace.

    “All reports we have heard and read from Egypt and Syria lead us to believe that those two countries strongly yearn for peace and that they would like to devote their energies to reconstruction of their countries.” Then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, the cables continued, was not helping the Arab leaders who sought peace.
    “The advocates of this approach, however, have not been helped by statements of Rabin and others in Israel that the next withdrawal will be the last for several years.” The report concluded with a policy prediction reminiscent of contemporary arguments.

    “The Palestinians might consider a demilitarized state as humiliating or detracting from their sovereignty, but it is unlikely they would get much sympathy or help from the Saudis if they tried to spoil a settlement. If they agreed they could expect massive Saudi financial support to make their tiny new state viable. Jordan and Israel would benefit vicariously.”


  • HOLLYWOOD ET LES IRANIENS : Ben Affleck’s “Argo”: A Movie about a Movie
    http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/10150/ben-afflecks-argo_a-movie-about-a-movien

    Affleck’s film sets out to bring the CIA’s role in the operation out of its obscurity. There’s a deep irony in this project that no major reviewer of the film seems to have noticed. Iran experts broadly agree that there is a direct line between the CIA’s overthrow of the progressive, nationalist, anti-colonial, and pro-democracy Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953—replaced by the ruthless dictatorial Shah, who remained in power until the 1979 revolution—and the storming of the US Embassy shortly after the Shah was deposed.

    Media studies experts have also documented that t his link was systematically erased in the American public sphere’s packaging of the story. (In this vein, Argo begins with an historical montage referring to the Mossadegh coup as precursor so briefly that no one with the bad luck of encountering a long popcorn line will catch it).

    The immediate cause of the storming of the US Embassy in late 1979 was overwrought protesters’ anger over the Shah being given refuge in the United States after the revolution, but for the many Iranians who would not have agreed with the violation of the diplomatic sovereignty of the Embassy, there no doubt remained a creeping sense that the Embassy represented a threat to Iranian sovereignty and that the CIA would try once again to reinstate the Shah as it had done a quarter of a century earlier.

    Argo not only thrills its American viewers, it also proves that these Iranian suspicions were at least partially correct in that the CIA was active in Iran before, during, and after the revolution.

    • je viens de le voir et je trouve que cette critique relève de la mauvaise foi, en tout cas pour ce qui concerne ce passage :

      Argo begins with an historical montage referring to the Mossadegh coup as precursor so briefly that no one with the bad luck of encountering a long popcorn line will catch it

      tout au long du #film en effet on voit des Iranien(ne)s à la télévision qui expliquent pourquoi ils gardent les otages, qui rappellent les #tortures, à plusieurs reprises des agents de la CIA évoquent les atrocités commises par [leur] « ami »
      http://www.heerenstraattheater.nl/uploads/tx_cinemamovielist/86133.jpg

      ensuite on peut regretter plein de choses, notamment le fait que « la rue » est uniformément hostile, passant son temps à brailler, etc (même si, là encore, les personnages iraniens ne sont pas tous caricaturaux, on retrouve le bon gros tropisme habituel).



  • Egypt’s turmoil is a distraction from IMF economic agenda | Nick Dearden | Global development | guardian.co.uk
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/sep/21/egypt-turmoil-distraction-imf-economic-agenda?intcmp=122

    The storming of the US embassy in Cairo has diverted attention once again from the real issues facing Egypt. It couldn’t have come at a better time for those who want to convince the Egyptian people to accept an International Monetary Fund loan, and extend former president Hosni Mubarak’s liberalisation of the economy.

    While the western media and politicians seem content to view Egypt through the prism of political rights versus Islam, the economic causes of the revolution, the waves of strikes and economic demands of the activists are barely discussed.

    This allows the US and European governments to portray the $4.8bn IMF loan under negotiation, the “assistance” funds that will shortly start flowing into public-private “partnerships” and free trade zones being planned by the EU, as “gifts” to the Egyptian people. In recent days, highly critical rightwing commentaries about the US embassy incident have even suggested withdrawing such “gifts” until the Egyptian government can keep its people under control.

    The diversion into religious tension is also helpful to economic conservatives in the Egyptian administration, who are intent on pushing through the IMF loan, repaying Mubarak’s odious debts and opening the country to western capital. It allows President Mohammed Morsi to stand firm against the US on issues that are more symbolic, while giving way to its economic agenda.

    The IMF agenda is not popular. When it tried to negotiate a loan with the unelected interim military government last year, it was turned down on the grounds that the resulting IMF interference would be unacceptable.

    At the time, the opposition Muslim Brotherhood said it was firmly against the loan. Today, in government, the party hierarchy is supporting it, despite serious doubts in the wider organisation, where many are rightly concerned that an IMF agenda is incompatible with Islamic principles of finance.


  • “We can read Arabic too!”’ US embassy tells Egypt’s Brotherhood
    http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/52815.aspx

    While Egyptian protesters battled security forces outside the US embassy on Thursday morning, another standoff was taking place – this time in cyberspace.

    The Muslim Brotherhood’s official English-language Twitter account @Ikwanweb reposted a message from the group’s deputy head, Khairat El-Shater, saying he was “relieved none of @USembassycairo staff was hurt” and expressing his hope that US-Egypt relations could weather the events.
     
    This reconciliatory tweet, however, was posted while the Brotherhood’s Arabic-language Twitter account and its official website were both praising the protests – staged against a US-made film judged defamatory towards Islam – and calling for a million man march on Friday.
     
    One Arabic language article on the Brotherhood’s site sported the headline “Egyptians rise to defend the Prophet”.
     
    Noting the contradiction, the US Embassy in Cairo tweeted a tart response from its own account: “Thanks. By the way, have you checked out your own Arabic feeds? I hope you know we read those too.”


  • Tu sais qu’il y a actuellement un procès israélien pour le meurtre de Rachel Corrie ? Si tu ne le sais pas, ça n’est pas étonnant : à ma connaissance (et à la connaissance de Google News), rigoureusement aucun quotidien ou hebdomadaire francophone n’en a parlé, et côté anglophone, seul le Guardian a un article (et les habituels usual suspects russes et chinois) :
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/24/israel-rachel-corrie-us-ambassador

    At a meeting at the US embassy in Tel Aviv last week, the ambassador, Dan Shapiro, told Corrie’s parents and her sister that the government did not believe the Israeli military investigation had been “thorough, credible and transparent”, as had been promised by Israel. The investigation concluded that Corrie’s death was an accident and that she had endangered herself by entering a combat zone.


  • Lebanon’s Siniora had said ‘no’ to Malta hosting UN tribunal on Hariri assassination
    http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/en/newsdetails/news/world/Lebanon-s-Siniora-had-said-no-to-Malta-hosting-UN-tribunal-on-Hariri-

    Former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora had expressed “unease” at a United States proposal in 2007 to have Malta host the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) which was set up by a United Nations Security Council Resolution to prosecute those responsible for the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri in Beirut.

    A US embassy cable signed by Ambassador Jeffrey D. Feltman in Beirut in May 2007, revealed details of a meeting between US assistant secretary for international organisation affairs Kristen Silverberg with Lebanon’s then Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

    Silverberg had pressed Siniora on the site selection to host the tribunal and had touted Malta and Cyprus as possible venues.

    But the US cable goes on to say that “concerning site selection, Siniora expressed unease over placing the tribunal in either Cyprus or Malta.”

    According to the cable, Siniora said “that Syrian intelligence has numerous assets in Cyprus, while the security establishing the court in Malta may be compromised as well, but by Libyan agents.”

    The Lebanese Prime Minister had indicated to the US that placing the new tribunal in a secure European city would be preferable.

    #cablegate #wikileaks #tsl


  • Pour archive : #cablegate.

    AFP : Lebanon defence minister denies WikiLeaks cable
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gDN-xccZxwP82Ixf6LGSlZXwPpbw?docId=CNG.b007b6fdf3d1fd159bbb51e6423e8d3

    Another cable published on the Al-Akhbar website quoted Christian leader Samir Geagea, a key member of Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s ‘March 14’ coalition, as telling US embassy officials in 2008 that the premier opposed boosting an independent Shiite leader to counter Hezbollah.

    “Proposing that March 14 enlarge its reach, Geagea said he wanted to join forces with non-Hezbollah Shiites, and in particular, Ahmad Assaad, leader of Lebanon Intimaa (‘Belonging’), an anti-Hezbollah ’third way Shiite’ political movement,” read the cable.

    Geagea ‘cautioned that Saad is opposed to Assaad, in part because the Saudis (Saad’s allies) do not want to be at loggerheads with Hezbollah.’


  • New Statesman - The smearing of a revolution
    http://www.newstatesman.com/global-issues/2011/10/pilger-assange-media-guardian

    It is difficult to find well-informed objectivity in the Guardian’s book on Assange, sold lucratively to Hollywood, in which Assange is described gratuitously as a “damaged personality” and “callous”. In the book, Leigh revealed the secret password Assange had given the paper. The disclosure of this code, designed to protect a digital file containing the US embassy cables, set off a chain of events that led to the release of all the files. The Guardian denies “utterly” that it was responsible for the release. What then was the point of publishing the password?

    The Guardian’s Hackgate exposures were a tour de force; the Murdoch empire may disintegrate as a result. But, with or without Murdoch, a media consensus endures that echoes, from the BBC to the Sun, a corrupt, warmongering political establishment. Assange’s crime has been to threaten this consensus: those who fix the “parameters” of news and political ideas, and whose authority as media commissars is challenged by the revolution of the internet. The prize-winning former Guardian journalist Jonathan Cook has experience of both worlds.

    #wikileaks


  • AFP : Palestinian UN bid : US alerts citizens in Lebanon
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gOuz_93H1cwgttOZ89jYjqHHnI-A?docId=CNG.319356b1d05d041438fa9fcead8b111

    The US embassy in Lebanon warned its citizens on Friday to avoid Palestinian refugee camps and large gatherings in light of the expected showdown at the United Nations over Palestinian statehood.

    “The US embassy in Lebanon is alerting US citizens to a possibility of a surge in demonstrations in Beirut and around Lebanon in the coming days,” the embassy said in an emergency message sent to its nationals.

    Que je sache, toutes les ambassades étrangères ont toujours déconseillé à leurs ressortissants de se rendre dans les camps palestiniens.


  • Jeffrey Feltman dans ses œuvres :
    http://angryarab.blogspot.com

    A reader from Bahrain sent me this:  "You should know that Jeffery Feltman is here in Bahrain,camped at the US embassy in Manama, since last monday, i.e. overseing the saudi invasion on monday/tuesday and the  massacres of yesterday and today.  This makes his 4th public visit to Bahrain since Feb 16th."

    #bahreïn


  • Je notais hier qu’il y a des répressions qui n’intéressent absolument pas nos médias :
    http://seenthis.net/messages/12868

    Le Boston Globe, lui, a trouvé un axe particulièrement répugnant pour traiter le sujet :
    http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2011/02/26/at_least_19_dead_in_iraq_as_tens_of_thousands_join_protests

    1. It’s your shit, deal with it. Les Américains occupent toujours l’Irak, mais il faut bien comprendre qu’ils ne sont plus responsables de rien.

    This encounter, American officials said, posed a key test for Iraqi troops and riot police following the transfer of lead security responsibilities from the US military to the Iraqi government on Sept. 1.

    2. Ces bidasses irakiens que nous avons formé sont vraiment très pros. D’accord, ils ont tué 19 manifestants, mais avec une retenue et un respect pour la démocratie absolument exemplaire :

    But according to US Embassy officials, the Iraqi Army and police appear to have passed this test following years of high-priority training by US military advisers to help them function as a standalone, sovereign force.

    “What we have seen . . . is that Iraq’s security forces generally have not used force against peaceful protesters,’’ Aaron Snipe, deputy spokesman for the US Embassy, said last evening.

    Et malgré cela hier, l’info qui ne cadre pas du tout avec ce joyeux respect de la démocratie en Irak :
    http://story.irishsun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/2411cd3571b4f088/id/749373/cs/1

    The Iraqi capital Baghdad is now under curfew following nationwide protests which have called for more government accountability.

    Aujourd’hui, ce sujet n’intéresse toujours pas les médias français. #Irak


  • WikiLeaks cables: Tony Blair’s fees the talk of Beijing - Telegraph
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8304488/WikiLeaks-cables-Tony-Blairs-fees-the-talk-of-Beijing.html

    In a confidential memo to Washington in 2007, Aubrey Carlson, a member of the political team at the US embassy, recounted the gossip generated by Mr Blair’s earnings when he visited China shortly after leaving office.
    “French deputy chef de mission [Nicholas] Chapuis said he had heard Blair was paid USD500,000 [£240,000 at the time] for each engagement,” wrote Mr Carlson.

    Ça paie, comme métier, criminel de guerre.

    #cablegate #Tony_Blair


  • #WikiLeaks delivers contribution to #Bradley_Manning defence fund | guardian.co.uk
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/13/wikileaks-bradley-manning-defence-fund?INTCMP=SRCH

    WikiLeaks, the website that has published thousands of confidential US embassy cables, has donated $15,100 (£9,500) to the legal defence fund of Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of handing providing it with the digital trove.

    WikiLeaks had been coming under mounting criticism from Manning’s supporters to honour a pledge made last July to take on board a substantial part of the financial burden of the soldier’s defence. The fund is managed by Manning’s Rhode Island-based lawyer, David Coombs.


  • #WikiLeaks #cablegate: #McDonald's used US to put pressure on El #Salvador The Guardian
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/21/wikileaks-cables-mcdonalds-us-el-salvador

    McDonald’s tried to delay the US government’s implementation of a free-trade agreement in order to put pressure on El Salvador to appoint neutral judges in a $24m (£15.5m) lawsuit it was fighting in the country. The revelation of the McDonald’s strategy to ensure a fair hearing for a long-running legal battle against a former franchisee comes from a leaked US embassy cable dated 15 February 2006.


  • #WikiLeaks #cablegate : US intervened in #Michael_Moore NZ screening | The Guardian
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/22/wikileaks-cables-michael-moore-nz

    After a leaked cable from US diplomats in Havana falsely claimed Cuba had banned Moore’s documentary Sicko – when in fact it was shown on state television – another cable reveals US officials flying into a panic after hearing a rumour that a #New_Zealand cabinet minister was hosting a screening of Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11.

    Labelling the event a “potential fiasco”, the classified cable from the US embassy in Wellington in 2003 reads like a failed plotline for an episode of In the Loop, breathlessly reporting a series of calls to the New Zealand prime minister’s office and to the minister involved, Marian Hobbs.

    Cette info, assez anecdotique, confirme un aspect important des câbles diplomatiques : une grosse partie de l’activité « diplomatique » des ambassades consiste à lécher les bottes de la hiérarchie. Ici : faire montre d’un zèle ridicule pour faire annuler la projection d’un film. Ailleurs : transmettre les « hearsay » (témoignages indirects) les plus imbéciles du moment qu’ils vont dans le sens de la politique décrétée à Washington.


  • 18 mois avant la catastrophe du Golfe du Mexique, #BP a déjà eu un accident similaire au large de l’#Azerbaïdjan.

    WikiLeaks cables : BP suffered blowout on Azerbaijan gas platform | The Guardian
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/15/wikileaks-bp-azerbaijan-gulf-spill

    Striking resemblances between BP’s Gulf of Mexico disaster and a little-reported giant gas leak in Azerbaijan experienced by the UK firm 18 months beforehand have emerged from leaked US embassy cables.

    The cables reveal that some of BP’s partners in the gas field were upset that the company was so secretive about the incident that it even allegedly withheld information from them. They also say that BP was lucky that it was able to evacuate its 212 workers safely after the incident, which resulted in two fields being shut and output being cut by at least 500,000 barrels a day with production disrupted for months.

    Les américains s’inquiètent alors plus de la mauvaise image qu’est en train de se forger BP en Azerbaïdjan, plutôt que de savoir si ces méthodes opérationnelles n’entraîneraient pas des risques ailleurs :

    The cable continues: “At least some of BP’s ACG partners are similarly upset with BP’s performance in this episode, as they claim BP has sought to limit information flow about this event even to its ACG partners. Although it is too early to ascertain the cause, if in fact this production shutdown was due to BP technical error, and if it continues for months (as seems possible), BP’s reputation in Azerbaijan will take a serious hit.”

    • Un commentaire intéressant dans le forum de l’article:
      “Interesting that when the Gulf spill was in full swing and BP was blundering away in its approaches to fix it not one US official mentioned anything along the lines of ‘again’ or ‘happened before’... does the US govt. not read it’s own cables?”


  • I like to move it move it... On en apprend donc de belles sur les princes séoudiens.

    US embassy cables : Saudi youth ’frolic under princely protection’ | guardian.co.uk
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/235420

    Summary: Behind the facade of Wahabi conservatism in the streets, the underground nightlife for Jeddah’s elite youth is thriving and throbbing. The full range of worldly temptations and vices are available — alcohol, drugs, sex — but strictly behind closed doors. This freedom to indulge carnal pursuits is possible merely because the religious police keep their distance when parties include the presence or patronage of a Saudi royal and his circle of loyal attendants, such as a Halloween event attended by ConGenOffs on October 29. Over the past few years, the increased conservatism of Saudi Arabia’s external society has pushed the nightlife and party scene in Jeddah even further underground.

    On peut lire l’article du Guardian sur le sujet, assez marrant :
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/07/wikileaks-cables-saudi-princes-parties

    #Arabie_saoudite #cablegate