WikiLeaks: Afflicting the Comforted or Comforting the Afflicted?

On Sunday WikiLeaks posted more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables that included criticisms of leaders all over the world. The New York Times, the Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and El Pais had access to the documents before they were published and highlighted some excerpts from the cables.

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    Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi

    According to documents released by WikiLeaks quoting U.S. diplomats, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was accused of being "erratic" and was criticized for constantly being with a Ukranian nurse who one cable described as "a voluptuous blonde." 
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    Saudi Arabian King Abdullah

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejahd, left, is seen shaking hands with Saudi Aribian King Abdullah. The cables reported Abdullah urging the United States to attack Iran's nuclear program and to "cut off the head of the snake." The cables also reported a source calling Ahmadinejahd "Hitler." Ahmadinejahd reportedly insists that the documents were written by the U.S. government, and that relationships between his neighboring countries will not be affected. 
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    China and the Koreas

    Loaded trucks crossing the Friendship Bridge which connects China and North Korea were lined up Monday as diplomats call for advancement in the efforts to ease tensions between North and South Korea. WikiLeaks reported talks between the U.S. and South Korea that revealed a long term solution after the "eventual collapse of North Korea." North Korea's Kim John Il was reportedly called a "flabby old chap," by a U.S. source. 
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    Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari

    The New York Times reported cables that show U.S. concern over Pakistan's nuclear power plants and Saudi Arabian King Abdullah critical of Pakistain's President Asif Ali Zardari. Abdullah refers to Zardari as "the greatest obstacle to Pakistan's progress." He goes on to say, "when the head is rotten, it affects the whole body." 
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    Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh

    It was revealed in a January 2010 cable that Yemen's President Abdullah Saleh told General David Petraus that in reference to the U.S. missile strikes on al-Qaeda targets in Yemen, "We'll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours." BBC news reports that Deputy Prime Minister Rashad Alimi then joked that he had lied to parliament by telling them that the recent air raids in Arhab, Abyan and Shweba had only be U.S. made, but fired by Yemeni forces. 
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    French President Nicolas Sarkozy

    The Guardian reported that a cable from the U.S. Embassy in Paris called French President Nicolas Sarkozy "thin-skinned" and as having an "authoritarian personal style," citing his habit of repeatedly scolding his team and the French prime minister. 
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    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin were criticized in the documents for their close relationship. While Berlusconi was called, "feckless, vain and ineffective as a modern European leader," and "physically and politically weak," due to his partying habits, Putin was accused of overstepping Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The cable said, Medvedev, "plays Robin to Putin's Batman." Berlusconi and Putin's exchange of "lavish gifts," was also enough to concern the U.S. embassy who alerted Washington, reported the Guardian. 
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    WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

    Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks is being accused by lawmakers of putting American lives in danger and breaking down the trust between the Untied States and its allies. Rep. Peter King urged Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to designate WikiLeaks a "foreign terrorist organization." Holder said Monday the U.S. is treating the leaks as a criminal investigation.
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