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Cable: Cuba’s economy could be insolvent in three years

Docs: US predicts Caribbean island nation in decline A newly released confidential U.S. diplomatic cable predicted Cuba’s economic situation could become “fatal” within two to three years, and detailed concerns from other countries’ diplomats — including China — that the communist-run country has been slow to adopt reforms. The cable…

Let them watch Letterman! US TV best weapon against jihad, cables claim

Saudis suspect US government behind Murdoch-linked channel Forget US-funded propaganda. If you want to fight Middle Eastern extremism, your best bet is … David Letterman. That’s the conclusion reached in a US State Department cable released by WikiLeaks. According to a May, 2009, report from the US Embassy in Saudi…

WikiLeaks reveals US global interests list

WASHINGTON (AFP) – WikiLeaks has divulged a secret list compiled by Washington of key infrastructure sites around the world that could pose a critical danger to US security if they come under terrorist attack. The newly released diplomatic cable is one of the most explosive yet out of many leaked…

US cable: China leaders ordered hacking on Google

Leaked US cable alleges China’s top ruling body ordered hacking on Google last year. A leaked U.S. government cable shows sources told American diplomats that hacking attacks against Google were ordered by China’s top ruling body. The cable said that according to a source, the Chinese government coordinated the attacks…

Cable: Abu Ghraib torture inspired hundreds of Saudis to jihad

The Bush administration’s torture program was a beacon for Islamic extremists seeking to recruit fellow fighters in the war against America and its allies, a leaked diplomatic cable has shown. A State Department document released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks, detailing discussions between Saudi Arabia and US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, noted…

Afghan president Hamid Karzai pardoned cops dealing heroin, cable reveals

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of numerous dangerous criminals and drug traffickers detained by US-led coalition forces, leaked American diplomatic cables revealed Tuesday. American officials said they repeatedly rebuked the president and Afghan attorney general Muhammad Ishaq Alko for authorising the release of detainees over a three-year…

Iran obtained missiles from North Korea: US documents

US intelligence believes Iran has obtained advanced missiles from North Korea that could strike Europe, according to US documents divulged by WikiLeaks and cited by the New York Times. The documents also show frustration among US diplomats who have been pressing for China to block shipments of missile parts from…

Saudi king ‘repeatedly requested’ US attack Iran: WikiLeaks documents

Included in 250,000 documents being released by WikiLeaks this week was a secret diplomatic cable that indicated Saudi King Abdullah had urged the US ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, to use force to stop Iran’s nuclear program. According to the document, Abdullah repeatedly requested that the US attack Iran. Other…

Americans turn off cable TV as online grows

WASHINGTON — The economic downturn has US cable television companies shedding subscribers in record numbers and Americans increasingly “cutting the cord” in favor of cheaper online options, new research shows. The findings point to a growing pool of potential customers for online services such as Hulu and Netflix and newcomers…

Sen. Franken wants DOJ to probe Comcast on anti-trust violation

Telecommunications giant Comcast may have violated US anti-trust laws, according to Senator Al Franken (D-MN) who wrote to the Justice Department on Tuesday asking they launch an investigation into the firm. “On September 26, Comcast announced that, aside from naming Comcast’s Chief Operating Officer, Steve Burke, as the prospective Chief…

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