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December 13, 2010 Leave a comment
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Cable Gate Day Six

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Conservative party politicians promised before the election that they would run a “pro-American regime” and buy more arms from the US if they came to power.

• The president of Yemen secretly offered US forces unrestricted access to his territory to conduct unilateral strikes against al-Qaida terrorist targets.

• Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is variously labelled as “petulant” and “bizarre” in his negotiations with US security officials who met him.

• The EU president, Herman Van Rompuy, has predicted “disaster” at the latest round of global climate change negotiations in Mexico.

• The US seeks to manipulate nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming.

• The US backed a bid by the United Arab Emirates to host a major international agency promoting green energy.

• The Foreign Office has privately admitted to a plan to declare Diego Garcia, from which thousands of people were expelled from their homeland to make way for a large US military base, the world’s largest marine protection zone, ending any chance of them being repatriated.

• A potential “environmental disaster” was kept secret by the US last year when a large consignment of highly enriched uranium in Libya came close to cracking open and leaking radioactive material into the atmosphere.

New York Times

• Details of the US’s at times tricky relationship with Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key anti-terrorism ally.

• A Mexican official told US counterparts more than a year ago that the government feared it could lose control of parts of the country to rampant drug cartels.

Der Spiegel

• How US diplomats in Libya deal with Muammar Gaddafi, “a man plagued by paranoia, anxiety and neuroses, a man who only trusts his closest advisers, a man whose pride is easily wounded and a man who will suffer no criticism”.

Le Monde

• President Sarkozy’s new openness will allow the US to gain more influence in Africa without meeting resistance from French vested interests on the continent.

• Morocco felt angry and betrayed after Sarkozy decided to make Algeria the first stop on his inaugural visit outside Europe as president, US diplomats learn.

El País

• The paper focuses on reports about Spain’s main opposition party, the conservative People’s Party, which has been in a political desert since losing the 2004 election. Its leader Mariano Rajoy is held in scant regard by the US diplomatic mission and is said to owe his longevity in office “more than ever to the absence of a credible successor within his party”.

• One cable relates a dinner in 2007 at which Rajoy’s predecessor, José María Aznar, was described as having a marked “lack of enthusiasm for his hand-picked successor” and possible “doubts that Rajoy is the man to return the PP to power”. “If he saw his country descend to extremely dire straits, he would consider ‘stepping back in’,” the ambassador reported.

 

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