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I think, the series of leaks have been nothing but calculated move on USA’s part on the global chess board; (or board-game of ‘risk’) nothing new ever breaks out - all the old stories that were hashed to death in the media by analysts and investigative reporters and usually termed conspiracy theories by USA officially have come crawling out of the woodwork, yet again…the only twist in the tale this time? We have loads more juicy gossip to laugh over! By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom


ulian Assange (Wikileaks’ CEO)  is a hero. Or a villain. It all depends on your viewpoint. Personally, I think he is the latest victim (of USA propaganda machine). He might be thinking he is exposing the hidden truth but all he ever does is discover old wine in new packaging – I think, the series of leaks have been nothing but calculated move on USA’s part on the global chess board; (or board-game of ‘risk’) nothing new ever breaks out – all the old stories that were hashed to death in the media by analysts and investigative reporters and usually termed conspiracy theories by USA officially have come crawling out of the woodwork yet again…the only twist in the tale this time? We have loads more juicy gossip to laugh over!

This third leak in the series of leaks again bases all its information on one-sided reporting – hearsay, “he said, she said” type of statements. Again, there are no new documents discovered from the other side of the equation to support all these juicy bits of gossip. All it does is read the world politicians and ruling elite their Miranda rights, “anything you say will be used against you in the court of law,” in this case, the media with the world citizens playing the judge and The neverending Risk game in AT
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jury while the politicians from the Middle East and South Asian countries playing the defenders and USA the prosecuting counsel. The information leaked is again a series of secret memos detailing private conversations, intelligence reports and the US personnel’s personal opinions and commentary on the unfolding events.

I personally think all this so-called evidence has been deliberately leaked each time. It’s also manufactured to draw certain pictures of past events. No organization for example keeps such well preserved old records on-line in perfect chronological order just like that. I mean, we all work too. We all dump (or archive) our old data every six months to a year. If we need a particular email or a memo for our records, we might print a hard copy and maintain a paper file but usually we don’t preserve our work data in perfect state of animation even on our servers and that too across the board. We might maintain backup somewhere but heck, only the support staff would know where that is. The news reports say this data was accessible and leaked by one of the line staff to Wikileaks – a military private. Talk about America worrying about our nukes! The world should be more worried about their nukes falling into the wrong hands…the probability of that happening is greater! 🙂 I mean, if they can’t keep track of their sensitive private ‘musings’ on world events falling in the wrong hands, can you trust them to take care of the really big ticket items?

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It also exposes USA’s systematic Islamophobia. I mean, who is the target of all these conspiracy, sorry, intelligence theories and reports anyway? The Muslim governments in the middle east, central Asia and South Asia– Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Why in the world don’t the series of leaks expose what they privately think about the Chinese and the Russians too while they are at it? USA has been known to be on their case too in the media during the same period. Are you connecting the new dots? Sorry, it’s a variation of the same theme. ■

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.


  1. Sadia says:

    You are so right Fareeha, but do you wonder why our ppl do not think of this and make it such a big issue on TV channels….they just go on and on and what are the implications and what is Govt doing in this regard etc etc …..o come on….can some one throw some cold water on them ….

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  2. Funny you should say that Sadia.

    I was just talking to a friend of mine over this post – he said, its actually not deliberate or indeed a calculated move by the US government. The leak definitely happened. The security was breached by some insider. Only it will not hurt USA’s relations with any particular country in the long run. This is small fry stuff. hmmm.

    In other words, I apparently have a naturally suspicious mind and I always see wheels within wheels…sometimes, things are actually what they seem! 🙂 Go figure!

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  3. more reading?

    WikiLeaks bombs rock Islamabad
    From the Newspaper
    (5 hours ago) Today
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed

    ISLAMABAD: There has always been widespread dismay in Pakistan about unabashed US interference in the country’s internal matters. But the latest cache of American embassy cables leaked by WikiLeaks has laid bare the extent of the interference and involvement.

    But more shocking are revelations about how much leverage the Americans were being given by the country’s civilian and military leadership to micro-manage domestic politics.


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  4. Release of WikiLeaks Cables Sheds New Light on US-Pakistan Relations
    Ravi Khanna | Washington

    The release of WikiLeaks cables about Pakistan have shed new light on U.S.-Pakistan relations. Although the classified communications reveal Washington’s frustration with Islamabad and the struggle in Pakistan between the country’s military and political leadership, analysts say the public disclosure of the cables will not damage relations between the two countries.

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  5. Could be, the latest leaks were a fishing expedition…Pakistan in a defensive mode has started offering assurances that (Pak) nukes are safe! Someone somewhere might let something vital drop! Yeah…a regular clanger…well, have fun fishing in these troubled waters! Hahahaha! 🙂 My advice – Basit – stop talking – you are offering too much information! 🙂

    Islamabad, December 2, 2010
    Pak dismisses fears over safety of its nuke weapons

    Pakistan dismissed fears over the safety of its nuclear arsenal expressed by Western officials in secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, saying the custodial control mechanism for its strategic assets are foolproof.

    The United States and the world community are aware that Pakistan’s nuclear installations are well secured, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit told the media.


    Leaks about Pakistan confirm many theories
    By Andrew Buncombe, Asia Correspondent
    Thursday, 2 December 2010

    Pakistan yesterday made a show of denouncing the publication of the Wikileaks diplomatic cables and insisted its nuclear stockpile was in no danger of falling into the hands of extremists.

    The country’s High Commissioner, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, said the material had a “foolproof control and command system”. “We have always been telling them straight forward that [the nuclear weapons] are in secure hands, they don’t have to worry about it and we will protect them,” he told the BBC. “They are the dearest assets that we have and we’ll not allow anything to fall into any adventurer’s hands.”

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  6. US embassy cables: US and Pakistan deny revelations of mutual mistrust

    But security experts say leaks expose threat of terrorism that western governments have deliberately played down

    # guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 1 December 2010 23.30 GMT
    # Declan Walsh in Islamabad and Julian Borger

    Pakistani and US officials presented a united front today against revelations in the WikiLeaks cables that portray a fragile relationship dogged by subterfuge, suspicion and worries over the safety of Pakistan’s expanding nuclear arsenal.


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  7. WikiLeaks Fuels Anti-U.S. Sentiment in Pakistan
    By Rania Abouzeid / Islamabad
    Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

    In this land of conspiracy theories, roiling suspicions and rumors have long been rife that the U.S., while publicly pledging confidence in Pakistan’s ability to keep its much-prized nuclear arsenal out of the hands of al-Qaeda sympathizers, secretly plans to seize the Islamic A-bombs. The latest WikiLeaks document dump will do little to change that prevailing view.


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  8. NBC reports on reaction to leaks from Kabul to Cairo

    Following the release of more than 250,000 classified State Department documents, foreign capitals are beginning to respond to how they were seen through the lens of local U.S. diplomats.

    While U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that confidential reports by diplomats about other foreign diplomats is basically what diplomacy is and has been going on for hundreds of years, there will surely be a few bruised egos abroad.


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  9. WikiLeaks gets muted political response in Pakistan

    Criticism at home of Pakistan’s major political players is likely to be quelled by the fact that the government and its political opposition have been embarrassed equally.

    By Issam Ahmed, Correspondent / December 1, 2010
    Lahore, Pakistan

    The latest tranche of leaked US embassy cables out of Pakistan have highlighted the Pakistani military’s influence over its civilian government as well as America’s deep role in the country’s power politics.


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  10. U.S. officials try to minimize damage in Pakistan
    By Karin Brulliard
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, December 1, 2010

    ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – The preemptive diplomatic strike began eight days ago.

    On Tuesday of last week, the State Department briefed the Pakistani ambassador in Washington. The next day, in person and by phone, senior U.S. officials extended regrets and assurances to Pakistan’s president and foreign minister, according to a senior Pakistani diplomat.


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  11. Dec 2,2010

    Pakistan WikiLeaks no comfort to India

    The WikiLeaked U.S. diplomatic cables about Pakistan confirm much that was suspected about the relationship between the two countries — worse than troubled, built on mutual suspicion and fear of the capabilities of one to do harm to the other. As long as it was only journalists writing about it, both still had the luxury of denial, which they duly used when reports first began to surface about American fears that Pakistani nuclear weapons or material might fall into the hands of Islamist militants.


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  12. Pakistani leadership ‘okayed’ drone attacks: Wikileaks

    ISLAMABAD: Documents released by Wikileaks indicate that Pakistan’s political leadership has allegedly been in agreement with US drone attacks.

    The leaked cables quote former US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson as saying that the country’s political leadership approved the strikes in Pakistan’s tribal regions.


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  13. WikiLeaks and Pakistan’s nukes

    The latest batch of cables released by WikiLeaks says that in a September 2009 meeting between UK and US officials, “growing concern” was expressed about Pakistan’s nuclear programme; more precisely, about the safety and security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. The meeting also noted that “China could play a big role in stabilising Pakistan”. Clearly, it is not so much Pakistan’s possible export of these weapons to other countries as their falling into the wrong hands “within” Pakistan.


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  14. ‘Pak army no match for India’s so we want more nukes’
    Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN, Dec 1, 2010, 04.51pm IST

    WASHINGTON: Despite “pending economic catastrophe,” Pakistan is producing nuclear weapons at a “faster rate” than any other country in the world, according to a stunning American appraisal that forms part of the cables relating to US-Pakistan relations leaked by the whistleblower organization wikileaks.


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  15. Key Leaks
    (5 hours ago) Today
    By Sadef A. Kully

    Wikileaks released diplomatic cables, some classified as secret, from US embassies around the world causing an uproar in the international community. The diplomatic relationship between United States and Pakistan is closer than most government and international figures would like to admit – the cable leaks show that the major players in Pakistan went from the Army Chief of Staff all the way to the national leaders.

    Here are some major points that were discussed in the US cables related to Pakistan:


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  16. Q+A: U.S. cables underscore anxiety over Pakistan militants

    By Michael Georgy

    ISLAMABAD | Thu Dec 2, 2010 12:52am EST

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. diplomatic cables released by whistle-blower WikiLeaks highlight deep American concerns over long-term Muslim militancy in Pakistan, which Washington regards as vital to defeating a Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.


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  17. WikiLeaks: US special forces in northern Pakistan
    US special forces are secretly operating in tribal areas of northern Pakistan to help flush out Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters, leaked cables disclose.
    By Dean Nelson 10:30PM GMT 01 Dec 2010

    The 16 US soldiers embedded with the Pakistani armed forces have also helped coordinate missile strikes by unmanned drone aircraft.

    Permission for the combat role had “almost certainly” come with the personal endorsement of Gen Ashfaq Kayani, the head of the Pakistani army.


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  18. Wiki fallout? Canada’s envoy offers to resign
    ‘My words about Karzai and the influence of his family may attract attention’

    msnbc.com staff and news service reports
    updated 1 hour 36 minutes ago 2010-12-02T15:16:47

    Canada’s ambassador to Afghanistan has offered to resign his post ahead of potentially damaging revelations in an upcoming WikiLeaks release, Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper reported.

    William Crosbie has warned Ottawa that information in one of the U.S. diplomatic cables could damage his country’s relations with Afghanistan, the newspaper reported.


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  19. December 2, 2010 8:05 AM PST
    Amazon cuts off WikiLeaks

    by Lance Whitney

    WikiLeaks no longer has a home at Amazon.

    The controversial site, which has roused the ire of the U.S. government for leaking classified information, is no longer being hosted by Amazon’s Web servers as of yesterday.

    WikiLeaks had been tapping into Amazon’s EC2, or Elastic Cloud Computing service–including earlier this week. WikiLeaks said yesterday it’s now being hosted by servers in Europe, according to Reuters.


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  20. WikiLeaks: India calls Pakistan’s 26/11 probe ‘positive’
    Cables released by WikiLeaks state that Indian officials may not say it publicly, but privately they admit that Pakistan has made progress with regard to the Mumbai attacks probe.

    WikiLeaks cable related to the investigation, dates back to scarcely three months after 26/11.


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  21. Pakistan’s classified information never leaked: Basit
    ISLAMABAD, Dec 2 (APP): Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit said on Thursday that Pakistan’s classified information had never been leaked. Talking to PTV, the spokesman said that the leakage of the United States classified documents was a big issue and the nations should evolve a foolproof security mechanism for such communications in future.
    He said that at present the situation was worrying for the whole world but with the passage of time the things would become normal.


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  22. Wikileaks Actually Shows US-Pakistan Relations Are Strong
    Syed Yahya Hussainy
    Co-editor, New Pakistan
    Posted: December 2, 2010 12:40 PM

    The past few days we have witnessed a lot of panic about the state of US-Pakistan relations following the release of secret diplomatic cables by the website Wikileaks. In Pakistan, right-wing conspiracy theorists see the documents as proof of a secret plan to seize the nation’s nuclear assets; their counterparts on the American right-wing see the documents as proof that Pakistan is secretly working with terrorist militants. In actuality, the documents tell a very different story — one in which US-Pakistan relations are stronger than ever before.


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  23. Pakistan media full of WikiLeaks discussion
    By Reza Sayah, CNN
    December 2, 2010 — Updated 2259 GMT (0659 HKT)

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — No matter what daily newspaper you picked up in Pakistan on Thursday, the headline was on the fallout from the WikiLeaks cables.

    “WikiLeaks throws tons of dirt, shame on Pak players,” read the front page of the English daily The News.


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  24. Cables reveal U.S. misgivings about Pakistan
    U.S. officials are seen worrying about Pakistan’s support for militants fighting in Afghanistan, saying aid incentives would do little to change Islamabad’s actions, which stem from fear of India.
    By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times

    December 2, 2010|3:20 p.m.

    Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan —
    Months before the Obama administration this year urged Congress to provide $2 billion in military aid to Pakistan as part of an ongoing strategy to win over a reluctant ally in the war on terror, Washington’s top diplomat in Islamabad had flatly warned that a cash-for-cooperation approach would never work.


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  25. Fashioning the Myth of Julian Assange
    December 2, 2010 7:10pm | Share

    Tell me this: if you were a filmmaker casting, say, a James Bond film, and there was a role for a “shadowy whistleblower” whom governments think is terribly dangerous but who is smooth enough to talk (and slip) his way out of almost any jam, who is a sort of popular hero just elegant enough to be threatening, would he or would he not resemble Julian Assange?


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  26. Plea to ban WikiLeaks in Pakistan dismissed
    By: Sajid Zia | Published: December 04, 2010

    LAHORE – Observing that access to facts and the truth cannot be denied to the citizens of Pakistan, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court Friday in limine dismissed a petition which prayed for a ban on the publication, printing and broadcast of the WikiLeaks reports on Pakistan.


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  27. Pakistan blasts WikiLeaks cables
    By: Abrar Saeed | Published: December 04, 2010

    ISLAMABAD – The Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) affirmed the strong commitment of the Government and people of Pakistan to defend the country’s honour, dignity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity for which all the requisite steps would be taken including the strengthening of strategic and conventional capabilities of the country’s defence forces.


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  28. A View From Israel: The Afghan conundrum
    12/03/2010 14:50

    After WikiLeaks revelations, experts doubt the US-led coalition can thwart the Taliban insurgency unless Pakistan makes fighting terrorism a serious priority.


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  29. US did not want CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry restored
    Updated at: 0931 PST, Saturday, December 04, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Former US ambassador Anne W Patterson had strongly opposed the restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry during a January 2008 meeting with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, who told the US ambassador that without restoring of the chief justice, other judges’ restoration would be meaningless.


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  30. An opportunity that Pakistan missed
    Sandeep Dikshit

    Leaked secret cables from the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, just after the November 26, 2008 attacks in Mumbai, reveal a more complex narrative than that chronicled so far.


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  31. WikiLeaks: A tool of psy warfare
    Gen Mirza Aslam Beg Former COAS

    THE WikiLeaks revelations confirm the obvious, more than what it informs us about the darker corners of ‘US diplomacy, cloaked in securi-tocracy.’ In fact, it is Cyber War, in the new game of psy-warfare, targeting individuals and countries, to cover-up the shame of defeat of war on Afghanistan, war on Iraq and 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon. The cyber war has been launched, impacting public opinion globally, and focusing on three objectives mainly:


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  32. Zardari govt weakening: leak quotes Holbrooke
    Updated at: 2218 PST, Friday, December 03, 2010

    WASHINGTON: WikiLeaks has revealed that US special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke told Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao that President Asif Ali Zardari’s government was weakening.


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  33. Muhammad Asif says:

    Well… I agreed, nothing new but i think these all things should be brought out or publicize so everyone should know the story behind the scene.

    BTW… nice blog fareeha, keep it up.

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  34. Wikileaks Shows US Micro-Managing Pakistan
    By Rajeev Sharma

    Two things stand out in the Pakistan-specific Wikileaks Cablegate: (i) the United States is micro managing Pakistan in every conceivable sphere of activity to the extent that Pakistan emerges as a mere satrapy of the Americans; (ii) Pakistan, like an impish child, is habitual of defying the guardian’s diktats and as a result the US is nowhere close to its ultimate strategic goals of controlling the Pakistani nukes and weaning the state away from jihadi terrorists.


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  35. Pakistan military says its supports government
    The Associated Press
    Saturday, December 4, 2010; 11:05 AM

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s military supports the country’s civilian government, the army spokesman said Saturday in an apparent response to leaked U.S. diplomatic cables that show the country’s top general had considered removing the president from power.


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  36. US conditioned Pak-US civil N-cooperation: Leaks
    Updated at 530 PST Sunday, December 05, 2010

    WASHINGTON: WikiLeaks has disclosed another key point regarding Pakistan-US ties, which is about putting a condition on Pakistan for securing a nuclear cooperation with superpower likewise India, Geo News reported.


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  37. Kayani holds all national leaders in esteem: ISPR
    Sunday, Dec 5, 2010

    * Athar Abbas says WikiLeaks revelations about army chief are baseless

    * Army has demonstrated policy of supporting political process within confines of Pakistan’s constitution

    LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani holds all national leaders in esteem, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Athar Abbas was quoted as saying by a private TV channel on Saturday.


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  38. US embassy cables: Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists raise funds in Saudi Arabia

    * guardian.co.uk, Sunday 5 December 2010 12.00 GMT
    * Article history

    Monday, 10 August 2009, 23:56
    S E C R E T STATE 083026
    EO 12958 DECL: 08/07/2019
    REF: STATE 65044
    Classified By: IO”>IO”>IO Assistant Secretary Esther Brimmer for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)


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  39. WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists

    Hillary Clinton memo highlights Gulf states’ failure to block funding for groups like al-Qaida, Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba

    # guardian.co.uk, Sunday 5 December 2010 15.30 GMT

    Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton.


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  40. Chinese news sites steer clear of China-related WikiLeaks cables

    Accusations that Chinese government was involved in the hacking of Google have been described as ‘sheer nonsense’

    * Tania Branigan in Beijing and agencies
    * guardian.co.uk, Sunday 5 December 2010 13.56 GMT
    * Article history

    There is no sign of WikiLeaks material relating to China on news sites in the country today, despite coverage of the leaked diplomatic memos as a whole on popular portals such as Tencent and Sohu.

    It was never likely that authorities would allow coverage of such sensitive material to appear – particularly when some of it deals with their censorship of the internet.


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  41. WikiLeaks Server Goes Down, Swiss Say
    Swiss WikiLeaks supporters say France-based server has gone offline, switching to backup
    The Associated Press
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    By JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press
    GENEVA December 5, 2010 (AP)

    WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange turned increasingly to Switzerland on Sunday, dodging a barrage of threats online and in the real world to keep access to a trove of U.S. State Department cables under a Swiss Web address.


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  42. Fed workers told: Stay away from those leaked cables
    Directive notes the content ‘remains classified’; Columbia U. also warns future diplomats

    msnbc.com staff and news service reports
    updated 12/4/2010 9:59:14 PM ET 2010-12-05T02:59:14

    NEW YORK — With tens of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables still to be disclosed by WikiLeaks, the Obama administration has warned federal government employees, and even some future diplomats, that they must refrain from downloading or even linking to any.


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  43. WikiLeaks loses major source of revenue

    (AP) – 1 day ago

    BERLIN (AP) — WikiLeaks has lost a major source of revenue after the online payment service provider PayPal cut off its account used to collect donations, saying the website is engaged in illegal activity.

    The announcement also came as WikiLeaks is struggling to keep its website accessible after service providers such as Amazon dropped contracts, and governments and hackers continued to hound the organization.


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  44. Not Dead Yet
    A United States with geopolitical muscle like no one else.

    Leaking diplomatic dispatches used to be a recognized diplomatic art. In the not too distant past, American ambassadors in Central America or the Middle East who thought Washington was ignoring their cables would share them with correspondents, knowing that news reports would have a better chance of reaching the secretary of state’s desk than almost any memo the ambassadors wrote themselves.


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  45. We will not give Taliban share of power, Holbrooke assured Rao

    Narayan Lakshman

    WASHINGTON: The reintegration of Taliban fighters into any formal governing structure in Afghanistan “is not a political negotiation designed to give Taliban elements a share of power,” Richard Holbrooke, United States Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, assured Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.


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  46. December 5, 2010 2:48 PM
    Wikileaks Reveals Tensions Between Pakistan, Saudis
    Posted by Farhan Bokhari

    The U.S. appears to have made little headway in seeking closer cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to block wealthy Saudi sympathizers from funding Islamic conservatives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, senior Western and Arab diplomats have told CBS News after carefully examining some of the State Department documents revealed on WikiLeaks.


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  47. WikiLeaks founder threatens to release entire cache of unfiltered files
    LONDON— From Monday’s Globe and Mail
    Published Sunday, Dec. 05, 2010 8:55PM EST
    Last updated Sunday, Dec. 05, 2010 9:02PM EST

    At the centre of a tightening web of death threats, sex-crime accusations and high-level demands for a treason trial, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threatened to unleash a “thermonuclear device” of completely unexpurgated government files if he is forced to appear before authorities.


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  48. US won’t support undemocratic process: Munter
    US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said that Washington wanted to strengthen democratic institutions in Pakistan and that it would not support any undemocratic process in the country. He also ruled out the possibility of the WikiLeaks fiasco triggering a trust deficit between Pakistan and the US.


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  49. US envoy enjoys Lahori breakfast

    LAHORE: US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter on Sunday said he liked the spicy chanay and puri in breakfast, saying that Lahori food was the best all over the world.


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  50. Zardari wanted judiciary of his choice: Leaks
    Updated at 1050 PST Monday, December 06, 2010
    KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari wanted judiciary of his own choice, and believed that the Supreme Court will declare PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif disqualified, according to one of the cables released by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.


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  51. WikiLeaks: Nawaz enjoys public support, but can’t topple govt
    ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and chief of a major opposition party Nawaz Sharif is far more popular than President Asif Ali Zardari, but he cannot topple the government with street power, according to new US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

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  52. ‘N’ ‘values’ Kayani’s remarks about Sharif
    By: Ashraf Mumtaz | Published: December 06, 2010

    LAHORE – PML-N on Sunday expressed satisfaction over the statement issued by the ISPR, which stated that Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani respected all political leaders, including former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif.
    “We value the statement,” party’s senior leader Senator Pervaiz Rashid said while talking to The Nation.


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  53. WikiLeaks Reveals Saudis as a Major Influence in Pakistan
    By Ishaan Tharoor Monday, Dec. 06, 2010
    With CIA drones buzzing over the mountains of Waziristan and billions of American dollars bankrolling Islamabad as Washington demands that more be done to fight the Taliban, it’s hardly surprising that Pakistanis obsess about U.S. intervention. But documents from WikiLeaks’ vast trove of U.S. diplomatic cables offer a timely reminder of the machinations of another key foreign player, perhaps even more influential: Saudi Arabia.

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  54. Analysis: WikiLeaks stirs debate on info revolution

    By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent

    LONDON | Mon Dec 6, 2010 10:50am EST

    LONDON (Reuters) – Heroes to some, villains to others, WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange highlight divisions over data security and show the tech-fueled information revolution is outpacing debate over its use.


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  55. WikiLeaks reveals list of international facilities & resources ‘vital’ to U.S.

    By Michael Sheridan

    Monday, December 6th 2010, 10:10 AM

    A secret list of facilities deemed “vital” to the United States and in need of protection from terrorism has been released as part of the files made public by WikiLeaks.

    The detailed compilation which highlights “critical infrastructure” locations outside the borders of the U.S., assembled in 2008, was developed “to build a safer, more secure, and more resilient America,” according to the cable.

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  56. Sharif ‘most trusted man’ of Saudi royal family in Pak: PML-N
    PTI, Dec 9, 2010, 02.11pm IST

    LAHORE: Pakistan’s main opposition PML-N party says its chief Nawaz Sharif is the Saudi royal family’s “favourite and most trusted man” in this country despite “some misunderstanding” between them in the past.


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  57. WikiLeaks vigilante war spills onto Web
    Posted: Wednesday, December 8 2010 at 07:16 pm CT by Bob Sullivan

    The vigilante cyberskirmish surrounding WikiLeaks has now spilled over onto the wider Internet, and Web sites like Mastercard.com and Visa.com have become collateral damage.

    First came The Jester, a hacker who temporarily took down WikiLeaks’ website. Copycats also began hitting WikiLeaks and its mirror Web sites. That prompted other hackers to launch a pro-WikiLeaks campaign, promising to keep the whistle-blowing website afloat and attacking government agencies and corporations that appear to oppose WikiLeaks.

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  58. Pak facing tough challenges: cables
    Updated at: 1007 PST, Thursday, December 09, 2010

    WASHINGTON: In the latest leaked US diplomatic cables, it has been suggested that instead of being a failed state, Pakistan was then facing rough and tough challenges.

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  59. What’s next for Julian Assange?
    By Ashley Fantz, CNN
    December 8, 2010 — Updated 2142 GMT (0542 HKT)

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in custody on a Swedish arrest warrant, charged with rape, unlawful coercion.

    * Julian Assange is in custody in London on a Swedish arrest warrant unrelated to WikiLeaks
    * Main issue for Assange is whether to waive extradition to Sweden, CNN legal analyst says
    * British courts will investigate before turning Assange over to Sweden, Jeffrey Toobin says
    * Toobin: U.S. cannot request extradition until it charges Assange with a crime

    (CNN) — WikiLeaks editor and founder Julian Assange voluntarily turned himself in Tuesday to authorities in London, after an arrest warrant was issued for him in Sweden on charges of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.


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  60. Balochistan, Afghanistan key pressure points for Indo-Pak relations: Wikileaks

    Indo-Asian News Service
    Islamabad, December 09, 2010
    First Published: 12:18 IST(9/12/2010)
    Last Updated: 12:22 IST(9/12/2010)

    The Pakistani Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani told a key US lawmaker that India would have to decrease its footprint in Afghanistan and stop ‘alleged’ interfering in Balochistan in order to gain his country’s trust, according to the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.


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  61. UK court grants bail to WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange
    (1 hour ago) Today
    Tagged: Julian Assange, WikiLeaks

    LONDON: A British judge granted bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday, saying he must abide by strict bail conditions as he fights extradition to Sweden in a sex-crimes investigation.

    The 39-year-old Australian has been held in a London prison for a week after surrendering to Scotland Yard due to a Swedish arrest warrant.


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  62. Dawn’s In depth look at Wikileaks….

    ‘Russia targeting Tajikistan to reduce western influence’
    Tagged: Central Asia, russia, Tajikistan, WikiLeaks

    1. (S) SUMMARY: Although we now de-emphasize its previous Cold-War primacy in U.S. foreign policy, Russia still requires clear-eyed scrutiny for the havoc it can play with the President’s democracy agenda and larger goals for transformational diplomacy in the former Soviet republics. We believe Russia is exerting consistent and strong pressure on Tajikistan to reduce the U.S. and Western role and presence. Although Tajikistan’s “open-door” foreign policy seeks to balance competing foreign pressures for its own best interests, Moscow’s pressure is beginning to take a toll. To promote democracy and economic and political reform in Tajikistan, we need to develop new ways to overcome negative Russian actions and influence. END SUMMARY.


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  63. A partnership to survive
    Cyril Almeida
    December 10, 2010 (4 days ago)

    BY now even his foes grudgingly admit it: Zardari has proved a great survivor. The man friends refer to as the Teflon President has turned out to be a cannier political operator than anyone thought possible.

    Learning to turn the other cheek and absorb blows, he`s guided his party through the trickiest of political terrain. WikiLeaks tells us Zardari knows he`s no BB, but what the past couple of years tell us is that may not necessarily be such a bad thing. The Zardari government`s odds of surviving are higher than any other political government`s have been at a similar point in its term.


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  64. The truth’s out there
    Irfan Husain
    December 11, 2010 (3 days ago)

    A COUPLE of years ago, I was sitting in a Pakistani envoy`s office in a western capital. While we were waiting for coffee, he passed a typed sheet of paper to me, and asked what I thought of it.

    Before me was a draft message addressed to the Foreign Office in Islamabad, and contained a report about an alleged Muslim plot to commit a terrorist attack.


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  65. The Wiki conspiracy that wasn’t
    Fasi Zaka

    When the WikiLeaks story initially broke, a journalist I knew said to me, “so, it looks like the mad conspiracy theorists were right all along”. I had to agree with him — the world view of the conspiracy theorist that avoided facts and played with fancy was somehow right.

    At that time, the only cables that had been processed were ones that showed the unbelievable extent to which Pakistani politicians took their cue from the Americans and that the only country that really cared about the massive corruption in Pakistan was Saudi Arabia.


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  66. Fighting ‘Islamophobia’ to stop the clash of civilisations
    Naveed Hussain

    Complaints of prejudice against Islam and Muslims in western societies are often brushed aside as oversensitivity on the part of Muslims. But spiralling hate crimes in the West show it is not just a case of oversensitivity, it is part of a campaign creating a morbid fear of Islam and the systematic distortion of the image of Muslims — a phenomenon called ‘Islamophobia’.


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  67. Hypocrites to the core
    Ardeshir Cowasjee
    December 19, 2010 (2 days ago)

    THE local outrage over the WikiLeaks exposure is as hypocritical as is the hypocrisy of our civil and military so-called leaders who cosy up to the Americans in private whilst expediently criticising them publicly.

    For far too long, Pakistanis have abused the Americans while simultaneously seeking help from them. Those who have attempted to acknowledge our dependence on the US have been slammed by the ridiculous ` ghairat ` lobby. Why the unwillingness to recognise that our military needs US-made hardware and our economy needs US aid and investment? Does ghairat demand that we publicly abuse the US and those who openly acknowledge Pakistan`s dependence on Uncle Sam?


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  68. Massaging public opinion
    Cyril Almeida
    December 17, 2010 (4 days ago)

    THE Invisible Soldiers are on the march again. Spreading their lies, planting their conspiracy theories, nudging Pakistanis to blame anyone and everyone other than the self-appointed guardians of the national interest for all that ails us.

    Look, the dirty Indians are up to their dirty tricks like always. Hey, did you know the Americans are in bed with the dirty Indians and want to destroy us through Afghanistan and Balochistan? Psst, see what the scummy politicians are up as the Americans and Indians and Jews plot against the country.


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  69. Pakistan’s Military Shapes Relationship With U.S.
    by Julie McCarthy

    Dec 21, 2010

    Classified U.S. diplomatic cables from Pakistan, released by WikiLeaks, reveal that despite billions of dollars in U.S. assistance to the civilian government, it is Pakistan’s army that appears to be in charge.

    The army is where the power lies in Pakistan, according to defense analyst Ayesha Siddiqa. She says anyone seen to be challenging the military or “the military’s national narrative is then considered as anti-nationalist, as an enemy of the state, considered as operating on the other side.”


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  70. WikiLeaks cables: will the world now intervene over torture in Kashmir?

    Will the leaked communiqués mark a shift in western foreign policy, or is it to be business as usual in Kashmir?

    Almost every household in Kashmir has a story to tell of human rights violation by the local police or the Indian security forces. Generations have experienced violence amid a culture of impunity spanning six decades.

    Last Friday, leaked US embassy cables disclosed the findings of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on torture in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) between 2002-2004.


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  71. UN to investigate treatment of jailed leaks suspect Bradley Manning

    Office of rapporteur on torture confirms it is looking into complaint made by Manning supporter

    * Ewen MacAskill in Washington
    * The Guardian, Thursday 23 December 2010

    The United Nations is investigating a complaint on behalf of Bradley Manning that he is being mistreated while held since May in US Marine Corps custody pending trial. The army private is charged with the unauthorised use and disclosure of classified information, material related to the WikiLeaks, and faces a court martial sometime in 2011.


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  72. WikiLeaks: 1 percent of diplomatic cables published
    By Raphael G. Satter

    Associated Press

    LONDON (AP) — Nearly two months after WikiLeaks outraged the U.S. government by launching the release of a massive compendium of diplomatic documents, the secret-spilling website has published 2,658 U.S. State Department cables — just over 1 percent of its trove of 251,287 documents.


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  73. Monday, 14 March 2011

    Clinton Spokesman Resigns for Criticizing U.S. Treatment of WikiLeaks Suspect

    Telling the truth when you are a spokesman for the American government is a career ender.

    WARREN P. STROBEL – McClatchy Newspapers

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief spokesman abruptly resigned Sunday, three days after he publicly criticized the treatment in confinement of WikiLeaks suspect Army Pfc. Bradley Manning as “counterproductive and stupid.”


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  74. WikiLeaks: 255 Guantanamo Bay detainees incriminated on claims of eight inmates
    Evidence from just over half a dozen detainees was used to incriminate nearly a third of the inmates at Guantanamo Bay, leaked files disclose.
    By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor 6:37PM BST 26 Apr 2011

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    Analysis of the files, obtained by the WikiLeaks website, shows that claims from just eight detainees were used to help build cases against some 255 men in Cuba.

    Most prisoners at the camp were not captured by American forces which meant interrogators had to construct a picture of the stories of the detainees by cross-checking them against testimonies from other prisoners.


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