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  • Libya closes Benghazi airport after Islamists fire at U.S. drones

    09/14/2012 10:42:12 AM PDT · by barryobi · 50 replies
    haaretz ^ | 9/14/2012 | ha
    Libya closed its air space over Benghazi airport temporarily because of heavy anti-aircraft fire by Islamists aiming at U.S. reconnaissance drones flying over the city, days after the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an attack. The closure of the airport prompted speculation that the United States was deploying special forces in preparation for an attack against the militants who were involved. A Libyan official said the spy planes flew over the embassy compound and the city, taking photos and inspecting locations of radical militant groups who are believed to have planned and staged the attack on...
  • Witness: Islamists targeted US diplomats with gunfire, RPGs

    09/13/2012 1:10:30 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 27 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 13, 2012 | NANCY A. YOUSSEF, SULIMAN ALI ZWAY AND JONATHAN S. LANDAY
    <p>BENGHAZI, Libya — The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other American officials died in a coordinated assault on the U.S. consulate by gunmen firing assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades and carrying the black flag of an Islamic extremist group, the property’s landlord said Wednesday.</p>
  • Wikileaks Is A Weapon In The Bloody Hands Of Iran

    05/18/2012 7:58:08 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 17 May 2012 | Editorial
    WikiLeaks: The sleazy criminal organization dedicated to publishing U.S. secrets may loudly deny its leaks led to the hanging of a man in Iran Tuesday. But that's irrelevant because WikiLeaks gave Tehran the pretext it sought. A 24-year old Iranian man was the latest victim of the mullahs' monstrous tyranny this week, executed as a spy for Israel, supposedly for killing an Iranian nuclear scientist on behalf of his Zionist masters. That's a whiff of the twisted kangaroo court verdicts typical of Iran. In reality, Majid Jamali Fashi was a young kick-boxing instructor who visited Baku, Azerbaijan, for a tournament...
  • US appeases Sudan's genocidal tyrant while NATO bombs Libya

    07/19/2011 9:11:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 19, 2011 | Michael Hughes
    Although Sudanese president Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir meets more than all of the requirements that qualified Libya's Muammar Gaddafi for regime change -- the U.S. has shown an alarming amount of empathy for the oppressor and his cabal in Khartoum. In fact, Gaddafi's sins pale in comparison to those of Bashir, whose transgressions were concisely enumerated by Doyle McManus in the L.A. Times on Tuesday. Because of his role as the architect of the Darfur genocide -- a campaign which claimed over 300,000 lives -- Bashir became the first sitting head of state indicted for war crimes by the International...
  • Israel Responsible for WikiLeaks in Anti-Turkish plot, AKP Members Says

    12/01/2010 12:18:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Hürriyet Daily News ^ | Wednesday, December 1, 2010 | SEV&#304;L KÜÇÜKKO&#350;UM
    Israel could have engineered the release of hundreds of thousands of confidential documents on WikiLeaks as a plot to corner Turkey on both domestic and foreign policy, according to a senior ruling party official. “One has to look at which countries are pleased with these. Israel is very pleased. Israel has been making statements for days, even before the release of these documents,” Hüseyin Çelik, deputy leader of the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and the party’s spokesperson, told reporters at a press conference Wednesday. Following initial reaction to the leaked U.S. Embassy cables, which have revealed diplomatic secrets...
  • Wikileaks: Imperial ambitions of Turkey (Translation)

    12/04/2010 3:35:07 PM PST · by kronos77 · 8 replies
    America's biggest strategic problem in the Balkans is the role of Turkey, through its pawn, Haris Silajdzic is trying to compete with neootomannic position in the Balkans and the Middle East - said in a dispatch of the U.S. ambassador in Ankara since January this year, which was sent to the State Department called " Ankara87 ", published on page Wikiliks. Comparing the Turkish efforts as "ambition" Rolls-Royce ', but with the resources of' Rover ', "the ambassador wrote that, being aware that they have their own resources for this policy, they must find" your own errand boy in the...
  • Assange signs $1.5m book deal

    12/26/2010 3:26:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 26, 2010
    WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has said in an interview he had signed deals for his autobiography worth more than one million pounds(($A1.57 million). Assange told Britain's Sunday Times newspaper that the money would help him defend himself against allegations of sexual assault made by two women in Sweden. "I don't want to write this book, but I have to," he said on Sunday. "I have already spent 200,000 pounds for legal costs and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat." The Australian said he would receive the equivalent of $A800,000 from Alfred A. Knopf, his American publisher,...
  • Wikileaks cable reveals U.S. conspired to retaliate against European nations if they resisted GMOs

    12/26/2010 3:49:52 PM PST · by opentalk · 115 replies · 3+ views
    Natural news ^ | December 24, 2010 | Mike Adams
    Wikileaks continues to rock the political world by shedding light on conspiracies, corruption and cover-ups. The latest batch of diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reveals what can only be characterized as a U.S.-led conspiracy to force GMOs onto European countries by making those countries pay a steep price if they resist. The cable reveals the words of Craig Stapleton, the US ambassador to France, who was pushing the commercial interests of the biotech industry by attempting to force GMOs into France. In his own words (below), he expresses his frustration with the idea that France might pass environmental laws that...
  • Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency [Blabber mouths......]

    12/25/2010 6:58:55 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Cables Portray Expanded Reach of Drug Agency By GINGER THOMPSON and SCOTT SHANE WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration has been transformed into a global intelligence organization with a reach that extends far beyond narcotics, and an eavesdropping operation so expansive it has to fend off foreign politicians who want to use it against their political enemies, according to secret diplomatic cables. In far greater detail than previously seen, the cables, from the cache obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to some news organizations, offer glimpses of drug agents balancing diplomacy and law enforcement in places where it can be...
  • The Press at War ___ The patriot reporter is passé.

    11/26/2006 12:45:04 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 458+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2006 | James Q. Wilson
    We are told by careful pollsters that half of the American people believe that American troops should be brought home from Iraq immediately. This news discourages supporters of our efforts there. Not me, though: I am relieved. Given press coverage of our efforts in Iraq, I am surprised that 90 percent of the public do not want us out right now. Between January 1 and September 30, 2005, nearly 1,400 stories appeared on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news. More than half focused on the costs and problems of the war, four times as many as those that discussed...
  • Protecting Our Protectors (Oliver North)

    12/09/2010 5:08:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 9, 2010 | Oliver North
          WASHINGTON — It's a tough time to be a member of the U.S. armed forces. Those serving in our all-volunteer military — and their families — are stretched and stressed by more than nine years of war. Unfortunately, our commander in chief — supposedly the champion of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines — isn't doing anything to make serving in uniform any easier. President Barack Obama — fresh from his 3 1/2-hour "visit" to Afghanistan — continues to insist that the U.S. Senate act immediately to allow active homosexuals to serve in the military....
  • WikiLeaks cables: US pressured UN climate chief to bar Iranian from job

    12/06/2010 1:39:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Guardian ^ | Monday 6 December 2010 17.01 GMT | Damian Carrington
    Rajendra Pachauri denies helping Washington block scientist from senior post on intergovernmental climate bodyThe US used backstage diplomatic manoeuvres to help block the appointment of a scientist from Iran to a key position on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a leaked diplomatic cable reveals.The US privately lobbied IPCC chair Dr Rajendra Pachauri, as well as the UK, EU, Argentina and Mali representatives, and had put its embassies to work from Brazil to Uzbekistan. It wanted to prevent the election of Dr Mostafa Jafari as one of two co-chairmen of a key working group.The other co-chair was to be...
  • Julian Assange wined and dined at US Embassy

    12/13/2010 6:26:23 AM PST · by FS11 · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12-13-10 | Andrew Gilligan
    To the United States, Julian Assange may now be Public Enemy Number One. Some American politicians have even called for his execution. But less than a year ago, the founder of WikiLeaks was officially entertained at a US Embassy cocktail party by one of the very diplomats whose secrets he would soon spill to the world. Mr Assange's site had already published dozens of leaks embarrassing to the US, including secret Guantanamo Bay detainee handling manuals and the full emails of Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate. The US State Department condemned the manuals' publication as "a criminal act."
  • Behind the Arabs' Iran double talk

    12/13/2010 2:58:37 AM PST · by Scanian
    NY Post ^ | December 12, 2010 | ERIC TRAGER
    The WikiLeaks dump of State Depart ment cables confirmed what practi cally every foreign-policy analyst not named Stephen Walt already knew: that Israel is hardly the only Middle Eastern country worried about Iran's nuclear ambitions. From Cairo to Riyadh to Abu Dhabi, Sunni Arab leaders have repeatedly singled out Iran as the greatest threat to regional stability -- in private. But they refuse to speak out publicly, telling US diplomats that they'd face a tremendous domestic blowback if they were seen as siding with the West against a Muslim country. Yet this is a dilemma of their own making. Even...
  • Don't shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths

    12/07/2010 6:38:54 PM PST · by SmithL · 104 replies · 1+ views
    The Australian ^ | 12/7/10 | Julian Assange
    IN 1958 a young Rupert Murdoch, then owner and editor of Adelaide's The News, wrote: "In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win." His observation perhaps reflected his father Keith Murdoch's expose that Australian troops were being needlessly sacrificed by incompetent British commanders on the shores of Gallipoli. The British tried to shut him up but Keith Murdoch would not be silenced and his efforts led to the termination of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. Nearly a century later, WikiLeaks is also fearlessly publishing facts that need to be made public. I grew up...
  • WikiLeaks Surprise: Saudis “Fascinated” By Fox News Channel, David Letterman and Friends

    12/08/2010 9:20:41 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 22 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 12/08/2010 | Mark Joyella
    Here’s an interesting tidbit we can thank jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for: according to cables included in the recent WikiLeaks document drop, informants have told diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia that American television–particularly Fox News Channel and David Letterman’s Late Show–are proving to be powerful weapons against “violent jihad.” As the U.K.’s Guardian reports, uncensored satellite broadcasts of popular American shows–with Arabic subtitles–carried via Saudi channel MBC, have turned young Saudis into huge fans of Desperate Housewives, Friends, and Fox News: “It’s still all about the war of ideas here, and the American programming on MBC...
  • Julian Assange to be questioned by British police

    12/06/2010 6:14:15 PM PST · by FS11 · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12-6-10 | Owen Bowcott
    Assange is seeking supporters to put up surety and bail for him. He said he expected to have to post bail of between £100,000 and £200,000 and would require up to six people offering surety, or risked being held on remand. In recent days Assange, 39, has told friends that he is increasingly convinced the US is behind Swedish prosecutors' attempts to extradite him for questioning on the assault allegations. He has said the original allegations against him were motivated by "personal issues" but that Sweden had subsequently behaved as "a cipher" for the US. He has also said he...
  • Wikileaks sordid details reveals climate science is irrelevant

    12/04/2010 8:22:21 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    JoNova ^ | December 4th, 2010 | Joanne
    It’s all a grand charade — the matinee show put on by the Theater of Science was merely being used for the Grand Extravaganza called the Theater of Politics.Wikileaks, not surprisingly, turned up some not-so-diplomatic and not-so-scientific goings-on in the political race to steer power and dollars.From The Guardian The US diplomatic cables reveal how the US seeks dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming; how financial and other aid is used by countries to gain political backing; how distrust, broken promises and creative accounting dog negotiations; and how the US mounted a secret global diplomatic...
  • WikiLeaks : Jordan has 'powerful undercurrent of doubt' in Obama policies

    11/30/2010 11:22:39 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 7 replies
    WND ^ | NOVEMBER 30, 2010 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – The Jordanian government maintains a "powerful undercurrent of doubt" that the Obama administration knows how to deal with Iran, according to classified documents released by WikiLeaks and reviewed by WND. An April 2009 cable from the U.S. embassy in Jordan summarized the Jordanian leadership's attitudes toward President Obama's offer of diplomacy to Iran. "Jordan's leaders are careful not to be seen as dictating toward the U.S.," read the cable, "but their comments betray a powerful undercurrent of doubt that the United States knows how to deal effectively with Iran." The cable continued: "(Jordanian) Foreign Minister Nasser Joudeh has...
  • Wikileaks Cables Expose John Kerry as an Enemy of Peace in the Mideast

    11/30/2010 2:29:34 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Frontpagemag-Newsrealblog ^ | 11-30-2010 | Seth Mandel
    Wikileaks Cables Expose John Kerry as an Enemy of Peace in the Mideast 2010 November 30 by Seth Mandel When Barack Obama became president, he finally put one issue to rest: No, the Democratic Party is not pro-Israel. But the WikiLeaks revelations have now put in doubt another claim: that the Democrats want peace for Israel and her neighbors.The question is raised with regard to John Kerry, the Democrats’ previous standard-bearer. One of the leaked diplomatic cables divulges that in a meeting with the emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa, Kerry “added that Netanyahu also needs to compromise and work...