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Be prepared for some kind of false flag to take attention away from the leaks. That is about the only strategy the US has left to combat this thing which will be a great embarrassment to them only; not anyone else.
Originally posted by abaddon6
reply to post by new_here
TAGS: PREL PGOV PINS ECON TU
SUBJECT: ERDOGAN AND AK PARTY AFTER TWO YEARS IN POWER:
TRYING TO GET A GRIP ON THEMSELVES, ON TURKEY, ON EUROPE
As PM Erdogan strode through the EU corridors of power Dec. 16-17 with his semi-pro soccer player's swagger and phalanx of sycophantic advisors, he may have seemed a strong candidate for European leader of the year.
WikiLeaks: US pressured Spain to shelve Iraq, Guantanamo cases
Madrid - The US embassy in Madrid pressured Spain to shelve court cases against US government and military officials concerning incidents during the Iraq war and alleged torture at Guantanamo, according to WikiLeaks documents
The excerpts from secret US diplomatic documents leaked by the self-proclaimed whistleblower website at the weekend were published by the daily El Pais newspaper Tuesday.
The US ambassador to Spain from 2005-2009, Eduardo Aguirre, personally oversaw many of the attempts to influence the Spanish government and judiciary, according to the daily.
The cases were brought before Spain's National Court, which is known for its human rights investigations.
They dealt with the killing of Spanish cameraman Jose Couso during the Iraq war in 2003, with a Spanish judge seeking the arrest of three US soldiers; with allegations that CIA planes transporting terrorist suspects to Guantanamo had made secret stopovers at Spanish airports; and with alleged torture in Guantanamo.
The Spanish attorney-general, several National Court prosecutors and some politicians showed willingness to comply with the US requests, El Pais quoted the leaked documents as saying.
The US embassy also tried to influence Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government into taking action against the growing criticism in Spain of the occupation of Iraq, the documents show.
US pressured Spain to quash investigations: WikiLeaks
American diplomats put heavy pressure on Spanish authorities to drop three investigations targetting the US and its soldiers, El Pais reported Tuesday citing documents released by WikiLeaks.
The first investigation concerned the death of Spanish cameraman Jose Couso, who was killed by American shells in Baghdad in 2003, the Spanish daily reported quoting the whistleblowing website.
Spanish judicial authorities have recently released arrest warrants for three American soldiers.
The second investigation concerned a complaint of torture by a Guantanamo Bay inmate of Spanish nationality.
The third was an investigation into the use of Spanish bases for military flights to Guantanamo. In May this year, the Spanish prosecutor called for the detention of 13 CIA officers.
El Pais reported that former US ambassador Eduardo Aguirre, who held the post during the George W Bush adminstration, "personally exerted multiple pressure on the Spanish government and judicial authorities" to close these investigations.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
And frankly, most of these world leaders actions deserve ridicule. Baboons.