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Monday, November 29, 2010

WikiLeaks - what do the Americans have on Fiji and its tinpot regime?

Revelations today by the whistle blowing website, WikiLeaks, about embarrassing comments from United States diplomatic staff begs the question - so what's been said about Fiji and the military dictatorship?
Washington will surely have its secrets on Fiji, thanks to the fact Viti is now the most politically unstable country in the South Pacific because of the coups.

Fiji's fragile relationship with regional powers New Zealand and Australia and the expulsions of diplomatic staff, will have also been noted by the Americans.

The coup-stricken nation would also be on Washington's radar because it contributes more troops to the United Nations peacekeeping missions than any other country on a per capita basis. 

New Zealand and Australia have both been mentioned in the diplomatic communiques with the Kiwi Prime Minister, John Key, saying he's ready for any revelations.

The private details of the former Kiwi prime minister, Helen Clark, is also said to be known to American spies, since she now works for the United Nations.

Clark's details were noted after a cable to US diplomats issued under US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's name urged them to collect the "biographic and biometric" information - including iris scans, DNA samples and fingerprints - of key UN officials.

Kiribati gets a mention over the Guantanamo Bay prison with cables revealing haggling over who should take prisoners from the detention facility. Slovenia is offered the chance to meet Barack Obama if it takes a prisoner, while Kiribati is offered millions of dollars of incentives. 

The WikiLeaks cables also reveal that  diplomatic staff thought little of many of the world leaders:

a) The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is referred to as "feckless, vain, and ineffective"

b) North Korea's Kim Jong-il is a "flabby old chap" suffering from trauma from a stroke

c) The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is "Hitler"

d) Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is "the crazy old man"

e) The French President Nicolas Sarkozy is called a "naked emperor"

f) And the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to have had a romantic relationship with his Ukranian nurse, a "voluptuous blonde."

We wonder what the Americans have on  Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum. 

Pictures: Ahmadinejad (top right), Guantanamo Bay (top left), Kiribati (middle) and Gaddafi (above).