WikiLeaks reveals US global interests

Dec 06, 2010
A nurse holds a vial of smallpox vaccine in Los Angeles, California. WikiLeaks has released a secret list of infrastructure from pipelines to smallpox vaccine suppliers whose loss or attack by terrorists could "critically impact" US security in the view of the State Department.

WikiLeaks has released a secret list of infrastructure from pipelines to smallpox vaccine suppliers whose loss or attack by terrorists could "critically impact" US security in the view of the State Department.

The February 2009 cable from the State Department requested overseas US missions update a list of infrastructure and resources around the globe "whose loss could critically impact the public health, economic security and/or national and homeland security of the United States."

The list includes undersea cables, communications, ports, mineral resources and firms of strategic importance in countries ranging from Austria to New Zealand.

The cable said the State Department, in coordination with the , was seeking input from embassies on " and key resources within their host countries which, if destroyed, would likely have an immediate and deleterious effect on the United States."

It said diplomats were "not being asked to consult with host governments with respect to this request."

The request came under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, which aims to enhance protection of key resources "to prevent, deter, neutralize or mitigate the effects of deliberate efforts by terrorists to destroy, incapacitate or exploit them; and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery in the event of an attack, natural disaster or other emergency."

The cable reveals a vast range of sites and firms seen as vital to national interests and security, ranging from major infrastructure such as the Panama canal and oil pipelines to Belgian medical firms and Italian and Australian companies which produce snake-bite treatments.

A Panama canal authority issued photo shows of the Corte Culebra (Gaillard cut) of the Panama Canal. A leaked US cable reveals a vast range of sites and firms seen as vital to US national interests and security, ranging from major infrastructure such as the Panama canal and oil pipelines to Belgian medical firms.

In Europe, the Ludwigshafen plant of German chemical giant BASF was the "world's largest integrated chemical complex" while Siemens AG in Erlangen was responsible for "essentially irreplaceable production of key chemicals."

The cable describes Russia's Nadym gas pipeline junction as "the most critical gas facility in the world."

In the Middle East, it notes that "by 2012 Qatar will be the largest source of imported LNG (liquefied natural gas)" to the US.

The hundreds of entries in the document leaked on Sunday also include mines and mineral resources in Africa and South America, undersea pipelines, cables and ports in China and Japan, French medical and pharmaceutical companies and shipping terminals and crude oil refineries in the Middle East.

In addition the list includes Danish and German suppliers of smallpox and rabies vaccines, British defence contractors and telecommunications facilities, chromite mines in India, and dams and hydro-electric projects in Canada which supply power to the United States.

WikiLeaks created an international firestorm when it started releasing more than 250,000 classified State Department cables on November 28, which have included embarrassing details of American diplomats' private assessments of foreign leaders.

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gwrede
2.3 / 5 (3) Dec 06, 2010
Excerpt from next year's best seller spook novel:
American forces are wearing thin after the recent announcement from Bin Laden, where he promised to attack 30 of the most strategic 1000 sites outside of the contiguos US states.

The Marines have occupied the premises of the thousand sites, amidst vehement protests from their host countries. Logistics are becoming a nightmare, since the Marines can't trust outsiders to deliver food and drink, in fear of sabotage.

Wasington is abuzz about recent news that this is costing more than the Iraqi invasion at its peak. Nato countries have been reluctant to share the expenses and risk Bin Laden's wrath.


While commendable in theory, Wikileaks' choices of what to publish seem cavalier. I can only suppose their top principle is to publish everything, no matter what. It remains to be seen whether, 50 years from now, they are viewed as heroes, or merely a weapon in the hands of various disgruntled employees and deranged sabotaging fanatics.
jtdrexel
not rated yet Dec 06, 2010
I wonder if wikileaks have any cables on the Roswell, New Mexico incident or any other ET incidents. The government will never reveal anything to the public unless it gets to a point where it can no longer be kept a secret.
GBirch
not rated yet Dec 06, 2010
And why exactly does everyone in the world need to know all of these things? Sometimes it's ok to have some secrets... of course that doesn't include Alien spacecraft, we'd all love to hear about that! :)
tarheelchief
not rated yet Dec 06, 2010
I am not sure why citizens worry about Qatar having the LNG monopoly since the US has vast and increasing stores of gas being discovered under the coal seams around our nation,and around the Canadian coal fields.It is true this source of gas will be significant for every nation bordering the Indian Ocean,however, new fields are being discovered in India.
Ratfish
not rated yet Dec 07, 2010
I suspect that they didn't know the significance of this particular cable when it was released amidst the batch. Most of it seems like knowledge that is available in the public domain to any interested party, however.

I'm waiting for someone to stumble across and subsequently leak documented proof of US government involvement in 9/11 or a cable that admits that these "terrorists" are a largely fictional or at least exaggerated threat used to cow the people of the world into further submission.
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Dec 07, 2010
A lot of people seem to prefer to comment on bagatelles instead on essentials like the continuing storage of terrorists' weapons like cluster bombs.
http://www.bbc.co...11894759
otto1932
1 / 5 (21) Dec 07, 2010
the continuing storage of terrorists' weapons like cluster bombs.
http://www.bbc.co...11894759
Terrorists dont use cluster bombs except in the form of explosive vests which they wear and explode in marketplaces and mosques filled with innocent women and children.

But they dont consider non-muslems or muslems whose faith differs from theirs to be innocent, do they? For if they are infidels they are enemies of god and legitimate targets. Unlike the people who have used cluster bombs, who recognize the category 'civilian', and try to avoid civilian casualties.

Frajo would sit back and let the people who use human cluster bombs do so without opposition, because ??

Frajo would sit back and take comfort in her ideology while these people prepare to do this to her neighbors and her relatives in her country, because the people there too are enemies of god. Frajo is fine with martyrdom for ideological reasons, because thats what good catholics do, yes?
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Dec 08, 2010
the continuing storage of terrorists' weapons like cluster bombs.
http://www.bbc.co...11894759
Terrorists dont use cluster bombs except in the form of explosive vests which they wear and explode in marketplaces and mosques filled with innocent women and children.
otto1932 simply doesn't know who is terrorizing whom. Maybe he doesn't want to know - like the majority of Germans after WW2.
Neither does he know the meaning of the Latin word "terrere". Although otto1932 likes to produce torrents of words he is not a man of the written word. Instead he is a man of faked youtube clips.
otto1932
1 / 5 (20) Dec 08, 2010
man of faked youtube clips.
-Which you never watch or else youd know they were interviews from national tv broadcasts. Why you would lie about this to make a point is beyond me.
otto1932 simply doesn't know who is terrorizing whom.
-And frajo automatically thinks its the one with the better bombs? Frajo automatically roots for the little guy because the little guy is always right?

In this case youre wrong. The little guy has stated on his website that he wants to kill jews and enslave women. Frajo apparently approves of this.

We know full well who is terrorizing whom. We see mosques being blown up and acid being thrown in the faces of brave women. We hear how the little guy wants to spread this around the world.

Your ideology makes you as blind as the young maidchens who embraced nazism in prewar germany, and it will have exactly the same effect.

The west decided to fight invaders in korea and kuwait because of what it learned from nazis. Frajo learns nothing.
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Dec 08, 2010
otto1932 is a
man of faked youtube clips.
-Which you never watch or else youd know they were interviews from national tv broadcasts.
National TV broadcasts are faked reality.
otto1932
1 / 5 (20) Dec 08, 2010
otto1932 is a
man of faked youtube clips.
-Which you never watch or else youd know they were interviews from national tv broadcasts.
National TV broadcasts are faked reality.
Only when you refuse to accept reality, as any religionist would. 'I disagree with it, so I will just declare it phoney!' -says frajo the pacifist miss brodie.
http://en.wikiped...n_Brodie

-On those broadcasts you can see and hear powerful radicals saying in person how they think innocents ought to be killed and women enslaved. In news broadcasts you can actually see the results of their sentiments.

In old newsreels you can actually see and hear the same things being said by fascists before the world wars, and by communists afterward ('We will bury you.') You can also see pacifists and isolationists marching in the streets, crying that its not our problem.

Do you see any relationship?
frajo
1 / 5 (1) Dec 08, 2010
Do you see any relationship?
Yes. Your comments are the result of visual overloading coupled with a lack of analytical depth.
otto1932
1 / 5 (20) Dec 08, 2010
Do you see any relationship?
Yes. Your comments are the result of visual overloading coupled with a lack of analytical depth.
Now thats not true and you know it. Try a real argument unless you have none to offer, which is understandable.

The last time I encountered someone like you was when I approached a woman at an anti-abortion protest outside a clinic. She didnt want to hear facts either, and ended up walking away.
antialias
not rated yet Dec 12, 2010
Ccompiling a list of such sites has turned into a gratuitous checklist for terrorists.

Not that they don't already know plenty of places where they can hit the US - so I don't think publishing it has any negative effects.

However the "don't ask the respective governments" part smacks of something else: The US is compiling a list of stuff NOT to hit when they invade this or that country (or for the more 'allied' countries -of which only the UK and Australia should be left- a list of stuff to attack economically)