Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wikileaks 'meltdown' for US foreign policy

The US Diplomatic Leaks
Der Spiegel: The development is no less than a political meltdown for American foreign policy. Never before in history has a superpower lost control of such vast amounts of such sensitive information... It is now possible to view many political developments around the world through the lens of those who participated in those events... An image emerges of a superpower that can no longer truly be certain of its allies... On the whole, the cables from the Middle East expose the superpower's weaknesses.

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WikiLeaks: The cables, which date from 1966 up until February of this year, contain confidential communications between 274 embassies in countries throughout the world and the State Department in Washington, D.C... The embassy cables will be released in stages over the next few months. The subject matter of these cables is of such importance, and the geographical spread so broad, that to do otherwise would not do this material justice.

The Guardian: The United States was catapulted into a worldwide diplomatic crisis today, with the leaking to the Guardian and other international media of more than 250,000 classified cables from its embassies, many sent as recently as February this year... At the start of a series of daily extracts from the US embassy cables -- many of which are designated 'secret' -- the Guardian can disclose that Arab leaders are privately urging an air strike on iran and that US officials have been instructed to spy on the UN's leadership.

The New York Times: A mammoth cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the last three years, provides an unprecedented look at bargaining by embassies, candid views of foreign leaders and assessments of threats... The cables, a huge sampling of the daily traffic between the State Department and some 270 embassies and consulates, amount to a secret chronicle of the United States' relations with the world in an age of war and terrorism.

Le Monde: Cette fuite de câbles est un troisième revers pour l'administration américaine. Mais il est beaucoup plus grave les Etas-Unis car il n'implique pas uniquement, cette fois, leur armée. C'est, à travers les télégrammes du département d'Etat, toute le diplomatie mondiale qui se trouve en partie dévoilée.

El País: Será muy costoso, por tanto, para ese país reparar el daño causado por esta filtración, y llevará años poner en pie un nuevo sistema de comunicación con plenas garantías. Lo más importante, sin embargo, es el valor informativo que esos documentos tienen actualmente. Estamos ante una serie de relatos... que servirán para una mejor comprensión de algunos conflictos y de personalidades que afectan determinantemente a nuestra vida y que pueden abrir a nuestros lectores a una nueva interpretación de la realidad que les rodea.
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