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Syria eyed Israel for 2008 killing, says leaked US cable

NICOSIA: Syria suspected Israel of carrying out the 2008 murder of a top security aide of President Bashar Al-Assad, according to US diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks and published by the Guardian Tuesday. The suspicion weakened the case for continuing indirect peace negotiations with the Jewish state that was being put forward by Assad and …


Iran approached Bedouin for Gaza gun running: cable

CAIRO: Egypt’s spy chief told US officials last year Iran was trying to recruit Bedouin in the Sinai Peninsula to help smuggle arms into the blockaded Gaza Strip, a leaked US diplomatic cable said. US ally Egypt was frightened by the spread of Iranian influence in the Middle East and the possibility Iran could obtain …


US memos: Mubarak’s son as president tough sell

By Agencies CAIRO: American diplomats believe Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would have a tough time persuading power brokers in the military to accept his son as his successor, according to leaked US Embassy memos. The documents, released by the WikiLeaks website on Tuesday, conclude that Mubarak might be able to install his son if he does …


Mubarak ‘could be in power for life’, ambassador says in leaked cable

By Hala Boncompagni /AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s 82-year-old President Hosni Mubarak is likely to seek re-election next year and serve for the rest of his life, British daily The Guardian reported citing WikiLeaks. The disclosure came in a secret US diplomatic cable from Washington’s ambassador to Cairo, Margaret Scobey, which was released by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, …


WikiLeaks unfurls more cables as founder stuck behind bars

LONDON: WikiLeaks shrugged off the jailing of its founder by publishing a new tranche of secret diplomatic cables on Wednesday, heaping more embarrassment on the United States and some of its closest allies. After Julian Assange spent his first night behind bars as a remand prisoner in London, his website revealed Washington had branded Australia’s …


WikiLeaks: US suspected Saudi envoy of terror link

MANILA: The United States suspected a Saudi Arabian ambassador to the Philippines of potential involvement in funding terrorists, according to US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks this week. A security aide of then-US president George W. Bush raised concerns over Muhammad Amin Waly in a private meeting with Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, …


WikiLeaks: Arab allies want tougher US measures

PARIS: The United States’ authoritarian allies in the Arab world have urged Washington to ignore human rights and take a more starkly aggressive stand against Islamist militants and Iran, leaked cables show. According to stolen US State Department cables published by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, Egypt advised the United States to forget about democracy in …


US ambassador responds to leaked documents on Egypt as more dispatches emerge

CAIRO: The US Ambassador to Egypt Margaret Scobey responded to leaked documents of embassy dispatches by the site Wikileaks Tuesday, saying that it did not represent official US foreign policy. In what has been coined Cablegate, Wikileaks is publishing over 250,000 leaked documents purported to be dispatched from US embassies worldwide to the State Department …


World braces for WikiLeaks flood of US cables

WASHINGTON: The whistle-blower website WikiLeaks was reportedly hours away from releasing millions of confidential US diplomatic cables Sunday, with several governments fearing damaging revelations. Top US officials have raced to contain the damage in recent days by warning foreign ministries in more than a dozen countries, including key allies Australia, Britain, Canada, Israel and Turkey. …


US rejects talks with WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON: The United States late Saturday rejected talks with WikiLeaks over its planned release of confidential US documents, saying the whistle-blower website was holding them in violation of US law. The US State Department also said the planned leak would endanger the lives of "countless innocent individuals", in a letter to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange …


US warns Israel of WikiLeaks release

JERUSALEM: Washington has warned its ally Israel of potential embarrassment from the expected release of US diplomatic cables on whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, an Israeli newspaper said on Thursday. A senior Israeli official, quoted in Haaretz, said it has been informed that WikiLeaks plans to release hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables, some of which could …


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