The Wikileaks release of diplomatic cables has unearthed some great moments in US diplomacy. High affairs of state? Not
always. Hillary Clinton’s belief that Argentine president Cristina Kirchner was so nervy and anxious that she must be on
medication and could US diplomats please verify that fact? – is an example of sexist stereotyping and prurient snooping
worthy of the old FBI chief, J. Edgar Hoover himself.
Yet by far the most interesting aspect of the Wikileaks bundle released so far though, has been the pattern of behaviour
that has been revealed...
The cables on Turkey, which comprise the second largest share of the Wikileaks revelations are a perfect example of (a)
the Bush era of blustering and paranoia and (b) the contrasting way the Obama administration goes in pursuit of the same
The Prime Minister must condemn the United States for its spying on United Nation’s leaders, Green Party Foreign Affairs
spokesperson Keith Locke said today. More>>
At the time of writing few New Zealand-related have been released. But the header information of the cables, all of
which has been released, was quickly analysed locally. More>>
The explosion of a B-29 bomber over Wayland, Georgia in 1948 killed three Air Force sub-contractors... The government
refused to hand over accident reports from the crash, claiming that information on the nature of the plane (and the
technology it carried) would threaten the national security of the United States of America. The Supreme Court
eventually upheld the Government's assertion. More>>