published details of the Wikileaks' diplomatic cable cache early, the New York Times
has also gone live with some coverage. It reports that the documents amount to a 'huge sampling' of daily traffic between the U.S. State Department and embassies abroad. Among the revelations:
• There is a secret standoff with Pakistan
over highly enriched uranium, which the U.S. fears could be 'diverted' to build 'illicit' nuclear weapons.
• There's a plan for unifying Korea
after the North collapses, and China's in on it.
• Guantanamo Bay's closure is mired in shifty cash deals
with foreign governments to take prisoners. Also, the Afghan government is corrupt
, plus ca change.
• Hacking! The Chinese government has owned Google
, the Dalai Lama, "American businesses," and more!
• Saudi Arabia pays for the terrorism and Qatar sucks at counterterrorism.
• Our spies have learned that Vladimir Putin and Silvio Berlusconi have some kind of weird bromance going on
involving 'lavish gifts' and 'lucrative energy contracts.' Silvio is essentially acting as Putin's man in the EU.
• His power in Russia is absolute, but the bureaucracy there is so epic it allows Putin to be 'ignored.'
• The U.S.is failing to prevent Syria arming Hezbollah
• The U.S. 'warned' Germany not to arrest CIA agents
who bungled a rendition and kidnapped an innocent German citizen.
The McClatchy Company, a chain of more than 30 U.S. newspapers, is expected to close its foreign bureaus by the end of the year. The media giant’s chief executive denies the rumors, but it kind of sounds like the closures are likely anyway.
Jon Hendren, @fart, was mistakenly summoned onto Headline News instead of journalist John Hendren, to talk about whistleblower Ed Snowden. He talked about Edward Scissorhands instead. The clueless, scripted anchor didn’t seem to notice the difference.
The National Geographic magazine has been a nonprofit publication since inception in 1888, but that ends today. The long-running American publication becomes very much for-profit under a $725 million dollar deal announced today with 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company controlled by the family of Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch is a notorious climate change denier, and […]
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