Monday, April 25, 2011

Wikileaks revelations target Gitmo and beyond

By now you've likely heard that Wikileaks uncovered hundreds of documents regarding the U.S. military prison on Guantanamo Bay. In case you need a reminder, Euronews provides a neat summary:

As to be expected, the Obama administration is none too pleased over the info from Wikileaks and disseminated through various international media sources. The repercussions of the document dump remain to be seen though it's probably safe to say that it won't be good for the White House.

Aside from info on Guantanamo, Wikileaks also revealed on Monday the belief by U.S. diplomats that a nephew of beleaguered Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is as assessor to Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega.

This month alone, diplomatic cables uncovered by Wikileaks made headlines in several Latin American countries:
  • Venezuela - The head of the opposition Democratic Action party rejected rumors alleging that he sought funds from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas.
  • Ecuador - U.S. diplomats claimed that the Venezuelan government was behind a campaign that helped "destabilize" Ecuadorian president Lucio Gutiérrez in 2005.
  • Panama - A former U.S. Ambassador claimed that authorities were doing very little to prevent drug and human trafficking to flow through Panama City's Tocumen International Airport.
  • Guatemala - In what may be the most odd cable uncovered by Wikileaks, ex-presidential candidate Otto Perez Molina said that there was a conspiracy organized by his political rivals to accuse him of murder.
Online Sources - Voice of America,,, Tal Cual, TVN Noticias, Prensa Libre
Video Source - Euronews via YouTube

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