Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 26, 2010 9:57:15 GMT -5
Právo: Russian ambassador in Prague dismisses spying allegations.
Prague, Sept 23 (ČTK) - The allegations about Russian spies in the Czech Republic are nothing more than media hype and a reaction to political propaganda, outgoing Russian ambassador Alexei Fedotov told the paper Pravo yesterday.
Fedotov called the information on Russian spies "fiction" and "myth."
"When we broached the issue and sometimes they did it themselves, many serious Czech politicians simply laughed at the news," Fedotov said.
"Other phoned me to apologise," he added.
Fedotov also dismissed the notion that Russia was using its deliveries of raw materials to Europe for political pressure.
"We do not use energy raw materials in our foreign policy. This is a purely commercial affair. We resolutely dismiss its politicisation," Fedotov said, adding that the Czech Republic could rapidly find alternative sources for Russian deliveries.
Fedotov spoke highly of President Vaclav Klaus's contribution to the rehabilitation of bilateral relations after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Fedotov said Klaus was an "architect of the eastern course of Czech policy."
Pragmatism is a base and dominant feature of Russian-Czech relations, Fedotov said.
Fedotov has been Russian ambassador to Prague since April 2004.
He will be replaced with Sergei Kiseljov, 63.
The police will investigate the case of alleged Russian spy Robert Rachardzo, who was linked to Czech military senior officers, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) wrote in August.
The paper reported that the spy affair was behind the recent discharge of three generals from the Czech military.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 13, 2010 19:51:49 GMT -5
Belarusian spy to remain beind bars.
PAP 13.10.2010 15:13
The District Court in Warsaw has refused a repeated appeal to release Belarusian Sergei M., who was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for spying against Poland.
Sergei M. has been imprisoned for almost four years now and has the right for an early release because he already served more than half of the sentence.
Judge Marcin Lochowski found that the Belarusian’s rehabilitation is running smoothly, but it must be continued. “There is no reason to think that the offender would not commit a crime again,” the judge commented.
It is the second time that the court has refused to release Sergei M. The Belarusian’s lawyer, Magdalena Bentkowska filed the first motion in January, and did not hide her amazement that her client was not released, saying that she will file another motion in six months.
Caught in a trap?
In September 2009, the District Court in Warsaw sentenced 43-year-old Sergei M. to five and a half years in prison for trying to acquire classified documents about the Polish Foreign Ministry.
Sergei M. was arrested in Lithuania in November 2006 and extradited to Poland a year later.
While announcing the sentence the court revealed that in 2005 Sergei M. tried to recruit the Polish consul in Minsk, Krzysztof G., offering him money in exchange for classified information to be passed on to Belarusian intelligence.
Sergei M. wanted to receive a list of the Polish Foreign Ministry’s employees with their telephone numbers, a list of people who were to go on diplomatic missions, details about Foreign Ministry’s secret office, including a list of its employees and the layout of rooms, as well as Foreign Ministry’s files on Russia and Belarus.
During a meeting in Prague, Sergei M. paid Krzysztof G. 740 euro for a promise to provide him with the requested information. Sergei M. claims he is innocent and fell victim to Krzysztof G.’s provocation.
According to the weekly Polityka magazine, Krzysztof G. used to work for the Polish communist secret service and later was recruited by the State Protection Office which used him as bait. As Polish consul to Belarus, Krzysztof G. consciously played a game with Sergei M. and asked him to come to Lithuania, where the Belarusian spy was arrested.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 18, 2010 16:06:43 GMT -5
Communist Secret Services' Documents Published in Bulgaria.
Novinite.com Society | October 18, 2010, Monday
Bulgaria's special panel, investigating the communist-era police files, known as the Files' Commission, has published a collection of the most important documents of the former State Security.
The new book titled "State Security – Structure and Main Documents" was presented Monday at the Sofia University.
The collection follows chronologically three main topics related to the former Services – the development of their structure, the recruitment of undercover agents, and the internal rules of operation.
A major part of the published documents have remained unknown until now not only for the public at large, but also for researchers over the limited access to the State Security archives.
Readers will be able to see for the first time the documents about the establishment and the operations of the former Secret Services - top classified decrees and instructions, adopted by the Bulgarian Communist Party and implemented by the State Security, showing the connection between the two.
The 46 documents have been chosen among 20 000 files while the forthcoming online version will include 200 documents.
This is the second documentary collection published by the Commission. The debut was made last year with a book of documents dedicated to the ties between the Bulgarian and the Soviet Communist State Security Services.
Edward Fokczynski, constructor of the Polish Enigma decrypting machine in western Poland before the British took over work, has been posthumously awarded the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Edward Fokczynski’s daughter Teresa Szostko was handed the order by the head of the Chancellery of the President Jacek Michalowski and president’s advisor Tomasz Nalecz.
Edward Fokczynski was a member of the Polish team which broke the Enigma encrypting machine in 1932 together with Marian Rajewski, Jerzy Rozycki and Henryk Zygalski. Fokczynski tested decrypting machines.
Before the outbreak of WW II the team, which consisted of 15 members, was evacuated to France. In March 1943, Fokczynski and three of his colleagues were arrested by the Nazis while trying to cross the Spanish border and sent to Oranienburg concentration camp.
Fokczynski eventually died from injuries suffered under torture but never revealed how the Poles managed to break the Enigma.
The work was expanded and developed by the British at Station X at Bletchley Park in England. (mg)
President Dmitry Medvedev has given the highest state awards to the Russian agents who were expelled from the US in July this year, in the biggest spy swap since the end of the Cold War.
"A ceremony took place in the Kremlin today [Monday] to hand top state honors to a number of Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) employees, including the agents who were working in the United States and came back to Russia in July," said the president’s press secretary, Natalya Timakova, as cited by Interfax.
No details have been revealed so far about the exact orders bestowed upon them and for what achievements.
Ten alleged Russian spies were arrested in the US on June 27. Eight of them were detained for allegedly carrying out longterm assignments for the Russian government, and two others for allegedly taking part in the same intelligence gathering operation. Yet another suspect was caught in Cyprus, but later disappeared after being released on bail.
Many of the agents had been working in the US for years undercover and had their homes and families in America. Following the scandal, the ten were traded for four detainees convicted of espionage in Russia. The spy swap, between Russia and the US, took place in Vienna on July 9.
While little is known about what the agents deported from the US are doing now, at least one of them – Anna Chapman – still regularly makes the headlines. When the spy scandal was at its peak she was dubbed “the femme fatale” of the case, for her glamorous looks. Earlier this month she appeared at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, to watch the launch of Russia's Soyuz spacecraft and wave goodbye to a US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts who were leaving for the International Space Station.
Last week, Russian FondServiceBank reported that from the start of October, the ex-spy has been working for the bank as its president’s adviser on innovations and investment. The financial institution services Russia’s domestic high-tech industries, aircraft and aerospace equipment makers. According to its press release, Chapman is currently working on a book about new opportunities in internet resources.
Glamorous Russian agent Anna Chapman took part in an erotic photo shoot for Russia’s most popular men’s magazine.
Maxim magazine has released a promotional trailer of the issue, due to hit the newsstands on Thursday, which features Chapman flaunting g-strings and a pistol.
As the magazine’s website states, in addition to the lascivious photo shoot the “mysterious debutante in [Maxim’s] list of Russia’s 100 sexiest women” also talked about “men, flirting and her future plans.”
Editorial Director of Maxim Russia, Ilya Bezugly calls Chapman “one of the most beautiful women he has ever met.”
“She knows it and she enjoys it,” Bezugly said. “So it was not a problem for her to do the modeling part of the job. It was just fun to work with her. I believe we made the best shoots we’ve ever made.”
Since her arrest in the US in July, the alleged spy has repeatedly made headlines both in Russia and abroad.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 27, 2010 17:16:21 GMT -5
Mossad Head Dagan, Bulgarian PM Borisov Delighted with Cooperation.
Novinite.com Diplomacy | October 26, 2010, Tuesday
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has welcomed the Director of Mossad, Meir Dagan, in Sofia.
Borisov and Dagan expressed their satisfaction with the cooperation and successful joint operations of the Bulgarian and Israeli security services, announced the press center of the Bulgarian government.
After CIA Director Leon Panetta visited Sofia in June 2010, Dagan, Director of Israel's Mossad (Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations), is the second head of a foreign intelligence service welcomed by Borisov.
The Bulgarian PM and the head of Mossad are said to have demonstrated their desire for closer relations between Bulgarian and Israeli intelligence services "in the name of the security of the two states."
Gen. Dagan has given to Borisov greetings from Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel's President Ariel Sharon.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 27, 2010 18:01:01 GMT -5
WikiLeaks to release secret Russia, China logs - paper.
Whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which has published hundreds of U.S. war logs, is preparing to release secret files from Russia and China, a Russian newspaper said on Tuesday.
"Russians are going to find out a lot of interesting facts about their country," WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told Kommersant.
The main goal of the project was the "despotic regimes in China, Russia and Central Eurasia," WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange wrote to potential investors when he launched the website in 2006.
WikiLeaks published some 400,000 secret U.S. military files revealing the truth about the conflict in Iraq. The documents suggest U.S. forces turned a blind eye to evidence of torture by the Iraqi authorities. Other files reveal that the number of civilian casualties was far greater than Washington admitted.
General George Casey, who was in charge of U.S. forces in Iraq from 2004 to 2007, rebutted the allegations of torture.
Twenty people have been detained in Georgia, suspected of spying for Russia, according to a Reuters report.
All the suspects are Georgian citizens, a source told the news agency.
The report has not yet been officially confirmed. The Russian news agency Interfax quotes Georgia’s foreign ministry as saying it will comment on the information at a special news conference on November 5.
According to Interpressnews news agency, two of the detainees have been sentenced to two months in prison. The men, detained on October 17, run a company that inspects cargo.
This is not the first spy scandal between the two countries. In March 2010, two Russian military officers and a Georgian citizen received lengthy prison sentences in Russia after being found guilty of spying for Tbilisi.
In 2006, Georgia detained Russian military officers over allegations of spying for Moscow. The men were later freed and ordered out of the country. In response, Russia recalled its ambassador and suspended all means of transport to and from Georgia, as well as postal communication. Services resumed in April 2008.
Relations between Russia and Georgia have been strained for the last several years – deteriorating badly during the 2008 military conflict in South Ossetia.
Commenting on the latest events, Gennady Gudkov, a deputy at the Russian State Duma and member of the national security committee, told RT that Moscow simply doesn't need a spy ring in Georgia.
“This looks like another of Georgia’s internal political battles and Russia is used as the bogeyman as usual,” Gudkov said. “Russia doesn’t need a spy network in Georgia. It would be a waste of resources. Russian officials can get all the information on Georgia without leaving their desks. There is a massive Georgian diaspora here in Russia with strong ties to their homeland, so there’s absolutely no need for any old spy methods to gather intelligence. It is obviously nothing more than part of Georgia’s internal politics.”
One of the country's opposition leaders says Tbilisi uses the slightest link to Russia as an excuse to prosecute.
“These kind of charges – Russian links, Russian ties, Russian espionage – is always used in Georgia as political propaganda. I do not know anything about these people but I know that in Georgia it is quite enough to be somehow linked with Russia,” said Kakha Kukava, a leader of the Conservative Party of Georgia. “You have business in Russia, or family in Russia, and you are visiting Georgia – it is quite enough for Georgian law enforcement officials to make a criminal investigation about that.”
The Georgian regime is trying to draw people’s attention away from the worsening economic situation in the country, said Aslan Abashidze, an international law professor at Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia. Tbilisi is only looking to provoke Moscow, Abashidze added, and is aspiring to slander Russia’s image in the eyes of the US and NATO.
However, Abashidze believes that as Russia is becoming a strategic partner of the US and NATO in the fight against terrorism, the Georgian provocation will not hinder the establishment of these relations.
Dr. Irina Kobrinskaya from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, a Moscow-based think tank, shares this point of view. She thinks this latest development is unlikely to “diminish the weight of Russia in the world affairs” and might even have the opposite effect.
When asked to comment on speculations that this latest spy story could actually be a message Georgian authorities are sending to the opposition, Kobrinskaya said the country’s authorities are doing everything possible to keep ahead of their rivals.
Georgia’s ruling regime is losing power in the world, while the local opposition is extremely active, she explained.
“They are very active in Russia, they are active in the West – in the United States and in Europe,” Kobrinskaya stated. “The regime of Saakashvili doesn’t feel safe. And they use any possible tool in their struggle against the opposition.”
Fred Weir from the Christian Science Monitor says the reported arrests may be revealing the authoritarian nature of Georgia.
“They are entitled to due process. That means they can call a lawyer, family members can be contacted. Therefore arrests are announced. And it never happens… I can’t tell you how bizarre it is to have the police spokesman say, ‘I can neither confirm nor deny that arrests have taken place.' Secret arrests are the hallmark of a police state,” Weir said.
“There is a new lobby for the Georgian parliament that is called the Freedom Charger. It will drastically increase the powers of the security service. It passed the first reading in the Georgian parliament recently – and it is possible that someone is trying to stir up a social mood to support that,” he explained.
Political analyst from Moscow State University, Aleksey Urazov, says the story may be a PR stunt by Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, who is desperate to find approval in his home country.
“He [Saakashvili] has some real problems with the protests that are going to take place in Georgia in November. His personal rating of political approval is less than 50 per cent,” Aleksey Urazov explained to RT. “About 80 per cent of Georgians say that they want to have a détente with Russia. They want good relations with Russia. So he needs to find some approval. The easiest way is find an enemy somewhere,” he added.
Andrey Kortunov from the New Eurasia Foundation described the current state of relations between the two countries as a “stalemate.”
“We seem to be moving nowhere,” he said. “It seems that each side is waiting for some change to come from the other side.” And no such changes are likely to happen soon, Kortunov believes.
“If we can’t resolve big questions like Georgia’s territorial integrity or the recognition of the newly-established states in the Caucasus [South Ossetia and Abkhazia] we should start with small issues,” Kortunov said, specifying cultural ties, business relations and environmental issues as possible starter points.
“The question is whether the two sides have political will,” Kortunov added.
“Detaining alleged Russian spies in Tbilisi is a provocation” – Russia.
RT.com 05 November, 2010, 11:45
Georgia's Interior Ministry has announced that 13 people, including four Russians, were detained in October, accused of spying for Moscow. Russia’s Foreign Ministry says Saakashvili’s regime suffers “chronic spy mania”.
The announcement by the Georgian Interior Ministry follows a week of silence after Tbilisi's initial statement that it had uncovered a spy ring.
“Over recent years, the Georgian leadership has resorted to fabricating such scandals not just once, cynically counting on getting domestic policy or foreign policy dividends,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that the scandal is considered to be aimed at winning attention and harming Russia on the eve of OSCE and NATO summits.
The Russian Foreign Ministry also believes that Georgia will try to smear Russia even more at the forthcoming OSCE summit, in an attempt to thrust its vision of the Caucasus issue on the participants of the summit.
However, the Ministry remains confident that the international community will not take these attempts very seriously: “It is not a secret that such Georgian actions each time evoke more skeptical reaction from the international community.”
Tbilisi says most of the arrested were recruited by Russian military intelligence four years ago.
They say the spy ring was uncovered after Georgia’s Interior Ministry allegedly planted a mole into Russia’s military intelligence directorate, and the mole passed information on all Georgian citizens who used to work or do work for Russia’s intelligence.
Those arrested are mostly Georgian air force officers. Others include NGO members and businessmen.
Tbilisi says that they are continuing to work on the case, as a lot more people were allegedly involved in the affair, and some of them are allegedly working with the investigation.
Meanwhile, no specific evidence on the case was presented by the Georgian Interior Ministry.
Georgian opposition leaders say the latest spy scandal involving four Russian nationals is being used by Tbilisi to score political points.
Earlier, media had reported that 20 people had been detained on charges of allegedly spying for Russia. The news broke last Friday, on October 29.
A lawyer for at least two of the arrested told the Georgian media that her clients were arrested on October 18, and that they had been given a preliminary two-month prison sentence.
Critics say that the fact that the news was broken by a foreign media source is unheard of, as usually in such cases, whoever carries out the arrest makes an announcement.
This is not the first time a spy scandal breaks out between the two countries.
Back in 2006, four Russian officers were arrested in Georgia over allegations of spying for Moscow. They were later released, but the incident took relations between Moscow and Tbilisi to a low that had never previously been seen.
After the Georgia-South Ossetia War in 2008, diplomatic relations between Russia and Georgia were broken and have not been restored since.
Dmitry Babich, a political analyst for RIA Novosti news agency, says that this spy scandal is one of President Saakashvili’s “PR stunts”, which have been taking place over the last several months.
“Obviously it is a political matter, because if you put yourself in the shoes of Saakashvili, he is already in a very difficult situation,” Babich said. “He cannot attack South Ossetia and Abkhazia for the second time, because that would be political suicide. He also cannot put diplomatic pressure on Russia, because he was so badly discredited internationally. So the only way for him is to organize all kinds of PR stunts to show the Georgians that he is at least doing something.”
Dmitry Babich believes that Mikhail Saakashvili expects Russia to lose patience at some moment, and to do something dramatic like increasing military presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
“To do something that would make Russia look like an aggressor,” Babich added.
He also pointed out that such spy cases in Georgia strangely have no clear outcomes.
“In the last five years we had at least 15 very noisy spy cases in Georgia, with jail sentences of 20 or 15 years, and we’ve never heard the development. Someone is arrested, there is a scandal, press reports about it for three days – and then we don’t see any development. Usually, as we remember from the Stalin times, it happens when the authorities try to use it for internal purposes,” Babich said.
Political analyst Kirill Koktysh from the Moscow Institute of International relations recalled that Saakashvili has staged similar “spy scandals before”.
“It's a science fiction story and has nothing to do with real practices. I doubt that there is something in Georgia that could be acquired through spying,” Koktysh told RT.
Paper claims to expose Russia-US spy scandal “traitor”
RT.com 11 November, 2010, 20:28
Russian daily Kommersant has named a former chief of undercover agents as the “traitor” who blew the cover of Russian agents working in the US – leading to the summer spy scandal which cast a shadow on relations between Moscow and Washington.
The Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) is being shaken to its core by an internal investigation to establish who is responsible for the worst failure of its agents in years.
Since the first days of the spy scandal, Russian officials said the ten undercover agents arrested in the US and exchanged for four people convicted of spying in Russia for America, fell victim to treachery.
“We know who he is and where he is. He betrayed for money after they hooked him over something. Be sure, a mercader [Ramon Mercader, the man who murdered exiled Bolshevik Lev Trotsky and was later awarded the USSR’s highest order for it] has been sent for him,” Kommersant cites a high ranking official as saying.
The name of the "double agent" has not been made public by the authorities. However, Kommersant claims it is Colonel Shcherbakov, former supervisor of all Russian moles in the United States. According to the newspaper, the SVT failed miserably to notice that the man’s daughter had moved to the US, which would normally make him unfit for the position.
Shcherbakov also turned down a promotion a year ago. Before taking it, he would have had to pass a lie detector test, which suggests that by that time he was working for the US.
His superiors also had not been alerted by the unexpected departure to the US of Shcherbakov’s son, who worked for Russia’s anti-drug enforcement agency. He left shortly before the Russian agents were arrested.
Shcherbakov himself went missing three days before Dmitry Medvedev visited the US – a move that seemingly was not on the order of the Americans as they went to great lengths to postpone the arrest of the Russian agents until after Medvedev’s visit. Even the way it was done – shortly after the president’s departure – looked ugly, the newspaper notes.
The Kommersant article goes on to describe the life of Mikhail Vasenkov, alias Juan Lazaro, whose flawless decades-long intelligence career was ruined by the betrayal. The newspaper alleges that the US had no proof that Lazaro was an agent until, as they claim, Shcherbakov handed over his personal file.
“What happened was not merely treachery. Giving the enemy an agent’s file is f****g outrageous! Such thing never happened before!” a source in the SVR told Kommersant.
The newspaper says the great overhaul of the intelligence agency may eventually result in the sacking of its head Mikhail Fradkov. The agency may even be reformed and made part of the FSB. Foreign intelligence was the responsibility of the KGB in the days of the Soviet Union, but was transferred to an independent body in the early 90s, when Boris Yeltsin was putting restrains on the too powerful organization.
Kommersant’s report prompts many questions. For instance, US officials said they started following Russian agents as far back as ten years ago. The whole tone of the article better suits a spy novel then a news report (Kommersant claims that Americans tortured Vasenkov and broke three ribs and a leg trying to make him talk). And most importantly, why would a secretive agency, which seemingly screwed up so badly and is now in the middle of a major sweep, share such information with the media?
A Russian newspaper has put a new twist on this summer's spy scandal between Moscow and Washington. According to the paper, the ten people expelled from the U.S. on espionage charges, were turned in by their own boss. President Medvedev says this was no surprise, as he was aware of the events all along. RT's Egor Piskunov met the journalists who published the revelations.
Georgia has released a film about a recently-detained alleged Russian spy network, which the Kremlin has called a political farce.
The film is the Georgian version of the last month’s arrest of 15 people accused of being Russian spies.
In reality, however, the only evidence Tblisi has given to relatives is the apparent confession of one of those arrested. But this super agent is actually a Georgian spy, says his former chief at the Georgian intelligence.
“I personally enrolled him,” David Bakuridze, a former Georgian state security officer, told RT. “He was my agent from 1992-94. After the Rose Revolution, he was recruited to work for Georgian intelligence. Also, his brother runs the security service of the whole Republic of Adzharia. I assert it officially: this man is a Georgian agent!"
Ruslan Skrylnikov has no taste for spy thrillers, but this one caught his eye: one of the supposed spies appears to be his father.
“In May this year, my dad went to Georgia to visit relatives. On the border he was thoroughly interrogated about where he was going to stay. They photographed him and took away sweets he was carrying to his nephews. Two days later he was arrested. He never contacted us afterwards. We found out about his arrest by chance, and were shocked,” Ruslan says.
Six months ago, the 63-year-old was detained for crossing the border with a fake ID and trying to sell counterfeit dollars, which landed him 18 years in jail.
Now Skrylnikov is being accused of spying for Russia, but his family says espionage is beyond the capability of the ailing pensioner, who could not even send a text message from his cell-phone, let alone use the Internet.
Relatives are now appealing against the charges, and hope that their high-level lobbying of NATO and European countries will get them justice.
Fighting their corner is SOS Russia human rights group, which says it is the first time they have dealt with such a gross violation of human rights.
“This is a sanctioned provocation, a political action,” said Anton Samoylenkov of SOS Russia.
“It’s aimed to discredit Russia before the upcoming Russia-NATO summit and the OSCE meeting. Saakashvili wants to attract attention to himself and his super Secret Services. But we want to tell him ‘You can’t treat old men just like this. They are innocent. You can’t jail them just because they’re Russians!’”
The inner workings of U.S. diplomacy are being put on display for the world to see, thanks to whistleblower website, Wikileaks. Thousands of communiques reveal often damning opinions on host countries, including close allies. Among them, seemingly illegal plans to spy on top UN figures, and the suggestion the State Department knew Georgia was planning an attack on South Ossetia before it happened.
WikiLeaks releases new portion of classified data.
RT.com 29 November, 2010, 08:09
The world's biggest media outlets, including The Guardian, The New York Times and Le Monde, have published the first of a new batch of secret materials obtained by WikiLeaks.
This time it contains messages from US diplomats stationed around the world.
Just hours before, the whistleblower's website was reportedly attacked by hackers.
The release comes right after the US government demanded WikiLeaks return millions of classified documents.
Interestingly enough, many experts are not discussing the very content of the newly published leaks themselves, but what the leaking of this latest publication actually means. They claim that this signifies a troublesome time for US diplomacy and the State Department, saying security measures are not what they used to be.
The published information is not exactly groundbreaking. There are some intriguing communications concerning various world leaders, specific relations between some countries, such as between China and North Korea, Russia and the United States. But those revelations are not perhaps as interesting as the fact that they were revealed in the first place.
John Gearson, a terrorism and foreign policy expert at King's College, warns that the files published by the website do not necessarily reflect the country's policy.
“Taken out of context, these documents might give a misleading picture,” Gearson said.
“If we just take one document and say, it says this rude thing about this leader… this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s this country’s policy, it means that’s one insight.”
“Just putting out information into the public domain doesn’t always lead to better policy and better governments; it can sometimes lead to an unintended outcome,” he pointed out.
Sergey Strokan, political columnist at Russia’s Kommersant newspaper, agrees that it is better not to jump to conclusions over the leaked documents:
“We have to keep in mind that whatever classified documents are released – they are just raw material of diplomacy. And you can’t judge the actions of the country and their policies just by documents which are meant for domestic diplomatic consumption,” Strokan told RT.
As for the timing of the leak, Strokan argues this could be “an ongoing attack on President Obama, which did not start today and which aims at preventing him from re-election."
Chief editor of Russian Reporter magazine, Vitaly Leibin, also believes that the leaks are the result of people inside the US government wanting the information exposed.
"These leaks would never have happened if not for the number of insiders who are ready to leak this information. It looks like its linked to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when officers understood that they are working for a not exactly fair business, and this moral decay inside the Pentagon caused these leaks,” he said.
“The main thing this leak has done is break the illusion that the State department has everything under control. There have been exposed mechanisms – not secret, but quite simple and cynical. Partners of the US will be more careful now. It’s another sign that the US is no longer dominating the world,” he added.
What many are now discussing are the consequences of this latest leak. Some wonder whether US diplomacy will now suffer. Others ask if foreign officials may be less willing to cooperate with US diplomats out of fear that their conversations and sensitive information may be published on newspaper websites the next day.
“It’s a product of the information age but it compromises the ability of countries to conduct international relations,” stated Eitan Gilboa of the Center for International Communication in Israel.
“Without some secrecy it would be impossible to conduct negotiations,” he added. “It’s important to say I’m not sure how many new things are going to be revealed by the documents. We know, pretty much, most of what the United States thinks… The embarrassing thing would be to see it in print on official documents.”
The US State Department is already trying to minimize the damage. It said in a statement that the leak could endanger lives and cause permanent damage to foreign relations.
According to WikiLeaks, the latest revelations are only the beginning.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 29, 2010 18:43:25 GMT -5
Wikileaks - Obama traded anti missile shield for Russian support.
Thenews.pl 29.11.2010 10:03
President Obama cancelled anti-missile shield plans in Poland and the Czech Republic to get Russia support for UN sanctions against Iran, documents made public by Wikileaks reveal.
The released documents also show that out of the 251,287 cables planned for release by Wikileaks, 972 come from US embassies in Warsaw (970) and Krakow (2). The most recent cables from Poland are dated February 2010 though their contents have not yet been revealed.
One of the cables from Poland is labelled ‘top secret’, 30 ‘secret’, nine ‘confidential’ 556 ‘sensitive’, 204 ‘for official use only’ and 170 not classified as confidential.
Earlier, US diplomats had informed Poland’s Foreign Ministry that documents were to be released by Wikileaks which could potentially compromise confidentiality between the two sides.
The whistle blowing web site, publishing diplomatic cables and other documents via The New York Times, the Guardian (UK) and other media outlets, show that George Bush’s anti-missile shield plan to station 10 interceptor rockets in Poland not far from the Kaliningrad (Russia) border and a radar system in the Czech Republic was seen as an obstacle by Washington in getting tougher sanctions against Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
The diplomatic cables show that the US believes that Iran has already received missiles from North Korea which could threaten western Europe.
The released documents show that Russia had intensified its campaign against the anti-missile shield in 2009, with Moscow believing the system would be directed at Poland’s immediate east and not Iran.
In September, President Obama cancelled the anti-missile system. (pg)
TsarSamuil: Medicines aren't allowed to be sold on the market without a 15 year trial period, to determine short n long term effects. Sputnik just turned 1 year, others not even that, just months, how can we determine long term effects without the data from long term
Aug 24, 2021 11:22:20 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: exposure? Does anyone have a time machine to go 14 years or so into the future n come back n say whether we have good vaccines? Fear makes world abandon its own standards..Besides, vaccines for other illnesses that have been developed for YEARS actually
Aug 24, 2021 11:23:40 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: help. These covid vaccines are literally SHIT, why else do they demand you take 1, 2 n now 3 shots? The problem is also a disease becomes resilient if u administer a weak vaccine that doesn't do the job proper. Allow illness to survive just makes it strong
Aug 24, 2021 11:25:04 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: instead if we go by the book, we should all wait for a really good vaccine to take out the illness for good. Now...we may never get rid of it..but understandably the world economy has a hard time dealing with lock downs, but that is just needless panic
Aug 24, 2021 11:27:06 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: why Swe had fared well with country not being locked down? Because they are cold people, keeping distance was the thing before covid-19 was ever heard of, I hope world doesn't become like that, but some could use a little common sense n change in behavior.
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:12 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: It's no wonder covid hits so many Arabs in the country, stupid bastards..
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:38 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: If I go to H&M a new shirt, if an Arab wants to buy a pair of pants, not only is his whole family along, his friends, even his freaking grandmother is along n all chattering along in a big dumb group of ignorance..
Aug 24, 2021 11:33:05 GMT -5
Boro: Thx for the response. I'm not sure... It seems the vaccines work, at least people aren't dying of Covid. Those who get ill have a problem, it's not "just a flu". Maybe it's from a chinese laboratory, who knows...
Aug 24, 2021 13:46:55 GMT -5
Boro: I agree regarding Arabs..
Aug 24, 2021 13:50:39 GMT -5
Boro: Be glad, Sweden isn't overpopulated.
Aug 24, 2021 14:11:49 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: true, vaccines do help somewhat, maybe better than nothing..I hope in 2022 we can come out of this nightmare..
Aug 24, 2021 15:38:24 GMT -5
Boro: Horrible times, indeed.
Aug 24, 2021 15:47:41 GMT -5