2011-08-27 WikiLeaks Notes: Latest News on #Cablegate Releases & #WikiLeaks


This is a "WikiLeaks News Update", a daily news update of stories that are obviously related to WikiLeaks and also freedom of information, transparency, cybersecurity, and freedom of expression. All the times are GMT.
- See @wlfind for some of the latest information found in the newly released WikiLeaks cables.

>> Updates on WikiLeaks news from #wlfind twitter hashtag (as curated by @wikileaks):

* Russian prosecutor boasted about blackmailing judges as "anti-corruption measure.

* Saudi King Abdullah "himself" issues directives to Saudi media outlets.

* China refuses to discuss one child policy, even with 30 million unmarriageable males.

* US marine kills Romanian rockstar. President promises to US embassy won't "serve a single day in prison"

* No torture in Jamaica - police murder suspects straight away! (par 13, US embassy cable)

* U.S. spying on Palestine - US Embassy wish list, comments now enabled.

* Saudi elite have "refined their methods of control over editors and journalists".

* Kenya: How John Githongo predicted PLOLumumba's appointment, failure at KACC.

* Mossad agreement: US$30 billion in "security assistance" from 2008-2018.

* Australia: Greg Smith & Maxine McKew keeping US embassy updated with private meetings.

* "Journalistic red lines": Blackberry spyware cable shows media fear of intelligence agencies.

* Political background to Greece's forest fire crisis.

* Amsterdam Visa Viper Female telephone operator subject of FBI investigation for browsing anti-USG websites.

* U.S State Dept keeps close tabs on pro-Palestine demonstrations in Australia.

* Blackberry espionage trojan installed by UAE government, developed by US firm.

* VISA, MasterCard, banks fined by EU for cartel behavior - US embassy.

* WikiLeaks cables on Greece's corrupt media: 1 , 2 , 3

* The Armenian Genocide: Letter from the President of Armenia to Turkish PM Erdoga

* Vatican urged US not to prosecute bishops for sex abuse of minors.

* Global Helium 3 shortage has stymied the global Megaport nuclear smuggling detection system.

08:40 PM Armenian homosexuals were forced by the police to report on gay high-rank officials and public figures. In a cable dating from December 2003, forms of harassment endured by Armenian homosexuals by police forces are said to consist mainly of blackmail and extortion.

08:20 PM Kenya is still losing millions in corrupt payments to ‘ghost’ Anglo Leasing companies, according to a recently released cable.

07:20 PM Genetically engineered crops are promoted worldwide by U.S. diplomats, who act on the interests of corporations such as Monsanto and DuPont. Newly released diplomatic cables confirm suspicions of U.S. diplomatic pressure to speed up France and Spain’s biotech approval process.

12:25 PM WikiLeaks latest releases concern Australia, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, India, Pakistan, Ghana, Belarus, Liberia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Kuwait, Fiji, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Gambia, Italy, Cameroon, Haiti, Grenada, Autria, Ireland, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Bahamas, Jordan, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Macau, Hong Kong, Vatican, and Bahrain.

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