Skip to comments.Leaked cables show US, UK quarrel on spy flights
Posted on 12/04/2010 5:48:18 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
British officials complained to U.S. diplomats about secret American spy flights using foreign U.K. airbases, fearing that the data collected during those missions could implicate their country in potential human rights violations, according to secret diplomatic memos released by WikiLeaks.
The British officials demanded from American diplomats that all such flights in the future be cleared by London, according to the cables sent by U.S. Embassy in London in 2008, and which were released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.
American officials dismissed the British concerns and demands as burdensome and obstructive to counterterrorism efforts, the cables showed.
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and human rights?? How come no one said boo about Saddam gasing his own people?? And the 1000 dead people in Teniman (sp) Square??
I seriously doubt that.
In diplospeak, the word DEMAND is about as close to hostile action that can be uttered.
It may have been requested or asked but again, in the parlance of diplomacy the word "demand" is rarely used short of a clear warning of impending warfare.
Guess what....Spying is part of war...
If the Brits meant it they would have said something to the effect of "look here old chap, if you are going to use our bases, then we are going to have to clear your spying missions with London ahead of time," with a firm tone and look that conveys the same meaning as "capish" from a mafia don. Not a request, or order. Just a firmly stated condition.
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