Behind-The-Scenes Diplomacy Revealed in Latest WikiLeaks Release

Monday, November 29, 2010

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves during a welcoming ceremony for his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales in Tehran on October 26, 2010. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty)

WikiLeaks struck again this weekend, this time releasing a trove of over 250,000 documents containing cable messages between international diplomats. The New York Times and four other major international newspapers received the documents from WikiLeaks early, and agreed to publish their reports today. The confidential messages are plentiful and far-reaching, and reveal the tangled workings of diplomats behind the scenes as they relay messages about a potentially-nuclear Iran, contingency plans for North Korea and various coordinated efforts in the Middle East.

Scott Shane, reporter for our partner The New York Times, joins us to unpack the top stories from the release.

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Scott Shane

Comments [3]

Ron from New York

The citizens of the United States have a right and a duty to be fully informed about the actions of its government. After all of the "blood on their hands" talk from the American government after the release of the "Iraq Diary" it was subsequently discovered that the release of those documents had NO damaging effect on U.S. security. Once again we are hearing the "blood on their hands" rhetoric from U.S. politicians, and once again we will discover that the release of the diplomatic cables have had NO significant impact on U.S. national security.

Nov. 29 2010 10:10 AM
Lindsay Knapp from portland, maine

it may not be treason by assange because he's not a u.s. citizen, but it is for the person or persons passing these documents. it is, at the very least, an unbelievably anti-american act. those of us who are against these wars, and war in general, should be applauding diplomatic efforts rather than undermining them.

Nov. 29 2010 09:48 AM
frank Lopresti

How does wiki leak get its state dept memos

Nov. 29 2010 08:36 AM

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