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24 Apr 2015

German Intelligence Agency BND Under Fire for NSA Cooperation

But the Germans were apparently not supposed to know everything their partners in the "tin can" were doing. The Americans weren't just interested in terrorism; they also used their technical abilities to spy on companies and agencies in Western Europe. They didn't even shy away from pursuing German targets
But the Germans were apparently not supposed to know everything their partners in the "tin can" were doing. The...

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29 Dec 2014

Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security

US and British intelligence agencies undertake every effort imaginable to crack all types of encrypted Internet communication. The cloud, it seems, is full of holes. The good news: New Snowden documents show that some forms of encryption still cause problems for the NSA.
US and British intelligence agencies undertake every effort imaginable to crack all types of encrypted Internet...
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19 May 2014

‘Risks’: Snowden’s Lawyer Expresses Concerns about Testimony

With the German parliament currently investigating spying by the National Security Agency on Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone and the communications data of millions of German citizens, testimony by former NSA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden was expected to take center stage in the proceedings. But a four-page letter from Snowden's German attorney, Wolfgang Kaleck, obtained by SPIEGEL, casts doubt on whether he will be able to provide testimony from Moscow for the parliamentary investigative committee. In the letter, Kaleck specifies the "risks" associated with Snowden providing testimony in Russia, where, he notes, his client has only been provided with temporary political asylum.
With the German parliament currently investigating spying by the National Security Agency on Chancellor Angela Merkel's...

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13 May 2014

Head of Parliamentary NSA Investigation Mulls Questioning of Snowden

The German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel is adamantly opposed to having Snowden testify in Germany. In a classified position paper provided to the committee -- that was leaked to the S ddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and other media in late April -- the government argued that if Snowden testified in Germany, it would endanger the "welfare of the state." It added that his questioning in Germany would "run contrary to important political interests of the Federal Republic," and that if the former intelligence worker were allowed to travel to Germany, the US secret services "would at least temporarily" limit cooperation with their German counterparts.
The German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel is adamantly opposed to having Snowden testify in Germany. In a...
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14 Apr 2014

German Parliament Divided over Snowden Subpoena in NSA Investigation

Berlin has insisted it wants to scrutinize NSA spying in Germany. But actually inviting Edward Snowden to testify before a paraliamentary investigation is proving delicate. Some in Chancellor Merkel's party are now casting doubt on Snowden's suitability as a witness.
Berlin has insisted it wants to scrutinize NSA spying in Germany. But actually inviting Edward Snowden to testify before...
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29 Mar 2014

GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies

Documents show that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America's NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and collected information about the chancellor in a special database. Is it time for the country to open a formal espionage investigation?
Documents show that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America's NSA obtained a...
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21 Dec 2013

Snowden Documents Show GCHQ Targeted European and German Politicians

The details from the British intelligence agency's databases could have political consequences. The British will now face an uncomfortable debate over their activities, which are apparently also directed against partner countries in the EU and the political leaders of those nations. SPIEGEL already reported in September on a GCHQ attack on partly government-owned Belgian telecommunications provider Belgacom.
The details from the British intelligence agency's databases could have political consequences. The British will now...
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19 Aug 2013

German Government Fails to Get Past NSA Spying Scandal

As the election approaches, Chancellor Angela Merkel is working hard to dissipate anger over controversial surveillance by German and US intelligence agencies. But every time Berlin assures voters that all is well, its claims are discredited.
As the election approaches, Chancellor Angela Merkel is working hard to dissipate anger over controversial surveillance...

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28 Jun 2013

Ecuador Postures Against Washington in Snowden Affair

In the latest tit for tat in the controversy over Edward Snowden's asylum application, Ecuador has terminated a trade agreement with Washington. President Rafael Correa will score points for standing up to the US, but some worry sanctions could follow.
In the latest tit for tat in the controversy over Edward Snowden's asylum application, Ecuador has terminated a trade...
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14 Nov 2012

Taxing Transparency: Hamburg Authority Deals Blow to WikiLeaks

The tax authority in the city-state of Hamburg is suddenly playing an important role in determining the future of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. By revoking the tax-exempt status of the site's main financial supporter in Germany for the 2010 calendar year, the authority could place a further strain on the organization's future.
The tax authority in the city-state of Hamburg is suddenly playing an important role in determining the future of the...

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17 Aug 2012

Assange Case Exposes ‘International Hypocrisy’

Ecuador may have granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum, but it seems unlikely that he will ever make it to the South American country. More to the point, say German commentators, is the fact that both Ecuador and Britain have granted Assange an even larger soap box.
Ecuador may have granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum, but it seems unlikely that he will ever make it to the...

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16 Aug 2012

A ‘Fundamental Human Right’: Ecuador Grants Assange Political Asylum

Ecuador on Thursday said it would grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the country's embassy in London for weeks now. Britain says it still intends to extradite the whistleblower to Sweden, where he faces questioning over allegations of sexual offenses.
Ecuador on Thursday said it would grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in...

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4 Jan 2012

Hackers Against Neo-Nazis: Anonymous Takes on Germany’s Far-Right

The loose-knit hacker collective Anonymous has a new target in its sights: Germany's far-right scene. The group has launched a new WikiLeaks-style website publishing confidential data obtained from the far-right NPD party and other extremist groups. It's all part of an ongoing war on neo-Nazis that the group has dubbed Operation Blitzkrieg.
The loose-knit hacker collective Anonymous has a new target in its sights: Germany's far-right scene. The group has...
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16 Dec 2011

Whistleblower in Court: US Determined to Punish Bradley Manning

Daniel Ellsberg knows a few things about heroes. In fact, many Americans see him as a hero. When he was working for a key think tank associated with the United States military, Ellsberg photocopied the so-called Pentagon Papers, 7,000 pages of top secret analysis and documents that revealed that American politicians knew all too well how hopeless the situation in Vietnam was. When the New York Times published the secret documents in 1971, it opened the eyes of Ellsberg's fellow Americans once and for all to the details of a disastrous war.
Daniel Ellsberg knows a few things about heroes. In fact, many Americans see him as a hero. When he was working for a...

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2 Sep 2011

The Principle of WikiLeaks Has Been Destroyed

The release of the complete archive of unredacted US State Department diplomatic cables has been condemned by WikiLeaks' previous media partners and has drawn strong criticism from editorialists at major German publications. Some accuse Julian Assange of abusing his power.
The release of the complete archive of unredacted US State Department diplomatic cables has been condemned by WikiLeaks'...

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1 Sep 2011

Leak at WikiLeaks: A Dispatch Disaster in Six Acts

Some 250,000 diplomatic dispatches from the US State Department have accidentally been made completely public. The files include the names of informants who now must fear for their lives. It is the result of a series of blunders by WikiLeaks and its supporters.
Some 250,000 diplomatic dispatches from the US State Department have accidentally been made completely public. The files...

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29 Aug 2011

Leak at WikiLeaks: Accidental Release of US Cables Endangers Sources

A WikiLeaks file containing the original leaked US State Department cables has inadvertently been released onto the Internet. The documents have not been edited to protect sources, meaning that the lives of informants could be at risk.
A WikiLeaks file containing the original leaked US State Department cables has inadvertently been released onto the...

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19 Jul 2011

Traitor or WhistleblowerThe Divided Life of Bradley Manning

Chat transcripts by Bradley Manning, the alleged source of secret US government documents for WikiLeaks, will be used as evidence in his military trial. They reveal a conflicted and lonely young soldier who felt strongly about revealing "almost criminal" behavior. He's spent 14 months in jail, but there is still no date for his trial.
Chat transcripts by Bradley Manning, the alleged source of secret US government documents for WikiLeaks, will be used as...

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26 Apr 2011

Saudi Proposal: King Suggested Chips Could Be Implanted in Gitmo Inmates

WikiLeaks documents on Guantanamo and earlier diplomatic cables reveal the arbitrary treatment of prisoners at the infamous camp. They also underscore America's fears of not being able to properly monitor prisoners after their release. One cable obtained by SPIEGEL describes a suggestion by the Saudi king to implant electronic chips to monitor released inmates.
WikiLeaks documents on Guantanamo and earlier diplomatic cables reveal the arbitrary treatment of prisoners at the...

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15 Mar 2011

Cruel and Unusual Punishment? Protests Grow of Bradley Manning’s Treatment in Detention

The conditions under which presumed WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning are being held have been tightened again. Even US politicians believe they're illegal. In the latest development, a key State Department official has resigned over critical remarks he made about Manning's detainment.
The conditions under which presumed WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning are being held have been tightened again. Even US...

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14 Mar 2011

The Bradley Manning Campaign: ‘I Have Watched My Friend Degrade over Time’

David House, 23, is an IT expert from Boston who works for the Bradley Manning Support Network, which is campaigning on behalf of the alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, House speaks about the charges against Manning, the harsh conditions under which he is being held and the possibility that he could face the death penalty.
David House, 23, is an IT expert from Boston who works for the Bradley Manning Support Network, which is campaigning on...

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10 Mar 2011

New WikiLeaks Revelations: Bad Blood between German and French Executives at EADS

The Brits are "schizophrenic," the French CEO was an "over-ambitious maniac" and leadership changes were like "musical chairs in the boardroom." Newly uncovered diplomatic cables obtained from whistleblower WikiLeaks illustrate the tension between aerospace giant EADS' European partners.
The Brits are "schizophrenic," the French CEO was an "over-ambitious maniac" and leadership changes were like "musical...

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25 Feb 2011

WikiLeaks Founder in Court: Assange Set to Appeal Extradition Ruling

A court in London ruled on Thursday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be extradited to Sweden to face accusations of sexual molestation there. But with appeals looming, it could be months before he leaves Britain.
A court in London ruled on Thursday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be extradited to Sweden to face...

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23 Feb 2011

Star Lawyer Alan Dershowitz: ‘Assange Is a New Kind of Journalist’

Alan Dershowitz has recently become part of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's legal team. He spoke with SPIEGEL about what the First Amendment has to say about WikiLeaks and the legal implications of social media's role in the Arab uprisings.
Alan Dershowitz has recently become part of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's legal team. He spoke with SPIEGEL about...

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18 Feb 2011

Carnival of the Obscene: Investigators Pursue the Internet Activists of Anonymous

Now that the WikiLeaks wave has subsided, the fight for Internet freedom is entering a new phase. Investigators are zeroing in on activists belonging to the group Anonymous, a loose organization which launched attacks on websites which crossed WikiLeaks. But who are they? And what can they be charged with?
Now that the WikiLeaks wave has subsided, the fight for Internet freedom is entering a new phase. Investigators are...

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29 Jan 2011

Lifting the Lid on WikiLeaks: An Inside Look at Difficult Negotiations with Julian Assange

The publication of the US diplomatic cables was a journalistic sensation for WikiLeaks and its media partners, including SPIEGEL. In an excerpt from a new book, Holger Stark and Marcel Rosenbach recount the tense negotiations with Julian Assange in the run-up to the publication of the diplomatic cables.
The publication of the US diplomatic cables was a journalistic sensation for WikiLeaks and its media partners, including...

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6 Jan 2011

The Gazprom Cables ‘Not a Competitive Global Company’

Gas giant Gazprom was meant to catapult Russia back into its role as a global superpower. Executives dreamed of the "most valuable company in the world." But secret cables from the US Embassy in Moscow provide a different picture: The Americans consider the mega firm to be chaotically organized and corrupt.
Gas giant Gazprom was meant to catapult Russia back into its role as a global superpower. Executives dreamed of the...

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21 Dec 2010

SPIEGEL Interview with German Interior Minister: ‘WikiLeaks Is Annoying, But Not a Threat’

In a SPIEGEL interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizi re talks about the failed terrorist attack in Stockholm, his opinion of WikiLeaks and governments' responsibility for protecting the Internet.
In a SPIEGEL interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizi re talks about the failed terrorist attack in...

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18 Dec 2010

CIA Rendition Case: US Pressured Italy to Influence Judiciary

The CIA rendition of cleric Abu Omar in 2003 turned into a headache for Washington when a Milan court indicted the agents involved. Secret dispatches now show how the US threatened the Italian government in an attempt to influence the case. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was apparently happy to help.
The CIA rendition of cleric Abu Omar in 2003 turned into a headache for Washington when a Milan court indicted the...

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18 Dec 2010

US Seems ‘Helpless’ in the Fight against Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, arrested in London earlier this month, is free on bail in a case stemming from sexual misconduct charges in Sweden. The US, for its part, would like to try him for making 250,000 confidential diplomatic cables public. German commentators argue that the effort is delicate at best.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, arrested in London earlier this month, is free on bail in a case stemming from sexual...

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15 Dec 2010

The Unwanted Iran Brokers: US Irked by Over-Eager Swiss Diplomats

In 2006 and 2007 Swiss diplomats tried to usher the Americans and Iranians to the negotiating table. Recently published US diplomatic cables show how deeply the Swiss initiative irked Washington -- and how Bern refused to give up despite repeated requests from the US.
In 2006 and 2007 Swiss diplomats tried to usher the Americans and Iranians to the negotiating table. Recently published...
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14 Dec 2010

‘Boys and Their Toys’: The US Befriends Azerbaijan’s Corrupt Elite

Azerbaijan is rife with corruption and comparisons to European feudalism in the Middle Ages are hardly a stretch. But with vast reserves of oil and natural gas at stake, the US is willing to risk the embarrassment that comes with courting the country.
Azerbaijan is rife with corruption and comparisons to European feudalism in the Middle Ages are hardly a stretch. But...

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14 Dec 2010

‘Coded Language’ and Yes Men: Cables of Confusion from the Heart of the Vatican

US diplomats seem bemused with the hierarchical structures and the lack of sophistication within the Vatican. Not only do most Catholic Church leaders lack an e-mail account, only a few "are aware of imminent decisions."
US diplomats seem bemused with the hierarchical structures and the lack of sophistication within the Vatican. Not only...
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14 Dec 2010

German Foundation on Funding WikiLeaks: ‘Donations Were Never as Strong as Now’

Even though key payment channels have been blocked, donations for WikiLeaks keep flowing in. Hendrick Fulda is a board member of Germany's Wau Holland Foundation, one of the whistleblowing platform's main funding channels. He spoke to SPIEGEL about WikiLeaks' internal finances, PayPal's recent payment block and how support for the organization is booming.
Even though key payment channels have been blocked, donations for WikiLeaks keep flowing in. Hendrick Fulda is a board...
14 Dec 2010

WikiLeaks and Press Freedom: Is Treason a Civic Duty?

Since 9/11, press freedom in the West has come under attack as governments argue that national security is more important than transparency. But the hunt for WikiLeaks is a greater danger to democracy than any information that WikiLeaks might reveal.
Since 9/11, press freedom in the West has come under attack as governments argue that national security is more...

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11 Dec 2010

Blocking WikiLeaks: Can Free Speech Be Protected on a Private Internet?

Does the US constitution protect WikiLeaks? Only courts can decide how far the whistleblowing platform can go. Yet Amazon and others have simply blocked the site, rather than waiting for legal clarification. The companies' cowardice is now threatening Internet freedom.
Does the US constitution protect WikiLeaks? Only courts can decide how far the whistleblowing platform can go. Yet...

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11 Dec 2010

The Nigeria Report: A Cesspool of Corruption and Crime in the Niger Delta

The leaked US diplomatic cables reveal just what multinational oil companies are up against in the Niger Delta. Security forces are ineffective and involved in dubious oil deals. The government demands millions in bribes. Even university students have earned pocket money by working as kidnappers.
The leaked US diplomatic cables reveal just what multinational oil companies are up against in the Niger Delta. Security...

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11 Dec 2010

US Diplomats in the EU: Manipulating the Political Dwarves of Europe

European Union politicians like to see themselves as having global reach. But the US would beg to differ, according to American diplomatic cables from European capitals. Competition between Merkel, Sarkozy and others means it is easy for Washington to play EU leaders off against each other.
European Union politicians like to see themselves as having global reach. But the US would beg to differ, according to...

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10 Dec 2010

Droughts and Violence: Deep-Seated Corruption in Kenya a Cause for US Concern

Corruption is in no short supply in Africa. But in Kenya, the problem is particularly virulent, US dispatches show. Indeed, several government ministers are deeply involved in shady deals. That, though, may soon change.
Corruption is in no short supply in Africa. But in Kenya, the problem is particularly virulent, US dispatches show....
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10 Dec 2010

Hijacked Weapons: A Discreet Deal for the War in Sudan

US dispatches have cleared up one of the most baffling weapons affairs of the recent past. In 2008, pirates hijacked a ship full of tanks and other military hardware. Kenya apparently intended to send the materiel on to Southern Sudan. But they were unprepared for the US reaction.
US dispatches have cleared up one of the most baffling weapons affairs of the recent past. In 2008, pirates hijacked a...

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10 Dec 2010

Investment with Strings Attached: Cables Reveal Resentment at Chinese Influence in Africa

China has strengthened its economic and political ties in Africa in recent years in an effort to open up new markets and secure much-needed raw materials. The leaked US diplomatic cables reveal that Africans are growing increasingly resentful of China's aims and methods.
China has strengthened its economic and political ties in Africa in recent years in an effort to open up new markets and...

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10 Dec 2010

John Bolton demands obliteration of Wikileaks’ electrons

John Bolton, former U.N. Ambassador and President of the Presidium of the Supreme Stacheviet, has an opinion on Wikileaks! It is quite a predictable one, but his editorial in The Guardian offers this deathless, Thiessenesque proposition: The Pentagon's cyber-warriors need target practice in this new form of combat, and they could long ago have practised by obliterating WikiLeaks' electrons. I have been searching for a theme tune appropriate for our cyber-warriors, and believe I have found an excellent candidate:...
John Bolton, former U.N. Ambassador and President of the Presidium of the Supreme Stacheviet, has an opinion on...
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10 Dec 2010

The CIA’s El-Masri Abduction: Cables Show Germany Caved to Pressure from Washington

The American diplomatic cables provide new details about the case of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen abducted by the CIA in 2003. The reports confirm just how much pressure the US put on Germany to not pursue 13 agents believed to have been involved. But they also reveal how cooperative and responsive German officials were in light of American worries.
The American diplomatic cables provide new details about the case of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen abducted by the...
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10 Dec 2010

The Secret Battle of Lazzarotto: An Insider’s Look at the Libyan-Swiss Hostage Crisis

It was one of the strangest diplomatic stand-offs in recent memory: After Swiss police arrested the son of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Libya abducted two Swiss businessmen. According to US diplomatic cables, the challenge proved almost too great for Switzerland.
It was one of the strangest diplomatic stand-offs in recent memory: After Swiss police arrested the son of Libyan...
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9 Dec 2010

‘No and No Again’: The Rocky US Relationship with Little Austria

Austria may be small, but according to US Embassy dispatches from Vienna, the country causes big headaches in Washington. Not only are Austrian leaders seen as disconnected from international affairs, the country's neutrality means it is willing to do business with America's enemies.
Austria may be small, but according to US Embassy dispatches from Vienna, the country causes big headaches in...
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9 Dec 2010

Assange’s ‘Martyr Status’ Further Damages US Reputation

The London arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made headlines in all of the major German newspapers Wednesday, with several noting how welcomed the arrest was in the United States, and editorialists discussing what freedom of information means in the world's last remaining superpower.
The London arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made headlines in all of the major German newspapers Wednesday,...

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9 Dec 2010

Copenhagen Climate Cables: The US and China Joined Forces Against Europe

Last year's climate summit in Copenhagen was a political disaster. Leaked US diplomatic cables now show why the summit failed so spectacularly. The dispatches reveal that the US and China, the world's top two polluters, joined forces to stymie every attempt by European nations to reach agreement.
Last year's climate summit in Copenhagen was a political disaster. Leaked US diplomatic cables now show why the summit...

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8 Dec 2010

‘Key Foreign Policy Issue’: US Attempts to Influence World Climate Body

If you don't play, we won't pay. That seems to be the US message to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change when it comes to key personnel decisions, according to one of the newly leaked dispatches. The State Department, the document seems to indicate, leaned on a financial lever to get its way.
If you don't play, we won't pay. That seems to be the US message to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change when...

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8 Dec 2010

Fear of Russia: NATO Developed Secret Contingency Plans for Baltic States

The South Ossetia war in August 2008 made the Baltic states worry about the prospect of a Russian attack. The diplomatic cables reveal how Baltic politicians persuaded NATO to prepare a new strategy to defend their countries. The plan was supposed to be kept secret to avoid irritating Russia.
The South Ossetia war in August 2008 made the Baltic states worry about the prospect of a Russian attack. The diplomatic...

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8 Dec 2010

The Many Headed Hydra: A Difficult US Fight to Choke Off Terror Finance

US diplomats around the world have been trying for years to cut off funding for terrorism. But many governments have proven reluctant to join the effort. Particularly in Pakistan, high-level contacts to extremist groups are proving to be a significant hurdle.
US diplomats around the world have been trying for years to cut off funding for terrorism. But many governments have...

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8 Dec 2010

The US Takes on the Underworld: On the Trail of Weapons Smugglers

It's not difficult for the wrong people to get their hands on powerful weapons. The US, however, expends great effort in making it more difficult. Recently released diplomatic dispatches show that Washington is particularly vigilant when it comes to Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia.
It's not difficult for the wrong people to get their hands on powerful weapons. The US, however, expends great effort in...

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8 Dec 2010

US Dispatches from Mali: German Hesitancy May Have Worsened Saharan Hostage Drama

When four Western tourists were taken hostage in the Sahara Desert in January 2009, the US Embassy in Mali urged European governments to respond quickly -- in vain. Before action was taken, the tourists were handed over to al-Qaida, and one was murdered.
When four Western tourists were taken hostage in the Sahara Desert in January 2009, the US Embassy in Mali urged...
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7 Dec 2010

Blinkered View of Iraq: Diplomats Were Misled by Saddam’s ‘Cordial’ Manner

Did one clumsy statement by the US ambassador in Iraq trigger the first Gulf War? The leaked US cables show diplomats failed to pick up signs that Saddam Hussein was preparing to invade Kuwait, and that they painted his regime in a consistently favorable light in the years leading up to the conflict.
Did one clumsy statement by the US ambassador in Iraq trigger the first Gulf War? The leaked US cables show diplomats...

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7 Dec 2010

Ex-National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski: Spokespersons of US Right ‘In Most Cases Stunningly Ignorant’

Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski says that US diplomacy will continue as before despite the leak of diplomatic dispatches by WikiLeaks. He spoke with SPIEGEL about how US President Obama should react and how the American right sees the world.
Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski says that US diplomacy will continue as before despite the leak...

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7 Dec 2010

Iranian Official Responds to Wikileaks: ‘The United States Is Behind This Deliberate Leak’

Iran has its own special take on the diplomatic cables recently published by WikiLeaks. Presidential Advisor Esfandiar Rahim Mashai assumes that the United States government leaked the documents itself. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he says that Washington's goal is to play off the governments in the Middle East against one other.
Iran has its own special take on the diplomatic cables recently published by WikiLeaks. Presidential Advisor Esfandiar...
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7 Dec 2010

Outrage and Apologies: Washington Fights to Rebuild Battered Reputation

Few leaks have ever caused so much anger and shock as the publication of the US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been trying to repair the damage done to Washington's reputation, while some on the right have even called for Julian Assange's execution. By SPIEGEL Staff.
Few leaks have ever caused so much anger and shock as the publication of the US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks. US...
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7 Dec 2010

SPIEGEL Interview with Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal: ‘America’s Credibility Is the Victim of These Leaks’

Former Saudi Arabian intelligence head Prince Turki bin Faisal worries that the US diplomatic dispatches released by WikiLeaks could harm US credibility. He spoke with SPIEGEL about the diplomatic fallout, his country's relations with Iran and Israel, and the historical burden his country bears for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Former Saudi Arabian intelligence head Prince Turki bin Faisal worries that the US diplomatic dispatches released by...
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7 Dec 2010

US Involvement in Iraq: A Lot of Blood for Little Oil

Contrary to what many people believe, the Iraq war provided few advantages for the US oil industry. The diplomatic cables show that, in most cases, it was competitors to the Americans who often did better in the country. Only one US company truly profited: Halliburton.
Contrary to what many people believe, the Iraq war provided few advantages for the US oil industry. The diplomatic...
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6 Dec 2010

‘Redder than Red’: An American Portrait of China’s Next Leader

It is thought that Xi Jinping will become China's next president. But who is he? A source close to Xi has provided US diplomats with a detailed portrait of the up-and-coming functionary -- and says he is neither corrupt nor a fan of democracy.
It is thought that Xi Jinping will become China's next president. But who is he? A source close to Xi has provided US...
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6 Dec 2010

American-Austrian Tensions: US Diplomats Gripe over Vienna’s Limited World View

American diplomats in the Austrian capital expressed "frustration," extreme disappointment and concern about the country's politicians. Cables obtained by SPIEGEL indicate deep dissatisfaction in Washington about the limited interest Austria's chancellor and foreign minister have apparently had for foreign policy.
American diplomats in the Austrian capital expressed "frustration," extreme disappointment and concern about the...
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6 Dec 2010

At Sea in the Desert: US Diplomats Bewildered and Bamboozled in Baghdad

Roughly 5,500 classified cables from the US Embassy in Baghdad paint a grim picture of why America's stunning military victory over Iraq devolved into disaster: The Americans allowed themselves to get entangled in the Sunni-Shiite conflict while being systematically outmaneuvered by the Iranians.
Roughly 5,500 classified cables from the US Embassy in Baghdad paint a grim picture of why America's stunning military...
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6 Dec 2010

Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal on WikiLeaks: ‘People Will No Longer Speak to American Diplomats Frankly’

In an interview with SPIEGEL to be published on Monday, Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal warns that the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables have caused serious damage. "America's credibility and honesty are the victim of these leaks," he says.
In an interview with SPIEGEL to be published on Monday, Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal warns that the WikiLeaks...

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6 Dec 2010

US Dispatches from Beijing: ‘True Democracy’ Within China’s Politburo?

Can one find democracy in China? According to a US source in Beijing, the country's Politburo is more interested in consensus than decrees -- on all issues except for Tibet. But, US diplomats allege, most of the country's top functionaries maintain close ties with various industries.
Can one find democracy in China? According to a US source in Beijing, the country's Politburo is more interested in...
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5 Dec 2010

Hacking for the Party: Cables Suggest Chinese Support for Cyber Espionage

The US diplomatic cables suggest that China's leaders ordered the cyber attack on Google in 2009. What's more, security experts at the State Department suspect that China's government plays a leading role in coordinating cyber espionage despite having pledged to "decisively and energetically" combat it.
The US diplomatic cables suggest that China's leaders ordered the cyber attack on Google in 2009. What's more, security...
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4 Dec 2010

‘Operation Scorched Earth’: A US Hand in Yemen’s Civil War

Yemen is becoming an important refuge for al-Qaida terrorists, but authorities in the country are more interested in pursuing its war against Shiite rebels in the north. American weapons are used in the fight -- and the US secretly pursues terrorists on their own.
Yemen is becoming an important refuge for al-Qaida terrorists, but authorities in the country are more interested in...
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4 Dec 2010

America’s ‘Iran Watchers’: A Coordinated Effort to Get Information about Tehran

In 2006, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice realized that Washington needed to know a lot more about Iran. Since then, observation posts in surrounding countries have been supplying information, including rumors of a slap for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In 2006, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice realized that Washington needed to know a lot more about Iran. Since...

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4 Dec 2010

Should He Stay or Should He Go?: US Ambassador Seeks to Limit Fallout from Cables

Should Philip Murphy, the US ambassador to Berlin, be recalled because of unfavorable comments he wrote about leading German politicians in the diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks this week? Chancellor Merkel and Foreign Minister Westerwelle are avoiding conflict in the issue. But some politicians are heavily criticizing Murphy's information-collecting practices.
Should Philip Murphy, the US ambassador to Berlin, be recalled because of unfavorable comments he wrote about leading...
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4 Dec 2010

Skimming Off the Top US Army Charged Germany Fees for Afghanistan Donations

In the glossy brochure "The Bundeswehr in Afghanistan," everything seems blissfully positive. One section, under the heading, "the current state of our engagement," mentions a massive donation that Germany made to Afghanistan. In 2009, the German government transferred 50 million ($66.14 million) to the Afghan Army National Trust Fund. The money from Germany was intended to "improve the operational capabilities and development of the ANA (Afghan National Army)," according to the publicity materials from the Bundeswehr, Germany's armed forces. The money, the message seems to be, is well spent. After all, once the NATO ISAF troops withdraw from Afghanistan, the Afghan army is expected to take responsibility for the country's security.
In the glossy brochure "The Bundeswehr in Afghanistan," everything seems blissfully positive. One section, under the...

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4 Dec 2010

WikiLeaks Cables Fallout Mole in Germany’s FDP Party Comes Forward

Germany's business-friendly Free Democratic Party has identified the top-level national party employee responsible for passing secret information on to US diplomats during the negotiations to form the current German government in 2009. A worker at the party's headquarters who was chief of staff to the party's chairman and also the head of international relations for the national party came forward and admitted to being the source, an FDP party spokesperson said. The news came after party officials had questioned workers about the issue.
Germany's business-friendly Free Democratic Party has identified the top-level national party employee responsible for...
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2 Dec 2010

‘Typical Cocktail Party Chatter’ Berlin Goes into Damage-Control Mode on Unflattering Cables

The German government is trying to appear laid-back in its reaction to the secret US diplomatic cables which portray senior German politicians in an unflattering light. But in reality foreign policy experts are concerned about the future of the trans-Atlantic relationship, warning of a "deep rupture" in the usual diplomatic communications.
The German government is trying to appear laid-back in its reaction to the secret US diplomatic cables which portray...

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2 Dec 2010

A ‘Teflon’ Chancellor and ‘Wildcard’ Foreign Minister How America Views the Germans

The State Department dispatches that have now been released show just how critically the US views Germany. They see Chancellor Merkel as "risk averse" and Foreign Minister Westerwelle as a "wild card." The US Embassy in Berlin has informants at all levels of German government.
The State Department dispatches that have now been released show just how critically the US views Germany. They see...

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2 Dec 2010

America’s Guantanamo Files Haggling with Allies over New Homes for Detainees

Guantanamo must be closed. That was one of US President Barack Obama's first pledges upon taking office. But the newly released US dispatches make it clear that the search for new homes for the detainees wasn't easy or cheap. The list of demands from potential recipient countries, including Germany, was often long.
Guantanamo must be closed. That was one of US President Barack Obama's first pledges upon taking office. But the newly...
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2 Dec 2010

Diplomats or Spooks How US Diplomats Were Told to Spy on UN and Ban Ki-Moon

The US State Department gave its diplomats instructions to spy on other countries' representatives at the United Nations, according to a directive signed by Hillary Clinton. Diplomats were told to collect information about e-mail accounts, passwords and encryption keys, credit cards, biometric information and a whole lot more.
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2 Dec 2010

Dissatisfaction with Assange – Former WikiLeaks Activists to Launch New Whistleblowing Site

A group of former members of WikiLeaks is planning to launch its own whistleblowing platform in mid-December, according to a German newspaper. The activists criticize WikiLeaks for concentrating too much on the US and want to take a broader approach
A group of former members of WikiLeaks is planning to launch its own whistleblowing platform in mid-December, according...

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2 Dec 2010

Helicopters to Afghanistan – Blackwater Subsidiary Flouted German Arms Export Laws

A subsidiary of the US private security firm Blackwater flouted German arms export law, the US diplomatic cables have revealed. The company, Presidential Airways, didn't want to wait to get the proper export permit, so it simply transported the aircraft to Afghanistan via third countries.
A subsidiary of the US private security firm Blackwater flouted German arms export law, the US diplomatic cables have...

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2 Dec 2010

Kingdom of the Chain Smoker: The US Eyes the World of Kim Jong Il

Dump trucks, kids and cows -- US diplomats report whatever clues they can about North Korea to their superiors in the State Department. They rely heavily on informants who travel to the country, and have been told that the regime of Kim Jong Il may not exist much longer.
Dump trucks, kids and cows -- US diplomats report whatever clues they can about North Korea to their superiors in the...
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2 Dec 2010

Laughter in Rome, Denials in Berlin The World Reacts to Massive Diplomatic Leak

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, depicted as a vain party animal in the US State Department cables disclosed by WikiLeaks on Sunday, "had a good laugh" upon learning of the revelations. Others aren't as sanguine. A US Representative wants to designate the Internet platform as a terrorist organization.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, depicted as a vain party animal in the US State Department cables disclosed by...

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2 Dec 2010

The ‘Tribune of Anatolia’ America’s Dark View of Turkish Premier Erdogan

The US is concerned about its NATO ally Turkey. Embassy dispatches portray Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a power-hungry Islamist surrounded by corrupt and incompetent ministers. Washington no longer believes that the country will ever join the European Union.
The US is concerned about its NATO ally Turkey. Embassy dispatches portray Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a...

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2 Dec 2010

The Germany Dispatches Internal Source Kept US Informed of Merkel Coalition Negotiations

The 250,000 US State Department documents made public by WikiLeaks reveal that the US has an extensive network of informants in Berlin and was kept informed of coalition negotiations as Chancellor Merkel was forming her current government. US officials, the cables show, are skeptical of several top German politicians.
The 250,000 US State Department documents made public by WikiLeaks reveal that the US has an extensive network of...

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2 Dec 2010

The Secret Alliance – Cables Show Arab Leaders Fear a Nuclear Iran

The American embassy cables reveal that the front against a nuclear-armed Iran is broader than previously known. In private talks, Arab rulers have called for measures to be taken against the mullahs in Tehran before they can develop a nuclear bomb. But there is little consensus on how close Iran is to building the bomb.
The American embassy cables reveal that the front against a nuclear-armed Iran is broader than previously known. In...

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2 Dec 2010

The World from Berlin – ‘A Weapon of Mass Destruction on the Last Traces of Trust’

The dust is still settling after Sunday's revelations about the contents of 250,000 confidential US diplomatic cables, but it's already clear that the WikiLeaks disclosure is hugely damaging for the American government. German commentators are divided over whether Julian Assange and his comrades are heroes or villains.
The dust is still settling after Sunday's revelations about the contents of 250,000 confidential US diplomatic cables,...
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