In amongst millions of secret US diplomatic documents (mainly cables) being leaked to the international media this week are comments about former South African President Nelson Mandela. The 92-year-old condemned then President George Bush for his invasion of Iraq, and it’s believed the comments follow on from this disagreement.
The whistle-blowing website, Wikileaks, which got its hands on these documents, will disclose various private discussions between US diplomats and their various (and controversial) opinions of several world leaders (as well as far more serious assessments such as those of nuclear and terrorist threats).
Early leaks reveal that President Obama has “no feelings for Europe”, Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin is described as an “alpha-dog” and Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is compared to Adolf Hitler.
The US has warned that the distribution of these confidential documents could lead to people getting hurt, but Wikileaks founder, Australian computer hacker Julian Assange, has asserted that the US is scared to be held accountable.
Wikileaks was hacked into this weekend, ahead of its scheduled release of the cables, but Assange has revealed that even if the site is not working, the documents have already been sent to various media who will publish their revelations during the week.