This wikileaks memo clearly shopws that US was aware of Russia's reaction to Ukraine and Georgia's NATO aspirations and suggests that the latest civil war is caused by US medling in the region.
According to the source of WikiLeaks, four years ago a deal between Moscow and Tel Aviv took place. In exchange for the codes of Iranian Tor-M1 missiles, the Israelis reportedly handed over to the Russian military the codes for the Georgian UAV. In 2005-2007, Georgia bought Israeli drones, multiple rocket launchers and other military vehicles and equipment that were then used in South Ossetia.
According to a Wikileaks email, Russia refused landing permission to the doomed plane carrying President Kaczynski in April 2010, "to force him to miss a Katyn massacre memorial service."
Moscow: Russia wants the US to respect the human rights of a soldier accused of leaking American classified information through whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, a Russian foreign ministry official said. Army Private Bradley Manning, 24, was arrested in May 2010 for allegedly leaking thousands of classified US diplomatic cables and battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks.
Russia provided Israel security codes to access Iran s Tor- M1 air-defense systems in exchange for an Israeli handover of codes to hack drones sold to Georgia, according to a leaked email from a private American intelligence company.
Defense experts on Tuesday cast doubt on the credibility of a Texas-based company whose leaked e-mails allegedly contain inside information about Kremlin infighting from high-ranked sources including Prosecutor General Yury Chaika.
The new book on Russia by The Guardian s Moscow correspondent, Luke Harding, is entitled "Mafia State." It draws on U.S. diplomatic cables provided by WikiLeaks describing Russia as a "virtual mafia state."
A well-known British expert on Russia, former Moscow correspondent for the London political weekly The Economist Edward Lucas urged West to finally take steps to put an end to the bloody Putin's regime in Russia.
Western suspicion of Vladimir Putin's Russia runs deep. After two terms as president followed by one term in the notionally weaker post of prime minister, he had taken Russia to the condition where "democracy has disappeared", the recently retired US defence secretary Robert Gates said. The government was "an oligarchy run by the security services", he said, according to US official cables published by WikiLeaks.
A Moscow military court has convicted in absentia former top foreign service agent Alexander Poteyev of betraying 10 "sleeper" spies expelled from the United States last year. Poteyev was convicted of treason and desertion, Russian news agencies reported.
One cable drafted by U.S. diplomats in Ottawa portrays Mr. Harper as dismissing the need for a military response to Russia over the Arctic. It includes an account from a Canadian official of a January, 2010, meeting between Mr. Harper and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in which the PM said NATO has no role in the Arctic.
Bill Keller, an editor with The New York Times, has recently published an article titled "Dealing With Assange and the WikiLeaks Secrets." In the article, the author wrote how the newspaper was working with secret cables. From what the article says, it seems that Russia appears to be a real stronghold of freedom of speech.
The Kremlin's ambition of turning Gazprom into a global energy titan is undermined by Soviet-style thinking, poor management and corruption, according to leaked U.S. diplomatic cables. Leaked diplomatic cables from U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Beyrle portray the company as a confused and corrupt behemoth still behaving like its predecessor, the Soviet Ministry of Gas.
Offers of bribes, lies and a plot to have two United States Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested in Bangkok were part of attempts by supporters of Viktor Bout to block the alleged Russian arms smuggler's extradition, according to claims made by the US ambassador to Thailand in classified US cables disclosed by WikiLeaks. -