Wikileaks: Don't hold your breath!

Article published on Nov. 29, 2010
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Article published on Nov. 29, 2010
Normally, I should be patient and wait for my country's "leaks" but comm'on what is that I ve read so far (from today's leaks) that is going to change my life, will I figure out some sort of global conspiracy? (as Assange presents in his interview today's leaks: "deals with important issues for all the countries of the world".

"Don't hold your breath" is a modest british expression for what Greeks have: "Whenever you hear about a lot of cherries, hold small basket"


Leading newspapers, New York Times, Der Spiegel, Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais are absorbed by what politely we would call: US diplomatic "unflattering assessments of foreign leaders". Excuse me but I would call it meticulous gossip with generous doses of peeping through the keyhole.

Or what can it be the so-called revelations about Moammar Gadhafi's, Ukrainian nurse who was described in one cable as "a voluptuous blonde," while the Lybian leader is described as erratic. "Some embassy contacts have claimed that Gadhafi and the 38 year-old Kolotnytska have a romantic relationship". Or Berluscony's party animal bahaviour..

What is so imporatant about German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle's unflattering terms. Der Spiegel reported that the cables portrayed that American diplomats saw Merkel as risk-averse and Westerwelle as largely powerless.

In a statement released Sunday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said, "The cables show the U.S. spying on its allies and the U.N.; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in 'client states'; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries and lobbying for U.S. corporations."

There are also American memos encouraging U.S. diplomats at the United Nations to collect detailed data about the U.N. secretary general, his team and foreign diplomats — going beyond what is considered the normal run of information-gathering expected in diplomatic circles.

Well, tell us something we did not already knew or suspected.

What it stroke me the most, was the "revelations" about the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan: "US diplomats have doubts about Turkish Prime Minister's dependability as a partner.

American diplomats distrust Erdogan and his unrealistic views on the world, wrote Der Spiegel.

The prime minister, one of the United States' most important NATO partners, has surrounded himself with "an iron ring of sycophantic (but contemptuous) advisors," writes a diplomat.

Despite his bragging, he is afraid of losing power, according to the dispatches viewed by Der Spiegel. One source is quoted as telling the Americans: "Tayyip believes in God but doesn't trust Him".

Erdogan's advisors, and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, are portrayed as having little understanding of politics beyond Turkey. A high-ranking government adviser, quoted by US diplomats, describes Davutoglu as "exceptionally dangerous" and warns that he would use his influence on Erdogan.

Well, tell me something I do not already realize.

I believe everyone with basic International Relations knowledge knows that Turkey used to be the best partner for Americans in the Middle East but suddenly a charismatic leader (who is aware of his power) decides to pursue a national policy "below" radars FOR the Turkish people and not FOR American interests. Ambassadors' conclusions (and consequently "leaks") are not that surprising...and definitely not something to bother search for.

I will let you judge for yourself, as I link to some pages, exclusively about today's leaks.

Last question: What will change to my life, to an Afghan's life, to an Italian's life those "leaks", don't they know already Cavaliere's lifestyle?

What is going to change for Iraqis, revelations and details over the war..Irak is utterly ravaged and destroyed, what is that "leaks" will add..apart Assange's fame..