Police have arrested four suspected hackers linked to the Anonymous activist group who officers say defaced government websites and released personal data on bodyguards protecting the royal family and prime minister.
The coordinators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States held last-minute preparations in Spain, according to classified documents made available by WikiLeaks. Ramzi bin al Shinbh, a prisoner in Guant namo, met with Mohammed Atta, the leader of the suicide pilots, in the Catalan town of Reus in July 2001.
That Walid Ibrahim Abu Hijazi, a former Guant namo inmate, is finding it hard to lead a normal life in Spain is hardly surprising in light of the secret Department of Defense files, made available to EL PA S by WikiLeaks.
In classified documents released by WikiLeaks last year, the US ambassador to Madrid under the Bush administration wrote that Spain's foreign affairs minister was "selfish" and "unpredictable." Eduardo Aguirre, ambassador between 2005 and 2009, could now add that Miguel ngel Moratinos is also not one to hold a grudge: in his first interview since he was removed from his post as foreign minister, he said that Aguirre, "despite everything he later wrote, was a good ambassador."
The US government has for years been pressuring the Spanish government to put an international terrorist designation on a Syrian national linked to the World Trade Center attacks, who could be released from jail in 2013.
Iranian authorities have blocked access to the EL PA S website following the publication of a WikiLeaks cable in which it is stated that the head of the Revolutionary Guard, Ali Jafari, slapped Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Access to other publications carrying the news has also been blocked, while local media have not reported the cable, the content of which has been neither confirmed nor denied by official sources.
The Spanish government used information it requested from the CIA in deciding against giving the go-ahead to a firm to build a plant in Libya that was to be used to develop nitrate-based explosives for the mining industry.
US diplomats in Madrid reportedly intervened to allow a California-based company to compete for a lucrative Spanish government contract to build a 50-megawatt solar thermal power plant, cables released by WikiLeaks suggest.
Spain was the United States' biggest European Union ally when it came to pushing for allowing US genetically modified (GMO) food industries to continue developing their markets within the continent, US Embassy cables show. The US government found itself in a hard battle to defeat the French position in favor of an outright ban on agricultural biotechnology for all EU member states.
Julian Assange has a disturbing anecdote from the time he spent in Wandsworth prison. One day, as he was tucking into a lunchtime dish of rice and beans, he noticed that something snapped in his mouth. A metallic object he had chewed on cracked one of his teeth in two. "I don't know if it had been placed there deliberately or if it was a simple accident," he says.
Ever since the Socialists came to power in 2004, they made a point of maintaining a public stance with regard to the Western Sahara conflict that appeared to be equidistant. Yet behind the scenes, the government supported and even offered to advise Rabat on how best to craft its plan for Sahrawi autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty.
Members of the Spanish government spoke far differently in public and in private on the secret CIA rendition flights, on the torture of Spanish citizens in Guant namo, on the death in Baghdad of TV cameraman Jos Couso and on relations with Morocco.
Former US ambassador to Spain in the period 2005-2008, Cuban-born Eduardo Aguirre, on Tuesday lamented the "damage" done to individuals, governments and countries on both sides of the Atlantic by the release of the so-called State Department cables by WikiLeaks.
Political and financial circles in Portugal reacted strongly to revelations that the country's largest private bank, Banco Comercial Portugu s (better known as Millennium BCP), attempted to reach a secret deal with the US government that would allow it to conduct business in Iran in exchange for confidential information about financial transactions by account holders there.
Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado on Thursday rejected information contained in confidential US Embassy cables that the CIA was given permission to use his country's airspace to secretly repatriate Al Qaeda prisoners from the Guant namo prison camp in Cuba.
Between 2006 and 2008, the US Embassy in Madrid stepped up the pressure to prevent Spanish companies from doing business in Iran, a newly released batch of WikiLeaks cablegrams show
US Embassy dispatches from Managua suggest that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is running a country that has for some time has been financed by drug traffickers and by "suitcases full of money" from Venezuelan President Hugo Ch vez.
The American Embassy in Madrid has been keeping a close eye on the High Court, and in particular on the judges and attorneys involved in US-related issues. Secret documents leaked by Wikileaks show that one of the magistrates under closest surveillance was Baltasar Garz n, above all because of the possibility he might open legal proceedings against US officials for the torture of prisoners at the Guant namo detention center.
US Ambassador Eduardo Aguirre took a special interest in getting to know former Prime Minister Jos Mar a Aznar, whom he invited to speak with on different occasions about the current political climate in Spain and his Popular Party's future.