[November 2010] The WikiLeaks US Embassy Cables
The Duchess disguised herself with a black wig and headscarf to film secretly inside state-run institutions in Turkey for the ITV1 film Duchess and Daughters: Their Secret Mission, in 2008. The Turkish government was incensed, accusing the Duchess of a politically-motivated “smear campaign” aimed at ruining Turkey’s hopes of joining the European Union. In an attempt to placate the Turks, Mr Miliband invited the country’s foreign minister, Ali Babacan, to his constituency home in South Shields. In a cable from the US embassy in Ankara in November, 2008, obtained by WikiLeaks , diplomats noted: “Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson’s undercover expose of Turkish orphanages dominated bilateral relations discussions.
A leaked record of the talks with US officials discloses that Sir Peter Ricketts, the permanent secretary to the Foreign Office and David Cameron's national security adviser, said the British government “would like to believe in Zardari”, but added: “I fear he talks and talks but not much happens.” He was elected president after the military government of Gen Pervez Musharraf collapsed. In a cable sent to Washington from the US embassy in London in April, 2008, diplomats disclosed that the British government “makes no attempt to hide from us its disdain for Zardari”. The cable states: “Most in [the goverment] see Zardari as highly corrupt and lacking popular support, simply having benefited from his wife’s unfortunate demise.”
• Intelligence-sharing arrangements with the US became strained after the controversy over Binyam Mohamed, the former Guantánamo Bay detainee who sued the Government over his alleged torture. • David Miliband disowned the Duchess of York by saying she could not “be controlled” after she made an undercover TV documentary. • Tens of millions of pounds of overseas aid was stolen and spent on plasma televisions and luxury goods by corrupt regimes. A series of classified messages sent to Washington by US negotiators show how information on Britain’s nuclear capability was crucial to securing Russia’s support for the “New START” deal.
Plus que la transparence, WikiLeaks pose la question du fonctionnement de la machinerie diplomatique. Pour Jean-Noël Lafargue, cela vient renforcer un climat de méfiance généralisée. Retour en quatre articles sur le "CableGate". Voilà, c’est fait, WikiLeaks a effectivement entamé la diffusion des centaines de télégrammes diplomatiques qui lui ont été transmis et, comme prévu, on s’affole un peu partout.
WikiLeaks a dévoilé ce dimanche plus de 250 000 télégrammes émis par des diplomates américains. Tensions en vue. wiki.gif 23h35. Fallait-il participer à l’ opération de fuites de télégrammes diplomatiques de WikiLeaks , sans doute la plus grande dans l’histoire diplomatique mondiale ?