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Iran's president has dismissed as propaganda the leaking of US cables detailing Arab calls for Washington to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the release by the Wikileaks website of thousands of extracts from US diplomatic messages was simply psychological warfare against Iran.
He said the release would not affect Iran's relations with other countries.
The US said the release was "reckless" and put the lives of diplomats at risk.
Other issues reportedly covered in the cables are:
* Iranian attempts to adapt North Korean rockets for use as long-range missiles
* Corruption in Afghanistan with concerns heightened when a senior official was found to be carrying more than $52m (£33m) in cash on a foreign trip
* Bargaining to empty the Guantanamo Bay prison camp - including Slovenian diplomats being told to take in a freed prisoner to secure a meeting with President Barack Obama
* Germany being warned in 2007 not to enforce arrest warrants for CIA officers involved in an operation in which an innocent German citizen with the same name as a suspected militant was abducted and held in Afghanistan
* US officials being instructed to spy on the UN leadership by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton * Alleged links between the Russian government and organised crime, with intelligence agencies using underworld bosses to carry out operations
* Yemen's president talking to General David Petraeus (while he was responsible for US military operations in Central Asia and the Middle East as head of US Central Command) about attacks on Yemeni al-Qaeda bases and saying: "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours"
* Faltering US attempts to prevent Syria from supplying arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon
Iran's President has questioned the recent leaked documents obtained and published by the Wikileaks website, saying the US administration "released" material intentionally.
In response to a question by Press TV on Monday over the whistleblower website's "leaks," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said "let me first correct you. The material was not leaked, but rather released in an organized way."
"The US administration released them and based on them they pass judgment …. [The documents] have no legal value and will not have the political effect they seek," the Iranian chief executive added at the press briefing in Tehran.
Ahmadinejad stressed that the Wikileaks "game" is "not worth commenting upon and that no one would waste their time reviewing them."
I love how wikileaks and Assange are the virtual Robin Hoods of the world around here on ATS when they were releasing all the information on The War on Terror, and everyone bought everything hook line and sinker. Everyone stood up for them and ALL of that information was true down to the letter.... Now when people on ATS see this, and it doesnt conform to their US bashing, or pro Iran sentiment, then all the sudden they are a front agency and the leaks cant be trusted..... Seriously people.........you lack the courage of your convictions
Originally posted by Xcathdra
Is it just me, or did the majority of us completely make the wrong call on the effect of the cables being released? While yes ithas candid thoughts from our ambassadors refernce the people they deal with, but so far the stuff coming out seems to ahve the opposite effect, which makes other countries look bad while in turn presents the US as being the one with a coll handed approach to issues, attemtping not to overreact.
Is it just me seeing this?
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by GogoVicMorrow
Yeah this whole thing with the leaks is turning into a huge onion... Just when you think you have it, you peel back the layer only to reveal another layer containing something different.