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The Best in WikiLeaks Cablegate Coverage from News Sites Around the World

December 2, 2010:

“El ‘antiamericano’ Garzón tuvo especial seguimiento,” El Pais [in Spanish]
Published under a headline on the homepage of the website, “El ‘antiamericano’ Baltasar Garzon”
photographs of Baltasar Garzon on Amanda Rivkin PhotoShelter archive.

“Mafia Analogy for Aliyev Dynasty: Ilham Aliyev and Corleone Brothers (Wikileaks),” AzeriReport
” In US diplomatic cables newly released by Wikileaks, Aliyev clan’s rule over Azerbaijan is compared to mafia, specifically to the Corleones family in the famous ‘Godfather’ movie series. Ilham Aliyev himself ‘described alternately as a mix of “Michael” and “Sonny.”‘ Maintaining ‘a clever, realistic foreign policy’ that he inherited from his father, he reminds of the cold-calculated alliance builder Michael Corleone. But his domestic policies, with crude retaliation against even minor challenges to his authority and criticism, resemble the ‘brash, impulsive’ Sonny Corleone.”

related posts:
“Mafia Analogies for the Aliyev Family in WikiLeaks/U.S. State Department Cablegate: Is He Michael or Sonny?”
Includes links to relevant background articles and blog posts to understanding the Aliyev/Corleone cable:
“Donkey Video,” Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade/OL!
“Shown Trial,” Fortnight Journal, November 26, 2010.

“WikiLeaks Cables: Berlusconi ‘Profited From Secret Deals’ With Putin,” The Guardian

“Brazilian Defense Minister Knew FARC Was on Venezuelan Soil,” Foreign Policy WikiLeaked Blog

My friend Adrian Bleifuss Prados sends over a link where you can send a message to Interpol with a note, “Julian Assange is hiding at Harold’s Chicken Shack — tell Interpol.”

December 1, 2010:

“Jon Stewart to Julian Assange: ‘Stop the Drama!'” Gawker.tv
“Is she [U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton] embarassed? Were you alive in the nineties? You do know she is married to this man [Bill Clinton].”
“Assange, you underestimate how cynical Americans are about their own government already. Maybe you should read up on the things we already know our government does.”

“EU Officials Envy Quality of US Diplomatic Cables,” EU Observer
Again singles out “A Caucuses Wedding” writing, “The contact singled out a US cable on a lavish party in Dagestan, Russia attended by Chechnya’s warlord-president Ramzan Kadyrov. Entitled ‘ A Caucasus Wedding,’ the 3,400-word-long cable by the US embassy in Moscow in 2006 speaks of Kadyrov dancing ‘clumsily with his gold-plated automatic stuck down in the back of his jeans.’ It adds: ‘The cooks seemed to keep whole sheep and whole cows boiling in a cauldron somewhere day and night, dumping disjointed fragments of the carcass on the tables whenever someone entered the room.'”

November 30, 2010:

“A Caucuses Wedding” by Daniel Russell, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Moscow, August 31, 2006