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Another Diplomatic Oops for the U.S., Courtesy of WikiLeaks

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Posted on Feb 4, 2011
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s office is implicated in a newly revealed WikiLeaks cable that could make teatime conversation between British and American diplomats a bit strained for some time.

The U.S. and the U.K. have maintained a diplomatically symbiotic relationship, to all appearances, for decades, but yet another WikiLeaks cable cropped up to harsh that friendly mellow late this week. Let the official backpedaling commence.  —KA

The Independent:

Leaked diplomatic cables show that within weeks of the appointment of Ivan Lewis as a junior foreign minister in 2009, US officials were briefing the office of Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, about rumours that he was depressed and had a reputation as a bully.

They also were desperate for more information on Mr Lewis’s relationship with David Miliband, the then foreign secretary, and other senior Foreign Office staff.

A cable said Mrs Clinton’s office was keen for more information about “how Lewis works with Foreign Secretary Miliband and the FCO staff”. Mr Lewis was appointed as minister of state in the Foreign Office on June 10, 2009.

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By karenstevens03, March 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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so? I would want to know if the new person I’m working with is a bully… WikiLeaks, your main man is going through hell for this?? This article belongs in the new and corporately owned Huffington(com)post.

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By drbhelthi, February 7, 2011 at 6:20 am Link to this comment

Perhaps we need to remind ourselves of the fact that
„Hilly“ was not voted into her current office by US
voters.  Nor was B.H.Obama nominated by US voters to
run for the US ”presidency.”  Voters are misused only
after such pawn-personages have been installed by the
NAZI & Israeli types who run the monolithic
USGovernment.  Which pawns subsequently make
impossible campaign promises that suck the lower four
socio-economic strata voters into voting for them.  A
repetitious cycle into which “poor folk” never gain
insight.  Plus a large percentage of the next higher
level s.e.s. 

Simply consider how many would vote for “Jeb” Bush
for “u.s. president,” instead of demanding punitive
action for his violation of various U.S.
Constitution-based laws in the theft of the Florida
electoral college, 2004.  Too many people hang onto
superficiality, and fantasy ideas of how they would
like things to be, instead of genuine actuality.  For
example, a dear friend of many years in Texas stopped
corresponding after I revealed the NAZI-family-
background of the GHWBushSr family.  Just as Goebels
continued the Israeli practice of misinformation,
enough repetitions, by an authority figure, turn lies
into belief.  I recently supplied a friend with
literature of healing methodologies for cancer,
quietly being used by many physicians around the
world.  She responded, “ a lot of people don´t
believe this.”  Right.  They believe the
misinformation provided by “oncology” for forty
years, the lies their “doctor” is intimidated to tell

As far as “Hilly´s” political plans, we remind
ourselves of the promise made to her about thirty
years ago for pulling off the oil deal in her home
state for the Rockefellers.  Putting her into the
USPresidency “ - could be done, but will take a
while.”  Installing her into the current position was
not happenstance.  And the recent “leak” that “Jeb”
Bush changed his mind about running in 2012, suggests
that a decision was made for him by the top level. 
One tends to think that the Zionists won over the
NAZIS in this decision.  Think about the block vote
by female voters, if “Hilly” were to run.  Very
sincere, well-meaning, but very naïve´ lady-folk. 
The old adage, “the next president can´t be as bad,”
has proven to be fantasy.

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By PatrickHenry, February 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment

Wikileaks cables,

The cable also suggests that Mr Lewis had been appointed to the Foreign Office because of his Jewishness.

It said: “For Lewis it is a large part of his identity. “After his appointment to the Foreign office in June 2009, there was whispering among the UK Jewish community that Lewis was moved to the FCO to counter balance the pro-Palestinian view point of Foreign Secretary David Miliband, and that the UK’s Jewish community will seek to control Lewis’ agenda.”

Sounds familiar.

Hillary is done if she has any future political ambitions.

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By gerard, February 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment

One important elelment of “duplomacy” revealed by the Leaks is evidently gossip. 
  International relations and inter-country decisions are too important to be based on gossip, or even on an understanding of strengths and weakness of individual diplomats.
  Of course such personal factors will and should enter in to decisions, but the major emphasis should be on factual material having to do with a kind of “interest-based bargaining” over serious issues and honest information about substantive disagreements, agreements and compromises, plus a reasoned consideration of possible outcomes. 
  It’s the vacuous gap between substance and fluff, between these two elements of diplomacy (international negotiations) that WikiLeaks reveals.  That, plus deals based on bald graft and wrist-twisting, wheedling and needling that goes on at trememdous public expense—and too often leads not to peace and understanding, but to further misunderstanding, envy and hatred.
  Key question:  Why is there so little public discussion of the important revelations of the Leaks, and so much devotion to the gossipy elements and the defense of noses the Leaks put out of joint personally?  Obvious answer:  Keep the public from really understanding what has been revealed.  Keep them ignorant and bemused by superficialities.Keep them deluded into defending a false “patriotism.”

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By drbhelthi, February 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment

As far as constructing and maintaining dossiers on
other diplomats that Amerikanski diplomats work with
and will be working with, yes. This was std. practice
with the East German Secret service, STASI, and their
cadre of civilian pimps. Incredible, the files and
paper-work they and their private imps churned out.

Why some US “diplomats” feel they have to copy the
STASI, and gather information that can be used to
intimidate or bribe, evades my comprehension. Unless,
the STASI simply mimicked the USGov after the end of
WWII?  And now, the civilian pimpery that the Dept.
of Homeland Security has initiated in the USA, is a
copy of the STASI civilian pimpery.

I guess the US civilian pimpery for the
Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS)
will not wear brown shirts
like Hitler´s stooges wore ? 
The DHS has found another way of turning
Americans against Americans. Apparently,
the TSA “feeler uppers” are not enough ?

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By Leefeller, February 6, 2011 at 11:46 am Link to this comment

It would be fun to read the British super secretive report on Bush and find out I am not the only one who found him to be a card carrying idiot

How about our next potential president…..Palin?  We may find out she has actually read something other than the picture version of Atomic Shooter. She must have read something without pictures in it,  something actually including a written word or two…... how else did Palin conjure up naming her litter?......  My bet is on, Race Horse Magazine?

Then what about speak easy Boner, the new Polished knob of the political right? The whole political spectrum reads like a Soap Opera.  As the stomach turns!

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By Dale Headley, February 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment
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This is just one more example of why we should protect the ability of Wikileaks
to keep functioning.  As long as there is a danger that their misdeeds, corruption,
and ineptitude will be exposed by Wikileaks, our leaders will have to think twice
before they act.  Americans have a right to know what is being done in their
names, behind their backs.  Lawmakers, politicians, and corporate kleptomaniacs
who demonize Wikileaks as treasonous are simply frightened that their own
thieveries, treacheries, and treasons will be exposed.  This is what despots have
ALWAYS done: try to silence the truth.

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By ardee, February 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

A seemingly innocuous chain of events turned into something other because it was classified ‘secret’ and then disclosed by Wikileaks.

I would imagine that it is common practice to build a dossier on any official at any level of government, ally or not. One needs, I suppose, to know the tendencies, alliances and possible actions and reactions of those with whom one may work.

Further, I would imagine that most nation have similar reportings in their files on our own people and on the personnel of much of the worlds governments. Perhaps, I suggest, Patrick Henry, you got a bit carried away. Nothing in this “disclosure”, I believe, merits your reaction or supposition.

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By gerard, February 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps more significant than this personally-focused memo is the revelation from Wikileaks, appearing in the Guardian article by Clay Shirky (Feb. 4, 11) that “... the blandly named UKUSA Agreement, was in the main a way for those governments to share foreign intelligence with each other.
  “... It was illegal for those governments to spy on their own citizens. It was not, however, illegal for them to spy on each other’s citizens. The agreement provided means for sharing the resulting observations without violating domestic laws.”.. and nobody would be the wiser!
  Thank Wikileaks and other leakers for this information—though we really didn’t want to know, because most of us would rather be deceied than enlightened.  But then—prevent citizens from knowing what their government is doing, and you destroy the key essential for democratic self-rule—knowledge of what governments are doing.
  With more information available, ordinary citizens are now called upon to take their rightful responsibility and participate actively in their government.  Too many of us would rather not be bothered, so it’s now a huge turning point for the continuing existence of democratic regimes.  Are we smart enough to realize what’s at stake? 
  So far, this crucial point isn’t getting much emphasis in the press anywhere that I have found. It’s up to us, you and me.  Will we be “weighed and found wanting” or “rise to the occasion”—cliches be damned!

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By PatrickHenry, February 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment

No wonder why Hillary won’t run for President, these recent cables show her lack of control of the state department with gossip apparently an important part of U.S. policy.

How embarassing to be an American with these idiots and lawless individuals running the show for the world to see.

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By samosamo, February 5, 2011 at 11:18 am Link to this comment


More embarrassing prattle having absolutely nothing to do with
u.s. security, yet it will increase and intensify the program to
shut down wikileaks and kidnap, rendition, torture and imprison
those caught.

It is noteworthy that hillbillie hillary is in a lot of these. Makes
me think of how incompetent she is for the job just as Hamilton
Burger, never beating Perry Mason, showed how incompetent he

Hard thing is hillbillie is real time and perry mason was just
entertainment. And competency is NOT a requirement for
Secretary of State unless it really embarrasses the president.

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By bogglesthemind, February 5, 2011 at 1:28 am Link to this comment

Oh, rot!

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