The WikiWeek: December 31, 2010
THE CABLES AFRICA The last days of a Guinean strongman and his allegedly drug-trafficking son — and a curious cocaine bust bait-and-switch. Another day, another cable about alleged central-African multi-million-dollar embezzlement — this time in Gabon. AMERICAS The Obama administration dispatches a Florida senator to urge Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon not to pursue a ...
Another day, another cable about alleged central-African multi-million-dollar embezzlement — this time in Gabon.
The Obama administration dispatches a Florida senator to urge Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon not to pursue a torture case against Bush administration officials.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency quietly evolves into an international intelligence agency.
How a Brazilian who once kidnapped a U.S. ambassador managed to get into the United States.
McDonald’s tries to muck up a free trade agreement in El Salvador.
The Jamaican government warned U.S. officials that extraditing a local drug lord would lead to trouble.
Britain trains a “government death squad” in Bangladesh.
Did Britain try to cheat Mauritius out of an island chain?
Inside Russia’s awful prisons.
Shell thinks that Ireland could become a booming offshore gas supplier — or not.
More U.S. complaints about Egypt’s lackluster military.
Behind the scenes of an assassination in Dubai.
Julian Assange claims (dubiously) to have the names of CIA moles in Arab governments.
The FBI pays back “Operation Payback” over PayPal attack.
77 percent of Americans disapprove of WikiLeaks’ cable release.
Did WikiLeaks dash Zimbabwe’s hopes for democracy?
Hackers claim to have brought down Zimbabwean government websites in retaliation for a WikiLeaks-related lawsuit against a Harare newspaper.
THE BIG PICTURE
Daniel Ellsberg lawyer Floyd Abrams says Assange is no Daniel Ellsberg.
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