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US government: Nosey Parker of the planet - WikiLeaks cable dump alerts

US government: Nosey Parker of the planet - WikiLeaks cable dump alerts Compiled by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 29 Nov 2010 *This page will be updated!* Check for updates as WikiLeaks dumps the cables!

'Horses don't have good lawyers.' WikiLeaks: Saudi King: Use Force to Surgically Implant Microchips in Guantanamo Detainees 28 Nov 2010 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia told a senior White House official to consider surgically implanting homing devices under Guantanamo Bay detainees' skin. That's one of the many potentially embarrassing comments from diplomatic back rooms now being made public by WikiLeaks. During a March 2009 meeting with John Brennan, President Obama's closest counterterrorism adviser, Abdullah proposed shooting electronic chips into the residual Guantanamo population, "allowing their movements to be tracked with Bluetooth." Abdullah appears to have come up with the idea on the fly during their meeting -- "I've just thought of something," the cable quotes him saying -- and considered forced subcutaneous chip implantation uncontroversial, since it's already "done with horses and falcons." Brennan appears to have gingerly waved him off: "[H]orses don’t have good lawyers," he replied...

US diplomats spied on UN leadership --Diplomats ordered to gather intelligence on Ban Ki-moon --Secret directives sent to more than 30 US embassies --Call for DNA data, computer passwords and terrorist links 28 Nov 2010 Washington is running a secret intelligence campaign targeted at the leadership of the United Nations, including the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon and the permanent security council representatives from China, Russia, France and the UK. A classified directive which appears to blur the line between diplomacy and spying was issued to US diplomats under Hillary Clinton's name in July 2009, demanding forensic technical details about the communications systems used by top UN officials, including passwords and personal encryption keys used in private and commercial networks for official communications. It called for detailed biometric information "on key UN officials, to include undersecretaries, heads of specialised agencies and their chief advisers, top SYG [secretary general] aides, heads of peace operations and political field missions, including force commanders" as well as intelligence on Ban's "management and decision-making style and his influence on the secretariat".

US Diplomats Told to Spy on Other Countries at United Nations --Orders from Clinton 28 Nov 2010 The US State Department gave its diplomats instructions to spy on other countries' representatives at the United Nations, according to a directive signed by Hillary Clinton. Diplomats were told to collect information about e-mail accounts, credit cards and passwords, among other things. US diplomats are alleged to have been requested by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to spy on the diplomats of other countries at the United Nations. That was the purpose of the "National Humint Collection Directive," which has been seen by SPIEGEL. The document was signed by Clinton and came into force on July 31, 2009.

Leaked cable: US spied on Hamas, PA 28 Nov 2010 The US government in 2008 directed its personnel across the Middle East to gather meticulous intelligence on Hamas and Palestinian Authority officials, a leaked diplomatic cable reveals. The cable, provided to The Guardian by the whistleblower group WikiLeaks, lays out a "national human intelligence collection directive" asking US personnel to obtain "Details of travel plans such as routes and vehicles used by Palestinian Authority leaders and HAMAS members."

US embassy cables: US treasury pledges Obama will pressure Iran 28 Nov 2010 Summary: Stuart Levey of the US treasury tells Israeli officials that Barack Obama will continue efforts to combat terrorist financing and maintain a financial squeeze on Iran. Mossad chief Meir Dagan reports sanctions are beginning to have a negative effect on Tehran.

Israel gets a pass in new 'Wikileaks' - Focus is on Iran By kenny's sideshow 28 Nov 2010 Julian Assange said the release of classified US documents will cover "every major issue" in the world while Benjamin Netanyahu said material concerning Israel will not be the focal point of a new exposé by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. "Israel is not the center of international attention" declared a confident Netanyahu. You can't have it both ways fellows. Israel does stand at the center of every major issue in the middle east and in manipulating U.S. foreign policy. There will be nothing new revealed about the crimes of Israel but plenty about their 'enemies.' U.S. spying is featured but Israeli spying seems to be missing.

Israel primed to attack a nuclear Iran --US embassy cables show security service has told Washington 'all options' are on table if Iranian bomb looks inevitable 28 Nov 2010 Israel regarded 2010 as a "critical year" for tackling Iran's alleged quest for nuclear weapons and has warned the United States that time is running out to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb. Ehud Barak, Israel's defence minister, told American congressmen in June 2009 there was a window of "between six and 18 months from now in which stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons might still be viable". After that, Barak said - in a striking admission recorded in a confidential state department document - "any military solution would result in unacceptable collateral damage".

WikiLeaks exposé: Saudis told U.S. 'Cut off the head of the snake' on Iran --Diplomatic cables to U.S. officials quote leaders of mainly Sunni Arab states urging Iranian nuclear program be stopped 'by whatever means necessary'. 29 Nov 2010 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia repeatedly exhorted the United States to "cut off the head of the snake" by launching military strikes to destroy Iran's nuclear program, according to leaked U.S. diplomatic cables. A copy of the cable dated April 20, 2008, was published in the New York Times website on Sunday after being released by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks: Yemen covered up US drone strikes 28 Nov 2010 The Yemeni government covered up US drone strikes against 'al-Qaeda' there and claimed the bombs were its own, according to the WikiLeaks documents. Amid public distrust of the US in Yemen, officials in both countries have stated publicly that the Yemeni government is leading the fight against Islamist militants. ...According to a leaked document from January, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh told Gen David Petraeus, then commander of US forces in the Middle East, that: "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours." The conversation was reported in a diplomatic cable sent back to Washington by a US diplomat in Yemen.

Secret US Embassy Cables --WikiLeaks database of cables

US embassy cables: browse the database --Use our interactive guide to discover what has been revealed in the leak of 250,000 US diplomatic cables. By Chris Fenn, guardian.co.uk 28 Nov 2010

WikiLeaks is threatening national security, says Downing Street 29 Nov 2010 The leak of thousands of confidential diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks is damaging to national security, Downing Street said today. David Cameron’s officials have been briefed personally by the United States ambassador to London as No10 braces for further embarrassing revelations from WikiLeaks throughout this week... However, No10 stopped short of backing calls from US politicians to declare WikiLeaks a terrorist organisation.

Spooks and soldiers seconded to examine secret cables 30 Nov 2010 A taskforce of Australian soldiers, spies and officials has been formed to pore over 250,000 US files being published by WikiLeaks. The Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, said he had instructed the federal police to investigate the organisation's co-founder, Julian Assange, an Australian citizen. The taskforce was formed yesterday, on the first day of what is expected to be weeks of drip-fed releases of confidential files from US embassies around the world, given to WikiLeaks this year.

Congressman wants WikiLeaks listed as terrorist group By Declan McCullagh 28 Nov 2010 The incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says WikiLeaks should be officially designated as a terrorist organization. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the panel's presumptive next head [lunatic], asked the Obama administration today to "determine whether WikiLeaks could be designated a foreign terrorist organization," putting the group in the same company as al-Qaeda and Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese cult that released deadly sarin gas on the Tokyo subway.

WikiLeaks: US Senators call for WikiLeaks to face criminal charges --'WikiLeaks presents a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States.' 28 Nov 2010 Members of the United States Congress reacted with fury at WikiLeaks on Sunday, calling on the group to be designated a "Foreign Terrorist Organisation" and urging the United States government to pursue a prosecution. "Leaking the material is deplorable," Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, a Republican, told Fox 'News.' "The people at WikiLeaks could have blood on their hands ... People who do this are low on the food chain as far as I'm concerned. If you can prosecute them, let's try."

WikiLeaks: Julian Assange could face 'grave consequences' 28 Nov 2010 Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has been rebuffed by the US government after he sought information "regarding individuals who may be 'at significant risk of harm'" because of" his release of classified documents. His unusual move to open an 11th-hour dialogue about the documents came after a Swedish appeals court last week upheld an arrest warrant on rape charges for Mr Assange, validating an international warrant... His approach to the State Department, in a letter co-signed by his lawyer Jennifer Robinson, suggested that Mr Assange might be feeling under growing pressure after the Swedish court decision and the US government accused him of endangering lives.

WikiLeaks: We are under denial of service attack 28 Nov 2010 10:38 AM PST Whistleblower WikiLeaks said today its Web site has been targeted by a massive computer attack, just hours before an expected release of classified U.S. documents. "We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack," WikiLeaks said on its Twitter feed. Efforts to reach the page as of this writing were unsuccessful. In a Twitter post last week, the whistleblower site announced it was preparing to release its largest cache of classified documents.

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