Friday, December 3, 2010

WikiLeaks 1

What Israel wants, Israel gets:

"In an August 17 meeting, Israeli Mossad Chief Meir Dagan thanked Under Secretary [of State Nick] Burns for America's support of Israel as evidence by the previous day's signing of an MOU that provides Israel with USD 30 billion in security assistance from 2008-2018..." (Cable from Tel Aviv, 31/8/07, in US embassy cables: Israel grateful for US support,, 28/11/10)

"The Under Secretary stressed that the USG is committed to Israel's QME [Qualitative Military Edge]..." (ibid)

"[Tom] Goldberger [Director for Israel& Palestinian Affairs, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs] noted that most requests to third countries to deny arms transfer overflights are based on Israeli military intelligence; additional information/intelligence from the GOI would ensure greater cooperation. [Alon] Bar [MFA Deputy Director General for Strategic Affairs] raised prosecuting shipping companies complicit in arms transfers to Gaza; Assistant Secretary [Bureau of Political Military Affairs Andrew] Shapiro said he would take that back to Washington for further consideration." (Cable, US Embassy, Tel Aviv, 18/11/09)

As for the rest...

"When American diplomats pressed other countries to resettle [Guantanamo Bay] detainees, they became reluctant players in a State Department version of 'Let's Make a Deal'. Slovenia was told to take a prisoner if it wanted to meet with President Obama, while the island nation of Kiribati was offered incentives worth millions of dollars to take in Chinese Muslim detainees, cables from diplomats recounted. The Americans, meanwhile, suggested that accepting more prisoners would be 'a low-cost way for Belgium to attain prominence in Europe'." (Leaked cables offer raw look at US diplomacy, Shane & Lehren, New York Times, 28/11/10)

"American officials sharply warned Germany in 2007 not to enforce arrest warrants for CIA officers involved in a bungled operation in which an innocent German citizen with the same name as a suspected militant was mistakenly kidnapped and held for months in Afghanistan. A senior American diplomat told a German official 'that our intention was not to threaten Germany, but rather to urge that the German government weigh carefully at every step of the way the implications for relations with the US'.' (ibid)

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brian said...