Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 10:37am

Wikileaks has dropped the other shoe with a huge release of secret cables from and to the US state department.

Well, they used to be secret.

The Wikileaks release is a collection of a quarter of a million private observations about world leaders, and a demonstration of the limits of power…even super power.

It contains the kind of day to day, frank communication with US embassies that is never made public.
Until now…

Some of the high points of the first round of this latest leak illustrate an Arab world rife with corruption, deceit and a desire to have the US solve their Iran problem.

German Chancellor Angela Merkle is said to be risk averse, and afraid to rile public opinion.

Former Russian Premier Vladimir Putin is still the top dog and the Russian government is hopelessly corrupt.

Likewise, French President Sarkozy is the object of some essentially high class gossip about his vulgarity and personal habits.

But what should be eye-opening, but not entirely surprising, is the Middle East.

Afghan President Hamit Karzai is described as almost bi-polar, and that most foreign financial aid is siphoned off before it leaves the airport in Kabul. When the Afghan Vice President visited the UAE last year, he carried with him $52-million in cash.

Saudi Arabian donors are the top financiers of Sunni terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, but the Saudi government along with Jordan and Egypt, want the US to attack Iran before it goes nuclear. Iranian president Ahmadinejad is compared to Hitler. Syria is supplying Hezbolla after promising not to, Libyan President Qadaffi has a blond mistress and the Pakistani Secret Service is hopelessly tied to the Taliban.

Wikileaks mysterious founder Julian Assange says this is necessary. Others say, it’s dangerous. Either way, it’s an embarrassing collection.

The next round of this huge batch of documents to be released is said to embarrass the British government in general and the Royal family in particular.


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