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Wesley McLaughlin WikiLeaks Analysis December 1 st , 2010 The most recent WikiLeaks documents have to do with the U.S. and its current diplomacy. There are over 250,000 documents that are currently leaked or are going to be leaked over the next few months according to www.wikileaks.org . These documents range all the way from Secret to Unclassified. They come out of 274 embassies from around the world as well as directly from the Secretary of State. The documents run from 1966 all the way through the earlier months of 2010. The United States government has recently asked WikiLeaks to “Halt Document Release.” According to the government the release of this information will put countless lives at risk as well as jeopardize U.S. relations with its allies. In this paper I will review the classified documents that I feel are the most important to our diplomacy. Then analyze the side effects of these “cables” being released and how it will make the U.S. government look domestically as well as in the country that it relates to. These documents were put online by the founder of www.wikileaks.org , Julian Assange. He is an Australian publisher, and internet activist that is currently wanted by Sweden in connection with a sexual assault charge. The U.S. is also preparing official charges against Assange under the Espionage Act. Before releasing these most recent US Embassy Cables on November 28 th , 2010, he also posted the Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs, which was the biggest U.S. intelligence leak up to this point. The new Embassy Cable leak has been said to be seven times as large as the War Logs by WikiLeaks. Embassy Moscow 02/05/2010, Putin Still Holding the Reins for 2012 Election
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This document is important because it expresses the U.S. views on the political standings of Russia. Basically we believe that Putin is in complete control. The only reason that he decided not to run last term was because to avoid looking like previous authoritarian leaders. Also whether or not Putin or Medvedev became President, Putin will be in control either way. This confidential document shows that whether Russia says they are a democracy or not, the votes of the people really do not have a final say. I do not think this document will have much of an impact on our relations with Russia, or the rest of the world. It was more informative than revealing negative information about either country, foreign or domestically. Embassy Beijing 10/26/09, Deputy Secretary Steinberg’s Meeting with State Councilor Dai Bingguo This document has to do with U.S. – PRC relations, as well as discussions on what to do about Iran and North Korea. In Dai Bingguo’s last meeting with Kim Jong-Il he said that he looked to be in good health. Dai also said that DPRK’s leader Kim Jong-Il wants to resume bi- lateral talks with the United States only before resuming the 6PT (six party talks). Deputy Secretary Steinberg also talked with Bingguo about Iran and the violation of UNSC resolutions.
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