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Contents of the United States diplomatic cables leak (Asia and Oceania)

 

Contents of the United States diplomatic cables leak (Asia and Oceania)

news sources and news leaks — started to publish classified documents of detailed correspondence — diplomatic cables — between the United States Department of State and its diplomatic missions around the world. Since the initial release date, WikiLeaks is releasing further documents every day.

Contents

  • Afghanistan 1
    • Ahmad Zia Massoud 1.1
    • Ahmed Wali Karzai 1.2
    • Hamid Karzai 1.3
    • German trust fund 1.4
    • Bacha bazi 1.5
  • Armenia 2
  • Australia 3
  • Azerbaijan 4
  • Bangladesh 5
    • Rapid Action Battalion 5.1
    • 2008 Bangladeshi general election 5.2
    • Madrasahs 5.3
    • Peacekeeping in Africa 5.4
    • U.S. concerns 5.5
    • DGFI support for Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami 5.6
  • Burma 6
    • North Korean military involvement 6.1
  • China, People's Republic of 7
  • Georgia 8
  • India 9
  • Indonesia 10
  • Kazakhstan 11
    • Corruption 11.1
  • Koreas 12
    • Korean reunification 12.1
  • Kyrgyzstan 13
    • Corruption 13.1
    • Manas Air Base 13.2
  • Malaysia 14
    • Najib Tun Razak 14.1
    • Missing F5 jet engines 14.2
    • Human smuggling 14.3
    • Racial rhetoric 14.4
    • Anwar sodomy trial 14.5
    • Malaysian firms and Iran 14.6
  • Nepal 15
    • China and Tibetan refugees 15.1
  • New Zealand 16
  • Pakistan 17
  • Philippines 18
  • Sri Lanka 19
  • Tajikistan 20
    • U.S. interests 20.1
    • Future development 20.2
  • Thailand 21
    • Viktor Bout 21.1
    • Vajiralongkorn 21.2
  • Turkmenistan 22
    • Corruption and nepotism 22.1
  • Uzbekistan 23
    • Corruption, human rights and organized crime 23.1
  • References 24
  • External links 25

Afghanistan

Ahmad Zia Massoud

According to a cable from the American Embassy in Kabul, Vice President of Afghanistan, Ahmad Zia Massoud, was found carrying $52 million in cash that he "was ultimately allowed to keep without revealing the money's origin or destination." The discovery was made in the United Arab Emirates by local authorities working with the Drug Enforcement Administration.[1]

Ahmed Wali Karzai

A cable recounting meetings between American officials and Ahmed Wali Karzai, in September 2009 and February 2010, offered the following warning: "Note: While we must deal with AWK as the head of the Provincial Council, he is widely understood to be corrupt and a narcotics trafficker". Noting several of Karzai's statements are known to be false, the cables explain that "He appears not to understand the level of our knowledge of his activities. We will need to monitor his activity closely, and deliver a recurring, transparent message to him".[1]

Hamid Karzai

Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, was described as "paranoid" in one cable.[2]

German trust fund

The U.S. military took fifteen percent of the €50 million the German government gave to a trust fund to build up the Afghan National Army.[3]

Bacha bazi

Employees of US government contractor DynCorp paid for the services of "dancing boys", apparently a euphemistic reference to Bacha bazi, which is considered sexual slavery and child prostitution.[4]

Armenia

Iraq War

The 2010 diplomatic cable leaks revealed U.S. anger against Armenia for shipping arms to Iran.[5] In late 2008, U.S. diplomats came to the conclusion that in 2003 — when Serzh Sargsyan was the Defense Minister of Armenia — the Armenian government had purchased anti-tank rockets (RPG-22) and PK machine guns from Bulgaria and supplied them to Iran. These weapons were subsequently sent by Iran to insurgents in Iraq and were used in attacks there, killing one American soldier and wounding ten.[6]

The diplomatic cables contain angry letters from Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State, and John Negroponte, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State to Sargsyan, by-then-President of Armenia.[6][7][8] The allegation was initially denied by Sargsyan but after U.S. diplomats presented the Armenian side with substantial evidence and pressed the country to introduce stricter export controls, Sargsyan "reversed the mantra he has repeated for the last four months" and agreed, despite Armenia National Security Service Chairman Gorik Hakobyan's attempts to lay the blame on Bulgarians.[5][6]

U.S. troops continue to find military equipment from the Sargsyan deal at the hands of insurgents during their raids.[6] For instance, U.S. military personnel discovered an arms cache in Baghdad on 15 February 2008 which belonged to the Hezbollah Brigades — an Iranian-backed Iraqi militant group. Among mostly Iran-manufactured weapons were six Bulgarian RPG-22 anti-tank weapons, production lot and serial numbers of which indicated they were produced by the Bulgarian firm which sold the weapons to Armenia.[5]

Radiation Portal Monitor

On 26 August 2009, a car carrying three Armenian citizens entered caesium-137. However, because the search did not produce any radioactive material, the occupants were released and returned to Armenia. It appears that whatever the car was carrying had been delivered.[9]

Australia

Azerbaijan

Political elite

Azerbaijan is described as a country "run in a similar manner to the feudalism found in Europe in the Middle Ages" where well-connected families are the political elite and control certain sectors of the economy as well as certain geographic areas.[10] This political elite uses the government's mechanisms to "keep out foreign competitors."[10] Among the well-connected families are First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva's family, the Pashayevs, whose members hold powerful positions in government and academia. The Pashayevs also operate extensively in Baku's construction and real-estate market, own several banks, an insurance company and Azerbaijan's only Bentley automobile dealership as well as having large investments in the financial and telecommunications sectors.[10] In a subsequent cable, the Heydarovs are described as the second most powerful commercial family in Azerbaijan, controlling "a business empire in Azerbaijan ranging from fruit juice production to real estate development."[11] Minister of Emergency Situations Kamaladdin Heydarov is described as the most powerful member of the family, having amassed his wealth during his tenure as the Chairman of the State Customs Committee.[11]

Mehriban Aliyeva

The first lady of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva is reported to have gone through "substantial cosmetic surgery, (done) presumably overseas." She is also dubbed more "fashion-conscious and daring" than the "average woman in majority-Muslim Azerbaijan", because she sometimes wears provocative dresses.[12]

Bangladesh

Rapid Action Battalion

The United Kingdom has assisted in training the [13]

2008 Bangladeshi general election

U.S. officials wanted leaders of both major political parties to participate in the 2008 Bangladeshi general election. A cable referring to a U.S. embassy study said the majority of Bangladeshis were in favor of immediate polls and any attempt to foil an election would not go down well with the masses.[14]

Madrasahs

Department for International Development (DFID), UK has worked closely with Bangladeshi officials to change the curriculum of Madrasahs (a type of Islamic educational institution) as part of regional counter-terrorism strategies.[15]

Peacekeeping in Africa

U.S. officials wanted to place Bangladesh peacekeepers under surveillance because of suspicions that Bangladesh was trying to gain influence in Africa through U.N. peacekeeping assignments. It indicates suspicion that Bangladesh's interest in peacekeeping in Africa has more to do with building influence in Africa than goodwill to the U.N.[16]

U.S. concerns

U.S. officials seemed worried about rising numbers of Muslims, including Bangladeshis in the U.K. and were collecting data about this.[17]

DGFI support for Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami

The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, the DGFI made the attempt to float the Bangladeshi Islamic Democratic Party right before the 2008 Bangladeshi general election.[18]

Burma

North Korean military involvement

Burma may be building missile and nuclear sites with the help of North Korea. A Burmese officer said he had witnessed North Korean technicians helping to construct an underground facility in foothills more than 300 miles (480 km) northwest of Rangoon.[19][20][21]

China, People's Republic of

Georgia

Russian covert military operations

U.S. dispatches had apparently reported as early as 2007 that Russia had provided

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  19. ^ Staff writer (9 December 2010). "Wikileaks: North Korea 'Helps Burma with Nuclear Sites'". BBC News. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  20. ^ Staff writer (10 December 2010). "Myanmar 'Building Nuclear Sites' — Leaked US Diplomatic Cables Say Suspicious Construction Took Place in Remote Jungles, Aided by North Korean Workers". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  21. ^ MacAskill, Ewen (9 December 2010). "WikiLeaks Cables Suggest Burma Is Building Secret Nuclear Sites — Fears of Bomb Plan as Witnesses Tell US Embassy that North Koreans Are Involved with Underground Facility in Jungle". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  22. ^ Harding, Luke (1 December 2010). "WikiLeaks Cables Claim Russia Armed Georgian Separatists — Grad Missiles Given to Rebels in South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Russian Campaign To Undermine Georgia, US Dispatches Claim". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  23. ^ Copy of diplomatic cable dated 20 July 2007 (1 December 2010). "US Embassy Cables: Russia 'Armed' Separatist Rebels Ahead of Georgia War". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  24. ^ Armenian.net. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
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  47. ^ a b Leigh, David (12 December 2010). "WikiLeaks Cables: US Keeps Uzbekistan President Onside To Protect Supply Line — Leaked Dispatches Reveal Need To Maintain Supply Route in State Riddled with Organised Crime, Forced Labour and Torture". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
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References

One diplomatic cable states, "[t]enders and government positions can be fairly easily secured by paying the right amount of money to the appropriate individual"[51]

Gulnara Karimova, the president's first daughter, is said to own a wide variety of businesses in Uzbekistan, which were the result of unfair takeovers, and is believed to be "the single most hated person in the country".[48][49] Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, the president's youngest daughter, is described to be frequenting the nightclub Barkhan on a near-nightly basis, and the diplomatic cable quotes: "Barkhan ownership is obviously well connected, as it's the only place in town that flaunts selling non-Uzbekistan produced hard alcohol, which is against the law."[50]

After Hillary Clinton presented a Women of Courage award in Washington, D.C., to a newly released Uzbek human-rights campaigner, Mutabar Tadjibayeva, Uzbekistani President Islam Karimov was displeased with the incident. This included an "implicit threat to suspend transit of cargo for U.S. forces in Afghanistan via the Northern Distribution Network" by Karimov. Richard Norland, U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, claimed to have calmed Karimov down, but warned Washington, "Clearly, pressuring him (especially publicly) could cost us transit."[47]

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Corruption, human rights and organized crime

Uzbekistan

According to a 2008 cable, the reported gift by Russian company Itera to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of a yacht worth €60 million 'serves as a sign that the company's willingness to go to great lengths to win business should not be underestimated'.[46]

A December 2007 cable states: "Corruption and nepotism remain problems in Turkmenistan, and Turkish firms and Bouygues have done particularly well in the lucrative construction industry because they have mastered the business environment here."[45]

Corruption and nepotism

Turkmenistan

Officials at Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs described Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn as "very erratic" and asserted that his gambling loans had been paid off by now-exiled former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.[44]

Vajiralongkorn

In Thailand, Russian associates of alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout tried to block his extradition from Thailand to the U.S. by bribing a key witness in the case, U.S. diplomats warned in secret cables.[43] Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of Thailand, was insisting his government was not subject to pressure from Washington to extradite Bout.[43]

Viktor Bout

Thailand

"Tajikistan must overcome multiple political and economic problems which stymie its own development: poverty, bad relations with Uzbekistan, intense corruption, Soviet-era economic structures and planning, an undemocratic political system, chronic food insecurity, and dependence on migrant labor in Russia", according to diplomatic cables.[42]

Future development

According to diplomatic cables, U.S. interests in Tajikistan include: "a stable state on Afghanistan’s northern border, support for our military efforts in Afghanistan, and for Tajikistan to be a stabilizing influence and contributor to economic development in the region." Further, "Tajikistan gives unrestricted over flight rights, and quickly agreed to NDN (Northern Distribution Network) ground transit". Also, "They have indicated they would be happy for the U.S. establish an air base in Tajikistan. They see U.S. involvement in the region as a bulwark against Afghan instability, and as a cash cow they want a piece of."[42]

U.S. interests

Tajikistan

Sri Lanka

Philippines

Pakistan

New Zealand

China is paying money to Nepal Police to arrest Tibetan refugees fleeing to India.[41]

China and Tibetan refugees

Nepal

US officials were told that Malaysian firms go to Iran with suitcases of money to purchase oil and gas concessions from the Iranians. The firms mentioned were national oil company Petronas and SK Ventures led by billionaire Malaysian Syed Mokhtar Al-Buhkary.[1]

Malaysian firms and Iran

US diplomats warned UMNO leaders in 2008 that continued attacks against Pakatan Rakyat, especially regarding the sodomy charges against Anwar Ibrahim were a problem to Barisan Nasional survival saying it was anything but a political conspiracy.[40]

Anwar sodomy trial

UMNO general assembly.[39]

Racial rhetoric

US government officials are concerned that Malaysian immigration officials working in the Malaysian-Thai border are involved in the trafficking of Burmese nationals.[38]

Human smuggling

New Wikileaks information showed that the United States was upset that Malaysia did not inform them of missing F-5 engines from their Air Force inventory. There were worries in the US that the jet engines were sold to Iran in contravention of the arms embargo. This was during the tenure of Najib Tun Razak who was then the Defence Minister of Malaysia.[36][37]

Missing F5 jet engines

US officials have expressed their reservations regarding the appearance of Najib as a voice of moderation, citing incidents such as the cowhead's incident in Shah Alam, the use of the term "Allah" in the Malay bible and the Kartika caning incident.[35]

According to revelations from Singapore diplomats about Malaysia's political scene, Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia is believed to be in a predicament over allegations of his involvement in the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaaribuu.[33][34]

Najib Tun Razak

Malaysia

In February 2009, the U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan spoke to her Chinese counterpart, Zhang Yannian, after being notified that China had offered Kyrgyzstan $3 billion in return for the closure of Manas Air Base — an important U.S. base in Bishkek handling flights into and out of Afghanistan. She stated that during the encounter "visibly flustered, Zhang temporarily lost the ability to speak Russian and began spluttering in Chinese". He responded with his own proposal to the U.S. on dealing with the Kyrgyz to keep the base open, during which his aide remarked: "Or maybe you should give them $5 billion and buy both us and the Russians out".[31][32]

Manas Air Base

Corruption in Kyrgyzstan was discussed during a meeting in a Bishkek hotel between US ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller, British and Canadian business leaders, and The Duke of York from the United Kingdom.[26] The Ambassador stated, "While claiming that all of them never participated in it and never gave out bribes, one representative of a middle-sized company stated that 'It is sometimes an awful temptation.' In an astonishing display of candor in a public hotel where the brunch was taking place, all of the businessmen then chorused that nothing gets done in Kyrgyzstan if President Bakiyev's son Maxim does not get 'his cut.'"[30] On behalf of Maxim Bakiyev, London law group Carter-Ruck responded to The Guardian that "Mr Bakiyev absolutely denies the allegation."[26]

Corruption

Kyrgyzstan

U.S. and South Korea officials have discussed reunification of the two Koreas should the North ultimately collapse, according to the American ambassador to Seoul.[29]

North Korea was behaving like a "spoiled child", according to Chinese officials, who were prepared to accept Korean reunification under South Korean leadership. They estimated they could cope with an influx of 300,000 North Korean refugees in the event of instability on the peninsula.[28]

Korean reunification

Koreas

In 2009, ambassador Richard E. Hoagland quoted people sceptical about an anti-corruption campaign in Kazakhstan.[26] He referred to a political analyst who "sees the recent convictions more as a sign of intra-elite warfare than evidence of a concerted anti-corruption effort" and a "civil society activist" who "describes the discredited officials as 'the weak links in the chain' and believes that the 'real sharks' are continuing to operate with impunity."[27] Hoagland commented, "Corruption is endemic among Kazakhstani officialdom, as it is across the CIS. Blessed with strong tax revenues, government salaries are high in Kazakhstan compared to its neighbors -- for example, Prime Minister Masimov's salary is over $50,000 a year -- but most senior officials live lifestyles that require much higher incomes. In many instances, they receive profits from businesses registered in the names of their spouses or other relatives. In other cases, they're stealing directly from the public trough. The officials taken down by the anti-corruption campaign are thus just a tiny fraction of those with dirt on their hands."[27]

Corruption

Kazakhstan

Indonesia

India

The U.S. had consistently viewed only the Georgian account of events as legitimate regarding Georgia's conflict with Russia.[25]

2008–2010 Georgia–Russia crisis

It is implied in the cables that Georgia ignored Javakhk Armenians.[24]

Armenia-Georgia relations

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