Revelations to Mark 100 Days Since Cablegate Began

Originally published at WLCentral –

Submitted by kgosztola on Mon, 03/07/2011 – 19:19

*Special thanks to C-Cyte for recording my tweets and posting them online in a post for people to view if they do not normally use Twitter.

One hundred days ago, WikiLeaks began to release the US State Embassy cables. The release event, which continues, became known as Cablegate.

A future post will include a look at Cablegate and what its impact on journalism, international diplomacy, and human rights has been and what its role has been in world events like the uprisings and revolutions the world that are currently unfolding. For now, it is worth recounting what has actually been revealed because of the release.

One common denominator can be found in a majority of the cables: corruption. For all the talk of this country and that country being corrupt and that country being so corrupt it’s gone, the plain fact is that between all the countries of the world, perhaps as a result of American coercion and/or threat of force, the world is one corrupt planet.

WikiLeaks has managed to partner with 50 media outlets over the course of the past months.5,287 of 251,287 cables have been released so far. This not only means there will likely be a 200th, 300th and 400th Day of Cablegate but also means there will be many more revelations to come in the next year.

The following are 100 revelations, which this author tweeted this morning consecutively to mark the 100th Day. The one hundred tweeted revelations are dedicated to alleged whistleblower and hero Bradley Manning, who is currently being abused and humiliated in a military brig in Quantico, Virginia. He has been denied a right to a speedy trial. He has been issued charges but yet the military and government has taken its time with his case. And so, he has been detained and imprisoned since June and, most recently, the military started to force him to sleep naked at night.

If Manning released the material (and he is charged by the military with releasing the cables), it he who has given us the privilege of reading about what the US government and foreign leaders have been up to for the past years. Manning, if he is the whistleblower, has helped usher in an era of openness and transparency that has shaken the world of diplomacy, international relations and journalism.

Here are the one hundred, which were tweeted this morning:

100. Murdered Ugandan gay rights activist was mocked by Uganda politicians at UN-backed debate #cablegate

99. US’ secret list of Allied countries it thinks should contribute more to Afghan war #cablegate

98. Panama president wanted US to wiretap his political rivals

97. New Zealand did about-face on troops to Iraq, feared missing out on lucrative Oil for Food contracts #cablegate

96. Obama pushed Spain to implement law to crack down on illegal Internet downloads #cablegate

95. US pressured Spain to investigate Islamic centers #cablegate

94. Libya bought infected blood then accused Bulgarian nurses of infecting AIDS patients #cablegate

93. US thinks Sweden will play critical role in cyber warfare in future

92. Sec. of Defense Robert Gates thinks Russia is oligarchy run by security services #cablegate

91. US lobbied Russia to amend draft law so it would not disadvantage Visa, Mastercard #cablegate

90. Russian Orthdox Church pervades all aspects of Russian society and politics #cablegate

89. Saudi Arabia asked US to halt lawsuit against state company being sued for oil price fixing #cablegate

88. Libya placed billions of dollars in US banks #cablegate

87. Revelation on Ivory Coast election that divided the country and has created civil war #cablegate

86. Deposed president of Madagascar “recruited mercenaries’

85. Egypt military had a ‘Plan B’ in the event of regime change

84. Chamber of Commerce head in Nicaragua used his position to undermine President Daniel Ortega #cablegate

83. Rice wanted US diplomats to gather intelligence on Israeli communications tech & Palestinian leaders #cablegate

82. Japan launching first post-war foreign spy agency #cablegate

81. China used US debt to pressure US on Taiwan #cablegate

80. Uribe authorized clandestine ops against leftist FARC in Venezuela

79. US, UK & France considered delaying Internat’l Criminal Court investigation into Bashir #cablegate

78. Karzai warned it would be near impossible to hold credible elections in Afghanistan #cablegate

77. A Baghdad zoo with booze-swilling bears and laser-enhanced fish

76. Mubarak warned Cheney not to go to war in Iraq #cablegate

75. How Coca-Cola got embroiled in a feud between Gaddafi sons

74. Fighters in Eastern Libya willing to ‘die hard’ in Iraq War, fueled by Gaddafi-US link #cablegate

73. Paraguayan president is a US agent #cablegate h/t @MatrixWikiLeak

72. US concerned with Berlusconi-Putin tie #cablegate

71. Berlusconi entertains escorts at ‘Bunga Bunga’ parties #cablegate

70. Russia a mafia state #cablegate

69. Impossible to prevent cartels from financing candidates in Mexico elections #cablegate

68. US cheered on Operation Cast Lead in Gaza #cablegate

67. Obama tried to persuade Saudi Arabia to sign Copenhagen accord

66. Canadian officials were afraid Obama was too gung-ho on renewable energy #cablegate

65. U.S. and China conspired to block reform on climate change at Copenhagen talks #cablegate

64. Dalai Lama thinks climate change should take priority over politics in Tibet #cablegate

63. Late president of Gabon Omar Bongo embezzled funds, channeled $ to French political parties #cablegate

62. US played a role in a coup in Honduras that was illegal #cablegate

61. US resentment toward unions uncovered in Mexico cable

60. Tunisia cables uncovered rampant corruption on Ben Ali or ‘The Family’ #cablegate

59. US lied in cable about Michael Moore’s film ‘Sicko’ being banned in Cuba #cablegate

58. Revelations on 9/11 gang that fled to London #cablegate

57. European feudalism in Azerbaijan no problem for US, oil makes risk of embarrassment worth it #cablegate

56. UK secretly advised Libya on how to secure release of Lockerbie bomber #cablegate

55. The Libyan frogman that couldn’t swim (truly, a cautionary tale)

54. Bangladeshi death squad trained by UK officers #cablegate

53. Baby Doc Duvalier’s return to Haiti was a ‘concern’ for US

52. Saudi Arabia can’t pump enough oil to keep prices down, reserves 40% overstated #cablegate

51. US maneuvered to ensure Spanish High Court wouldn’t investigate Couso, Guantanamo & CIA flights #cablegate

50. Gordon Brown was concerned about use of bases for US spy planes

49. BP had a blast similar to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in Azerbaijan

48. Pfizer used “dirty tricks’ to force Nigeria gov’t to drop legal action against controversial drug trial #cablegate

47. US, Nato & Red Cross colluded, downplayed number of Afghani civilian deaths in Bala Baluk massacre #cablegate

46. US threatened military action against China during secret “star wars” arms race #cablegate

45. Libya pressed oil firms to reimburse terror costs #cablegate

44. US wanted derogatory information on Bahraini royals #cablegate

43. Coca Cola revealed corrupt Israeli tax collectors #cablegate

42. Egyptian torturers trained by the FBI #cablegate

41. David Letterman does more to dissuade Saudi youth from militancy than US propaganda #cablegate

40. US suggested India send Bollywood stars to Afghanistan to help stabilize country #cablegate

39. McDonald’s tried to delay US legislation to aid lawsuit in El Salvador

38. Shell Oil in main ministries in Nigerian gov’t, knows everything

37. Foreign contractors hired to train Afghan police paid for young “dancing boys” #cablegate

36. US, UK conspired to get around British cluster bomb ban #cablegate

35. US maneuvered to ensure Spanish High Court wouldn’t investigate Couso, Guantanamo & CIA flights #cablegate

34. Millions in US military aid for fighting Pakistani insurgents diverted to gov’t coffers instead #cablegate

33. US diplomats ordered to spy on UN, obtain iris scans, fingerprints & DNA #cablegate

32. US pressured Germany to not pursue 13 CIA agents that abducted Khaled el-Masri #cablegate

31. Somali pirates blew cover off weapons deal between Kenya and Sudan #cablegate

30. Iraq War provided few advantages for US oil but plenty advantage for Halliburton #cablegate

29. Chinese leaders ordered cyber attack on Google #cablegate

28. Yemen President Saleh fights proxy war for US against Houthi rebels

27. Yemen covered up US drone strikes, claimed bombs against al Qaeda were own #cablegate

26. Blackwater flouted German arms export laws, transported aircraft to Afghanistan #cablegate

25. Omar Suleiman considered halting elections in Gaza to prevent Hamas victory #cablegate

24. US mole in NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s office uncovered #cablegate

23. Germany and US cover up Siemens shipment to Iran, 111 containers left at Dubai port #cablegate

22. Turkey’s role in CIA rendition flights to Guantanamo #cablegate

21. German communities fear loss of millions as US reduces troop presence #cablegate

20. President Kibaki of Kenya probably didn’t brazenly steal election

19. Francis Mathaura described as being “shadow president’ of Kenya

18. US officials surprised at how easy it was to get Russia-Germany gas pipeline grant from Finland #cablegate

17. Finland traded votes with Israel to get spot on UN Security Council

16. GPS & detailed map feature made Nokia smartphones favorite for Iraqi rebels #cablegate

15. Sudan president Omar al-Bashir stashed $9 billion from Sudan in British banks #cablegate

14. Qatar adapts Al Jazeera coverage to suit foreign leaders #cablegate

13. Gaza wall, valued at $40 million USD, was to be completed December 2010 #cablegate

12. Egypt considered nuclear arms if Iran managed to acquire atomic weapons #cablegate

11. Uruguay linked to trafficking of arms to Venezuela to former guerrillas for possible coup #cablegate

10. Danish gov’t played double game when pressured to investigate CIA rendition flights #cablegate

9. US forced Denmark to have armed guards on airplanes #cablegate

8. Secret collusion between Swedish and US military and civilian intelligence #cablegate

7. US Embassy in Costa Rica trained, funded security forces used at anti-FTA protests #cablegate

6. Vertical Aviation disqualified from supporting Colombia forces in Afghanistan by State Dept #cablegate

5. US suspected Brazil pres. Dilma Rousseff would “outlaw’ antiterrorism bill for “ideological’ reasons #cablegate

4. Peruvian Armed Forces still greatly influenced by drugs #cablegate

3. US pushed foreign govts to buy aircrafts from Boeing rather than European rival Airbus #cablegate

2. Israel’s plans for a big war in Middle East against Hamas or Hezbollah exposed #cablegate

1. Monsanto fought off environmentalists/farmers in Argentina, got USG to represent interests #cablegate

If you would like to continue to mark the day, see Greg Mitchell’s blog on The Nation . He has been live blogging WikiLeaks and covering Cablegate revelations for the past 100 days. So, today, he marks his 100th day live blogging WikiLeaks (and writes about the day that Cablegate swung open).

The Nation has put together this slide show to also mark the day.

And, if that’s not enough, there’s WL Central, where you can get more of the latest news and updates on Cablegate, protests/uprisings, and more.

Follow me on Twitter @kgosztola to stay up to date on Cablegate revelations and WikiLeaks.


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