Published November 28, 2010
AP – This Aug. 14, 2010, photo shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Stockholm, Sweden.
Some of the diplomatic papers stolen from the State Department and leaked Sunday by WikiLeaks show more than just potentially embarrassing revelations about U.S. views of allies but disturbing developments among alleged friends as well as foes and competitive states.
The details from the cables being released — among 250,000 illegally taken from secret State Department records — include discussions on the U.S. being unable to stop Syrian arms to Hezbollah, its disappointment in Qatar to stop funding terrorism and hacking by the Chinese government of U.S. computers.
Other communiqués passed forward by the website to several newspapers also reveal U.S. talk about individual leaders like Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who the Guardian reported was noted to be “accompanied everywhere by a ‘voluptuous blonde’ Ukrainian nurse.”
The Guardian also cites cables that call Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin an “alpha-dog,” says Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is “driven by paranoia” and describes German Chancellor Angela Merkel as one who “avoids risk and is rarely creative.”
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Published November 28, 2010
Nov. 28: Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, right, waits for the start of a round table meeting of EU finance ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels. Finance ministers from the eurozone and the EU are met in Brussels Sunday to agree on a financial aid package for Ireland. (AP)
BRUSSELS — European Union nations agreed to give $89.4 billion in bailout loans to Ireland on Sunday to help the debt-struck country weather its banking crisis, and sketched out new rules for future emergencies in an effort to restore faith in the euro currency.
The rescue deal, approved by finance ministers at an emergency meeting in Brussels, means two of the eurozone’s 16 nations have now come to depend on foreign help and underscores Europe’s struggle to contain its spreading debt crisis. The fear is that with Greece and now Ireland shored up, speculative traders will target the bloc’s other weak fiscal links, particularly Portugal.
In Dublin, Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said his country will take euro10 billion immediately to boost the capital reserves of its state-backed banks, whose massive bad loans were picked up by the Irish government but have become too much to handle. Another euro25 billion will remain in reserve, earmarked for the banks.
The rest of the loans will be used to cover Ireland’s deficits for the coming four years. EU chiefs also gave Ireland an extra year, until 2015, to reduce its annual deficits to 3 percent of GDP, the eurozone limit. The deficit now stands at a modern European record of 32 percent because of the runaway costs of its bank-bailout program.
Cowen said the accord — reached after two weeks of tense negotiations in Brussels and Dublin to fathom the true depth of the country’s cash crisis — “provides Ireland with vital time and space to successfully and conclusively address the unprecedented problems that we’ve been dealing with since this global economic crisis began.”
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