The White House and its international partners today sharply condemned a whistle-blower website's publication of more than 90,000 top-secret U.S. military records on Afghanistan and braced for the release of as many as 15,000 more, as the leak reverberated around the world.
A cache of leaked American diplomatic cables quoted Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry, the United States ambassador to Afghanistan, describing President Hamid Karzai s inability to grasp the most rudimentary principles of state-building.
The Afghan president and the Pakistani prime minister dismissed the WikiLeaks revelations about their respective countries as alternately false, unreliable and the work of junior officers in a joint news conference here on Saturday.
From hundreds of diplomatic cables, Afghanistan emerges as a looking-glass land where bribery, extortion and embezzlement are the norm and the honest man is a distinct outlier. Describing the likely lineup of Afghanistan s new cabinet last January, the American Embassy noted that the agriculture minister, Asif Rahimi, appears to be the only minister that was confirmed about whom no allegations of bribery exist.