Five international news outlets published a selection of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables, provided by the website WikiLeaks. The disclosure of the cables, most of them from the past 3 years, offers a rare view of the secretive world of high-level diplomacy. As such, it could complicate relations with a host of friendly and unfriendly nations.
Here are the top 10 revelations from the cables:
1. Many Middle Eastern nations are far more concerned about Iran’s nuclear program than they’ve publicly admitted.
2. The U.S. ambassador to Seoul told Washington in February that the right business deals might get China to acquiesce to a reunified Korea, if the newly unified power were allied with the United States.
3. The Obama administration offered sweeteners to try to get other countries to take Guantanamo detainees, as part of its (as yet unsuccessful) effort to close the prison.
4. Afghan Vice President Ahmed Zia Massoud took $52 million in cash when he visited the United Arab Emirates last year, according to one cable.
5. The United States has been working to remove highly enriched uranium from a Pakistani nuclear reactor, out of concern that it could be used to build an illicit nuclear device.
6. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ordered diplomats to assemble information on their foreign counterparts.
7. The State Department labeled Qatar the worst country in the region for counterterrorism efforts.
8. Russian Prime Minister Vladimar Putin and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are tighter than was previously known.
9. Hezbollah continues to enjoy the weapons patronage of Syria.
10. Some cables reveal decidedly less than diplomatic opinions of foreign leaders.
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