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Cable Gate Day Eight

Qatar is using the al-Jazeera news channel as a bargaining chip in foreign policy negotiations by adapting its coverage to suit other foreign leaders.

• Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups and the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton.

• Iraqi government officials see Saudi Arabia, not Iran, as the biggest threat to their state.

• Lebanon’s government warned about “Iran telecom” taking over the country after it uncovered a secret communications network across the country used by Hezbollah.

• Brazil’s government covered up the existence of Islamist terrorist suspects in São Paulo and border areas in an apparent bid to protect the country’s image.

New York Times

• Senior Obama administration officials say many millions of dollars are flowing largely unimpeded to extremist groups worldwide and they have received little help in stopping this from allies in the Middle East.

• All Iraq’s neighbours, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria and Turkey, attempt to interfere with the country in different ways, Iraq’s president told the US defence secretary, Robert Gates.

• The US was astonished when the European parliament ordered a haltto an American government programme to monitor international banking transactions for terrorist activity.

El País

• The Spanish newspaper focuses on the US diplomatic mission’s view of Spain’s senior politicians. The prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, is described as an “astute politician” not to be underestimated “as many of his enemies have found out too late”. Although well disposed to the US, foreign policy is subordinate to internal political concerns, the dispatch notes.

• King Juan Carlos is described as “a formidable ally where Spanish and US interests coincide”.

 

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