Boing Boing's Wikileaks "Cablegate" coverage, all in one linkdump

(Illustration by Rob Beschizza)

Rob Beschizza covered the massive Wikileaks release yesterday of hundreds of thousands of US State Department diplomatic cables—including, as one might expect on Boing Boing, a focus on the weird stuff. In case you missed it:

US foreign policy gets enhanced patdown: oddities from the leaks
More from the cables: "9/11 of diplomacy" identifies Putin as Batman and Medvedev as Robin
Colonel Gaddafi uses Botox to maintain own youth, beauty
"Global diplomatic crisis" sparked by cables: U.N. spied on; Saudis want US to attack Iran; British royalty misbehaves; military incompetence

Noah Shachtman and the reporters over at Wired Danger Room have a few posts up this morning, the most utterly WTF of which being "U.S. Chases Foreign Leaders' DNA, WikiLeaks Shows."

Also at Danger Room, "WikiLeaks Reveals Iran's Secret, Worldwide Arms Hunt " and "'Chipped' Detainees, Iran Mega-Missiles And More in Latest WikiLeaks ."

And, related posts by Xeni:

Wikileaks under legal assault
Wikileaks' massive cable leak expected today: "under attack," Der Spiegel out early


  1. Virtually everything I’ve read from the leaks underscores the importance of what they’re doing. The gov’t is pissed because the shoddy, unethical practices of corruption are being exposed ~ we the people are better off knowing what they’re doing in our names.

  2. What Gaddafi really needs at this point is cosmetics grade spackle.

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    Oh, I almost forgot . . . I’ll save the concern squad the effort: “We shouldn’t pay attention to any of this because Assange is a sex criminal!”

  3. Been reading the Mid East write ups. Here’s what stands out. The State Dept has no better understanding of the dynamics of the region than what you read in the pundit rags and the press. They’re guessing on the same level as a well read policy wonk who reads Jane’s Defense Weekly and watches Meet the Press on Sunday. $50 billion a year on intel, and there’s no deep insight into the problem making its way to the State Dept.

    Don’t take my word for it. Start reading this stuff. It’s good. Heck it’s better than Clancy. As a teaser … Think the US and the IDF are frothing at the mouth for an attack on Iran? Guess again, it’s the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. THEY want the IDF and USAF to attack Iran. Even’ Sharon’s government hems and haws.

    It’s great stuff, go read it yourself.

    No really, go ahead and start reading it.


  4. Stefan: people where really waiting to say that? Why is it always like this: the tinfoil hat brigade keep running up screaming something about what everyone else is “just about to say”?

    … don’t worry I’m part of the secret conspiracy against Assange so I get to say it.

    The tricky part now is how wikileaks will survive Assange. COnsidering the US, Australia and Brittain are looking for him

    1. I’ve seen that comment turn up in many threads concerning Wikileaks.

      I think it is disingenous distraction, in case the intent of my original post wasn’t clear.

  5. inb4 “all this is all just gossip anyway”.

    (hint: the officially-sanctioned confirmation that Al Qaeda is a Saudi-backed organization, and the US knew it all along, is a game-changer: it will probably stop the US from invading Yemen, for starters, and will bring all the WTF moments about Bush and the Saudis straight into the mainstream.)

  6. “Oh, I almost forgot . . . I’ll save the concern squad the effort: “We shouldn’t pay attention to any of this because Assange is a sex criminal!””

    Interesting… I’m one of the ones that has been critical of Assange, and I suspect you don’t understand the reasoning behind much of the backlash. I have never argued that Assange’s alleged personal behavior should discredit what Wikileaks has done. What I (and many others) object to is this idolization of Assange himself, and the refusal to believe that any of the allegations could possibly be true since he is doing “good work”.

    1. Is Obama not in charge of the most aggressive country on the planet which is currently involved in two wars, kidnapping people abroad, torturing, detaining people without trial and generally making a complete mockery of human rights and liberty?

      Glen Beck’s insanity is not an excuse for any of these things.

      1. That’s an incredibly mealy-mouthed, teapartyish argument. Yes, Obama is “in charge” of the country, but history did not begin in January 2009. Obama did not invade Afghan. or Iraq. He did not implement the rendition or torture policies. He did not draft or vote for the Patriot act. He has made mistakes and should be making more of an effort to end the abuses of the Bush era, but pretending that he’s the primary villain in all of this is simply idiotic.

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