Saturday 15 May 2021

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

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.
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