Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cablegate

On November 28, in an event WikiLeaks called Cablegate, the organization began publishing 251,287 diplomatic cables from U.S. embassies around the world. WikiLeaks did not release all the documents at once. Instead, they published about 75 documents per day (though the number posted on a given day varied widely). At this pace, it would take about nine years for all the cables to get published.

Once again, the main target of the leak seemed to be Muslim countries.

“It is sad and shocking — pitiful, even, in many cases — how Arab leaders are portrayed in the U.S. State Department cables released by WikiLeaks earlier this week,” said Rami G. Khouri, the editor of The Daily Star.

In one diplomatic cable, the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, told John Kerry that Israel had the right to mistrust Arabs. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz wrote an article about this cable. I am sure Haaretz was happy to see that the Emir of Qatar had some kind words to say about Israel. I doubt the Emir of Qatar was as happy when he saw the headline for that article “WikiLeaks cables: You can’t blame Israel for mistrusting Arabs, says Qatari ruler.”

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