Tuesday, January 18, 2011

WikiLeaks cables: US feared Turkish military backlash in 'coup plot' arrests

Turkish arrests of senior military officers last year could trigger 'unpredictable reaction', US embassy cable warned
A Turkish soldier stands guard while police search the residence of a retired army
general in Istanbul in February last year. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters
US diplomats in Turkey feared that a wave of arrests of senior military officers last year over an alleged plot to topple the country's Islamist-rooted government could trigger an "unpredictable military reaction", according to a leaked diplomatic cable.

About 200 active and retired Turkish military officers, including former chiefs of the air force and dozens of generals and admirals, went on trial in December on charges of "attempting to topple the government by force" as part of a plot dubbed Sledgehammer.

WikiLeaks: US advised to sabotage Iran nuclear sites by German thinktank

The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, inspecting the Natanz nuclear plant,
the target of the Stuxnet worm. Photograph: Handout/EPA
The United States was advised to adopt a policy of "covert sabotage" of Iran's clandestine nuclear facilities, including computer hacking and "unexplained explosions", by an influential German thinktank, a leaked US embassy cable reveals.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

WikiLeaks: US targets EU over GM crops

US embassy cable recommends drawing up list of countries for 'retaliation' over opposition to genetic modification
The US embassy in Paris wanted to penalise the EU after France moved to ban a
Monsanto GM corn variety. Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex Features
The US embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country which opposed genetically modified (GM) crops, newly released WikiLeaks cables show.

In response to moves by France to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety in late 2007, the ambassador, Craig Stapleton, a friend and business partner of former US president George Bush, asked Washington to penalise the EU and particularly countries which did not support the use of GM crops.

Republicans prioritise WikiLeaks investigation

Republican party plans to hold congressional inquiry into organisation following release of classified cables
Darrell Issa has suggested that Congress will have to pass new legislation to try to
prevent acts of whistleblowing similar to WikiLeaks.
Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP
The Republicans plan to hold a congressional inquiry into WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, following the organisation's release of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables.

The party, which will wrest control of house committees from the Democrats tomorrow, has included WikiLeaks in a list of priorities for investigation.

Anonymous hackers target Zimbabwe government over WikiLeaks

Robert Mugabe's wife Grace is suing the Zimbabwe Standard
newspaper for publishing information released by
WikiLeaks that links her to the alleged trade in illicit diamonds.
Photograph: Nasser Nasser/AP
Cyber attacks follow Grace Mugabe's decision to sue newspaper for publishing allegations contained in US embassy cables

Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, has become the latest victim of online attacks by supporters of WikiLeaks, it was claimed today.

Cyber activists said they had brought down government websites after Mugabe's wife sued a newspaper for publishing a WikiLeaks cable that linked her with the alleged trade in illicit diamonds .

The Zimbabwean government website was unavailable today, while the finance ministry website displayed a message saying it was under maintenance.

US cable leaks' collateral damage in Zimbabwe

If Morgan Tsvangirai is charged with treason, WikiLeaks will have earned the ignominy of Robert Mugabe's gratitude
Zimbabwe's PM Morgan Tsvangirai faces a treason inquiry after
WikiLeaks revealed his talks with US embassy officials about possible sanctions.
Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images
When WikiLeaks whistleblowers began circulating in April footage of a 2007 Iraq war incursion in which US military personnel unwittingly killed two war correspondents and several civilians, the international community was aghast at the apparent murder. With sobering questions on the material's full context largely falling on deaf ears, the group was free to editorialise the scene as it pleased: "collateral murder".