WikiLeaks: State Dept Referred To Mahmoud Ahmadinejad As ‘Hitler’

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is referred to as “Hitler” while President Nicolas Sarkozy of France is called a “naked emperor” in US documents released by Wikilieaks on Sunday.

Pages from the German newspaper Der Spiegel were leaked early, before a mass publication of thousands of secret cables by the whiste-blowing website. The documents also say that North Korean leader Kim Jong -il suffers from epilepsy.

The German Chancellor is referred to as Angela “Teflon” Merkel and Afghan President Hamid Karzai is “driven by paranoia”, the documents claim.

US officials referred to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as an “Alpha Male,” while President Dmitry Medvedev is “afraid, hesitant.”

Der Spiegel also quoteed the State Department as saying that President Barack Obama “prefers to look East rather than West,” and “has no feelings for Europe”.

The leak came minutes after Wikileaks claimed that it was under cyber attack on Sunday ahead of the expected release of thousands of secret documents.

On its Twitter feed Wikileaks said: “We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack.”

Wikileaks added that several newspapers would go ahead and publish secret United States documents even if the website crashed.

The latest leak is expected to publish US embassy reports on other countries and the website said it would be bigger than recent leaks on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The US state department has claimed that the release would put lives at risk but Mr Assange said America was afraid of being held to account.

Spain’s El Pais, France’s Le Monde, Germany’s Der Speigel, The Guardian. and the New York Times are set to publish the material.

Details of the documents were first released on Twitter after a member of the public in Germany purchases a copy of Der Spiegel which had been put on the news-stand too early.

The Foreign Office condemned the leak of the State Department cables but insisted that it would not damage British-US relations.

“We condemn any unauthorised release of this classified information, just as we condemn leaks of classified material in the UK,” a spokesman said.

“They can damage national security, are not in the national interest and, as the US have said, may put lives at risk.

“We have a very strong relationship with the US Government. That will continue.”

British officials fear that the confidential cables will reveal details of a secret operation to disrupt Iranian smuggling of nuclear materials through the Gulf and Turkey.

Officials involved in overseeing British policy in the region say that diplomatic materials compiled between 2008 and 2010 on Iran contained sensational information that could jeopardise efforts to disrupt the nuclear programme if unveiled on WikiLeaks.

The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s “close relationship” with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, is also said to be among WikiLeaks documents due to be released.

Mr Berlusconi has been friends with former KGB agent Mr Putin, for more than five years and the two have held numerous bilateral meetings as well as entertained each other on holiday.

Of concern to Washington was said to be the deal between Italian energy firm ENI and Russian gas giant Gazprom, over the South Stream pipeline as well as the “very cordial relationship between Mr Putin and Mr Berlusconi”.

(Source: Telegraph UK)

8 COMMENTS

  1. Saudi Crown Prince bin Zayed suggested appeasing Iran is dangeorus. “Ahmadinejad is Hitler,” he declared.

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    So it was the Saudi’s that called Ahmadinejad a Hitler!

  2. I fully believe that this site WikiLeaks is guilty of treason toward the United States of America, and with this particular lead, treason toward many other nations, as well. I think it has gone beyond mere “leaks”. They have truly damaged national security and now they have damaged international security. In this light the guarantee of “free speech” must be denied! The site must be immediately closed before they damage the USA even more so (or any other ally nation – especially Israel). I have already read credible news reports that the US Govt has spoken with Israeli Govt officials warning them that the website will leak sensitive information regarding Israeli matters b/t Israel & the US, and possible b/t other countries, as well. If people like Yehonatan Pollard can rot in jail for well over 25 years for passing along one set of documents to aid Israel – one item to aid an ally = certainly this website is guilty of treason multiple times over – and must be denied a lifeline in the name of “national security” and in the name of world security. It must be closed without delay!

  3. 613770,

    No, it isn’t treason as defined in the Constitution, but it probably qualifies as espionage and certainly is an illegal release of classifed information. It isn’t clear that Wikileaks is prosecutable in the US, though, as the owner is not a US national and has not been in the US for quite some time. The leakers themselves can be prosecuted, though.

    These leaks also probably end any hope of an early release for Jonathan Pollard. The US can’t complain about leakers who betrayed secrets while releasing someone who was himself a betrayer. He is scheduled for release in November 2015.

  4. Charlie, from the facts as we know them, there is no valid comparison between Mr. Pollard and WikiLeaks and, therefore, to release Mr. Pollard would not at all conflict with, as you suggest, the “espionage” complaint against WikiLeaks.

    Mr. Pollard was charged with a one-time violation of passing information to an ALLY, while WikiLeaks is releasing a massive amounts of secret and other information to the entire world.

    I believe this incident should not negatively affect Mr. Pollard’s case, assuming the matter is thought through intelligently rather than unthinkingly and emotionally comparing one leak to another.

  5. Very ironic that he is compared to Hitler. Ahmadinejad, the menuval that denies the holocaust, is being compared to the menuval that lead the Nazis.

  6. “These leaks also probably end any hope of an early release for Jonathan Pollard.”

    It would never happen; one excuse is as good as another. Let ’em rot is the government’s mantra when Jews are involved.