November 29, 2010
Reading from a prepared text, Secretary of State Clinton condemned the release of around a quarter of a million documents by Wikileaks. Clinton insisted that the massive release of “sensitive government information” has disrupted the diplomatic process and may jeopardize the relationship between the United States and its allies.
Although Clinton said the Wikileaks documents are potentially embarrassing, they do not represent anything unusual. One of the cables revealed “shared concern” about Iran’s potential nuclear capabilities among Arab leaders, concerns those leaders would be reticent to share in public, according to CBS News.
“I think it should not be a surprise to anyone that Iran is a source of great concern not only in the United States,” said Clinton. She added that the leaks show “the concern about Iran is well-founded, widely shared, and will continue to be at the source of the policy that we pursue with like-minded nations to try to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly stated that it does not have evidence Iran is developing nuclear weapons. In late October of 2007, then IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei stated that he had seen “no evidence” of Iran developing nuclear weapons. In February of 2009, ElBaradei said Iran has low enriched uranium, but “that doesn’t mean that they are going tomorrow to have nuclear weapons.” In July 2009, Yukiya Amano, the in-coming head of the IAEA said: “I don’t see any evidence in IAEA official documents” that Iran is trying to gain the ability to develop nuclear arms.
Despite the lack of evidence, the United States and Israel have led the charge to impose economic sanctions on Iran for its imaginary nuclear weapons program. American neocons have persisted in calling for military strikes against Iran since the early days of the Bush regime. On Sunday, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN that the U.S. has been considering military options against Iran. Mullen said he would not believe “for a second” Tehran was using its nuclear program for civilian purposes.
Madame Clinton’s complaints notwithstanding, the latest barrage of Wikileaks documents contain an astounding amount of anti-Iran propaganda. “Certain Wikileaks cables appear to be ‘cherry picking’ to focus on Iran and China threat,” notes investigative journalist Wayne Madsen. He believes the anti-Iran information in the Wikileaks release “smells of a Mossad and neocon psy-op.”
The cherry-picked propaganda includes a warning by Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, that without “progress in the next few months, we risk nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, war prompted by an Israeli strike, or both.”
The documents also indicate that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain urged the United States to attack. “A summary of a meeting on April 20, 2008, between U.S. officials and Saudi King Abdullah noted the king’s frequent exhortations to the U.S. to attack Iran and put an end to its nuclear weapons program,” CBC News reported on Sunday. “He told you to cut off the head of the snake,” Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. is quoted as saying.
This article was posted: Monday, November 29, 2010 at 5:09 pm