on Wikileaks, Downer & Ging Dodge, Candor at UK Party, Kerim
in the Wings
Russell Lee, News Muse
November 30 -- While Wikileaks
was not discussed in the UN
Security Council on the last day of the UK presidency, the leaks were
a major topic elsewhere in the UN during the day, and at the UK's End
of Presidency reception Tuesday evening.
Inner City Press asked the Gaza chief of the UNRWA mission John Ging
what he thought of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's directive
to US diplomats to determine if UNRWA is connected to Hamas or
replied that UNRWA welcomes scrutiny, that such connections to do not
exist. Inner City Press clarified that it was seeking Ging's view of
U.S. intelligence gathering, given his critique of disclosures that
his staff has been allowed four sub-machine guns for his personal
nothing else a
loyal UN system staffer, Ging said that the (deputy) Spokesman had
commented on Wikileaks the day before, and that he would not add to
Inner City Press asked UN Cyprus envoy Alexander Downer to comment
not only on the leaks from his own (“good”) office but on the
Wikileaks released cable saying that he is “frustrated” by the
stalling of Cyprus negotiations, Downer portrayed the cables as
brought to mind South Korea diplomat's spin to the US
that China is ok with a united Korean peninsula under Seoul's
leadership. Dream on.
honest over drinks at the UK's end of presidency reception over Park
Avenue Tuesday night. Reference was made to Iran's piecing together
and publication of memos in the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979, and to
memoirs by former UK ambassadors in Washington and Uzbekistan. We
still need to write, we can't stop, a European diplomat said.
from a non Permanent Security Council member told Inner City Press that
that US Mission personnel had "definitely" spied on this country's
Yemen's president came up, in the context of Yemen having refused to
have the meeting of the Group of Friends on Yemen inside the UN in
Inner City Press was told by an informed source that former President
of the General Assembly Srgjan Kerim now schemes to replace Asha Rose
Migro as UN Deputy Secretary General, claiming that Ban Ki-moon has
promised him the job. Watch this site.
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Diplomats Marvel at Wikileaks, Yemen Betrayal & Gaddafi
Russell Lee, News Muse
November 29 -- Wikileaks
was the topic at the UN Monday
evening, whether at an event about Gaza or an African alliance
Susan Rice earlier in the day had tried to sidestep the memo, signed
by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, directing US Ambassadors to
collect computer passwords and even frequent
flyer miles account
numbers of other Security Council members and UN bureaucrats and
Delegates' Dining Room some eight hours later, several African
Ambassadors asked Inner City Press how the US could have allowed this
“Did you see
what they did to Yemen's President?” one
of them asked, referring to the cable by then US ambassador Stephen
Seche which quotes President Ali Abdullah Saleh telling US General
David Petraeus, "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not
thing is not going to help him,” said another, at an end with an
open bar with Jack Daniels and Finlandia vodka. After several drinks
talk turns to Libya's Gaddafi and his Ukrainian companion, whom the
US turned back from the General Debate in New York in September. That
the leaked US cable has her talking to Ukrainian diplomats might
end the relationship right there, one predicted.
General Assembly lobby at the Gaza event there was no liquor, only
lamb chops and raw tuna on crackers. Inner City Press tried to follow
a diplomat from Belgium, the country which both hosts US nuclear
weapons and was offered “low cost” prestige if it took those
released from Guantanamo Bay.
into the crowd, to which Permanent Observer Riyad Mansour gave a
speech as UNRWA's John Ging beamed. The cables predict that Abbas
will not long hold his post.
Gaddafi & UN Ban: one travels in style, the
other out of town when news breaks
countries whose Permanent Representatives Inner City Press managed to
speak with were most surprised that anyone other than at the highest
levels of the Obama administration would have had access to this
breadth of information.
as is common at the UN, that Israel is behind it, since the cable
point the finger at Iran. One even noted that the timing lifts some
pressure on North Korea. That UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is
again out of town when news hits was not viewed as surprising. Nor
was the implication that the US expects another candidate to emerge
in 2012. Watch this site.
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ECON KPKO KUNR
AND COLLECTION NEEDS: THE UNITED NATIONS REF:
OWENS, ACTING DIR, INR/OPS. REASON: 1.4(C).
cable provides the full text of the new National HUMINT
Collection Directive (NHCD) on the United Nations (paragraph 3-end)
as well as a request for continued DOS reporting of biographic
information relating to the United Nations (paragraph 2).
should include as much of the following information as
possible when they have information relating to... credit card
account numbers; frequent flyer account numbers; work schedules, and
other relevant biographical information.
current and future use of communications systems
and technologies by officials or organizations, including cellular
phone networks, mobile satellite phones, very small aperture
terminals (VSAT), trunked and mobile radios, pagers, prepaid calling
cards, firewalls, encryption, international connectivity, use of
electronic data interchange, Voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP),
Worldwide interoperability for microwave access (Wi-Max), and cable
and fiber networks.