Latest updates: WikiLeaks' diplomatic cables release
November 29th, 2010
06:42 PM ET

Latest updates: WikiLeaks' diplomatic cables release

WikiLeaks, a whistle-blowing website known for leaking state secrets, released on Sunday its latest batch of controversial documents. It has posted the first of what it says will be more than 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables.

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[Updated at 10:14 p.m.]

- Ecuador has asked WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange to come to Quito and discuss documents regarding Ecuador and other Latin American countries. Ecuador expelled two U.S. diplomats in February 2009, accusing them of meddling in its internal affairs - allegations the State Department denied. The foreign ministry in Quito suggested Assange, an Australian citizen, apply for residency there.

- WikiLeaks documents posted on the websites of the Guardian and the New York Times suggest China is losing patience with its long-time ally North Korea, with senior figures in Beijing describing the regime in the North as behaving like a "spoiled child." According to cables obtained by WikiLeaks and cited by the Guardian, South Korea's vice-foreign minister Chun Yung-woo said he had been told by two senior Chinese officials (whose names are redacted in the cables) that they believed Korea should be reunified under Seoul's control, and that this view was gaining ground with the leadership in Beijing.

- The world's military shopping list is being exposed through the WikiLeaks publications. State-of-the-art missiles and American military helicopters are a frequent topic of discussion in the released diplomatic cables, which also show a keen interest in what weaponry Iran has and how to defend against them.

- From 2005 to 2009, U.S. diplomats regularly reported that Brazil tried to distance itself from what it saw as an "overly aggressive" American war on terror, and was highly sensitive highly to public claims suggesting that terrorist organizations have a presence in the country, according to cables released by WikiLeaks. But Brazil's counter-terrorism policy seemed to shift in 2009, with a cable detailing the government's strategy to deter terrorists from "using Brazilian territory to facilitate attacks or raise funds."

- Former President George W. Bush told a forum at Facebook's headquarters Monday that the document leak is "very damaging," adding that it may significantly hurt Washington's image abroad. "It's going to be very hard to keep the trust of foreign leaders," the nation's 43rd president said. "If you have a conversation with a foreign leader and it ends up in a newspaper, you don't like it. I didn't like it."

Here's a look at the leak, an overview of how WikiLeaks works and a summary of what some of the documents say about a variety of topics.


THE LEAK

- Sunday's leak contained the first of what the site says will be 251,288 cables that it plans to release piecemeal in the coming weeks or months.

- The cables were sent by American diplomats between the end of 1966 and February 2010.

- Of the roughly 250,000 documents, 8,017 originated from the office of the secretary of state and more than 15,600 are classified as secret. More than half are unclassified, according to WikiLeaks.

- It's the third highly publicized leak by the website in a matter of months. In July, the site published more than 75,000 classified U.S. reports on the war in Afghanistan that officials warned could endanger the lives of U.S. troops and their allies. It posted a similar leak of Iraq war documents in October, prompting more condemnation from U.S. and other world leaders.

- Sunday's "CableGate" was similarly slammed by Washington and U.S. allies, with officials calling the leak a threat to national security.

HOW WIKILEAKS WORKS

- While secretive about its operations, WikiLeaks essentially receives leaks from people who have access to controversial or classified documents, who either send them electronically or through the mail. A group of volunteer editors then decides what information is authoritative and important, and the site publishes it accordingly.

- Only approved information ends up on the WikiLeaks site, but anyone is free to submit documents he or she believes should be made public.

- WikiLeaks offers whistle-blowers anonymity and, to a degree, legal protection.

- U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is a prime suspect in previous leaks. Prior to October's Iraq release, Manning was already being held in Quantico, Virginia, charged with leaking video of an Iraq airstrike to WikiLeaks as well as removing classified information from military computers.

WHAT THE DOCUMENTS SAY

China

- China has played a critical role in U.S. policy toward Iran since the Obama administration came into office, with the Chinese government seeking to encourage the United States and Iran to directly engage each other, according to a CNN review of State Department cables published by WikiLeaks. China may be talking to the United States about containing Iran's nuclear program, but the cables also reveal the role of Chinese enterprises in Iran's strategy to obtain materials for its missile programs and the U.S. State Department's efforts to counter that strategy.

Espionage

- Sunday's release of diplomatic cables include what seems to be an order from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to American diplomats to engage in intelligence gathering, directing her envoys at embassies around the world to collect information ranging from basic biographical data on diplomats to their frequent flier and credit card numbers.

- The State Department denied its diplomats are spies.

Guantanamo Bay

- The relocation of 17 Chinese Muslim Uyghurs detained at Guantanamo Bay was a thorny issue for the United States, according to some of the cables. Attempts to find new homes for the 17 detainees were met with resistance because of fear of retribution from China. At one point, Germany considered accepting seven of them. When the country informed China of the request, Germany "had been subsequently warned by China of 'a heavy burden on bilateral relations'" between Germany and China if the Germans accepted the detainees. The Uyghurs were eventually relocated to Palau, Bermuda, Albania, and Switzerland.

Honduras

- The U.S. Embassy in Honduras unequivocally found that the forced removal of that nation's president last year was a coup that ushered in an illegitimate government, despite the administration's more measured tone in public, a cable says. The analysis, prepared by the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, called Roberto Micheletti, who became de facto president, "totally illegitimate," although Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly recognized both sides as players and pushed for them to negotiate a solution.

Iran

- The United States believes that North Korea is supplying Iran with long-range missiles, suggesting Iran has strike capabilities that are stronger than discussed in public, according to one of the leaked cables.

- A major topic in the documents includes pressure from U.S. allies in the Middle East for decisive action to neutralize Iran's nuclear program.

- In one cable, Bahrain's King Hamadbin Isa al-Khalifa warned, "The danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it." The king is also said to have told the then-commander of U.S. Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus, that Iran was the "source of much of the trouble in both Iraq and Afghanistan."

- The cable, sent in November 2009 by the U.S. ambassador in Bahrain, added that the king had "argued forcefully for taking action to terminate their nuclear program, by whatever means necessary. 'That program must be stopped,'" he said.

- There was similar apprehension in Egypt about Iran in a cable sent in February 2009. "President Mubarak told Senator Mitchell during his recent visit here that he did not oppose our talking with the Iranians, as long as 'you don't believe a word they say,'" the U.S. ambassador in Cairo recounted. The ambassador continued: "Mubarak has a visceral hatred for the Islamic Republic, referring repeatedly to Iranians as 'liars,' and denouncing them for seeking to destabilize Egypt and the region."

- A cable from the U.S. ambassador in Oman quotes the country's Armed Forces Chief, Lt. Gen. Ali bin Majidal-Ma'amari, as saying that "with Iran's continued attitude on the nuclear issue, the security situation in Iraq would remain unresolved."

- Another cable describes a meeting between Saudi King Abdullah and White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and other U.S. officials in March 2009. According to the cable, the king told the Americans what he had just told the Iranian foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki. "You as Persians have no business meddling in Arab matters," the Saudi monarch was quoted as telling Mottaki. "Iran's goal is to cause problems," he told Brennan. "There is no doubt something unstable about them."

Russia

- Diplomatic cables offer a rare glimpse into the sensitive relationship between the United States and Russia, particularly over past negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. In one confidential assessment, sent on October 6, 2009, the U.S. ambassador in Moscow, John Beyrle, complains of a "stubborn mentality" among Russian officials, that "instinctively opposes making common cause with the West over Iran."

Turkey

- Dozens of diplomatic cables reveal a complex and often difficult relationship between the United States and Turkey in recent years, with persistent anxieties among U.S. officials that long-time Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is prodding the country in a more Islamist direction. Recent cables show a divergence of views on Iran's nuclear program, with an angry exchange between the U.S. ambassador in Ankara and a senior Turkish diplomat in October 2009. According to one cable, Ambassador James Jeffrey attacked reported remarks by Erdogan that Iranian nuclear ambitions were "gossip."

United Kingdom

- In 2008, the U.S. ambassador in the central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan, Tatiana Gfoeller, was invited to lunch with Prince Andrew, who was in the country to promote British interests. Of Prince Andrew's comments, she observed in a cable: "Astonishingly candid, the discussion at times verged on the rude (from the British side)."

- When the conversation turned to the problem of corruption, one businessman said that working in Kyrgyzstan was "like doing business in the Yukon" in the 19th century, "i.e., only those willing to participate in local corrupt practices are able to make any money." At this point, according to the cable, "the Duke of York laughed uproariously, saying that: 'All of this sounds exactly like France.'"

World leaders

- The documents offer frank observations from U.S. staffers about the character of world leaders, their quirks, their thinking and their weaknesses. For example, one cable from the U.S. Embassy in Libya has an extensive discussion of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's "various proclivities and phobias" and his almost obsessive reliance on his nurse, a woman described as a "voluptuous blonde."

Yemen

- In a meeting with U.S. Gen. David Petreaus in the capital of Sana'a in January, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to continue covering up the latest plan to use U.S. fixed-wing bombers with precision weapons to attack terrorists in his country. The Yemeni president told Petraeus that would be preferable to the continued use of long-range cruise missiles, which Saleh said were "not very accurate." "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours," Saleh said, according to a diplomatic cable.

Zimbabwe

- A cable dated July 2007 from the outgoing U.S. ambassador in Zimbabwe warned that the end of the government of President Robert Mugabe was "nigh" and advised the State Department "to stay the course and prepare for change."

- The ambassador, Christopher W. Dell, goes on to characterize Mugabe, who now heads an uneasy power-sharing government with the opposition, as "a brilliant tactician" who is "more clever and more ruthless than any other politician in Zimbabwe."

- Fuel and food shortages prompted Dell to say "for the first time the president is under intensifying pressure simultaneously on the economic, political and international fronts" and that Mugabe was "running out of options." He says it up to the U.S. "once again, to take the lead, to say and do the hard things."

U.S. RESPONSE

- In response to the leak, the U.S. government on Monday ordered all agencies handling classified information to review security procedures "to ensure that users do not have broader access than is necessary to do their jobs effectively," according to a statement from the Office of Management and Budget.

- The State Department is halting access to its diplomatic cables as it evaluates security of its classified document system in the wake of the publication of diplomatic communiques by WikiLeaks, a U.S. official said.

- The official said the State Department has severed the access as a "temporary measure," though the diplomatic cables will be available to those with access to a more restricted network.

- The State Department and Department of Defense had linked their classified computer systems in the wake of September 11, 2001, to allow for greater information sharing. It allowed for anyone with access to the system, known as SIPRNet, or Secret Internet Protocol Router Network), to access military reports from the front lines and also diplomat intelligence. It is this system that Pfc. Bradley Manning is accused of using to steal hundreds of thousands of documents and leaking them. Over the weekend, a Pentagon spokesman outlined how security on the system had been improved in the wake of the leaks to WikiLeaks.

- The Justice Department also announced Monday that it is conducting "an active, ongoing criminal investigation" into the disclosure.

- President Obama "was - as an understatement - not pleased" with the WikiLeaks disclosures, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.

- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday the administration is "taking aggressive steps" to hold responsible those who stole sensitive documents made public by WikiLeaks. She also said new protections are being put in place at the State Department to prevent more such leaks from taking place.

- Clinton said Monday that the WikiLeaks disclosure of sensitive diplomatic documents "is not just an attack on America's foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community."

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  1. SURIYA RATNAM

    WHAT DIPLOMACY MEANS IS "DOING NASTY THINGS ON A NICEST WAY"

    November 29, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Marv

      I would say the rest of the world is our "muppets." If you're able to evaluate information, I think you'll find that to be more accurate than your statement.

      November 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaketheripper

      Kevin: that was kind of a general statement. Where are you from so I can make an equally misguided statement about your country? I'm waiting...

      November 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      Funny these leaks may be doing more to pushing the US agenda than causing damage current administrators would have you believe.

      November 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rumrunner

    what's a "cable" ?

    November 29, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • John Hull

      Cable is a term from the time of the telegraph. It has since evolved to mean any form of official communication.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      I understannd its the communication between embassies across world with state goverment officials in US and also communication with other goverments.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Wiggins

      Uh.....do you own a dictionary? I ask because you obviously are too lazy to look it up on the web. Jeez!!

      November 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • amin

      A CABLE................! PUT YOUR FINGER IN A PLUG SOCKET THEN SWITCH IT ON !!!

      November 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      I see allot of comments about the USA falling apart .. well if we fall apart then so does the rest of the world dip sticks . and North Korea is Chinas problem . and they need to step up and shut that little rat face twitt mouth and threats of war . take him off the planet . time has come for China to become civilized they own enough of our debt as to be taken down if this country's econmy happens to fail . so quess we are still the top dog of the planet . and Iran needs to back off . and settle down or they will be standing alone . and Saudi King should make a phone call to Iran and just say knok it off or they will take control of the country . with heads to roll

      November 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaketheripper

      Rumrunner: http://marvel.com/universe/Cable
      Cable's pretty sweet.

      November 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. FRDP

    If you people think that these crimes, cables, words aren't being committed and expressed by your own countries you're living like children in a fairytale world. Say "Hello" to Tinkerbelle for me.

    November 29, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Tinkerbelle

      Up yours FRDP – leave me out of it or I sprinkle a little dust on you and leave you high in the sky. BTW it don't last forever and parachutes not provided.

      November 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Pan

      No.

      November 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. madkitty

    Uhhhh isn't anyone monitering this?? Somebody get this dr. Bad creep off here or at least teach him how to type!!

    November 29, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • amin

      get him of here !!! send in your FBI,,or CIA,, cause your troops aint home ,, by the way,,,
      BEFORE THEY COME HERE WIKILEAK WILL LET US KNOW

      November 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dixiesam

      Kitty.....what is "monitering"? Get a dictionalry or use spell check

      November 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Juanito

    Good job Wikileaks! Thanx for exposing wolves in ships clothes. Watch this movie: Valley of the wolves:Palistine!

    November 29, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick from LA

      Don't be foolish. These leaks are going to destablize our allies. In these examples we have commited no crime in fact the yemen one is proof why these need to stay secret. Now their will be a civil war and the islamic extremists will take power. Think before speaking typing.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      "Wolves in ships clothing..." You mean like dressed in cute little sailor suits?

      November 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Well put,Juanito. Thank you.

      November 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • thhhhhhhhhh

      must be a large wolf to wear an entire ship!

      November 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MojoFilters

    Is this the Patriot Act folding back on itself? Watching the watchers that set the controls. No wonder there is such a strong feeling for Change in this country. Deception and goodwill are strange bedfellows and the good people in this land see the forest for the trees.

    November 29, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Tha jerm

      I am not a fan of the Patriot Act or WikiLeaks, but I fail to see the connection

      November 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. terry

    Someone just needs to get ALL of this mans information, including his family and publish it.

    November 29, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • jacksprat

      yeah blah blah blah!! jerk!!! hes a big mean jerk face!!!
      waaaah I want my mommy!!! he's not playing fair!!!
      isn't all fair in war? or just when your on the winning side?

      November 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Real Patriot

      Terry, Mehdi's anger is justified. Hunting him down will do nothing to absolve our nation of its shameful actions. Have you thought to ask what might have made Mehdi so angry?

      November 29, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick from LA

      We'll let the federal judge get the information. Declare wiki links a clear and present danger and issue a capture or kill order on all members and contributors.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hull

      Great idea! Go ahead, make a martyr.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • amin

      yes !! yes !!! lets get the info on that guy and publish it and when we done !!!!! then we see WHICH COUNTRY
      KILLED AND MURDERED THE MOST WOMEN AND CHILDREN ,,,,,,FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS you think
      you can AFFORD to think that far ,,, and i tell you now the awnser aint HAWAI !!

      November 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Rick from LA, if you had someone die as a result of the conflict, then I am sorry as hell. I haven't so I don't know what it's like. It's like Amin there. It makes you talk extreme nonsense. I wish you well and may we all pass over these times. If you haven't though, then please – you're kind of embarrassing your country. Send your comment to a friend and see how you're coming off.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SIllyRabbit

      Reading about a gay guy doesn't sound very interesting. Got any more ideas?

      November 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. A.Friend

    2012 "End Times" is starting to look more realistic as WWIII rather than some cosmic event. The first to go need to be the irresponsible parties for the reckless endangerment they have put this world in. BANG!

    November 29, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. why 2012 calandar

    @A Friend...There are over a dozen ancient Mayan calandars. Why do folks favor the only one that ends at 2012?

    November 29, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. akeem

    Iran already knows that it's sunni neighbours are the major traitors. The LEAKS on shows that there is no permanent friends in the diplomatic circles. American interests has always come before that of the rest of humanity, and that of other allies.

    November 29, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Freedom1776

      traitors? how can arabs in other countries be traitors to another nation composed of persians? illogical.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Well that's simply because they're powerful. Power begets the force that sustains it. America at home is a great place because all the different ideas and ideals exist together here. It's troublesome, but it's cool. That means there's a lot of clueless wackjobs, but it also means they don't have to conform to one way of thinking. It's more like a club than a country Amin, and I know cos I lived in your area of the world too. Foreign=policy is despotic though, and we are busy ignoring powerful elites as they lie to, control and spy on us and I can't understand why. It's a problem. But folks from your area helped that situation come to fruition. Please remember, or even address that. I kinda know who's who in the Mid-East so talk straight.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • RMBS

      Since when does protecting yourself from a country that is lying about it's nuclear ambitions make you a traitor.

      November 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Malon McGuire

    "Well... these people don't know anything about how the 'real' world works..."

    For some reason, this assumes that the world is better off based upon a complex system of secrets and misinformation. This is such a ridiculous assumption and Rubin clearly doesn't live in the 'real' world, but rather lives in a world fabricated by lies and secrets. What an excellent way to run a government!

    WikiLeaks for the win.

    November 29, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • A Real Patriot

      I couldn't agree more, Malon.

      The best ideas of virtue ever imagined in the United States are the ideas of honor, justice, and liberty. Sadly, this is not how our country has been handling itself overseas since the end of World War II.

      WikiLeaks has revealed our nation's lies and shame. And now we should all turn our eyes to our leaders to see what they will do to make amends for our gross dishonor in our dealings with other countries.

      I am sad that many citizens will blindly side with the U.S. military and the CIA and defend the shameful actions revealed by WikiLeaks. I pray and hope for a more honorable society someday.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Hull

      Eloquent even. Now, can they see the logic flaw you've pointed out?

      November 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Yeah it's idealistic to imagine changing that. It's even idealistic to imagine the US could operate with transparency. But since the end of WW2, American foreign policy HAS moved from isolationism to world dominiation, leading to people abroad comparing us to the Death Star. So if there is a side to lend weight to, it's about time we lent weight to the idealistic side. Maybe it would remind people like Rubin, that this nation still believes in something

      November 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      a real patriot my a$$..

      November 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. A Real Patriot

    Time for the U.S. to eat a much-needed slice of humble pie.

    We need President George Washington's sanity in the United States again. Pull the troops all back to our shores. Line up our defense forces on the borders, at our ports, and on our air bases and airports. Use them as actual DEFENSE forces. Leave the rest of the world alone. Economic imperialism is so Teddy Roosevelt.

    November 29, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick from LA

      And isolationism is going to increase our prestige and global power? No we need to maitain our reach and influence otherwise we will be the ones dominated in the future.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Real Patriot

      Rick, expanding our prestige and global power is getting back to that imperialistic mindset.

      We are not the Imperial Republic of America.

      We are the United States of America, a democratic republic.

      That said, I do not condone isolationism. We NEEDED to jump into World War II, probably sooner than we actually did. But once the war's over, bring the troops home already. And don't seed military bases all across the world to intimidate other countries into not doing our economic bidding. Our costs here running domestic operations demand we pool our resources here at home. We can't afford to play Big Brother in Asia, South America, and the Middle East. Nor is it even remotely ethical.

      November 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Wiggins

      @RickFromLA: Read your history. We ALREADY tried this so-called strategy over 100 years ago with "The Great White Fleet". And we've hardly had any armed conflicts since then (sarcasm intended).

      November 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Yeah isolationism really had it's problems. But .......... it all looks pretty good compared to now.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Isolationism just wont work. This is a global world with a global economy. MAybe 30 years ago we could have gotten away with it. But in a world with the internet? I don't think it would work out so well. But I do agree the whole World Police , Defenders of Democracy crap has to go.

      November 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill C

    Why are these leakers of National secrets still alive?

    November 29, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • jacksprat

      because they are smarter, better, prettier, nicer and stronger than you. That's why son.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • SIllyRabbit

      JackSprat – quit repeating everthing said to you.

      November 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. A Real Patriot

    Medhi, you have every reason to be upset at the United States and its corrupt leaders and apathetic citizens. Our nation has wrought injustice around the world in an effort to pursue economic imperialism...all in the name of the American value of chasing the dollar.

    I promise you that as one of this nation's citizens, I will seek to do everything in my voting and lobbying power to restore honor in this country. Not the kind of honor that decimated Native American populations and stole their land from them. Not the kind of honor that brought African slavery to this continent and generations later still seeks to avoid proper reparations. Not the kind of honor that spits on the image of Hispanics while hurling every vile form of insult at them ever devised. And not the kind of honor that seeks to take advantage of other nations for political and economic gain, like Iran and the nations of the Middle East.

    The kind of honor I will fight for in this country will leave the other nations of the world to their well-deserved dignity while seeking to advance the best virtues that ever developed in the U.S.: liberty, civil rights, religious freedom, gender equality, and social justice.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • carol

      He can be upset with us? Callilng us names and so on? While he and his kind throw acid in the face of young women and refuse to educate them because they aren't allowed to leave their homes to go grocery shopping so they don't need to know anything? Come one, we haven't been very smart in the middle east, and we should have let them continue to shoot at each other rather than at us – but this is the pot calling the kettle black. No reason to sypathize with this trash.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keven

      Well put Patriot;
      Although we may not like what Medhi has to say or insulting way in which he chooses to say it. He should have the same right to scream it from the rooftop as the rest of us. And his opinion is just as justified as any of ours!

      I for one think you have a valid point Mr. Medhi – and that you would find more people listening to you if you used a little less verbal vomit in your speach!! Not all of us thought that the ones we voted for would let what is happening around the world go on.... We are attempting to change things the only way we know how - Peacefully - through our Vote and our Voices.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Johnson

      ... actually we need Thomas Jefferson back in the White House ... I am sure he would agree with the release of the wiki stuff ... "Trade and friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none" ...
      Hear that, Israel, Korea,etc....?

      November 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Miss Carol. Chill out. The man says his family was killed. Where are you, Ohio? Are you sitting in a bombed out house maybe? Probably not, right? Chill out. Folks get a little testy when you destroy their lives.

      November 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Chris

      "The man says his family was killed. Where are you, Ohio?"

      No, but Medhi is.

      This Just In: People LIE.

      November 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BDGFN

    And you're an idiot.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
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