August 30, 2011 |
The anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks in recent days has dramatically accelerated the pace at which it posts confidential State Department cables, exposing the names of people who spoke to American diplomats in confidence. The development has alarmed U.S. officials and human rights groups, who say it will endanger foreign nationals who helped the United States and make it less likely that others will do so in the future. "We are deeply concerned that WikiLeaks decided to make public the names of diplomatic sources who may face reprisals by oppressive governments," said Elisa Massimino, president of Human Rights First, an independent nonprofit organization.
December 2, 2010 |
U.S. diplomats have largely ignored a directive from Washington urging them to collect personal and technical information about their foreign counterparts that could be used for spying, former senior State Department officials say. The directive, disclosed Sunday in secret cables released by the WikiLeaks website, asked State Department officers based abroad to gather foreign diplomats' credit card, cellphone and frequent flier numbers, as well...
December 7, 2010 |
President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua has received "suitcases full of cash" from Venezuela and is believed to have used money from drug traffickers to finance electoral fraud, according to secret U.S. diplomatic cables disclosed this week. Ortega's fawning and lucrative relationship with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez prompted a U.S. diplomat to dub Ortega a "Chavez 'Mini-Me,'" a reference to a diminutive movie character, the cables say. In the latest leak from the cache of U.S. diplomatic communications released by the WikiLeaks website, officials paint a harsh picture of Ortega, a long-time foe of Washington, his politics and the secretive, abusive way he runs his government.
March 19, 2011 |
The U.S. ambassador to Mexico resigned Saturday after angering Mexican President Felipe Calderon over leaked diplomatic cables that bluntly described shortcomings in Mexico's 4-year-old war on drug cartels. Carlos Pascual, a veteran diplomat who arrived in Mexico in 2009, helped retool U.S. aid in the drug war to place greater emphasis on improving judicial institutions and civic involvement than on weaponry. But the embassy's analyses in confidential cables of Mexico's military-led drug strategy, which included praise but noted interagency rivalries and called the Mexican army "risk averse," raised hackles.
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October 29, 1990 |
Scientists who have been frustrated for decades by their inability to place permanent seismic and oceanographic monitoring stations on the ocean floor are on the brink of realizing their dream by using transoceanic telephone cables that have outlived their original purpose. On Thursday, AT&T and its Japanese counterpart, Kokusai Denshin Denwa Ltd.
December 2, 2010 |
The leaders of Russia and Turkey on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration over leaked U.S. diplomatic cables in the most concrete signs yet that the disclosures are rattling America's strategic relationships. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin condemned comments attributed in cables to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, saying the secretary was "deeply misled. " Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a U.S. apology for cables alleging financial improprieties was insufficient.
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December 6, 2002 |
Engineers are investigating whether thin concrete, irregularly spaced steel bars and over-tightened reinforcing cables caused extensive damage to a new $12-million carpool bridge connecting the San Diego and Costa Mesa freeways, newly obtained Caltrans records show.
November 29, 2010 |
U.S. diplomats have been directed by Washington to gather detailed data on their foreign counterparts, including the kinds of information usually sought by spies, according to diplomatic cables made public Sunday. The cables, part of the WikiLeaks website's massive release of secret U.S. dispatches, show that diplomats have been asked to gather counterparts' credit card and frequent flier numbers, iris scans, as well as information on their Internet identities and the telecommunications networks they use. The activities are laid out in dispatches that describe how the diplomats must fulfill their obligations under a previously undisclosed program called the National Humint Collection Directive.
November 30, 2010 |
The massive leak of secret diplomatic cables sent a tremor from Washington through world capitals Monday, exposing deception and scheming that world leaders take great pains to keep private and complicating some of America's most sensitive strategic relations. Release of the cables by the WikiLeaks website Sunday shocked a culture built on the expectation that candid discussions should remain exactly that ? amounting, in the words of the Italian foreign minister, to the "Sept.
October 30, 1986 |
Villagers opposing the flooding of their homes by a new dam fought a 16-hour battle with paramilitary forces, a spokesman for the provincial governor said Wednesday. The clashes started when villagers tried to stop workers laying underground telephone cables. The cables will be connected with a new village built above the dam when the old village is flooded next year.