Tuesday, December 21, 2010

WikiLeaks cables, day 21: summary of today's key points

There are no fewer than 251,287 cables from more than 250 US embassies around the world, obtained by WikiLeaks. We present a day-by-day guide to the revelations from the US embassy cables both from the Guardian and its international media partners in the story

Robert Mugabe was offered a retirement opportunity by the UN, say the cables.
Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

The Observer

The UN offered Robert Mugabe a lucrative retirement overseas: a source in the MDC told American officials that the Zimbabwe president rejected the offer from Kofi Annan.

Julian Assange is like a hi-tech terrorist, says US vice-president Joe Biden.

Egypt "turned down" black-market nuclear weapons deal.

WikiLeaks cables reveal that a Tanzania official investigating BAE "fears for his life".

El País
• In an August 2008 cable, US diplomats in Madrid establish that the Spanish government is putting too much energy in its regional nationalist issues and not enough trying to address the economic crisis.

New York Times

• How WikiLeaks uses specialsied software to hide the origins and destinations of data.

by Guardian

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