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NRC, RTL access 3,000 Wikileaks cables from The Hague

Friday 14 January 2011

Iran, Geert Wilders and the joint strike fighter are among the subjects covered in some 3,000 diplomatic cables from US officials in The Hague to Washington, the NRC reports on Friday.

The NRC and RTL news were given access to the cables - part of the 250,000 cable Wikileaks collection - by Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten using a back door route.

The cables cover Iran, the JSF fighter jet, queen Beatrix's possible abdication, Islam critics Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders, the general election, parliamentary debates and how the US can influence them, the NRC said.

One cable, published by the Telegraaf on Friday afternoon, focuses on a meeting between queen Beatrix and the new US ambassador Fay Hartog Levin in August 2009.

During their talks, the queen reportedly tells the ambassador 'it will be difficult' to extend the Dutch military mission in Afghanistan.

The NRC says that while many of the cables are tagged 'secret' or 'confidential', the collection does not include any with a 'top secret' stamp.

More to follow

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Anyone who thinks that the royalty in the Netherlands do not have political influence are niave. Unbelievable that this undemocratic country allows it’s royalty to meet with foreign ambassadors and make political statements. It’s bad enough that most ambassadors are appointed, but at least it is usually done by elected officials. Wake up and smell the coffee Holland and get rid of this archaic institution called royalty. It is 2011 not 1102!

By Quest | 14 January 2011 5:32 PM

Actually, American ambassadors get their job from the president based on the amount of money they gave during the election campaign. It is basically corruption in it's worst form.

By pepe | 16 January 2011 8:22 PM

I am tickled by the fact that, even though it's the USA who have been caught with their pants down in this incident, Q decides to attach the Dutch institution rather than to to comment on the US diplomats pearls of wisdom. For sure, I agree with the pompadour comments relating to a certain peroxide bigot, but here is the truth:

"If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about!" Our governments have been preaching this to us with every new oppressive law, each new sp..surve....security camera they install to watch us.

But they sure as hell don't like it when they find us staring back at them.

By osita | 16 January 2011 10:05 PM

To clarify for Pepe and Osita, I comment on US corruption on US websites and Dutch corruption on Dutch websites. In other words, in the country it has the most benefit of affecting a change, i.e., where people can vote on an issue. As this is a Dutch news website, I don't see the point in discussing non-Dutch topics. I would have thought that was obvious, but I guess not.

By Quest | 17 January 2011 10:24 AM

There is nothing in here that "catches the U.S. with their pants down". There is no corruption indicated here. All they list are typical correspondence that you would expect from ANY consulate or embassy working in another country.

Why shouldn't a country ask questions and discuss how certain people/events will impact other people/events? How are these questions any different than what we all discuss around the water cooler at work, or on blogs online?

How many of us also would appreciate all of our personal and business emails distributed? Rocks/glass houses?

By DH | 17 January 2011 12:18 PM

I find the problem in the Netherlands is not the Royalty but the constitution that allows single-issue parties & club-parties (ie the PVV with no internal democracy) to be formed. I also think that the Senate needs more power & influence & should be a full-time job. It is these areas that has caused problems for the country & in fact the Royalty have a clear function and do so well enough. They are their to represent our Constitution, they are a figure-head of national identity & cultural-heritage which in the end is the foundation that keeps our nation together.
That they involve themselves in diplomacy is a plus & they do so with full complicity of with the FM.

By Donny vdH | 17 January 2011 12:24 PM

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